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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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The inspirational, heart-breaking story of World War II Tuskegee Airman 1st Lt. James Polkinghorne, described in a new book by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University aviation history expert Dr. Leo F. Murphy, offers a fitting tribute for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations on Jan. 21, as well as for African-American History Month in February.
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Aerospace Engineering major William Hess, a student on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, has been awarded a grant of €5,000 ($5,702) at a university partner Global Engineering Education Exchange school in Troyes, France, Université de Technologie de Troyes (UTT).
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A local high school senior from Ocala, Fla. will make history when he takes his final tests, including a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) checkride flight exam, to earn his commercial pilot’s license.
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Aeronautics senior Peter Codrington is used to singing in front of a crowd — he has been performing the National Anthem to kick off Eagles basketball games all season — but next month, he is looking to entertain a much larger fan base, when he travels to California to audition for Season 17 of NBC’s “The Voice.” “This is a tremendous opportunity in my life,” he said, “I have worked extremely hard on my voice to make it distinctive … (and) I never thought that I would be given this chance.”
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Embry-Riddle students, faculty and alumni previewed up-and-coming ventures last month during the fall TREP Expo. Sponsored by the David B. O’Maley College of Business and Center for Entrepreneurship, the three-day event showcased 16 team projects and gave new entrepreneurs an opportunity to receive advice and feedback on their ideas. 
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Ms. Tori Kobayashi has been awarded the highly competitive Robertson / International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) Fellowship in Aviation Safety and Crashworthiness. Kobayashi is currently completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics at the Prescott campus, with plans to graduate in December 2018 before beginning her graduate studies at Prescott. 
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Nov. 1 became the first academic institution to receive the Trusted Operator Program certification from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).
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Among the latest graduates of Embry-Riddle Central & South America’s Aviation Management Program, some are already reaping the benefits of their course participation, with at least three students promoted in their jobs while taking classes, and three stepping into jobs in other countries.
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Three Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students have been awarded the first Women in Aviation scholarships from Raytheon Company’s Intelligence, Information and Services business.
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Lining the hallway at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Veteran Student Services are portraits of graduates in caps and gowns, wearing their academic stoles draped over their shoulders to signify their status as veterans. They serve as an inspiration to fellow service members attending school at the Daytona Beach Campus. So when new student-veterans come to the front desk of Veteran Student Services seeking assistance and appear overwhelmed, U.S. Navy veteran Rebecca Perini points down the hall at the photos.
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