Years of work for STEM students expanded Frank Beafore’s fan club

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“He’s always so excited,” Shepherd said of Beafore. “It’s always a highlight when you go there. “

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Frank Beafore, owner of SelectTech, is working on a drone Friday. Clark State adds to its agricultural precision program. Jeff Guerini / Staff

When Beafore was seven or eight years old, “science” was in the air around him. Military pilots were beginning to break through the sound barrier. His family got a television and he started watching science fiction movies.

Then, in October 1957, the Russian satellite Sputnik circled the world, as did the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gargarine, when he became the first human in space in April 1961.

“What a panic we all got into,” Beafore said. “Russia was educating its people in science and mathematics six days a week. “

It was this “panic” that inspired a new emphasis on math and science education in the United States.

After World War II, “we kind of relaxed the pressure on technical education, if you will,” Beafore said.

Congress developed the National Defense Education Act, which funded education at all levels, but provided low-interest student loans to students pursuing science and technology training.

Beafore enrolled in a three-year Navy electronics course. It was this course, he recalls, “that really got me started in my career.”

He graduated from Fairmont State in West Virginia, began a career in the coal industry and joined Dow Chemical.

From the start he shared his knowledge, teaching basic electronics in night school for two years before finding himself trapped in ham radio and electronics. Beafore obtained his HAM radio license in 1977.

“Frank is very dedicated and cares a lot about people,” Kalter said. “He really wants to help where he can, especially the young people. “

Beafore moved to Columbus in the mid-1980s, before moving to the Dayton area in the early 1990s, working with Vernay Laboratories in Yellow Springs. Stages at GEM City Engineering and UltraCell followed.

Then Beafore moved to SelectTech Services, a defense and government contractor based in Centerville. Her boss Scott Sullivan, as part of the local NCAA Top Four festivities, strongly encouraged STEM activity, as others have.

When Vince Russo – a former executive director of the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base – asked him to attend Air Camp, where Russo was president, saying “yes” was not difficult for him. Beafore.

It was the quality of the Air Camp program that impressed him. When students visit, they are prepared, noted Beafore, already familiar with the concepts of yaw, pitch and roll.

“Looking at the children’s eyes, just their attention to it all,” Beafore said. “That was one of the excitement. And more recently, working with teachers, they’ve been like a vacuum cleaner soaking up this information.

“It was the personal comments from my audience that kept me coming back,” he added.

Beafore’s post at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport is a good roost for this. He expects a total of four companies to establish a presence at the airport for the development of electric vertical take-off and landing planes, sometimes referred to as “flying cars”.

But innovation is nothing new at the airport. Since 2008, when SelectTech GeoSpatial was founded, the company has designed, manufactured and tested mission-specific products and services for a variety of commercial customers, including the United States Department of Defense and the Federal Government.

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