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For Assistant Professor Jennifer Hinebaugh, fighting human trafficking, helping a struggling student and easing millennials’ transitions into the workforce are all the same mission. They’re about making people feel safe.
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Embry-Riddle meteorology students exploring the Great Plains to observe severe weather over the past couple of weeks got exactly what they were looking for in northern Kansas, three days into their trip. Just one-quarter mile from the students, an EF-2 tornado – which carries winds of 111-135 mph – crossed the road ahead of them “and then strengthened rapidly,” said Shawn Milrad, assistant professor of meteorology, who – along with Dr. Tom Guinn, professor or meteorology and meteorology program coordinator – accompanied the students.  “It was 15 seconds of pure adrenaline,” said Embry-Riddle senior Sarah Roddey, “to see a tornado forming right on top of us.”
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Dr. Anette M. Karlsson, a mechanical and aerospace engineer and a highly accomplished academic leader, has been named Chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s campus in Prescott, Arizona.
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Twenty-two highly accomplished students will receive generous scholarships as part of a strategic effort to expand and diversify the aviation workforce, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and The Boeing Company announced today at the Paris Air Show.
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Enterprise Florida, Team Volusia, Space Florida, Volusia County and the City of Daytona Beach Collaborate to Bring New High-Paying Jobs to Central Florida
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As a child, Kyle P. Williams (’16), of Massapequa, N.Y., loved Lego, working on cars and any other activity that allowed him to work with his hands. Now, working at SpaceX, he’s transformed his childhood hobby into the career of a lifetime. It’s an exciting time to be working at SpaceX. Last month marked the long-awaited launch of the company’s Starlink project, when the company sent the first 60 of 12,000 planned satellites into orbit as an alternative means of providing high-speed internet to users on Earth. The project is a first of its kind, according to Mechanical Engineering professor Dr. Sathya Gangadharan — but missions of this size would never succeed, he said, without the help of Embry-Riddle alumni. “SpaceX is pushing the forefront of exploring new worlds and new technology,” Williams said. “We are a groundbreaking company. We do things that people think are impossible.”
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A team of seven Aerospace Engineering students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus has designed and produced a camera attachment system for the International Space Station (ISS), and were selected to participate in NASA’s Micro-G NExT challenge in Houston, TX in early June. Project CAM (Camera Attachment Mechanism) was devised by the student team to assist astronauts venturing into the vacuum of space by providing additional camera coverage during Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA) beyond standard helmet camera attachments, which provide limited views of EVA to mission control.
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Helping more students succeed in becoming professional engineers is the goal of a $599,485 research project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and headed up at Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus by Dr. Jeremy V. Ernst. The multi-university project aims to transform rote, lecture-style educational approaches to actively engage first-year engineering students in learning. Using an “active performance-based learning” or APL framework originally developed for an engineering graphics design course at North Carolina State University, researchers will fine-tune and scale up the content. Ultimately, Ernst and his colleagues hope to share the curriculum with many other institutions across the country.
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Jackie Litzinger is the Daytona Beach Campus’s new Director of Safety & Security. She was appointed in March following the retirement of Kevin Mannix.
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