Math Mentor, Ground School Instructor and Flight Instructor
Virginie Rollin holds an MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. After her doctorate, she spent 3 years as a junior scientist in a national laboratory before becoming a professor. She has more than 10 years of experience teaching engineering students.
Virginie also holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating, a Ground Instructor Certificate with Advanced and Instrument ratings, and a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate from the FAA. She competed twice in the Air Race Classic, taking 3rd place in 2016 and going across the border in Canada in 2019.
In the classroom, she uses her real-life experience to help students get a better understanding of the subject matter.
Bertrand Rollin holds an MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, an MS in Combustion Science and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. After his doctorate, he spent 5 years as a junior scientist in a national laboratory before becoming a faculty. He has 6 years of experience teaching engineering students.
Bertrand also holds a Private Pilot Certificate from the FAA and flies aerobatics in his spare time.
In the classroom, Bertrand enjoys explaining difficult concepts to his students.
AIMING HIGHER ACADEMY
Aiming Higher Academy was founded by two college professors and pilots who wanted to understand why students were struggling with math. They realized the weaknesses stemmed from an insufficient understanding of fundamental math concepts taught at the middle and high school levels. As a student, Bertrand had benefited from a math remedial class at the beginning of high school, which opened the door to engineering studies. Aiming Higher Academy was born from a desire to reconcile students with mathematics.
Her years of experience as a pilot showed Virginie that many of her peers had memorized important aviation concepts to pass an FAA written examination rather than understanding them. As a result, these individuals would forget important notions that should make them better and safer pilots. Her goal is to provide comprehensive ground instruction that pilots can use not only to pass the written test but for a lifetime of flying.
The combination of their visions led to the birth of Aiming Higher Academy, where we believe that a great future is built on a strong foundation.