From Feb. 19-25, 2023, engineering and STEM career fields are celebrated across America during National Engineers Week, an observance recognized by the National Society of Professional Engineers. In recognition of this year's observance, we asked RAVN Aerospace CEO Eric "Popeye" Doyle, who graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, to share some insight into how engineering has contributed to his career in aviation:
How do you think your civil engineering degree has shaped your experience in aviation?
"My course of study and experiences in engineering taught me to ask and learn 'why.' Being able to identify the 'why' in completing problems has always proven to be a key to success in my career."
Why would you recommend engineering or other STEM-based careers to youth?
"Engineers are in high demand and more importantly engineering as a whole provides great benefits to our society. I have always believed in the concept of service, and working as an engineer provides a great service to our nation. Whether you are an aerospace engineer, a civil engineer or pursue a career in other STEM-based career fields, you are ultimately helping to solve the 'why' that will inevitably lead to a better future for all."
In keeping with his belief of service, Eric "Popeye" Doyle was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1996 and served the nation at various commands as a Naval Aviator for nearly 25 years, including two years as the commanding officer of the Navy's Blue Angels.
NAF EL CENTRO, Calif. (March 8, 2018) Blue Angels Crew Chief, Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class, Bobby Fitzpatrick, prepares to launch Blue Angels Flight Leader, Cmdr. Eric Doyle, for a practice demonstration. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform more than 60 demonstrations at more than 30 locations across the U.S. in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo)