Nine employees from the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus and Embry-Riddle Worldwide were selected for the first inaugural Prescott Campus cohort of the Embry-Riddle Leadership Institute’s Individual Contributors Program. This three-day leadership intensive was held at the Hazy Library and Learning Center, Feb. 26-28. Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Rhonda Capron kicked off the program.
Trevor Goodwin, who designs and develops computer applications within the Unity engine, an all-in-one digital experience creation suite, recently joined Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus as manager of the new Virtual Reality Lab. He’s enthusiastic about leveraging virtual reality systems to advance aviation safety.
“Any sort of high-risk training can be done inside a virtual environment at low cost, compared to being out in the field,” said Goodwin, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Digital Media at the University of Central Florida (UCF). “Every type of training can be dangerous sometimes. In a lab with a virtual headset, you’re in a controlled environment with people supporting you, so you can focus on learning, with fewer distractions.”
Early in her career with the U.S. Army, Embry-Riddle student Natasha Ryan deployed to Bosnia, Kuwait and Pakistan, where she supported humanitarian aid efforts through the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. However, a chance meeting with two female “Big Windy” pilots who flew the heavy-lift, tandem-rotor, CH-47 Chinook helicopters, motivated her to pursue a new path in Army aviation.
Becoming an aviation safety officer, Ryan served with the 4th Infantry Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She returned stateside and again deployed, this time to Iraq, where she helped evacuate injured service members.
At the urging of a friend, and inspired to do more to ensure service members have safe passage to accomplish their mission, she applied to become a Tillman Scholar. In 2018, Ryan was chosen as one of 60 scholarship recipients out of 2,500 applicants.
With airlines worldwide projected to need 790,000 new pilots between now and 2037, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s premier aviation and aerospace institution, has teamed up with Korean Airlines to provide a new career pathway program for aspiring aviators.
Embry-Riddle currently participates in a number of pilot career pathway programs with leading industry partners, but the Korean Airlines initiative is the university’s first-ever such agreement with an international airline.
“The global pilot shortage is projected to be most acute in the Asia-Pacific region, where 261,000 new pilots will be needed over the next two decades,” said Dr. Alan Stolzer, dean of the College of Aviation on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., Campus. “Our partnership with Korean Airlines will allow us to help fill that gap by producing up to 40 highly qualified new pilots per year.”
The starting point of a career can be traced to a moment, while the route of that career is often determined by life’s twists and turns. Luckily, solid education provides the equivalent of power steering and a set of shock absorbers as we travel from career dream to career reality.
Bubbly, colorful lava lamps and miniature clay boats were the focus of hands-on engineering activities this week when Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students visited three Volusia County, Fla., elementary schools.
The activities, developed by student Natalie Hahn, president of the Society of Women Engineers on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, introduced children to core concepts during National Engineers Week.