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A Japanese spacecraft sent back photos recently of what appears to be the largest wave of its kind known in the solar system. The Akatsuki craft spotted the wave which stretched for more than 6,000 miles and remained fixed above the surface for four days. Researchers believe that the occurrence was a “gravity wave,” a “disturbance in the winds caused by the underlying topography that propagated upward.”  
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Embry-Riddle’s newest residence hall opened this week, just in time for the beginning of spring semester. Students at the Daytona Beach Campus began moving in Sunday to the five story, 145,000-square-foot facility that boasts over 650 beds, nine wings, multiple study rooms, conference rooms, lounges and bright, open common areas with nice views, said E.J. Walicki, senior associate director of housing and residence life.
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Dassault Systemes, a European multinational software company specializing in 3D design, 3D digital mock-up, and product lifecycle management (PLM) software has recognized Prescott's College of Engineering as a CATIA (Computer-Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application) Academy member and CATIA Certification Center.   Dassault Systemes, a European multinational software company specializing in 3D design, 3D digital mock-up, and product lifecycle management (PLM) software has recognized Prescott's College of Engineering as a CATIA (Computer-Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application) Academy member and CATIA Certification Center.  "This recognition of Embry-Riddle Prescott is a great honor and is a result of the excellent work of our faculty," said Dr. Ron Madler, Dean of the College of Engineering. "Dr. Iacopo Gentilini has been a leader on campus in utilizing CATIA and engaging Dassault which has led to us to become only the 6th Academy member in North America and the only Certification Center in Arizona." Being an Academy member will allow the College to access to tutorials and learning tools that are only provided to a few select schools.  The CATIA Certification allows the College to provide CATIA Certification exams through Dassault, thereby providing students with a chance to gain that distinction. Additionally, the College can provide the exams to engineers in industry, allowing Embry-Riddle to gain further visibility in the aerospace community. For more information on Dassault Systemes, visit: http://www.3ds.com/  
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Amazon has been granted on a patent on what it is calling an “airborne fulfillment center,” an aircraft that appears to be a giant mothership for retail products and the company’s new drone delivery system. The patent, which was granted in April, calls for “a floating command center delivering goods from eight and a half miles above the ground.” Orders could be received and delivered from the command center within minutes. Amazon's filing explains that the blimp would remain in the air and be refueled and replenished using a shuttle.  Click here to read more about Amazon’s latest patent.
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Dr. John Watret, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus, has announced the appointment of Dr. Maneesh Sharma as Dean of Worldwide’s College of Business.  He joins Embry-Riddle from Tiffin University in Ohio, where he served as the Dean of the School of Business and a Professor of Finance.
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Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Asia recently toured Orbis, an international flying eye hospital that trains medical professionals and provides eye care in developing countries. Earlier this month, Embry-Riddle aviation students served as tour guides and event photographers on board the flying hospital during a stop in Singapore.
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In less than a year, the new Embry-Riddle Crowdfunding platform crowdfunding.erau.edu, which debuted last fall, helped students and faculty raise tens of thousands of dollars in support. “The crowdfunding initiative allows students to participate in their own success, and witness directly the benefits of philanthropy,” says Chris Lambert, senior executive director of development at Embry-Riddle.
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Setting attainable goals is no easy task. Many of us have daily “to do” lists. Does checking off tasks help us reach our short- and long-term goals, or are we just doing things for the sake of it without a true focus or endgame? “Goal-setting is extremely important,” says Dr. Robin Roberts, program chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. “People tend to think about goals and objectives in a school or work setting, but they’re really important in all aspects of life.”
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Innovation, creativity and engineering know-how are launching companies like Space X into a realm of exciting new possibilities. If you’re longing to be a part of this brave new world, careers as test integration engineers, test operations engineers, manufacturing engineers and integration and test engineers can get you there.
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Since graduating its first batch of full-time undergraduate students in 2015, Embry-Riddle Asia has created a tradition by holding a graduation dinner following its commencement ceremony. The formal event is a student-organized gathering allowing graduates a final celebration together, and it marks the end of students' journeys in the classroom while kicking off the start of their careers in aviation.  The theme of this year's event was “A Night at the Oscars,” featuring awards such as Professor of the Year, Best Dressed and Favorite Course, each voted on by students. More than 100 attended the event, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
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In 2011, Embry-Riddle Executive MBA graduate, Lisa Anderson Spencer was offered an opportunity of a lifetime - to create a new office with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). This office, operating on behalf of all UN Organizations, would have a dedicated focus on providing an evidence-based, global approach to assessing the relative risk and suitability of air operators for use on official UN Travel, as well as a policy role. With a passion for aviation and the drive to never stop exploring, Lisa and her team are making a quantifiable difference in today’s world of aviation transportation.
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For the second year in a row, Worldwide’s Jacksonville Campus has been named one of the Top Colleges and Universities in Northeast Florida by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
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David Bieda had worked for the Boeing Company since 1998, including the last three years as a systems analyst. His experience had given him a wealth of knowledge but Bieda knew that to go even further, he’d need a cutting-edge education to advance in a cutting-edge field. 
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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 News-Press titled "SWFL International Airport Scores Passenger Increase." Year-to-date, passenger traffic at the Fort Myers airport was up 3.2 percent from the same period last year. Southwest Florida International "is not a very big airport," Vasigh said. "Small fluctuations in passengers could have a big impact on the percentages." Read the full story.
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A recent photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft shows the enormity of Saturn’s rings as compared to its icy moon, Mimas. But while it appears that the rings are far more massive than Mimas, scientists believe that the mass levels may not be far off.  According to NASA, the rings, which are made of small, icy particles are very thin contain only a small amount of actual material. The Cassini mission is expected to determine the mass of Saturn's rings as the mission winds down by tracking radio signals from the spacecraft as it flies close to the rings. 
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Visitors to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando will have a new kind of holiday spectacular to check out thanks to a new experience featuring 300 drones.
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Global networks and e-commerce have transformed the way companies do business, a trend that is only projected to continue as systems, policies and threats become more sophisticated.
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Last week at the annual Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Commanders’ Symposium, at Maxwell Air Force Base, in Alabama, Embry-Riddle’s Detachment 028 was selected as the AFROTC Large Detachment of the Year for 2016.
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Maneuverability and flight stability, especially in gusty conditions, remain among the greatest challenges for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and mini-UAVs (known by MAV for micro air vehicle). Synthetic jet actuators (SJA) offer a promising solution owed to their small size, ease of operation, and low cost.
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In 2009, a team led by Dr. Pat Anderson began developing a gas-electric hybrid aircraft in the Eagle Flight Research Center. Two years later, the EcoEagle competed in NASA’s Greenflight Challenge and featured a unique parallel hybrid propulsion system.
