A military veteran, Adan Magana served the United States Army for nearly eight years, during which time he performed as a recon team leader in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In recognition of his service in Iraq, he garnered such honors as the Army Achievement Award, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. Subsequently, Adan Magana joined the United States Air Force Reserve, for which he maintained responsibilities as a crew chief and aircraft mechanic.
Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Adan Magana has gained professional experience through several hands-on internships: In the spring of 2012, he completed an in-flight entertainment internship with United Airlines, modifying the existing wiring harness for the 32-inch LCD video screens on the company’s 767 and 777 aircraft. After researching and troubleshooting the existing harness, he utilized CAD software to create the new design. In a subsequent internship with the Continental subsidiary of United Airlines, he tested the new screen harness on several aircraft. He then created extensive documentation, including wiring diagrams, to help Continental implement the new design in its entire fleet of aircraft.
Along with pursuing his degree at Embry-Riddle, Adan Magana has completed studies at Metropolitan Community College and at the Air Force’s Airman Leadership School. From the latter institution, he received the Academic Achievement Award.