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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 Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus will once again offer a free, two-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on drone operation called Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Key Concepts for New Users.
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Helping to maintain cellular communications during a disaster, improving processes when a patient goes from surgery to the recovery room, and studying how materials used in the construction of wingsuits impact aerodynamic performance are just a few of the dissertation projects by Ph.D. students graduating in December.
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WHAT: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia will host its largest commencement ceremony to date with guest speaker Capt. Quay Chew Eng, Senior Vice President/Flight Operations Division of Singapore Airlines International Limited (SIA) and member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Asia’s Board of Directors. 
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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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Scott Weintraub, chief executive officer of Weintraus, Inc., a precision orbital placement company located in Embry-Riddle’s John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex, in November became one of two winners of a major Space Florida innovation prize.
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The world’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive aviation-focused institution, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has done something no other university flight operation has done: passing the second stage of a famously intense international safety registration process.
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Taking an idea to market is no easy task, but the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is here to help. The college will kick off its second Test Flight Bootcamp on Jan. 26. The four-session, intensive bootcamp is designed to instruct new and growing businesses on how to prepare a successful business model. Participants will learn the customer discovery process and value proposition development. During each session, participants will learn how to build a business model based on customer knowledge.  Attendees will develop go-to-market strategies and discuss sources of funding during these informational meetings. The bootcamp is led by skilled entrepreneurs who offer support, ideas and mentoring. Past participants like Weintraus CEO Scott Weintraub have gone on to launch successful businesses. “It forced us to get in front of customers and test our business model,” Weintraub said. “Coupled with the support from experienced entrepreneurs leading the bootcamp, we were able to pivot our business model and lay the foundation for the success Weintraus has seen to date."  The cost to participate is $99 per team or company, and includes all materials and lunch on January 26. Sessions will take place Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9 and 16  at Embry-Riddle’s John Mica Engineering & Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex) in Daytona Beach. For additional information or to apply, visit testflightbootcamp.com.
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Former aviation executive and author of “Mediocrity is Not an Option,” Robert M. Chiusano, is guest speaker at graduation.
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After a job injury prevented her from working in law enforcement, Tanis Loomis was at a crossroads in her career. With a bachelor’s degree in emergency and disaster management, 14 years of volunteer service in search and rescue and a job in emergency management, law enforcement was the career she had always worked toward. Yet, she never envisioned the path her future would take her on.
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Hot, sunny weather could degrade future fifth-generation or “5G” cellular transmissions by more than 15% -- which could mean more dropped calls in places like Florida and the Middle East -- but an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University engineer says research will guide solutions.
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One of 11 volunteers from across the country, Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Beverly Wood played an integral role in the recent revisions to the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) College Report. This important document lays the foundation for how introductory statistics are taught at the college level. To gather information for the 2016 GAISE update, the group surveyed the statistics education community, conducted panel discussions at the United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) and Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), and more. The final 2016 report includes the same six recommendations as the original 2005 GAISE College Report with some additional emphases added. The report’s goals were also re-written as learning objectives and two additional objectives were incorporated. The Membership Magazine of the American Statistical Association (AMSTAT) recently featured full details of the updated 2016 GAISE College Report. Read the full article.
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In a national nod to its ongoing efforts and commitment to provide quality educational opportunities to U.S. veterans and military-connected students, all three of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s campuses have been recognized by the online and print publication Military Times in its 2018 Best Colleges survey.
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Evacuations are becoming more common place whether it’s the exodus of millions of people during Hurricanes Irma and Katrina or the recent mass shootings in Texas and Las Vegas. How people react during an evacuation from hurricanes, aircraft accidents or active shooter incidents and terrorist attacks is being studied by a team of professors and students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus.
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Earlier this month, more than 50 students, entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, coaches, mentors and community leaders gathered at Embry-Riddle’s MicaPlex for this year’s Kickstart Weekend.
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