Manager at Airtech International Returns to Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Alumnus discusses importance of being flexible in career

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Cole Standish

The days when a college graduate could look forward to holding one job until retirement are gone. Having firm, fixed expectations for specific job goals can limit one’s opportunities. With today’s challenging economy, it is important for one’s career to remain flexible and for one to seek opportunities that will make a candidate stand out.

Cole Standish, founder and manager of custom products at Airtech International in California, will be at Rochester Institute of Technology on Oct. 13 to speak in the second part of the annual Dean’s Alumni Speaker Series. The series is sponsored by the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the RIT Office of Development.

Standish’s presentation takes place at 1 p.m. in the Xerox Auditorium in James E. Gleason Hall. It is free and open to the RIT community and general public.

Standish is a 1999 graduate of RIT’s mechanical engineering program and a former employee of the integrated defense systems division at Boeing. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California.

While working at Boeing, Standish was awarded a U.S. patent for the molding process and apparatus that produces unified composite structures. This technology is now used in the production of the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter.

In 2006, Standish was hired at Airtech International to create the custom products division, where he was responsible for hiring and training staff, acquiring equipment and developing processes and strategies. Airtech is the world’s largest supplier of vacuum bagging and composite tooling products.

Other speakers in the series include:

Nov. 3: Ken Obuszewski ’89 (microelectronic engineering), marketing director, multimedia applications, Freescale

Dec. 8: Steve Matteson ’77 (industrial engineering), vice president and general manager, Simpler Health Care North America

All sessions are at 1 p.m. in the Xerox Auditorium. For more information, contact Donna Benier at 585-475-4045 or