Snecma America Engine Services Donates Turbofan Engine Parts to Embry-Riddle

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Gift enhances Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering degree programs at the Prescott, Ariz., campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Snecma America Engine Services (SAMES) has donated five turbofan components from previously repaired engines to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., The parts will be used for visual education purposes in the campus’s aerospace and mechanical engineering programs.

The donated items, a fan shaft assembly, thrust bearing, compressor rotor shaft, fuel manifold ring and high-pressure turbine rear shaft, are components from the CFM56-5A engine, which powers narrow-body aircraft such as the Airbus 319 and 320. The components will help expand engineering students’ understanding of turbine engines.

The gift to Embry-Riddle was supported by SAMES leadership through Alejandro Cardona, who earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Prescott Campus in 2012 and is now an engine shop visit manager at Snecma’s maintenance, repair and operations network facility, SAMES, in Querétaro, Mexico.

“Many engineers at SAMES remember when they were college students and the need for universities to teach real engineering problems with real aerospace components,” Cardona said. “I am proud to say that I studied at one of the best aerospace schools in the world and work at the best aerospace, defense and security group in the world. It is rewarding that SAMES was able to support the academic programs of my alma mater.”

“At Embry-Riddle, we emphasize a hands-on approach to engineering,” said Brenda Haven, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the campus. “Being able to see and feel the hardware gives students an appreciation of these structures’ complexity and weight and enables them to relate the engineering equations and theory to something that is real. I am very grateful to SAMES for this generous donation.”

About Snecma America Engine Services
Snecma America Engine Services (SAMES) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Snecma (Safran), located in Querétaro, Mexico. SAMES specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul services for CFM56-5A, -5B and -7B engines, including LRU support and on-wing maintenance. Learn more at,394-.html?lang=en.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and, and find expert videos at

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