Envisioned as an internship experience, Milestone C equips high school students with the practical knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to make confident college and career decisions.
Who teaches Milestone C programs?
Our instructors and staff have over 75 years of collective experience in engineering, program management, military aviation, molecular science, and clinical research. We have participated in development of presidential aircraft; served as lead engineers and program managers at Fortune 500 corporations; flown combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan as military pilots; delivered leadership and team-building training to corporate giants; led cancer research programs on the global stage; developed commercial aerospace test and overhaul equipment; and earned degrees from the world's leading educational institutes.
Now, we are proud and eager to impart our experience to the next generation of STEM leaders through Milestone C. For more information, please feel free to contact us through our website, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does Milestone C mean?
In government acquisition aerospace programs (e.g. F-35 Fighter, B-21 Bomber, KC-46 Tanker), Milestone C marks the end of Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) and the beginning of Production and Deployment. We chose this name because we consider our students' participation in the program symbolic of a transition from general interest to informed decision-making.
For more information on aerospace industry practices, please visit this link for a description of Milestone C in government acquisition programs and this link for a government acquisition milestone overview.
CEMOCAN "GEMO" YESIL, CO-FOUNDER
Gemo is a dual-rated U.S. Air Force Pilot and a former Engineering Project Manager at a Fortune 500 company. In the corporate world, he was active as the technical lead in multiple U.S. Government acquisition proposal and execution programs collectively worth over $13 billion. As a U.S. Air Force officer, Gemo has experience flying both rescue helicopters (HH-60G) and tactical airlift aircraft (C-130J-30) in Iraq and Afghanistan, having logged 119 hours of combat flight time. With an active security clearance and 12 years of experience handling classified information, Gemo has established himself as a military and corporate leader and an experienced public speaker. He happily lives in Connecticut with his wife Jen and their three-legged pup Tippy.
DAVID CONELIAS, CO-FOUNDER
Dave lives in Woodbridge, CT with his wife Jen and Daughter Ava. He has had an exciting engineering career in both large and small corporations with leadership experience in commercial and military development programs. Dave's engineering career evolved in a unique fashion, crossing disciplinary boundaries between electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, hydraulics engineering, and pneumatic engineering. Over the years, Dave has held positions of rapidly increasing responsibility as a design engineer, process engineer, systems engineer, project lead, and, most recently, lead systems engineer.