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Steve Simpson


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Moses Daly

Director, Aviation Maintenance Technology

Moses is a Federal Aviation Administration certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic with Inspection Authorization, Designated Maintenance Examiner. He’s also a Commercial Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor.

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Robin Guillian


Director of Aviation

Robin Guillian is an accomplished pilot and flight instructor. She has fifteen years experience and over 6,000 hours as a Commercial Pilot. She has flown and lived in Europe, Africa, and the Hawaiian Islands.

As the Director of Aviation at Vermont State University she is responsible for preparing students for a career as a professional pilot. Graduates from the program are pursuing their flying dream in Airline, Corporate, and Military careers.

Robin teaches aviation courses in the program and also flies with students at Vermont Flight Academy, at the Burlington International Airport. She earned her Master’s Degree from Champlain College and B.S. from Embry Riddle University. She holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Flight Instructor Certificate, Flight Engineer Certificate, and Seaplane Rating.

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John Popkess


Assistant Professor

Craig Popkess began, like many aviators, with a solo at age 16 from a hot and windy grass strip in Oklahoma, and obtained his Private License at age 17. Then came college and 15 years in the United States Air Force. Accumulating 1,200+ hours in the RF-4C and then 2,000+ hours in C-141Bs and another 2,000+ in the C-137 (Boeing 707s at Andrews AFB, MD,) he moved to Pan American World Airways and then Delta Airlines. Flying through turbulence, geopolitics, lightning, air refueling, emerging economies and airline bankruptcies, (2), he saw most of the world pass under his wings. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot License with nine type ratings. Now he shares the lessons of four decades with others. He hopes his students are as lucky in their careers as he is.

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Class of 2013

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Ben Ashford

Assistant Professor

After Highschool I joined the US Army as an infantryman. I served for 12 years before leaving service. Upon leaving the Military Service I moved back to my home town of Randolph, VT and attended Vermont Technical College where in 2013 I graduated with an associate of applied science in Automotive Technology. I then worked in the field until 2019 when I was approached about an open position teaching in the Ground Transportation department. I have been teaching since.

I have been married for 20 years in May 2024, have 2 wonderful children that are 17 and 15, and a dog named Leo. My hobbies include golf, which I play as much of as I can and have gotten down to a 10 handicap. I also race Modifieds with my daughter Sophia and my best friend Ryan.

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