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Ellensburg, WA 98926-7555

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Asian Studies Program

Professor Jeffrey Dippmann, Director
Language & Literature RM 337C
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7555
Phone: (509) 963-3172



Austin Hennessey (Asian Studies Program Honoree)

Customer Technical Manager-APAC at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

    Austin Hennessey graduated from Central Washington University in 2009 with a dual degree, Bachelor of Arts in Asia/Pacific Studies and Foreign Language Broad Area, Specialization in Mandarin Chinese.

     In 2008, Austin attended the Zhu Hai China Airshow where he began his journey of combining Chinese language and Asian Studies with aviation.  Since that moment he has been able to leverage these skills to move through the aviation industry.  In 2012, Austin started his aviation career at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary to General Dynamics, the leader in Business Aviation.

     Austin’s dual degrees has allowed him to blend Asian and United States cultural experiences to develop remarkable strategies when dealing with complex situations in the most efficient way that yields positive results.  In addition, due to the combination of experience and studies he facilitates many customer facing facets at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

     Austin currently serves as a Customer Technical Manager for APAC (Asia/Pacific) in Customer Support, where his role requires him to travel and support the airshows and customer conferences as an aviation advisor to aircraft owners, customer representatives, and aircraft sales.  He lives in Savannah, Georgia with his wife and newborn daughter.

Spring 2021 AST Lineup

ANTH 348: Contemporary China (4 credits) Online (Wang)

GEOG 375: Asian Geography (4 credits) Online (Bowen)

HIST 478: Russian Far East (5 credits) Online (Easley)

RELS 376: Contemporary Religious Thought: Contemplative Literature (5 credits) Synchronous online M W 12-12:50 (Dippmann)

AST 401: Senior Capstone (3 credits) Online (Dippmann)


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