Jill Grable

Jill Grable, a sophomore majoring in professional flight technology and Krannert management from Floyds Knobs, Ind.

Her goal: To gain experience at a regional airline before joining a major airline.

Why Purdue?: "A lot of pilots in the aviation industry know of the great aviation technology program here at Purdue. When I fly commercially everyone says, 'Purdue. Oh my gosh.' It’s very well-known."

Her inspiration: Jill's parents are a big source of inspiration. "They've always encouraged me to choose a career that I would enjoy." And she’s happy with her decision. "What's more fun than being able to fly?"

Amelia's legacy: In addition to her leadership roles in the Aviation Technology Student Council and Women in Aviation at Purdue, Jill is also a member of the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots founded by Amelia Earhart.

Thoughts on Amelia: "I think it's neat that she is a part of Purdue's history. She has a tie to where we are today, and that's very inspiring."

By Jessica Able