Scholarship Recipients 2015–2016
Carlimar Collazo-Torres was born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. She is currently an undergraduate student at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, while also a Student Trainee assigned to Aeronautical Information Services with the Federal Aviation Administration. Carlimar started her aviation career as early as 9th grade when she participated in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Online Learning Community. She has participated in three internships, two with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Florida and California and one with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Georgia. In 2011 she started her Bachelor’s Degree in Airways Science Management with Air
Traffic Control (CTI) and a minor in Computer Science. As an undergraduate at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico; Carlimar became a member of several student association and participated in a Recycled Fashion Show where she designed and modeled a dress made from newspapers and won 1st place. She has also been elected Spokesperson and Vice President of the Aeronautical Student Association. Ms. Collazo mentored high school students with research projects in the areas of Science Technology Engineering and Math. She was on the Dean’s list and has been featured in international and local magazines. Once graduated Carlimar wants to become a successful, productive, professional in the aviation field. In her free time, Carly as her friends call her, enjoys exploring nature, reading, mentoring students, dancing and working on crafts with recycled materials.
Christina Delgado Filipowski
First in her family to attend college, Christina Delgado Filipowski, was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and is currently working on her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership. She was inspired by aviation at age 11, when she earned a flight in a single engine plane through the Wright Flight Program. Enamored by aviation ever since, she has been engaged and persistent in her goals. She began with the FAA in an intern program, and while waiting to become a controller, she worked for Raytheon as a remote pilot operator and an air traffic assistant before her first air traffic controller position in Casper, WY. Today she is a certified professional controller at Deer Valley Tower in Phoenix, AZ.
Her goals are to increase her aviation knowledge and expand her leadership abilities by moving into management positions and teaching at the university level. Her aspirations are to make a difference and be a positive force in the FAA and continue to inspire others to love aviation as much as she does. Christina currently lives in Phoenix, with husband Michael and dog Maya. In her free time she loves to scrapbook and travel internationally. She has been to China where she volunteered with giant pandas and most recently traveled to Fiji.
Kimberly Lull is an Environmental Protection Specialist at the William J Hughes Technical Center. Her position requires her to accommodate aviation testing needs on the facility while ensuring all requirements and regulations are adhered to so that the mission of the facility and the FAA can continue without interruption. She started out at the FAA as a student intern in 2008 and continued her service after graduation from Stockton University with a BS in Environmental Studies. She was on the Dean’s list throughout her four years of undergraduate study and graduated summa cum laude with distinctive program honors. Her love of the outdoors and nature has led her to travel. Her goal is to visit all of the National Parks and is already about half way there. At the FAA, she has
volunteered for several events that were hosted by the Technical Center including the NOAA East Coast Awareness Tour and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Conference. Kimberly’s technical goal is to become an expert in her field. By advancing her education, she hopes to fine tune her critical thinking skills and data analysis that will better reach the FAA’s mission of aviation safety. Her personal goals include possibly applying to a PhD program to further her education and eventually teach at the college level about environmental regulatory compliance and issues arising from adhering to the agency mission as well as preserving environmental integrity.