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The hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) realm is evolving in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Embry-Riddle. Recently, a group of student researchers, led by Dr. Sandra Boetcher and Dr. Marc Compere, developed a novel cooling technology to dissipate the tremendous heat produced by the batteries in today’s HEVs.  Auto manufacturers use a variety of technologies but none is both efficient and effective.
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Two graduate students from Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus were selected as recipients of Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) Scholarships and recognized this week at the National Business Aircraft Association 2016 convention in Orlando, Fla.
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A total of 322 prospective students and their families flocked to Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus for Open House on Saturday, Oct. 29, marking the largest event of its kind in campus history.
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Embry-Riddle’s annual Daytona Beach Campus Open House hosted its largest crowd ever — of 660 prospective students — on Saturday, Oct. 29. Along with families, nearly 2,000 people visited to tour campus, meet faculty, staff and students, and learn more about the university. In addition to academic departments, several student-life programs also participated in the event, giving future Eagles the chance to meet with representatives from Athletics, the Digital Studio, Rec Sports, the Avion student newspaper, ROTC programs and more. Visitors also had the opportunity to tour Silver Airways’ Saab 340B Plus airliner, which flew families into Daytona Beach from Ft. Lauderdale to visit campus earlier that day then parked on the flight line throughout Open House. Check out photos from the event.
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YouTuber and comedian Tom Mabe has gotten into the Halloween spirit and he's used a drone to do it.  This classic video shows Mabe's "flying reaper" terrifying unsuspecting victims in the park as his skeleton-faced figure dangles from an invisible thread from a drone above. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
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A driverless Uber truck recently made a 120-mile trip across Colorado in what is the first commercial shipment by a self-driving truck. San Francisco start-up Otto, which is owned by Uber, successfully made the trip to deliver 2,000 cases of beer for Anheuser Busch. "If we work to perfect technology, we can shift a lot of these freight hauls to the dead of night and take advantage of our Interstate system when it's underused," said Shailen Bhatt, executive director of Colorado's department of transportation. Otto says the truck did have a driver on board in case of an emergency but the truck drove down Colorado’s Interstate 25 without issue.
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Embry-Riddle Prescott student Olivia Bosma was recently invited to mingle with some of the best of the best in the aerospace world at the 60th annual Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium in California.
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Whether you’re planning to break into the field of cybersecurity through government, healthcare, banking or another sector, career opportunities have never been higher. 
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Dr. Massoud Bazargan, of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, won an award for the best presentation given at the 56th-annual Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS) symposium, which was hosted this month in Santiago, Chile. He presented research on aircraft-boarding and deplaning strategies. The AGIFORS is a professional society dedicated to the advancement and application of operational research within the airline industry. Every year, a different airline hosts the symposium meant to offer the latest innovations in airline operations research. Presenters from airlines, software vendors, consulting firms and academia present their work in airline operations, strategy, cargo logistics, crew scheduling, e-commerce, information technology, revenue management and more to their peers. At the end of each symposium, the best papers and presentations are recognized by the attendees’ votes. Learn more about the event.
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Embry-Riddle Worldwide Research Chair and Assistant Professor of Aeronautics Dr. David C. Ison has recently been elected as President of the University Aviation Association. He will serve as President Elect this year and take office in fall of 2017.
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College of Security and Intelligence Dean Dr. Philip Jones, of Embry-Riddle's Prescott Campus, was featured on Arizona PBS after the third presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 19, speaking about Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton's respective foreign policies. Watch Part 1 of the discussion. Watch Part 2.
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Amazon recently opened a store in Seattle to test a new concept for a grocery store without something you might think is pretty important: the checkout line. Customers can walk in,  grab what they need and walk out without ever having to wait and it’s all thanks to what the company is calling “Just Walk Out Technology.” The store, which is being called Amazon Go, uses machine learning, sensors and artificial intelligence to track the customer’s activity. You simply tap your cellphone on a turnstile when you enter, grab what you need and leave. Sensors on your items will be placed in a virtual cart and charged to your card on your way out. The store is currently only open to Amazon employees but they are hoping for a public opening in early 2017.
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As the aviation industry gets “smarter” by relying more heavily on computers and technology than manual human controls, cybersecurity vulnerabilities continue to threaten the nation’s airspace. While October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, alumni from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University work year-round to keep the skies safe from cybercrime. One graduate working to protect against these attacks is Carl Herberger (’91, DB), who now serves as vice president of security solutions at Radware. “If we know that somebody has motive and we know that somebody has means … why wouldn’t the aviation industry be a natural target?” he says. “Anytime you continuously integrate and automate without commensurately securing, you’re allowing systems to be functioning at a level that if you take one cog out, it makes the whole thing fall down.” Read more about what Herberger and other alumni are doing to combat flight-related cybercrime in Embry-Riddle’s Lift Magazine.
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Enterprise In Space, an international initiative of the non­profit National Space Society, is teaming with the Kepler Space Institute and tech firms like Made In Space, 3D Hubs, Sketchfab and Prairie Nanotechnology to present Print the Future, a contest that will allow student teams the chance to have something 3D-printed aboard the International Space Station.
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Embry-Riddle Worldwide Assistant Professor Mary Kathleen Gorman will serve as a judge for the Academic Research Competition at the 64th Annual International Association of Emergency Managers Convention later this month.
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With global businesses losing an estimated $100 billion annually from cybercrime attacks and companies continuing to expand into the digital realm, the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals is booming.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Aviation at the Daytona Beach Campus has created new, groundbreaking high-definition videos designed to serve as high-tech supplements to the training provided by Embry-Riddle’s flight instructors and professors. The series of 46 flight-training videos are available free online on Embry-Riddle’s Special VFR YouTube page.
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Deep inside a 14-by 22 foot subsonic tunnel, engineers at the Langley Research Center in Virginia are using lasers to map the air flow around the new Boeing Blended Wing Body aircraft. The process used by NASA to test airflow is called particle image velocimetry. During the process, cameras can record the movement of particles as the laser light bounces off them. The engineers can then determine the flow once the images are processed. The craft, which Boeing says is a greener and quieter airplane, is currently in development.
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The passion, the love and the tormented beauty of the life of Vincent van Gogh is dramatized in this intimate one-man play, which playwright Leonard Nimoy adapted from the hundreds of letters between Vincent and his closest ally: his brother, Theo.
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Daytona Beach Campus College of Business Associate Professor of Management and Marketing Janet K. Tinoco, Ph.D., visited Toulouse Business School (TBS) in France on Thursday, Oct. 6, to host a Career Booster conference for students. Dr. Christophe Bénaroya and Dr. Victor Dos Santos Paulino, of TBS, introduced the conference, which was themed “Comparison of Airports and Spaceports for Commercialized Space Travel and Transportation.” Dr. Tinoco shared her views with the school’s Aerospace MBA Delegates (FT18). Read more about the conference on the Aerospace MBA blog.
