News Briefs

At the Pensions & Investments’ Eddy Awards ceremony at the East Coast Defined Contribution Conference, Embry-Riddle’s joint awards submission with TIAA, the university’s benefits management partner, won first place in the “Special Projects” category for special investment education and communication programs for plans with 1,000 to 5,000 employees.
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The Office of Undergraduate Research with the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and The Task Force on Innovation sponsored the Second Annual Student Innovation Awards, recognizing a team and individuals who proposed the best ideas to enhance student or academic life or the campus in general at the Daytona Beach Campus. The awards highlight the creative, innovative, problem-solving skills and digital communications skills of the students.
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That’s what Joe DePete, head of the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world, told a standing-room only crowd of aspiring commercial transport pilots last week at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.
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Embry-Riddle Department of Applied Aviation Sciences faculty members Dr. Dorothea Ivanova and Dr. Michael Kaplan have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) funding of up to $102,000 over the next three years to study wildfires and other climate events in collaboration with researchers at North Carolina A&T University.
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For the first time in over five years, the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Drill Team traveled to the Tulane University ROTC Mardi Gras National Drill Competition, held March 1 in New Orleans, and brought home first- and third-place honors. Of 23 total schools participating in the completion, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University team, consisting of 18 Naval and Marine midshipmen, beat out squads from notable military academies such as West Point, Citadel, and Texas A&M, as well as from local rivals Florida State and the University of Florida. The drill team won first place in the Platoon Basic Drill competition and third place in the Squad Basic Drill competition.
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Nine employees from the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus and Embry-Riddle Worldwide were selected for the first inaugural Prescott Campus cohort of the Embry-Riddle Leadership Institute’s Individual Contributors Program. This three-day leadership intensive was held at the Hazy Library and Learning Center, Feb. 26-28. Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Rhonda Capron kicked off the program.
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Trevor Goodwin, who designs and develops computer applications within the Unity engine, an all-in-one digital experience creation suite, recently joined Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus as manager of the new Virtual Reality Lab. He’s enthusiastic about leveraging virtual reality systems to advance aviation safety. “Any sort of high-risk training can be done inside a virtual environment at low cost, compared to being out in the field,” said Goodwin, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Digital Media at the University of Central Florida (UCF). “Every type of training can be dangerous sometimes. In a lab with a virtual headset, you’re in a controlled environment with people supporting you, so you can focus on learning, with fewer distractions.”
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Early in her career with the U.S. Army, Embry-Riddle student Natasha Ryan deployed to Bosnia, Kuwait and Pakistan, where she supported humanitarian aid efforts through the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. However, a chance meeting with two female “Big Windy” pilots who flew the heavy-lift, tandem-rotor, CH-47 Chinook helicopters, motivated her to pursue a new path in Army aviation. Becoming an aviation safety officer, Ryan served with the 4th Infantry Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She returned stateside and again deployed, this time to Iraq, where she helped evacuate injured service members. At the urging of a friend, and inspired to do more to ensure service members have safe passage to accomplish their mission, she applied to become a Tillman Scholar. In 2018, Ryan was chosen as one of 60 scholarship recipients out of 2,500 applicants.
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With airlines worldwide projected to need 790,000 new pilots between now and 2037, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s premier aviation and aerospace institution, has teamed up with Korean Airlines to provide a new career pathway program for aspiring aviators. Embry-Riddle currently participates in a number of pilot career pathway programs with leading industry partners, but the Korean Airlines initiative is the university’s first-ever such agreement with an international airline. “The global pilot shortage is projected to be most acute in the Asia-Pacific region, where 261,000 new pilots will be needed over the next two decades,” said Dr. Alan Stolzer, dean of the College of Aviation on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., Campus. “Our partnership with Korean Airlines will allow us to help fill that gap by producing up to 40 highly qualified new pilots per year.”
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The starting point of a career can be traced to a moment, while the route of that career is often determined by life’s twists and turns. Luckily, solid education provides the equivalent of power steering and a set of shock absorbers as we travel from career dream to career reality.
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Bubbly, colorful lava lamps and miniature clay boats were the focus of hands-on engineering activities this week when Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students visited three Volusia County, Fla., elementary schools. The activities, developed by student Natalie Hahn, president of the Society of Women Engineers on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, introduced children to core concepts during National Engineers Week.
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Valentina Waters, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus Engineering senior, believes in helping others, and she sees science as a way to magnify her efforts. “Helping others is what ‘makes the world go ‘round,’” she said. “So why not do it in a smart way that uses technology?” Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Waters grew up with 11 siblings and parents who reinforced the importance of looking out for one another. Today, she tries to translate that lesson through circuitry and wiring, hoping to craft designs that might one day change the world.
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For the second year in a row, Embry-Riddle’s David Spitzer reported, “The university’s Formula SAE (student automotive engineering) team this year conducted a program with the after-school STEM superstar Michelle Phelan at Cypress Creek Elementary School.”
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As a result of the recent partial U.S. government shutdown, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was unable to dispatch investigators to 15 new aviation accidents.
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Passengers are generally less willing to fly if they know their pilot might take a nap during the flight, although the technique – controlled rest in position, or CRIP – may alleviate fatigue, Embry-Riddle expert Stephen Rice wrote for Forbes.com. In his essay, Rice noted that the CRIP technique is currently banned in the United States, yet it is being used on commercial flights in some other countries, including Canada and Australia.
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