It's "Game On" for Embry-Riddle Prescott's Gold Wings E-Sports Team

Embry-Riddle's E-Sports team has some big plans for this season. "I want us to move up to become the strongest team in Arizona by my senior year, two years from now," said Braxton Rod, Captain of the ERAU Prescott Gold Wings. "I want Embry-Riddle to be known for its strong E-Sports organization, led by the Division One League of Legends Team." 
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A group of Embry-Riddle engineering students stood under the towering 70-foot steel beams that form the skeleton of the future student union as construction crews buzzed with activity. While touring the construction site of the building, engineering students got a real-life lesson from Barton Malow Company structural engineers who discussed the project’s progress as well as the timeline to complete milestones. “This is one of the most complex jobs I’ve worked on,” said Barton Malow Project Manager Phillip Sayers. “It’s a very detail-oriented job and you can’t afford to be wrong.” 
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Wireless nanoscale smart sensors that continuously monitor and strengthen composite materials, fundamental insights that could save U.S. aircraft carriers millions of dollars in fuel costs, a drone-detection network and a strategy to more accurately predict space weather may all be coming soon from Embry-Riddle, thanks to new university seed grants.
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Outtakes

CNN recently undertook a series about iconic aircraft that today's aviation enthusiast may still be able to fly in. In part one of the series, they look at their 20 favorite planes from the last 50 years including aircraft such as the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, the Boeing 747 and the Bombardier CRJ. Head over to CNN to see photos and info on their top 20.
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Nothing to see here but a couple of retired astronauts hanging out at this week's South by Southwest Conference in Austin, TX. Worldwide alumnus and retired NASA astronaut Terry Virts met up with NASA legend Buzz Aldrin right before Aldrin gave a speech at the yearly festival. Virts is seen in the photo wearing Aldrin's credentials.  My friend @AstroTerry showed up to hang with me at #SXSW but if he starts impersonating me since he has my pass don't buy it. You can learn more about Virts and his time as the commander of the International Space Station in this Embry-Riddle interview.  
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LEGO has announced a new series of mini figures that will honor five female researchers and astronauts that have been crucial to the history of NASA. The set will include: Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who developed the flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and space scientist who is known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs Sally Ride, the first American woman in space Nancy Grace Roman, one of the first female executives at NASA who was known for planning the Hubble Space Telescope Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space This was designed by science writer Maia Weinstock.
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The United Kingdom’s Birmingham Airport is so famous for its crazy crosswinds that people often gather just to watch the planes attempt to land. Many a pilot have been sent rocking and swaying down the airport’s already uneven landing strips. Check out the video for a compilation of some of the difficult landings.
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Embry-Riddle Prescott Army ROTC are recipients of the 2016 Geronimo Award, which recognizes the best large Army ROTC program in the Southwest. The award is given annually to one of 36 ROTC programs in the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
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Would you ride in a driverless ambulance? In three separate studies, about half of 1,028 U.S. adults were significantly less willing to be lifted into an automated ambulance, compared with a conventional one, researchers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Florida Institute of Technology reported on March 6.
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An important part of getting investors on board with your venture is to create a strong presentation that explains your concept and its value proposition.
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Profiles

After piloting her first plane in college, Dr. Peggy Chabrian was hooked on the thrill of flight. Over the next 30 years, she logged 2,200 hours as a commercial/instrument multi-engine pilot and recently added helicopter and seaplane ratings to her flight qualifications. As president and founder of Women in Aviation International (WAI), Chabrian combines decades of aviation and academic experience to provide support and resources for women in aviation career fields and interests.
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Congratulations to Prescott Aviation Safety Program Manager Brian Roggow, recently selected as a Regional Honoree for the 2017 General Aviation Awards. With eight FAA regions, Roggow is one of the Top-8 nationally in his category, FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative of the year.
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I am pleased to announce Ginger Pinholster has joined Embry-Riddle as the university’s Interim Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Ginger’s 34-year career has been largely devoted to science and research writing/editing, with the objective of promoting science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world. I know her expertise in institutional messaging, media relations, crisis communications, and marketing strategy will serve Embry-Riddle well.
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