During 2013, Georgia College’s STEM Mini-Grants Program celebrated five years of research funding at its annual STEM Symposium. The program supports projects that aim to advance innovative teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Georgia College alumnus’ career one of a kind
Carl Perazzola, ’85, ’95, works alongside the nation’s top scientists and engineers.
As the only U.S. Air Force corrosion office chief, Perazzola and his team Carl Perazzola determine ways to reduce corrosion of military vehicles and equipment and increase their longevity.
Perazzola’s job is fast paced, challenging and motivating.
“Ensuring weapon system availability for our war fighters is pretty inspiring,” said Perazzola, who works for the Air Force Corrosion Prevention and Control Office at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. “Our office has a direct impact on each and every mission and airplane with USAF stamped on the side.”
The corrosion control specialist has spent the past 28 years at Robins AFB. While stationed at Robins, Perazzola earned two degrees from Georgia College’s Robins Graduate Center — a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Administration/Logistics Management.
“I was young, married and father to three small children,” Perazzola said. “I needed to advance my career.”
Earning a master’s degree from Georgia College’s J. Whitney Bunting College of Business helped Perazzola understand business law, which he needed to interpret contractual agreements involved within his position. The advanced degree also initiated a career in the Air Force’s Advanced Power Technology Office where he dealt with innovative power alternatives.
“The Warner Robins campus allowed me to work full time and attend classes,” said Perazzola. “I earned a second degree in logistics because the military is highly choreographed. We have an infinite number of people and organizations involved in various procedures.”
The Georgia College degrees helped open doors for Perazzola to field the first hydrogen fuel cell at Robins; lead the acquisition of the first commercial hybrid vehicles in the nation; and receive the Congressional Award for the most accomplished alternative fuel effort.
The civilian chief knows the value of earning not only a bachelor’s degree but advanced degrees as well. He spreads that knowledge to Georgia College students by speaking about sustainability and eco-friendly careers during the university’s annual Shades of Green forum.
“My dad always told me education is something no one can ever take away from you,” Perazzola said. “Students always should work to increase their value in the job market by earning degrees and professional certifications, which is what Georgia College did for me.”