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Chong Eun Ahn, Program Director
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Ellensburg, WA 98926-7553

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Asian Studies Program

Professor Chong Eun Ahn, Director
Language & Literature 100-O
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: (509) 963-1290



Austin Hennessey (Asian Studies Program Honoree)

Customer Technical Manager-APAC at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Austin Hennessey graduated from Central Washington University in 2009 with a dual degree, Bachelor of Arts in Asia/Pacific Studies and Foreign Language Broad Area, Specialization in Mandarin Chinese.

In 2008, Austin attended the Zhu Hai China Airshow where he began his journey of combining Chinese language and Asian Studies with aviation. Since that moment he has been able to leverage these skills to move through the aviation industry. In 2012, Austin started his aviation career at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary to General Dynamics, the leader in Business Aviation.

Austin’s dual degrees has allowed him to blend Asian and United States cultural experiences to develop remarkable strategies when dealing with complex situations in the most efficient way
that yields positive results. In addition, due to the combination of experience and studies he facilitates many customer facing facets at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

Austin currently serves as a Customer Technical Manager for APAC (Asia/Pacific) in Customer Support, where his role requires him to travel and support the airshows and customer conferences as an aviation advisor to aircraft owners, customer representatives, and aircraft sales. He lives in Savannah, Georgia with his wife and newborn daughter.


Winter 2022 AST Lineup

AST 350: Korea Now (5 credits), M-F, 1-1:50 PM (Ahn)

PHIL 345: Chinese Philosophy (5 credits), T TH, 12-1:50 PM (Dippmann)

AST 401: Senior Capstone (3 credits), Online (Ahn)


Spring 2022 AST Lineup

AST 102: Introduction to Asian Studies (5 credits), M-F, 11-11:50 AM (Levine)

RELS 350: Korean Religion and Philosophy (5 credits), M W, 12-1:50 PM (Dippmann)

HIST 380: Modern East Asia (5 credits), TBA (Ahn)

AST 401: Senior Capstone (3 credits), Online (Ahn)


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