Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2019 commencement.
Having balanced the demands of being both a mother and a full-time college student, Hannah Pebler says simply making it to graduation day is a great reward in itself.
But Pebler has also earned the proverbial icing on the cake in completing her studies by being named the Outstanding Graduate in the Fulton Schools aviation programs.
Reading the email announcing the award, Pebler said, brought on an emotional moment of fulfillment that made her journey worth all the sacrifices and hard work.
The accomplishment was just one of the “amazing moments” she experienced during her undergraduate studies as an aviation major with a concentration in air transportation management.
Pebler is the most recent president of the ASU chapter of the international Women in Aviation organization, and while she was vice president during the 2018–2019 academic year the chapter was named student club of the year in The Polytechnic School at ASU.
Serving as a supplemental instructor, Pebler helped to teach physics to undergraduates and found it especially gratifying to watch her young students begin to master the basics of physics.
She credits much of her success to lecturer Marc O’Brien, chair of the aviation programs, and faculty associate Carol Hannah, who helped her prepare applications for scholarships and jobs.
With that support, Pebler was awarded a Boeing Career Enhancement Scholarship through Women in Aviation, two Women in Transportation scholarships and several Fulton Schools scholarships.
She has accepted a job as a revenue management analyst with American Airlines in Dallas.
Pebler says she’s thrilled to be in a field she has had a passion for since she was a little girl. She “loves the variety that aviation has to offer.”
Beyond aviation interests, Pebler is an ardent rock climber and loves sewing. She is particularly enthusiastic about making costumes for her daughter — not only for Halloween but for every major holiday.
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Activity: Rock climbing
Movie: A Star is Born
TV show: Heartland
Performer: Miley Cyrus
Sports team: Chicago Cubs