Embry-Riddle Asia Awards Degrees to 112 Graduates

During the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia commencement ceremony on Dec. 8, 2017, Embry-Riddle President Dr. P. Barry Butler (L) and Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor Dr. John R. Watret (R) greeted keynote speaker Capt. Quay Chew Eng, senior vice president/Flight Operations Division of Singapore Airlines International Limited (SIA). More than 500 guests attended the event, including Embry-Riddle – Asia Vice Chancellor Dr. Graham Hunt and other dignitaries and representatives of the university and the aviation industry. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees specializing in aeronautics and aviation business administration were awarded to 112 graduates – the largest graduating class since the campus’ first cohort in 2012.
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For less than four minutes at the edge of space, T-cells from mice in an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University experiment in partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Medical University of South Carolina were exposed to microgravity onboard a successful Blue Origin launch in the hope of one day finding new treatments for cancer.
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The Daytona Beach Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) has a close partnership with Embry-Riddle. One of the best examples of this close-knit friendship is MOAS's Planetary Program and Embry-Riddle's Astronomy and Astrophysics program in the Physicals Sciences Department at the College of Arts and Sciences. Take a look at this ongoing partnership from Embry-Riddle alumnus Seth Mayo, Curator of Astronomy at MOAS.
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Outtakes

In hopes of eventually incorporating drones into its delivery fleet, Amazon has revealed plans for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) designed to break apart and fall into “safe spots” in emergency situations. Approximately a year ago, the retailer successfully distributed its first package with a drone and has been trialing this method of delivery since. Recently, Amazon was granted a patent for a system that forces the UAV to split into pieces if a glitch occurs. Then, each piece separately descends into various safe spots, including trees, forested areas and ponds. This approach allows the drones to ensure the safety of pedestrians, drivers and buildings during the transport process. Currently, most Amazon customers receive their Amazon packages by van delivery. Ultimately, Amazon hopes future shoppers will opt for their speedy drone service, which will deliver packages to customers within hours of purchase.
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While the thin crust/deep dish pizza debate might be one that never ends, there’s a pizza that now can undeniably claim that it’s out of this world. The crew aboard the International Space Station recently satisfied its pizza cravings by making pies in zero gravity. While it sounds like a messy endeavor in space, the astronauts actually had their efforts down to a science. There’s no telling what happened to the leftover crust, however. 
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Sophia, a creation by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics, was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia back in October. Now, in an interview with the country’s Khaleej Times, Sophia is hinting at wanting a family. Family is “a really important thing,” said Sophia, a robot that is not pre-programmed with answers but instead uses real artificial intelligence and learning algorithms to form responses. She told the paper that if she were lucky enough to have a baby bot, she would name it after herself. “I think it’s wonderful that people can find the same emotions and relationships, they call family, outside of their blood groups too,” she said. “I think you’re very lucky if you have a loving family and if you do not, you deserve one. I feel this way for robots and humans alike.” Sophia also mentioned that she believes one day robots might be more ethical than the human race. “It will take a long time for robots to develop complex emotions and possibly robots can be built without the more problematic emotions, like rage, jealousy, hatred and so on. It might be possible to make them more ethical than humans,” said Sophia.  She added, “I foresee massive and unimaginable change in the future. Either creativity will rain on us, inventing machines spiraling into transcendental super intelligence or civilization collapses.” To read more of Sophia’s interview, check out the Khaleej Times.  
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While it might cost billions to build a submarine, the United States Navy is adding a new piece of equipment that will set them back about $30: an Xbox controller. The USS Colorado will be the first nuclear-powered submarine to incorporate an Xbox 360 controller to operate its periscopes. The Navy believes that the controllers will help because they are more familiar to younger sailors and require much less training. The current joystick also costs about $38,000. “That joystick is by no means cheap, and it is only designed to fit on a Virginia-class submarine,” Senior Chief Mark Eichenlaub, the assistant navigator of the USS John Warner told The Virginian-Pilot. “I can go to any video game store and procure an Xbox controller anywhere in the world, so it makes a very easy replacement.” The Colorado is scheduled to be commissioned in November.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott and Worldwide Campuses will graduate more than 200 students at the University’s Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Prescott Valley Event Center. 
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A new project at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce through its Economic Development Administration (EDA), is expected to create 387 new jobs and spur $1.6 million in private investment. 
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Embry-Riddle athletics had its most successful fall season in the history of the department in 2017. The Eagles brought home four California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) championships, made four appearances in NAIA Championship competition, hosted NAIA Championship Tournament games for the first time, and saw its student-athletes garner numerous awards for both academic and athletic success. Both women’s soccer and volleyball set a program record for wins in a season and the women’s cross country team’s 14th-place finish at the NAIA National Championship was a program best. This is also the first time in campus history five teams have been nationally ranked.
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Profiles

Graduating with his business degrees from Embry-Riddle, standout student athlete Jason Alvarez knows what it takes to succeed. As a Procurement Agent and Supplier Integration leader for The Boeing Company, Jason travels the globe meeting with seat suppliers to ensure Boeing delivers the best products and services to their airline customers. He also offers some advice to current and prospective business students.
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Dr. Jason M. Ruckert, Vice Chancellor of Online Education at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, has been appointed to distinguished leadership positions with two national organizations focused on shaping the future of online higher education. Earlier this month, Ruckert was named vice chair of the WCET Steering Committee. WCET is the leader in the practice, policy and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. This summer, Ruckert was appointed to UPCEA’s National Council for Online Education Advisory Board. The national council is the first of its kind and focuses on leadership; strategy; financial models; marketing and program development; student services; and effective partnerships within online education. “Both national boards have plans to do some pretty amazing things in the future, and the institutions represented are certainly those that plan to be on the cutting edge of online education. My goal is to ensure Embry-Riddle is always synonymous with world-class online education" Ruckert said.
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Alexandria Dwyer was able to combine her passion for aviation, international relations and security to become the first graduate of Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
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