News Briefs

Grassroots Motorsports Magazine visited with the ERAU EcoEagles to see the team's high-performance hybrid Chevy Camaro built for the EcoCAR 3 Competition.  Check out the video to hear about the competition, see the vehicle, and learn about the project.
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After a successful season last year, the Eagles hockey club had 40 students try out for this year’s team, half of them newcomers to the program. There's a great post about the team on their Facebook page, titled "With Newfound Depth, ERAU Targets Another Sodexo Cup," plus you can see the schedule of upcoming games. Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ERAUHockey/. 
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In the rainy early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 – about six hours before Hurricane Irma churned into the lower Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm – 62 flight instructors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University piloted a fleet of small airplanes to two locations in Alabama.  The pilots, navigating 44 Cessna 172, 9 multi-engine Diamond 42, 8 Piper Arrow, and 1 Beechcraft Baron aircraft through a thick band of rain, were grateful to be hosted by Auburn University and Atlantic Aviation.  A new video, created by David Nixon, conveys the urgency and complexity of Embry-Riddle's fleet relocation effort right before Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key on the morning of Sept. 10. The fleet relocation was only one of the many steps that Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach, Fla., campus took before Hurricane Irma made its U.S. landfall. The top priority of the emergency operations team was to ensure the safety of students first, and then to safeguard infrastructure, equipment and aircraft so that students would be able to quickly return to campus and normal operations following the storm. Read about the mass evacuation in Flying magazine.
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When Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor Sirish Namilae travels for pleasure or for work, his eyes are focused on how people are boarding the plane and moving through security and other areas of the airport.
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Bloomberg interviewed Daytona Beach Campus College of Business Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Bijan Vasigh for a story about the increase of flight delays during the busy months of summer travel. The story is titled “In Mexico City Mud, Pena Nieto’s $13 Billion New Airport Project Bogs Down.” The airport plans to handle as many as 68 million passengers per year by 2020.
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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 Boston Globe titled "Bostonian Helps Pittsburgh Airport Take Off." North American airports still collectively need $20 billion a year in essential infrastructure improvements.
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For four weeks this summer, a group of students from the Daytona Beach Campus traveled overseas to Greece with Embry-Riddle Spaceflight Operations Professor Dr. Ryan Kobrick for a course on spacesuits and human spaceflight. In this unique summer abroad program, arranged by Embry-Riddle’s Office of Global Engagement, students found themselves leaving the classroom behind in Greece to study topics related to spaceflight operations. They connected the coursework to their real world adventures in a foreign country. Their rally cry was “Spacesuit Up!”
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Monday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. – Willie Miller Instructional Center Moderator Marc Bernier will interview journalist and author Sulome Anderson, who will discuss her award-winning book, The Hostage's Daughter, a memoir and investigation of her father Terry Anderson's seven-year captivity in Lebanon by terrorists. Q&A from the audience and a book signing will follow. Anderson regularly reports feature stories for publications including Newsweek, The Atlantic, New York, Harpers, Foreign Policy, VICE, Village Voice and Vox.com.  Anderson "writes about people existing in extreme circumstances–instead of focusing exclusively on the politics of conflict." Videos of all Speaker Series programs can be seen on Embry–Riddle’s YouTube channel a few days after the event.
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At 22, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide student Connor Shields is the youngest Boeing 777 first officer in the aviation industry, according to Air & Space Smithsonian. Shields' workload in a month can include two laps around the world with flights lasting up to 15 hours. Read more about Connor Shields and his career as a young pilot.  
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Representatives from Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Worldwide and Prescott campuses teamed up and were joined by members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) at the Prescott Campus’ Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Laboratory earlier this month to conduct field research in the FIRST grant-funded project “Predictive UAS Emergency Management Sensor Detection Analysis and Application.” 
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For professionals and job seekers looking to elevate their career and boost earning potential, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will offer a new professional education course, open to the public, aimed at providing vital information and insight that will help qualified participants prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP ®) exam.
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Dr. Bert J. Zarb and Mr. Mike Sibley, of the Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, in collaboration with the Volusia Manufacturers' Association (VMA), presented a two-day course to members of the VMA on Financial Fluency for Non-Financial Employees. The course, which took place on July 20 and Aug. 9, was held in the ERAU College of Business. The course addressed understanding a company’s income statement, balance sheet, and the statement of cash flows together with how to perform a financial statement analysis to manage a business.
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Virginia State Trooper Lt. Henry Jay Cullen, 48, who was killed in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017, was a 1991 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. He received a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Science. The entire Embry-Riddle community’s thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult and sad time.
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The Daytona Beach News-Journal interviewed Daytona Beach Campus College of Business Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Bijan Vasigh about the trend in which airlines are shifting traffic away from regional airports and instead to major hubs. The recent addition of JetBlue Airways led to an increase in traffic at the Daytona Beach International Airport by 70 percent since 2009. Despite this growth, the airport does not expect to add more flights or carriers. In the article, Vasigh says that the Daytona Beach airport’s growth is similar to many Florida airports which have experienced 6 to 7 percent growth in the last few years. The story is titled “Soaring Totals Unlikely to Score Daytona New Destinations.”
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University-industry research partnerships are vitally important to U.S. manufacturing, and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus, “a goal to provide more high-paying, high-quality jobs” drives all such efforts, Embry-Riddle President P. Barry Butler wrote in an op-ed published August 13 in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
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