Sebastian Niuman is the stepson of U.S. Army Corporal Alfred Jairala. He was 10 years old only ten years old when his stepfather lost life in 2007 while serving in Iraq. “His military service meant him doing what he believed was right, not only for himself but to those he impacted overseas,” Sebastian explained. As a Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) scholarship recipient, Sebastian graduated from Penn State University, then was connected to full-time employment with Kaiser Aluminum as a Process Engineer.
“Fallen Patriots has tremendously helped and impacted my life for the better. From helping financially with books to putting me in contact Kaiser Aluminum, I am so grateful,” said Sebastian. “Kaiser Aluminum is an industry leader in aluminum product. Every day I am working in a different area or learning something new, one day I can be working on a 4000 Ton press and the next working with a furnace at +1000 F.”
Sebastian’s favorite classes during college were specific to the study of metals and ceramics. “I saw it as the study of everything around us, and I wanted to understand it all.” He credits those classes with helping him prepare for his role in supporting the Kaiser’s facility. “I help the other Process Engineers with extrusion and casting processes, I help the Die Engineer with designing and testing of dies and help management up front organize and plan orders.”
Nearly 20,000 military children have lost a parent in the line of duty over the past 35 years. Fallen Patriots is working to identify and support every child in need through raising funds and awareness of the mission.