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Students on the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus were given the chance to connect this week with a variety of internship and job opportunities during the OctoberWest Career Industry Expo.
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SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk recently announced his company’s plans to colonize Mars with one million people. The plan, which SpaceX hopes to begin in 2024, would be undertaken by a new spacecraft that could send up to 100 people at a time leading to what Musk says could be a million-strong civilization within a century. "What I really want to do here is to make Mars seem possible — make it seem as though it's something that we could do in our lifetimes, and that you can go," said Musk. "The objective is to become a spacefaring civilization and a multiplanet species.”
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Hardly a day passes by when we do not interface with a cloud application, database or some other network infrastructure. In the minute it takes to read this article, over 600 hours of content was uploaded to YouTube. In that same minute, Amazon can process orders for more than 25,560 products.
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Aging aircraft and an aging workforce are just some of the challenges facing the aircraft maintenance industry today. With these challenges comes tremendous opportunity for workers interested in entering or advancing in the aviation maintenance field.
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Dr. Alan J. Stolzer has been named Dean of the College of Aviation by Dr. Tim Brady, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.
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After winning first place at an Embry-Riddle poster competition last spring, Aerospace Engineering student Dynamite Obinna is taking his Jetway venture to the next level by developing a prototype.
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NASA astronaut and Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams returned to Earth recently after his fourth mission aboard the International Space Station Williams now has a cumulative 534 days in space, the most of any NASA astronaut ever. “No other U.S. astronaut has Jeff’s time and experience aboard the International Space Station. From his first flight in 2000, when the station was still under construction, to present day where the focus is science, technology development and fostering commercialization. Jeff even helped prepare the space station for future dockings of commercial spacecraft under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program,” said Kirk Shireman, ISS Program manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “We’re incredibly proud of what Jeff has accomplished off the Earth for the Earth.” In 2010, Williams was part of another NASA milestone as the commander of Expedition 22. During that mission, he became the first astronaut to interact live with NASA followers from space via social media.
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Team Daytona Beach broke ground on The BEACH House Tuesday afternoon with the Presidents of Embry-Riddle and Daytona State College (DSC), sponsor FPL and colleagues scooping their shovels full of dirt to begin the construction of a 1,000 sq. ft., solar-powered, energy self-sustaining home. The BEACH House, which stands for Building Efficient, Affordable and Comfortable Homes, will be built and entered into the Solar Decathlon 2017 international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
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In recognition of the undergraduate research opportunities, ground-breaking degree programs and community engagement of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 337th chapter on Sept. 21.
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Dozens of students at Buddy Taylor Middle School in Palm Coast, FL, got to experience some of the latest in aeronautics technology recently thanks to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus.
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Damon D'Agostino is Chief Commercial Officer for CIT Commercial Air. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of CIT Aerospace's commercial strategy including aircraft placements; airline marketing and sales; contract management and negotiation; and new aircraft acquisitions. In 2012, he and his wife established the Damon and Debra D’Agostino Endowed Scholarship to benefit undergraduate and graduate students in the Daytona Beach Campus’ College of Business where he is also an Industry Advisory Board member.
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Jennifer Whitlow was appointed to her current position of Senior Vice President of Communications at Lockheed Martin in 2013 and previously served as the Corporation’s vice president of Media Relations and chief spokesperson. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2010, Whitlow held a number of roles of increasing responsibilities with United Technologies Corporation and Cessna Aircraft Company. 
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After 10 years of service in the U.S. Marines Corps, 2014 graduate Jose Salinas is now a Foreign Service Specialist with the U.S. Department of State. As a highly motivated, performance-driven security and management professional, Jose breaks it down on why Embry-Riddle was the best choice for his career. 
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Graduating with his MBA in 2013, Henry Quartey-Papafio is now a Financial Analyst working for The World Bank in Washington D.C.In this role, he is responsible for preparing quarterly and annual reports, periodic forecasts and other related projects for operations. Take a moment to read why Henry considers Embry-Riddle the “Ivy League of aeronautical and aviation studies.”
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Air & Space/Next magazine, a new Smithsonian publication giving young people information on aviation and aerospace careers, is featuring Embry-Riddle in its first issue. The article explores the Eagle Flight Research Center at the Daytona Beach Campus, where undergraduate and graduate students are designing and building a hybrid electric-gas turbine engine to reduce aircraft gas consumption, emissions, and noise. Visit this site, then go to the second page to read the Embry-Riddle article.
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Having an office at 30,000 feet is something most people will never experience. For 2005 graduate Moritz Koester, he experiences this everyday as a First Officer on the A320 and A330 for Air Berlin. He credits his business degree for helping him to lead the company’s safety department.
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While drones are perfect for uses like surveillance and delivery service, they can also be a whole lot of fun. And now pilots who have been known to fly their drones at speeds of up to 120 mph will show the world just how fun they can be when the Drone Racing League comes to ESPN. The DRL and the sports network recently reached an agreement to broadcast episodes of the league races culminating in the DRL World Championship on Nov. 20. "Coverage of DRL lets us merge storytelling, technology and competition into compelling weekly content that we believe will appeal to a growing audience," said Matthew Volk, ESPN's director of programming and acquisitions. ESPN2 will air an “Intro to Drone Racing” on Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. and the season begins on Oct. 23.
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The transition to college is both an exciting and challenging time. Students begin to embrace new freedoms while also balancing course loads with extracurricular activities.   What’s the secret to becoming a well-adjusted, successful student? Faculty members at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently offered some words of wisdom for new students and their parents.
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Clyde Cessna first got the aviation bug in 1911 at the Moisant International Aviation Air Circus in Oklahoma City. Cessna, a farmer and an auto mechanic decided he would try his hand at building airplanes. In 1925, Cessa would join with two businessmen, Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman, to create the Travel Air Manufacturing Company, with Cessna as president. But conflict quickly emerged and Cessna left the company. Now on his own, he would form his own company and sold shares to gain capital. Victor Roos would purchase many of those shares and on Sept. 8, 1927, the Cessna-Roos Company would be incorporated in a 5,000-square-foot factory in Wichita. Just three months later, Roos would leave the company, which was then reorganized as the Cessna Aircraft Company, which is, to this day, though owned by Textron Aviation, the largest private aircraft manufacturer in the United States.
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Lea Langumier, the four-year-old daughter of French Canadian pilot Raphael Langumier has been flying with her dad since she was two. But when her first experience with inverted flight was caught on video, it went viral. While the pair speak French, her reaction as her father performs tricks over the skies of Quebec is unmistakable joy.
