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After learning that their peers had great ideas for ventures but needed extra support, Embry-Riddle students Ludy Castro, Younkyung “Cleo” Cho and Anthony Matthews got the idea to help other students start businesses from the comfort of their own dorm room.
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An Embry-Riddle team earned finalist status in the Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3). They will now go head to head with competitors at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California, Los Angeles and other top institutions.
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Calling all space enthusiasts! Have you ever dreamed of meeting legendary moon walker Buzz Aldrin or former Commander of the International Space Station Terry Virts? Now’s your chance.
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Dr. Juan Merkt, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor for the Department of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Campus, was elected to the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) Board of Trustees for a three-year term, and will act as a representative for Embry-Riddle as an Educator Trustee. Merkt’s term, which starts July 2017, is the culmination of over 20 years of active membership within the AABI—with Merkt previously serving as chair of the AABI’s International and Criteria Committees since 2004 and 2007, respectively. 
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TribLive interviewed Daytona Beach Campus College of Business Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Bijan Vasigh for a story about the Pittsburgh International Airport investing $3 million into small startup airline OneJet in order to help expand its services. OneJet offers nonstop service to regional destinations that larger airlines don't fly to, which plays a key role in the Pittsburgh airport's comeback strategy. "Smaller airports have no choice (to grow) except giving some kind of incentive," Vasigh said. The story is titled "Looking to grow its airport, Pittsburgh invests $3M in startup OneJet."
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Embry-Riddle Eagles from the Asia Campus in Singapore attended the inaugural Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia exhibition and Trade Show last month.
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Alexandria Dwyer was able to combine her passion for aviation, international relations and security to become the first graduate of Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
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Sporting "Star Trek – The Original Series" team uniforms, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Spelling Bee Team on May 18 dominated their opponents, correctly spelling 19 words in a row to retain their status as champions of an annual fund-raising event organized by the Volusia Literacy Council and presented by Bethune-Cookman University.
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Over 900 Air Force ROTC cadets and students from across the country gathered in Orlando for the 67th Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings National Conclave (NATCON). This year’s conclave was hosted Embry-Riddle’s Silver Wings Challenger Chapter in Daytona Beach and the Arnold Air Society Steven M. Scherp Squadron in Prescott.
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Dr. Elisabeth Murray, Assistant Professor of Security Studies and International Affairs, has been elected president of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS). She is the first female president to lead the organization, where she has been a long-time member, having served most recently as executive secretary. “I'm thrilled to be representing The Department of Security Studies and International Affairs, the College of Arts & Sciences and Embry-Riddle as I continue serving my fellow genocide scholars in this new capacity,” said Murray. Murray is a historical sociologist with degrees in Political Science, Nationalism Studies and International Relations. Her current research focuses on famine in Eastern Africa. She is particularly interested in the use of new humanitarian technologies as atrocity prevention mechanisms. Founded in 2005, the International Network of Genocide Scholars is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to fostering scholarly multi-disciplinary exchange and academic debate in the field of genocide studies. Learn more about INoGS at www.inogs.com.
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On Sunday, April 23, a group of six Embry-Riddle students set out with the intention of breaking as many Prescott Campus records as there were members of their team. That same afternoon, the team flew an extreme rocket-- known as M3R (Mach 3 Rocket)-- in hopes that it would carve their names into Prescott Campus history.
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Students at the Daytona Beach campus can now enroll in up to four semesters of three strategic languages—Russian, Arabic and Spanish—because of a partnership with Stetson and Bethune-Cookman Universities.
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A new study posits the possibility that package delivery will become the largest segment of the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. The research was conducted by four authors — Darryl Jenkins, Bijan Vasigh, Clint Oster, and Tulinda Larsen — and states that the commercial UAS industry, as a disruptive technology, will act similarly to other disruptive industries in the past and grow at exponential rates. “The economic annual savings to logistics companies will be at least $2 billion, for our pessimistic forecast," the authors go on to forecast. "For our midrange forecast (of 50 million daily operations), savings are projected at $10 billion.” Read the Full Report.
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Embry-Riddle engineering physics and computational mathematics undergraduate student Austin Ogle has been awarded a prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in Kyrgyzstan during the 2017-18 academic year. Austin, a member of the Honors Program at the Daytona Beach Campus, will be learning the Russian language at the School of Russian and Asian Studies in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan as part of a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.
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The International Aerobatic Club held their first competition of 2017 a few weeks ago in Dunnellon, Florida, where three Eagles from the Daytona Beach Campus competed in Eagle Sport Aviation Club’s Pitts S-2B. Despite the short time the competitors had for preparation and practice, Nikolett Ficze finished first in the Primary category, Hunter Havener second, and Loren Marburg fifth.
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