News Briefs

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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Navy ROTC midshipman Cheyenne Nelson completed an extraordinary assignment last month. Nelson and her unit had the honor of welcoming VIPs to the third annual Night to Shine at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.
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As the moon eclipsed the sun on Aug. 21, 2017, Embry-Riddle undergraduate student Nicolas Gachancipa worked with Clemson University researchers to monitor the ionosphere – a highly conducting, charged region of Earth’s atmosphere.
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NASA’s missions to discover planets outside the solar system is the highlight of the Astronomy Lecture & Observatory Open House, April 6, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Willie Miller Instructional Center, Lemerand Auditorium.
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Addressing the ongoing need for highly skilled workers in the booming cybersecurity field, the nation’s leading technology, military and academic institution have once again teamed up to give active duty military and veterans the tools to succeed by welcoming the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in Texas.
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With more than a majority of its student body representing active-duty members or veterans of the United States armed forces, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus has further strengthened its decades-long commitment to serve those who serve by opening an educational campus at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
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Prescott AFROTC Detachment 028 students Ashley Bergstrom and Tymothy Anderson have received the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Award for the Southwest region. The SAME ROTC Award of Merit is a bronze medal with bronze key replica, authorized in 1948 to be awarded annually to outstanding junior and senior engineering students in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). This is the second straight year that Cadet Bergstrom has received the award.
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Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus, through its Office of Professional Education, has signed an agreement with U.K.-based Flyco Training Solutions (Flyco) to offer an array of online, self-paced, self-guided aviation courses to airline, business aviation and general aviation customers worldwide. Flyco offers an extensive e-library consisting of courses for pilots, cabin crew members, dispatchers, technicians, managers, handling personnel, loadmasters and ground personnel. The company provides mobile access to its resources as well as offline training options. "We are delighted to announce this newly formed teaming agreement with such a valuable name in the industry,” said Ergin Erdin, chief executive officer of Flyco. “With our new partners, we are hoping to achieve great results in the U.S. market as we are truly looking forward to our working together.” Under the agreement, Embry-Riddle will be able to create reports and monitor student progress using Flyco’s advanced reporting system and other e-learning tools. The company’s unique Learning Management System and courses are prepared in strict compliance with, and guidance from regulatory authorities such as the Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency, International Civil Aviation Organization and International Air Transport Association. “E-learning is undeniably one of the fastest-growing learning tools in aviation and Flyco is one of the leaders in the aviation e-learning market today,” said Gary Burke, director of the Office of Professional Education at Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus. “By combining the tried and tested methods of conventional training offered by our university with the new-generation computer-based training technology of Flyco, our users will be able to improve their skills both online and offline wherever they are. We believe our strong partnership will yield great results.”
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In recognition of its groundbreaking and ongoing success in online and professional education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus is the first institute of higher learning to successfully complete and excel in all categories of The University of Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) National Council for Online Education Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership Review.
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The 28th annual national Airline Quality Rating (AQR), the longest-running and most established measure of airline quality, will be announced on April 9. AQR researchers use a combination of performance-based data that allows comparison of the actual performance of airlines with the public perception of airline quality.
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Embry-Riddle Worldwide faculty, staff, students and graduates recently took part in a world record-breaking unmanned aerial package delivery destined to make future drone delivery a reality.
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