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Boeing made news recently with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for creating the world’s largest single 3D-printed object according to the Guinness Book of Records. The product, a “trim-and-drill” tool, will be used to help Boeing craft the wings of its new 777X aircraft. The piece, printed in the ORNL lab in Tennessee measures 17.5 feet long, 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall.   “The existing, more expensive metallic tooling option we currently use comes from a supplier and typically takes three months to manufacture using conventional techniques,” said Leo Christodoulou, Boeing’s director of structures and materials. “The 3D-printed equivalent, on the other hand, took just 30 hours to construct.” Production of Boeing’s new 777X aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2017 with first delivery targeted for 2020. 
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After 22 months without a trace, NASA has found one of its Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories, known as STEREO-B. The spacecraft, which went missing in October of 2014, was found using NASA’s Deep Space Network, which tracks all of its missions in space. The goal of STEREO-B, and its partner, STEREO-A, was to study the sun and space weather. NASA says it lost communication with STEREO-B when they were testing its command loss timer, which triggers a hard reset of the craft when it goes without communication with the Earth for 72 hours.
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Embry-Riddle’s Pi Kappa Alpha chapter has received the prestigious Raymond L. Orians Chapter Excellence Award for the academic achievement and philanthropy of its members.
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The world’s largest aircraft – the 302-foot Airlander 10 – set off on its maiden voyage recently in England. The aircraft, which has been in production by Hybrid Air Vehicles since 2007, flew for about 30 minutes out of Cardington Airfield in England. Filled with 1.3 million cubic feet of helium, the Airlander 10 is capable of reaching an altitude of 16,000 feet and can stay in the air for five days.  HAV says the craft will be used for "surveillance, communications and humanitarian aid deliveries."
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Embry-Riddle’s University Archives has a new and improved look. In tribute to the university’s 90th anniversary this year, the Archives redesigned its database and upgraded its software to a new version that allows public access to historical records via mobile devices.
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The Perseid meteor shower gave skywatchers a treat this past week as thousands of meteors shot across the sky including this one over Spruce Knob, West Virginia. According to NASA, the Perseids show up every year in August when Earth ventures through trails of debris left behind by an ancient comet.
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Joe Bassi has been many things. He’s been an officer in the Air Force. He’s worked for the Secretary of Defense. He served a stint as a pre-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. He’s even written a book. With a wide array of experience, it’s no wonder the Worldwide professor cites learning as his greatest passion.
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Records are meant to be broken and recently in a China another one fell as the Ever Win Company became the owner of the Guinness World Record for Most Robots Dancing Simultaneously. The record was broken by an army of 1007 robots all named QRC-2. The previous record was set in April by a Chinese company who had only used 540 dancing robots.   The company said that the all robots were operated by one single smartphone and that the event was done to publicize their advancement in encryption technology which they say reduces interference from Bluetooth and wireless devices.
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The Washington Post interviewed College of Business Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Bijan Vasigh for a story titled "Delta Computers Crash, Causing Delays and Cancellations. Experts say it Shouldn’t Have Happened."
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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, associate professor of air traffic management in the Daytona Beach Campus College of Aviation, along with students Kirby Cole, Chris Nguyen and Victor Kitmanyen, were featured on the July 29 edition of "The Space Show" to discuss student aerospace training and perspectives. Learn More and Listen to the Show.
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College of Business Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Bijan Vasigh was interviewed for a News-Press.com story titled "RSW Airport Launches Parking-Themed Contest." "Southwest Florida International Airport is enjoying a resurgence in parking revenues since the Great Recession," according to the article. Dr. Vasigh believes that profit increase is due, in part, to the airport taking an uncommon approach to parking: offering a rewards program to patrons. "Since demand (for airport parking) is softening, they need some incentives — particularly for the business travelers," he said. Read the Full Story.
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Across the globe, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS; under 55 lbs.) are rapidly transforming businesses and industries. From individual enthusiasts to major corporations, sUAS users are learning to harness the power of these systems, while working to keep up with the industry’s ever-evolving technology and legal regulations. That is why Embry-Riddle Worldwide created the online Professional Program in small unmanned aircraft systems.
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The Boeing 737 MAX made its public debut last week at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in and aviation enthusiasts were pretty excited. Featuring cutting edge turbofan engines and a redesigned wing to support the extra weight, the 737 MAX is said to burn up to 20 percent less fuel than previous models the more efficient turbofans create enough thrust to allow the craft to pull off some pretty incredible moves, most of which will probably not be used during a commercial flight. The 737 MAX is slated to begin service in 2017 with Southwest Airlines.
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Check out this amazing 360-degree view from inside the cockpit of airshow pilot Matt Chapman at his first performance of the EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2016 fly-in convention. His plane, the Embry-Riddle Eagle II, is a two-seat, tandem arrangement, low-wing aerobatic monoplane.  Learn more about the plane and Matt Chapman at his website.
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Professional Programs at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus have concluded a successful year of continuing education offerings, with over 10 seminars attended by more than 185 aviation professionals from around the globe. Organizations who took advantage of the lifelong learning opportunities included Chevron USA, General Atomics, FAA, SkySkopes, Virgin America Airlines, Boeing, L3 Communications, U.S. Air Force, Piper Aircraft, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and U.S. Customs & Border Protection. 
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Passion, tenacity and drive are qualities used to describe Bailey Eaton, the Florida Association of Employers and Colleges’ 2016 Student of the Year.
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An honored educator and administrator recognized for her excellence as a scholar and for her support of women in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, math), Dr. Karen F. Gaines will lead Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach as its new dean beginning Aug. 1. Gaines comes to Embry-Riddle from Eastern Illinois University, where she is a professor and chair of the Biological Sciences Department.  
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It was 10:56 p.m. on July 20, 1969 when NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong prepared to become the first human to step foot on another world.  With the world watching, Armstrong climbed down the ladder of Apollo 11 onto the surface of the moon and uttered the most famous words in space history: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong, along with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins would splash down in Hawaii four days later. The only things they would leave behind would be an American flag, a patch honoring the crew of the fallen Apollo 1 and a plaque that read: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."
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While the dark dunes found on the surface of mars might look like a message sent from an alien in Morse code, they are actually created by an influence of wind and local topography. The image was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Embry-Riddle Interim President Dr. Karen A. Holbrook has recently been named a Senior Fellow with the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), a network of leaders committed to accelerating global prosperity through fostering innovation ecosystems.
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Embry-Riddle has received an unprecedented and prestigious international award from the Greek Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, thanks to a unique partnership created by the Office of Global Engagement in Daytona Beach with an innovative Greek adventure travel company.
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Dr. Joe Bassi, assistant professor in the Worldwide Campus Department of Social Sciences and Economics, was featured on the July 5 edition of "The Space Show." Learn More and Listen to the Show. Email bassif47@erau.edu. About The Space Show The Space Show® focuses on timely and important issues influencing the development of outer-space commerce and space tourism, as well as other related subjects of interest to us all.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus Assistant Adjunct Professor Dr. Don Delorey recently co-authored an article examining the use of popular energy drinks within a previously undocumented test group – Naval Aviation Cadets – in the June issue of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance. The article, “Energy Beverage Consumption Among Naval Aviation Candidates,” is based on a study assessing energy beverage consumption patterns (frequency and volume) as well as attitudes and perceptions of naval aviation candidates on the benefits and safety of these drinks. Some of the test subjects cited mental alertness, mental endurance and physical endurance as reasons they drink energy drinks. The most reported side effects among participants included increased mental alertness, increased heart rate and restlessness. Find the Article Online. Or Download the PDF.
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College of Business Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Bijan Vasigh was interviewed for a News-Press.com story titled “RSW Airport Terminal Expansion Aims to Ease Clogged Checkpoints." For more information, email Technology Manager Patrick Herlehy at herlec10@erau.edu. Read the Story.
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Bell Helicopter gave its new 412EPI helicopter a tough test recently near Mount Everest in Nepal demonstrating takeoffs and landings at 15,200 feet and hovering in ground effect at nearly 18,000 feet density altitude, then climbing nearly 20,000 feet in the new 14-passenger craft. “The Bell 412EPI received praise for its smooth ride, maneuverability and increased performance in high altitudes, proving that our products are built to perform in the highest terrain on the planet,” said Sameer Rehman, Bell’s managing director, Asia Pacific.
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The folks at NASA have designed a computer program that will enable them to hear the sound profiles of their planned experimental aircraft in real-world scenarios. According to NASA, this sample video is “an ‘auralization’ — a visual representation of a complex set of noise data and predictions — that shows the noise differences between one of today’s typical aircraft and a possible future hybrid wing body aircraft.” Take a listen.
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The NASA Juno spacecraft took this color photo of Jupiter from a distance of 6.8 million miles recently as it continues its journey to the planet. It is expected to arrive on July 4. The shot was taken by JunoCam, the mission's imaging camera. In addition to Jupiter, the photo also highlight's the planet's four moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.
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​Construction is now complete on the Prescott Campus' brand new residence hall, Thumb Butte Apartments (T1). The 3-story facility features 66 units with 264 beds at double occupancy. There is a lounge and patio area on the first floor, a community lounge on the second floor and a fitness center on the third floor. The hall also offers beautiful views of the surrounding area, including Granite Mountain, Willow Lake, Granite Dells and the city of Prescott. "I think students will appreciate the full kitchen with extra storage and counter space," said Jason Langston, director of Housing and Residence Life. "Additionally, the hall has an overall modern feel to it whereas the other halls on campus have a more traditional look and feel."
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In 1936, British mathematician Alan Turing would publish one of the most important papers in the history of technology. Now recognized as the foundation of computer science, Turing invented the idea of a ‘Universal Machine’ which could decode and perform any set of instructions it was given. Ten years later, he would turn those plans into a plan for an actual electronic computer. In 1950, he developed the Turing Test, designed to test a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior in comparison to that of a human. It would become one of the foundations in the philosophy of artificial intelligence. Turing, who was born on this day in 1912, would go on to pioneer ideas in other areas such as mathematics and theoretical biology, is also known for aiding the British government to help break the codes of the famous German Enigma machine during World War II. To learn more about Turing, check out these eight things you didn’t know about him.
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Are you wondering if you really have the time to earn a degree? The idea of adding school to an already full plate of responsibilities may seem overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be! No matter how busy you are, you CAN find a way to win back hours in your day with an effective time management strategy. Here are a few ways to get started:
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Everyone can stay updated on the construction of the MicaPlex (John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex) adjacent to the Daytona Beach Campus in the university’s Research Park, thanks to a camera automatically taking a photo of the work site every 10 minutes.
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The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Bridge, the world's highest and longest glass bridge, is set to open in Hunan, China, in July. To assuage the fears of any tourists who may attempt to walk across the bridge which stands nearly 1,000 feet off the ground, the operators invited reporters to test its glass panels with a sledgehammer. BBC reporter Dan Simmons can be seen in this video carrying out the safety test, hitting a glass panel more than a dozen times with a sledgehammer. While the top level of glass is shattered, the panel itself remained intact, even holding 25 people in a single pane, while they jumped on it. The bridge, which stretches more than 1,400 feet across two cliffs and can hold 800 people at once, was designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan.
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A free reception for a new exhibit titled “The Art of Aviation and Its History with Embry-Riddle” will be held Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, Fla.
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Embry-Riddle’s Jonathon Metz has been awarded a Silver ADDY Award at the 2016 National American Advertising Awards in Los Angeles, the advertising industry's largest and most prestigious competition. Metz’s 50th anniversary Operation Bootstrap print piece was one of 40,000 entries this year from local Ad Club competitions, which includes the American Advertising Federation’s 100 corporate members comprising the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies and media companies.
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A team of aerospace engineers and product designers from Germany’s Technical University of Munich have been dreaming up an idea for the world’s first vertical takeoff and landing electric jet. Named the “Lilium Jet,” the two-passenger craft is able to lift off and land on any level space at least 49 feet by 49 feet. According to the team, the craft will be easy to operate due to a fully computer-assisted control system, with already-licensed pilots required to undergo only 20 hours of training before sliding into the flier’s seat. The Lilium Aviation craft will hold a top speed of 250 mph and can travel up to 300 miles on a single charge. The project is partly funded by the European Union and is backed by the European Space Agency and expect the vessel to roll out in 2018.
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Dr. Bijan Vasigh, professor of finance and economics, and Mariya Zarubina, Master of Business Administration in the Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, are presenting their paper, "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Obstacles, Opportunities and Growth," on June 23 at the 20th Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) World Conference, in Rhodes, Greece. More information on student and faculty presentations are listed as follows:
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Luca Iaconi-Stewart, a San Francisco-based designer, was in an architecture class when he was inspired to begin a massive project: constructing a 1:60 scale model Boeing 777 out of manila folders. It’s taken him more than eight years to complete thanks to distractions like work and college, but after discovering a schematic of an Air India 777-300ER online, the project is now nearing completion. To see more of his work, check out his YouTube channel.
