Englewood, Ohio – Paul McDowell, Spectrum Certification Engineer for Indigenous Technology, was inducted into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 6, 2016, during the All Advisory Dinner. McDowell, a 1994 graduate of Brookville High School, attended the Electronics program at MVCTC.
After completing the Electronics Program at MVCTC, Paul went on to earn degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology from Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton. Paul worked for six years at Sytronics and RDS as an Engineer and Test Engineer. For the past 12 years, he has worked at Indigenous Technology as an Electronics Spectrum Certification Engineer.
Paul completes spectrum certification of Radio Frequency (RF) systems used by the Air Force and supports roughly 50 Program Offices located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He has become one of the top Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Spectrum Certifiers for the Air Force. Paul gives briefings at the IFF Conference to over 500 attendees yearly and works with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on Spectrum Certification. Paul also has an Air Force Patent for special pilot gloves for touch screens. Paul has shown that the good foundation of electronics knowledge received from MVCTC can lead to a lifetime career in electronics engineering.
Paul shared the following about her MVCTC education, “The electronics knowledge I have received from MVCTC has laid the foundation for my career as an Electronics Engineer”
The ten new MVCTC Hall of Fame members received a special crystal award presented to them by MVCTC Superintendent Dr. Nick Weldy and Director of Instruction Mrs. Rhonda Phillips at a dinner meeting attended by over 350 program advisory members. Their portraits will be displayed in the school and their names will join the other 49 names engraved on a perpetual Hall of Fame plaque in the student activity center. MVCTC Hall of Fame members are inducted every five years from nominations that come from educators, family members, business, and employers. Mrs. Cathy Hutton, Northmont Area Chamber of Commerce Director; Mr. Eddie Mowen, Editor for the Register-Herald, and Ohio Representative Jeff Rezabek judged the Hall of Fame nominations this year.
Dr. Nick Weldy, MVCTC Superintendent, stated “We are proud to honor our returning alumni who have been so successful after leaving the Miami Valley Career Technology Center! Their former instructors provided a firm foundation to assist them in building careers that have blossomed. I appreciate the fact that all of the inductees returned to campus from across the United States to participate in the ceremony and show their dedication to our current mission of educating students to be career and college ready. They serve as inspiring role models for our current students. I congratulate each of our inductees and wish them the best of luck in their quest for continued success.”
For more information about MVCTC, please visit www.mvctc.com.
For over 45-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties, including Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.
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Photo: MVCTC 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee, Paul McDowell with MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy.