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From Roadrunner to runway

As head of CDOT’s Division of Aeronautics, alumnus David Ulane is flying high.

December 17, 2015

Alumnus David Ulane is flying high as head of CDOT
Alumnus David Ulane is flying high as head of CDOT's Division of Aeronautics. PHOTO: Darrell Taylor

At a very tender age, David Ulane (B.S. aviation management ’90) knew what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“I am so lucky, because I’ve wanted to be involved in aviation since I was 6 years old. Getting up every day to do something I love … I’m the luckiest guy.”

It wasn’t luck that landed him the position of aeronautics director with the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics, however. It took hard work and 25 years in the field, all beginning with his time at MSU Denver.

A native of Littleton, Colorado, Ulane – an active and passionate general aviation pilot – said that MSU Denver was a natural choice and its aerospace program was a major attraction.

“One thing that separates MSU Denver is that it offers a broad range of things, from a commercial space track to air traffic control, aircraft maintenance and airport management. With all these disciplines together, you get perspective,” he said. “You get an understanding of how an airport works.”

That understanding has served Ulane well, enabling him to hold a variety of positions within the aerospace industry. He also credits a college internship at Centennial Airport with helping to kick-start his career path.

Read the full story in the current issue of Metropolitan Denver Magazine.

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