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On June 2, 1954, the Convair XFY-1 Pogo aircraft marked a milestone in aviation as the first aircraft to achieve a vertical takeoff and landing (VOTL). Using plans captured from the Germans in World War II, the Navy and Air Force began designing the aircraft in 1947 with the goal being a fighter that could protect convoys but not require a large landing area. After giving contracts to Convair, for the Navy, and Lockheed, for the Air Force, the finished planes would earn the nickname “Tail Sitter” due to the fact that resembles fighter  planes standing on their tails. But despite all the effort, the VTOL movement wouldn’t last long with the Pentagon deciding on crafting faster jets and more powerful helicopters instead.
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Ingredients thought to be the building blocks of life have been found on a comet by the Rosetta spacecraft. Rosetta detected the amino acid glycine, along with the essential element phosphorus in the cloud of gas and dust that surrounds Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta has been orbiting the comet since 2014. The discovery of those building blocks around a comet supports the idea that comets could have played an essential role in the development of life on early Earth, according to researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland, the principal investigator for the Rosetta mission's ROSINA instrument. Learn more here.
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Associate Professor of Operations Management Dr. Ahmed Abdelghany, of the Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, was interviewed in an Orlando Sentinel story titled "Orlando Airport Reports Longer Security Lines as TSA Weathers National Scrutiny." For more information, email Technology Manager Patrick Herlehy at herlec10@erau.edu. Read the Story.
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Dr. Anne Boettcher, Director of Embry-Riddle Prescott's Undergraduate Research Institute and Honors Program has been elected to serve as the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) President for 2017-2018. CUR, with over 700 institutional members and more than 10,000 individual members, supports faculty and student development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.
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Alumnus Keegan Kirkpatrick and his startup company, RedWorks, were recently featured in the Fast Company article “RedWorks Wants to Build Your First Home on Mars.”
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Two professors of finance at the Daytona Beach College of Business, Dr. Vitaly Guzhva and Vedapuri Raghavan, have been awarded the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation for Machinery and Technical Specialty with an Aircraft specialization from the American Society of Appraisers. Dr. Guzhva and Dr. Raghavan had to meet educational and experience-based requirements, as well as complete a lengthy process of successfully completing two aircraft appraisal courses, take a comprehensive aviation challenge exam, pass an USPAP and ethics exam, and submit an appraisal report before being awarded the designation.  The professors join an elite group of only about 50 appraisers from around the world who have the ASA designation with an aircraft specialty. Please see appraisers.org for further information.
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A fisherman and his friend used some cool drone tech to catch a 44-pound tuna off the coast of New South Wales in Australia. Jaiden Maclean and his friend Byron Leal located the tuna using a drone and dropping a baited hook directly into the school. Once the tuna would bite, the line would break away from the drone and be able to be reeled in. “My mate Jaiden has a drone and he was flying it around out the back of our house trying to film turtles,” Leal told Newsweek. “We stumbled across a school of tuna and wondered how we could get our bait out to the tuna and catch them. We were having a few beers and we made up this breakaway rig on the drone and flew the bait out. We dropped it next to the tuna and we got one at the first try.”
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Dr. Brian Sanders, assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, and Dr. Chris Fuller, of Virginia Tech, have received a three-year, $357,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. His proposal, “Acoustically-Inspired Heterogeneous Materials and Systems for Microwave Attenuation,” was approved late last month. Sanders and Fuller will research ways the Department of Defense and Air Force can use advanced material systems to combat the future use of microwave weapons.
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On May 5, 1961, America launched its first man into space as Alan Shepard rode the Freedom 7 capsule on a 15-minute suborbital flight to 116.5 miles in altitude and 303 miles downrange to splashdown. Ten years later, at age 47 and the oldest astronaut in the program, Shepard would command the Apollo 14 mission.
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We’ve seen 3D printing come a long way in the last few years from tools and parts to prosthetics and even medicine. But 3D printing doesn’t always have to be serious, sometimes it can just be fun. Andrey Rudenko, who founded Total Kustom, a company that aims to develop robotic systems to create affordable housing showed just how fun 3D printing can be when he designed and created this pretty cool concrete castle in his backyard. Fast forward to 2:00 to watch his machines at work.
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Consumers in the market for a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) can soon turn to Embry-Riddle Worldwide for help. Student and faculty researchers from the Worldwide and Daytona Beach campuses recently put some of the latest models to the test for a sUAS Consumer Guide. The 12 systems being evaluated have varied capabilities and range in cost from about $85 to $3,500. During recent indoor and outdoor tests, the platforms were observed for features like battery life, maneuverability and responsiveness. The guide is due out later this year.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has named Jaré Allocco Allen to the position of University Controller. In addition to ensuring the university’s fiscal practices and policies comply with federal, state and local regulations, Allocco Allen will be responsible for Embry-Riddle’s accounting records, annual external audit and internal controls
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Check out this vintage ad from the Saturday Evening Post from Feb. 19, 1949 featuring one of the TWA Skyliner fleet. The plane shown in the ad is a Lockheed Constellation, a propeller-driven, four-engined airliner built by Lockheed Corporation between 1943 and 1958.
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Championships help carry Prescott Campus to CalPac title. Awarded to the institution accumulating the most points during the previous school year, the 2015-2016 California Pacific Conference Commissioner's Cup was awarded to Embry-Riddle's Prescott Campus Athletics program for the second year in a row. Points are awarded based on conference championship finish.​​ The Eagles also claimed the All Sports Award by earning championships in five sports: men's and women's cross country, women's soccer and men's and women's golf. ​​Check out the full list of Commissioner's Cup standings.
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Embry-Riddle and the FAA hosted a UAS symposium in Daytona Beach. Collaboration was the recurring theme during last week's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS Symposium in Daytona Beach. Co-hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the event brought about 600 stakeholders together for two days of dialogue related to issues surrounding the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System.
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NASA paid its respects to the late Prince recently with this photo of the Crab Nebula as seen by the Hubble and Herschel space telescopes. “A purple nebula, in honor of Prince, who passed away today,” NASA officials tweeted. The Crab Nebula, which lies about 6,500 light-years from Earth, is a supernova remnant — a structure shaped by the explosive death of a massive star.
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Dr. Erik Seedhouse, associate professor of Air Traffic Management at the Daytona Beach Campus, was featured on the April 18 edition of "The Space Show." Learn More and Listen to the Show. Email Erik.Seedhouse@erau.edu. About The Space Show The Space Show® focuses on timely and important issues influencing the development of outer-space commerce and space tourism, as well as other related subjects of interest to us all.
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The Embry-Riddle Caribbean Students' Association (CSA), among 40 other university's and colleges, was awarded the "Most Dedicated CSA" award at the 42nd-annual Florida Caribbean Students' Association conference. The group's president, Danielle Rosales, was also recognized with the President of the Year award. Embry-Riddle's CSA received Gold Wing Status at this year's student involvement awards, at the Daytona Beach Campus, as well. Established in 1988, the Caribbean Students' Association consistently strives for dedicated membership, community service and cultural awareness. Although the CSA has endured adversity, the determination that embodies the character of Caribbean nationals has certainly prevailed.  For more information, contact Danielle Rosales, at rosalesd@my.erau.edu.
