I've met students from all the corners off the earth, professors with industry experiences which took them around the world, and companies that manufacture or operate throughout the spectrum of the industry.
Javier Lopez-Galavitz
Aviation Management

Javier Lopez-Galavitz

Aviation Management

What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?

One of my favorite things in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology is the global factor of the students, staff and companies associated with Purdue. During my plan of study, I've met students from all the corners off the earth, professors with industry experiences which took them around the world, and companies that manufacture or operate throughout the spectrum of the industry.

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

I think every semester I have a new favorite project, and they keep getting better. My favorite is a project/activity in my Airline Management class. During the semester, several charter flights came to transport the football team, and we would arrive early and receive the aircraft. Once on the ground and parked, we got to work around the aircraft, preparing it for its departure. We were in charge of aircraft ground operations, making sure bags, weight and balance sheets, and supplies were ready so it could leave and transport the football team.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I'm involved in Latinos in Engineering and Science (also known as MAES). This student organization is mainly composed of Latinos, but we welcome anyone from all countries and majors. MAES is an organization that aims to promote the leadership of its members and give back to our community. Also, all year round I'm involved with intramural sports. Soccer, volleyball and softball are just a few of the sports offered during IM league seasons. These sports help me to keep active during the semester and provide a means of distraction from the workload I may have.

Can you share with us a little bit about your study abroad experience? 

For me, coming to study at Purdue is a type of study abroad. I think one of the most important things I've experienced during my time "studying abroad" is the cultural shock between Mexico and the United States. This cultural and social shock taught me several things. Most importantly, it taught me that at the end of the day we are all equal and we all have the same potential to achieve our dreams, regardless of background. It taught me to accept all people and to never dismiss anyone because of where they come from.

What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?

Networking is a word that you'll hear from day one. I didn't pay much attention to it during the beginning of my program, but I wish I had. Networking is one of the most important tools a student can have because it connects you to the workforce and provides you with a first step to begin your career.

What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?

Purdue is one of the best educational institutions, and it has so many activities and resources to offer. But ultimately the students are the ones that constitute the university; it is up to the students to get the best education and make the most of this wonderful opportunity.

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

Since I was a little boy, my dream has been aviation. Becoming a manager in the aviation industry provides me with the flight side of aviation but also with the operations/backbone part of the industry. Aviation Management gives students the ability to mold their careers with a focus on either flight operations or resource management.

Have questions? Email me at jlopezga@purdue.edu