News Briefs

Embry-Riddle Asia students recently made a visit to Boeing Flight Services Singapore campus for a tour of the facility and the unique opportunity to fly a 737NG level-D full flight simulator. 
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Graduates, government and corporate partners, and university representatives were among those who attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Europe commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at the Lufthansa Training and Conference Centre in Seeheim, Germany. 
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In acknowledgement of its ongoing commitment to providing innovative and high quality degree programs online, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus, has been recognized by IDG Communications, Inc., as a recipient of the 2018 CIO 100, an annual award program recognizing organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide-Pensacola (Fla.), Campus will hold its commencement ceremony with guest speaker The Honorable Ashton Hayward III, Mayor of Pensacola, at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd.
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Professor Dale Avery has been announced as the new Program Coordinator for the department's Bachelor of Science in Global Security and Intelligence Studies. 
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The Unmanned Systems Sciences Program in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus has selected the Penguin C unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from UAV Factory for flight training with student operators and pilots at the nation’s largest undergraduate UAS program.
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The Embry-Riddle Formula SAE team invites you to the unveiling of the team's 2017-2018 formula-style racecar. ER-04 will take on 120 of the top universities from across the world at Michigan International Speedway in just a few days.    Please join our team, their families, engineering faculty, staff, faculty and friends at the Willie Miller Instructional Center, Friday, May 4 at 2 p.m. Take some photos, come to see and hear the amazing car, hear the stories from spring testing, and help send off the team in style! Light refreshments will be served.
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The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott Campus welcomed its 10,000th visitor in April, just six months after opening its doors to the Embry-Riddle campus and the Prescott community.
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Courtney Thurston, a junior Honors Program student at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus, is one of 211 undergraduate students nationwide that have been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the country.
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Embry-Riddle students dominated the recent 2nd annual Collegiate Drone Racing Championship at Purdue University, with the Daytona Beach team finishing first and the team from Prescott taking third against teams from 20 universities across the country.
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Dr. Bijan Vasigh, professor of economics and finance at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus, was recently interviewed for a story in The Points Guy,  titled "United Airlines' #BumpGate: One Year Later."     According to Vasigh, 7-8% of passengers are no-shows for flights, due to connecting flight delays and other various reasons, which makes it extremely difficult for airlines to hit their revenue targets without overbooking each flight. "It's a very careful calculation to strike the right balance," he said.   Read the article in full.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Daytona Beach chapter recently returned from the 44th Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with good news. Amidst the workshops, visits to the exhibition hall and collegiate competitions, 14 of the 25 Embry-Riddle NSBE members attending the convention secured interviews during the convention with companies such as Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE Systems, General Electric, Microsoft, Rockwell Collins, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Seven students received job or internship offers. Embry-Riddle junior Naia Butler-Craig, who is majoring in Aerospace Engineering, also received the Region III Executive Board Member of the Year Award. "The NSBE executive board created workshops and events throughout the year that developed our members academically, socially and professionally, keeping NSBEs missions statement to heart,” said William Wanyagah, president of the Embry-Riddle NSBE chapter and an aerospace engineering junior. “I am happy overall with the determination and perseverance of NSBE members who attended the 44th annual conference in Pittsburgh." Naia Butler-Craig, a NASA Pathways intern for the NASA Glenn Research Center, served as the 2017-2018 Region III Membership Chair overseeing membership activities for Region III, which includes members in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, the Caribbean and South America. The award is given to a regional executive board member who went above and beyond what was required. Payton Boliek, vice president of the Embry-Riddle chapter, was promoted at the convention to the board for Region III and will oversee members of all chapters as the 2018-2019 Region III Membership Chair, succeeding Butler-Craig. The region has about 3,000 members, Butler-Craig said. Co-advisors for the Embry-Riddle chapter, who helped students prepare for the convention, are assistant professor Dr. Leroy L. Long III and Kenneth E. Hunt, director of Embry-Riddle’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
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Retired U.S. Army Ranger and commander Col. Danny McKnight, whose heroic leadership was portrayed in the book and movie Black Hawk Down, will give the keynote address at Embry-Riddle’s Veterans Appreciation Day at the ICI Center at 11:30 a.m. on April 16.
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The work of three Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Communication students was published recently in two prestigious aviation-oriented news outlets and a daily newspaper in New Jersey.
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Cellular and developmental biologist Dr. Sally Mason, who served as the 20th President of the University of Iowa from 2007 until 2015, has been named a member of the Board of Trustees of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – the world’s largest, oldest and most comprehensive aviation and aerospace education institution.
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