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A tourist taking photos of a small aircraft got up close and personal with the plane as it tried to land at Gustaf III Airport on the island of St. Barts in the Caribbean. Plane spotter Sebastian Politano, who took the video, called the airport “one of the most dangerous airports in the world, renowned for its difficult landing strip.”
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College of Business students at Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus were featured in a Daytona Beach News-Journal story titled "What Airlines, Destinations Should Daytona Airport Add Next?" The students conducted a poll of locals for suggestions on how to best expand air service. Read the story.
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GE Aviation has fired up the world’s largest commercial aircraft engine for the first time at its Peebles Test Operation in Ohio. According to the company, “ground testing of the GE9X development engine will enable data to be gathered on the engine’s overall and aerodynamic performance, mechanical verification, and aero-thermal system validation leading up to flight testing and certification before entering service at the end the decade.” For more info, check out the GE Aviation release.
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The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Sciences program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has received a generous donation of four MartinUAV Super Bat unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from BOSH Global Services worth over $260,000. Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus has the largest baccalaureate UAS program in the United States. BOSH Global Services is a world leader in UAS command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services.
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Assistant Professor of Economics, Finance and Information Systems Jayendra Gokhale, of the Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, was featured in WalletHub's "2016 Most & Least Financially Literate States." For more information, email Technology Manager Patrick Herlehy at herlec10@erau.edu. Read the Story.
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SpaceX landed its Falcon 9 rocket on drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after sending its Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station. It’s the first time SpaceX had been able to achieve the landing after four previous attempts. Watch the full video of the landing.
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Gogo Inflight Internet has partnered with Embry-Riddle to offer Prescott Campus Cyber Security and Intelligence students internship opportunities. Joshua Hammes will be the first Gogo intern. GoGo provides onboard systems for both commercial and general aviation to enable internet applications to be offered while en-route. After the 2015 tweet by Chris Roberts, there has been scrutiny concerning the security of such systems. “Together with Embry-Riddle interns, the security of such implementations will be studied and risk mitigation discovered,” said Dr. Jon Haass, professor of Cyber Security and Intelligence. Embry-Riddle’s Cyber Security and Intelligence program provides the training for students to participate in government, commercial and academic positions around the world.
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More than 50 students spent 12 hours creating software, apps and interactive video games during the inaugural HackRiddle, an aviation and aerospace hackathon that took place at Embry-Riddle on March 26. Inspired by events that bring computer programmers and software engineers together, Daytona’s chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), organized the inaugural event that included awards for the best projects created over a 12-hour period.
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Students, faculty and alumni have taken the Center for Entrepreneurshipup on its offer to “Launch Your Venture” and will display their developing projects during the April 12 Entrepreneurship Expo. Starting at 9 a.m. on the Flight Deck, 25 teams will present their ideas during a poster session and judging before a small group of entrepreneurs and members of the venture investment community.
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The folks at Alaska Airlines recently adjusted Flight #870 from Anchorage to Honolulu on March 8, 2016 so passengers could catch the solar eclipse from 35,000 feet. Read more on their blog.  
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will host Project PoSSUM and the Art of Science Communication, an interdisciplinary forum on astronautics and how it can enable science communication through stories and artistic interpretation. The forum is free, open to the public and will be held at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus on Saturday, April 9, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Willie Miller Instructional Center auditorium. Click here for a map of campus.
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This awesome photo of the moon was taken by Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency from the International Space Station on March 28, 2016.
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“Live for today, because yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come.” Timothy Englehardt’s favorite quote became a tragic reality on Sept. 13, 2014. In honor of this fallen Eagle, the $15,000 Timothy M. Englehardt Memorial Scholarship for Meteorology was created by family, friends and fellow Sigma Chi Fraternity, Eta Iota Chapter members, and will provide financial support on an annual basis for a meteorology student at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.
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Embry-Riddle Space Physics students and faculty joined over five hundred of the world’s experts in space physics at the LIGO Scientific Collaboration-Virgo Conference to continue discussing the emerging science of gravitational waves. Attendees from Prescott included Dr. Michele Zanolin, Dr. Brennan Hughey, doctoral student Marek Szczepanczyk and undergraduate students Kiranjyot “Jasmine” Gill and Sophia Schwalbe.
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Associate Professor of Operations Management Dr. Ahmed Abdelghany, of the Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, was interviewed in an Orlando Sentinel story titled “Low-Frequency Air Carriers Come with Cheap Seats, Some Risks.” For more information, email Technology Manager Patrick Herlehy at herlec10@erau.edu. Full story at Orlando Sentinel
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Kris “Tanto” Paronto, ​perhaps best known for his story told in the book and movie “13 Hours,” will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the Prescott Campus.​​ Paronto is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. He helped to save more than 20 lives while figh​ting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for more than 13 hours.​ Coinciding with Paronto’s visit will be the announcement of a large scholarship in the name of ​​Glen Doherty, whom the College of Security and Intelligence is named after. The event, sponsored by the College Republicans, will be open to the public. Student admission is free. A suggested $10 admission price for the public will benefit the Glen Doherty scholarship.
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Prescott AFROTC student Serafino Bohrer-Padavos has 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).
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Any pilot who has ever flown an F/A-18 Super Hornet is aware of Leslie Shook, whether they know her name or not. Most known by the alias “Bitchin’ Betty,” Shook has served as the voice of the cockpit warning system for 20 years. This year, Shook made the decision to retire. Recently Boeing employees and Navy pilots gathered to celebrate Shook on her last day. “As soon as she started talking, we all grinned and said ‘oh yeah, that’s her!’” said Lt. Cmdr. Doug Crane, a DCMA Weapons Systems Officer on EA-18G and F/A-18F aircraft.
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Nine Prescott Air Force ​​ROTC cadets recently participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March, held at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.​ The event was challenging both mentally and physically, as ​the cadets marched 26.2 miles and carried 45 pounds of weight on their backs.​
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Two representatives from Sony Electronics Inc. were on campus Thursday to officially meet with and thank the Software Engineering Senior Design Team, who chose Sony's Digital Paper product as part of its project. “Sony is delighted to work with Embry-Riddle and make possible the work of this senior design team,” said Daniel Albohn, Sony Global Business Development for Digital Paper Solutions.
