News Briefs

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Rhonda Capron to Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the Prescott Campus. Capron officially joined the university on September 25. Capron, together with campus Deans, will manage and coordinate the strategic academic portfolio on behalf of the Chancellor. She will work closely with the vice chancellors for academics at Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide and Daytona Beach campuses to coordinate the policies, procedures, and initiatives that extend across the University. 
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This week, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide campuses in Hawaii will hold its commencement ceremony with guest speaker Richard N. Shizuru, Deputy Branch Head, G-1 Plans and Operations Branch, Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), United States Marine Corps.
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The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Higher Education Endorsement Program has provided a premier stamp of excellence in support of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., accounting program.
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Smaller, more fuel-efficient aircraft that can fly farther – such as Boeing’s 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A330 – are seeing more sales than the massive Airbus 380 or the Boeing 747, Ashley Halsey III reported in the Washington Post. To help explain this aviation business trend, Halsey called on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University expert Bijan Vasigh. Vasigh, the author of Foundations of Airline Finance: Methodology and Practice, serves as professor of economics and finance in Embry-Riddle’s College of Business on the Daytona Beach Campus. “The most expensive part of the aircraft is the engine,” Vasigh told Halsey. “The Airbus 380 has four engines. If you don’t fill it up with 550 passengers, you may have lost your profit share.” Such a large plane can be best used by airlines carrying many passengers between large hub cities, the Washington Post article explained. For example, Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has made recent purchases of the A380. Moreover, Airbus Marketing Chief Frank Vermiere said that demand for the A380 will rise as global air travel between megacities continues to increase. Halsey’s article, “Is the Airbus 380 the future of air travel of a relic of the past?” was published by the Washington Post on Aug. 19, 2018.
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Embry-Riddle Worldwide Professor Deborah Donnelly-McLay, a United Parcel Service 767 pilot, co-authored a peer-reviewed study, with Harvard University researchers, showing how pilot performance is affected by specific carbon dioxide levels on the flight deck.
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Prescott, AZ – August 2, 2018 – Eviation, an Israeli startup pioneering the industry’s first all-electric aircraft, selected Prescott for its US corporate headquarters.  Eviation will open an office at the former Guidance Aviation building, at the Prescott Municipal Airport in August.
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PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) attendees from around the world recently gathered at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus to discuss, simulate, analyze and problem-solve at AABI’s annual meeting.
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Dr. Richard “Pat” Anderson, director of the Eagle Flight Research Center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, described efforts to shape the future of aviation, during the Lindbergh Innovation Forum at the 2018 EAA AirVenture show.
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Armed with small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), 16 Embry-Riddle students are completing photogrammetric work in support of cultural heritage preservation at a half-dozen sites in Kosovo, as part of a study abroad program this summer.
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For the eighth straight year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation’s most respected publication covering colleges and universities.
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A special article collection on the human side of autonomous driving features Embry-Riddle research that looks at how positive and negative media portrayals of driverless vehicles affect consumer perceptions of the technology. The article collection, published by Elsevier and freely available until Dec. 31, 2018, covers six levels of automation, from none to hands-off driving. The editors note, however, that “regardless of the level of automation we reach, there will always be a human side to autonomous driving, whether it’s the psychology behind getting people into self-driving cars or the policy implications of the technology.” In a pair of Embry-Riddle studies, people were more willing to ride in driverless vehicles after hearing positive information about them, and less willing to ride after hearing negative information. Because people from India are significantly more willing to ride in driverless vehicles compared to Americans, the researchers also looked at the effect of nationality on an individual’s willingness to forego a human driver. Females from India had the highest willingness-to-ride scores, researchers found. The Embry-Riddle team was directed by Scott Winter, a faculty member in the College of Aviation’s School of Graduate Studies, and colleague Stephen Rice of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology Department on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., Campus. Student Emily Anania served as first author of the research. Co-authors were students Nathan Walters, Matthew Pierce and Mattie Milner.
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Flight Level Engineering (FLE), the first company to join the Customized Business Acceleration Program at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex), was recently featured in Aviation Week and Space Technology.
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As Embry-Riddle prepares for the debut of an iconic new Student Union building on the Daytona Beach Campus, students recently helped determine the best locations for signage. Shown looking over a floor plan diagram are (L-R) students Carlos Novoa Farfan, Walter Solis and Michael Zidek, with Dustin Beech, assistant director for Campus Activities. Featuring floating walls, glass panels and a top floor set beneath a dynamic 300-foot arching skylight, the Student Union will serve as a single, convenient hub for student services, with four technology-enriched floors, 178,000 square feet and events space to accommodate up to 900 people. The building, resembling the wings of a bird, was designed by ikon.5 Architects and constructed by Barton Malow to invoke a sense of adventure and discovery, reflecting the Embry-Riddle student experience. It will house a reimagined Hunt Library, a Student Leadership and Engagement Suite, the Student Affairs Office, a food court and lounge area, a Rooftop  Terrace overlooking Connolly Quad with a peek of Runway 25R-7L’s final approach, a Gaming Area, a rotating display of student art and photography, the WIKD radio station and more.
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The transition to college is both an exciting and challenging time. Students begin to embrace new freedoms while also balancing course loads with extracurricular activities.   What’s the secret to becoming a well-adjusted, successful student? Our Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University team recently offered some words of wisdom for new students and their parents.
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Embry-Riddle Central & South America invites talented Brazilian aviation leaders to apply for a highly competitive Aviation Management Program, which will be offered free of charge to 30 aviation professionals. If selected, aviation executives and professionals will take part in a 15-month professional education program encompassing all facets of aviation management, said Fabio Campos, executive director of Embry-Riddle Central & South America. The program helps build workforce capacity for Brazil’s growing aviation industry. It is offered by Brazil’s Institute of Transportation Logistics (ITL), the Social and Educational Services of Transportation (SEST SENAT) and the National Transportation Confederation (CNT), in partnership with the Brazilian Airlines Association (ABEAR). Now entering its third year, a first cohort of students took part in a graduation ceremony on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus in fall 2017. The second class is set to graduate in October 2018. Online applications are now being accepted, through July 27, via the website: www.itl.org.br.
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