Fall 2015 Schedule for PATA Science and Technology Academy

This is a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (STEM) program that is dedicated to extending, enhancing and increasing the participation of underrepresented students’ (K-12) in these areas of their education to introduce and/or encourage their creative and technical skills and by exposing them to potential STEM careers.

Student Outcomes

  • Increase meaningful student engagement in STEM learning opportunities.
  • Increase student interest in additional STEM learning opportunities and careers.
  • Increase student knowledge and application (i.e., behavior change) of STEM content and processes 
in PATA and communities.

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Student Engineering Program – Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2013 Student Engineer Program (SEP).

The goal of SEP is to provide college engineering students an experiential job training opportunity, including career mentoring, theoretical and technical instruction, and complete project-related infrastructure work tasks. Student Engineers will be paired with LADWP engineers and work in technical teams within Water, Power and Joint systems of the organization.

The SEP eligibility requirements and employment application are available at https://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/faces/ladwp/aboutus/a-careers/a-c-internships

The deadline to submit a COMPLETED application is FRIDAY, March 8, 2013

Operation Book Bird A Success!

Operation Book Bird in Seattle collected many books and donations thanks to your participation. We were able to deliver over 1000 books in Seattle ready to board an airplane leaving on 11/19/10 for Ethiopia.

A HUGE Thank You for a Successful Book Drive

Operation Book BirOperation Book Bird (OBB) is an organization that strives to help prepare the rising group of Ethiopia’s leaders attending universities by providing them with educational materials and resources. By increasing access to information, OBB hopes to increase Ethiopian students’ ability to perform at levels of their global counterparts. OBB in collaboration with the National Society of Black Engineers Alumni Extension Seattle Chapter (NSBE-AES: www.nsbeaes.org), Pan African Technical Association (PATA: www.pataus.org) and Aerospace Engineering Professionals has launched its first pilot project. This project will provide Wolita Sodo University’s Engineering Library with an expanded number and variety of:

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PATA Director/Engineering Manager Engages in Mission to Kpone, Ghana West Africa

In March 2007 “Yaw” Frederick L. Davis, a founding director of the Pan African Technical Association traveled to Ghana West Africa, on a humanitarian mission.

Yaw and those whom accompanied him on the mission initiated construction/renovation to the Oly Dade compound in Kpone, Ghana. The West African Country of Ghana is located on the Atlantic Coast of Africa. Ghana is located just above the equator at latitude of 5 degrees and has a population of 20,000,000 people.

The Oly Dade compound is being converted into the Mary Mason and Joe C. Davis Multipurpose Center and Village Retreat to improve literacy by providing Educational and Training tools and facilities for the children and people of the village of Kpone Ghana.

The Center is in the honor of the late Mary Mason and Joe C. Davis (Yaw’s father), whom dedicated their efforts and money to provide education and life improvement opportunities for the community of Kpone.

The average annual income per person is $276. With such a low income per person it is almost impossible for the average citizen of Ghana to invest in educational tools such as computers. There is a great need to fund projects such as the Mary Mason and Joe C. Davis Multipurpose Center.

Additionally to breaking ground on the construction, Yaw and his associates delivered school supplies, some of which were contributed by KRST Unity Center of African Spiritual Science in Los Angeles and by members of the Los Angeles community.

Please join PATA for a tour of Ghana in Celebration of its 50th Anniversary of Independence

Please join us in our tour of Ghana in Celebration of Ghana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.


  • Dr. Julius Garvey, the youngest son of The Honorable Marcus Garvey
  • Bro. Yaw As we travel to Ghana for the celebration.

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How Will We Handle All That Data?!?

With most engineering projects, this is a common question raised by the engineering team and the customer (the organization, individual or entity requesting a product or service). The term DATA MANAGEMENT is used to globally define the processes which allow the ease in storage, retrievability and maintenance of information. Information, or data, could be the parts required to manufacture an aircraft wing or personnel files of a Human Resources department. There is almost always a need for data management in any organization. Data management can be a manual or automated process and can enhance administrative, financial and planning processes in areas of engineering and business.

When there are large amounts of data that are required to be presented in numerous ways, an automated data management system is preferred. There are key components common to all automated data management systems. These include:

  • Information
  • Hardware
  • Software

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