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Dr. Bijan Vasigh was invited to speak about “Competition Issues: Towards a Better Operating Environment” at the third ICAO Air Transport Symposium (IATS2016). The Symposium will serve as a forum for the exchange of views and information on competition issues amongst policy makers, air transport regulators, industry representatives, aviation professionals, competition law experts and other stakeholders. More information at ICAO website
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For the first time in the U.S., a fully autonomous drone has made a delivery in the urban setting of a Nevada town according to the maker of the drone and Nevada governor Brian Sandoval. Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney said the six-rotor drone flew about a half-mile on March 10 along a pre-programmed route dropping off the package at a vacant house in Hawthorne, just southeast of Reno. The company said that a pilot other support staff were ready in an emergency but were not needed. According to Flirtey, the package contained bottled water, food and a first-aid kit. You can learn more about the fast-growing world of Unmanned Systems at Embry-Riddle.
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Dr. Richard Bloom, chief academic officer and director of Terrorism, Intelligence and Security Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus, recently spoke to NBC News Las Vegas regarding local airport security in the wake of the terrorist attacks at the Brussels Airport. Watch the NBC story More about the College of Security and Intelligence
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Lucas Mackey, senior in Aviation Business Administration, Honors Program Officer and URI Grant recipient, recently presented his research at the Clute Institute’s 2016 International Academic Business Conference in New Orleans, LA, where his paper was voted best paper of session by attendees and selected for secondary peer review and possible inclusion in their class A journal.  
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Global watch maker Seiko recently took more than 1200 individual mechanical watch parts – some as small as 0.7 mm across – and created one of the world’s smallest Rube Goldberg devices. A Rube Goldberg machine is a device that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task, which generally includes a chain reaction of the unbelievable variety. Seiko’s recent Japanese ad “Art of Time” used three watchmakers, a song written by Seiko employees and an incredibly complex design to create one the super stunning visual piece.
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This spring, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide will provide valuable IT training to transitioning service members at Marine and Army installations in California and Kentucky through Microsoft Corp.’s Software & Systems Academy (MSSA). Today, the MSSA begins at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Next month, the program will expand to Fort Campbell, Ky.
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At 90 years old, Magda Herzberger is one of the few remaining survivors of the Holocaust. Sponsored by the College of Security and Intelligence, Ms. Herzberger recently visited the Prescott Campus to deliver her powerful yet inspiring story. "What a privilege it was to have her on our campus," said Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers.​ Ms. Herzberger is a distinguished poet, lecturer, composer and author of several books, including Survival, ​the compelling autobiography of her childhood and suffering in three Nazi death camps during World War II. Check out photos from the event.
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Dr. Daryl Watkins will become the interim dean of Worldwide’s College of Business effective Friday, March 18. He assumes the role from Dr. Bobby McMasters, who acted as interim dean for the past 14 months and will return to full-time teaching. “We’re grateful for Dr. McMasters’ service to the college and Worldwide during this transition,” said Chancellor Dr. Brad Sims. “I'm confident Dr. Watkins will continue the successful momentum the college has had as we move closer to selecting a permanent dean.” Dr. Watkins previously chaired Worldwide's Department of Leadership and has served as an assistant professor since 2010. He was an F/A 18 fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, resigning after 13 years of service. He went on to work in the high technology and transportation and tolling industries in California. Dr. Watkins has also managed organizational change initiatives and information technology projects during his career. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he earned an MBA from the University of California at Irvine and a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. The search for a permanent dean is underway, and a selection is anticipated later this year.
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The full-flight simulator at the Daytona Beach Campus was featured center stage in a recent episode of PBS’ “The Aviators,” used to explore pilots’ emergency-landing options during engine failure. Watch Part I of Embry-Riddle’s segment in the episode Watch Part II of the segment.
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Aerospace Engineering senior Ethan Higgins is one of only 75 participants nationwide selected for the 2016-2017 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals. This fellowship will allow Higgins to study in Germany for one full year. Higgins’ quest for this opportunity is one of perseverance.  
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Executives and managers working in aviation will gain a stronger understanding of key logistics and supply chain management principles during a two-day course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in June. The course, Aviation Logistics and Supply Chain Management, will run from June 8 to 9 at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. Registration is now open, and early bird pricing is available through May 13. Taught by College of Business faculty and industry supply chain managers, the course will cover key topics ranging from fundamentals of aviation logistics/supply chain management and valuing the logistics and supply chain within the aviation environment to managing the international logistics and supply chain and Just-in-Time Logistics and agile supply chain management. For more information, visit proed.erau.edu or email robin.williams@erau.edu.
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According to a NASA press release, the return of supersonic passenger travel is one step closer to reality with NASA’s award of a contract for the preliminary design of a low boom flight demonstrator aircraft. This is the first in a series of X-planes in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. “NASA is working hard to make flight greener, safer and quieter – all while developing aircraft that travel faster, and building an aviation system that operates more efficiently,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “To that end, it’s worth noting that it's been almost 70 years since Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 as part of our predecessor agency's high speed research. Now we’re continuing that supersonic X-plane legacy with this preliminary design award for a quieter supersonic jet with an aim toward passenger flight.” The aircraft could cut cross-country travel times to two hours or less and making a trans-Atlantic trip a matter of just a few hours. For more, check out this story from Wired.
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NASA’s Mars Trek tool is a pretty amazing interactive map you can use to explore Mars. Featuring data collected by NASA at various landing sites, the map acts much like Google Earth does but for the Red Planet. You can search the map and alter it using tools such as elevation profiles, sun angle calculations and Sun and Earth position. If you were a fan of the book/movie “The Martian,” the map also includes bookmarks set to locations traveled by fictional astronaut Mark Watney. It also includes the paths taken by real life missions run by Curiosity, Spirit, Opportunity, Phoenix and Pathfinder. Check out the interactive Mars Trek here.
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On March 10, 1986 the U.S. Navy announced that the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet would be the new official aircraft of the Blue Angels flight exhibition team, replacing the A-4 Skyhawk. The Blue Angels fly the Hornets in more than 70 shows across the country every year. They estimate that since 1946, the Blue Angels have flown in front of more than 260 million people.
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In honor of International Women’s Day, this week we are highlighting Katherine Johnson, a pioneer scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A physicist and mathematician who calculated rocket flight trajectories, Johnson was considered a human computer who was involved with determining the trajectories for America’s first manned space flights in 1961 and 1962 and in 1969, was instrumental in landing men on the moon. She also helped craft the plan that brought Apollo 13 safely back to Earth. According to legend, Johnson’s work was so accurate that when NASA switched to computers, they would call Johnson to double check their computations.
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After hosting Embry-Riddle students, faculty and staff for a Feb. 19-20 weekend of tours and networking events at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation presented university officials with a $25,000 donation to help fund student co-ops and engineering projects. “Offering hands-on educational opportunities in a real-world setting is a priority for Gulfstream, and we gain great talent as a result,” said Mark Bennett, senior manager of Community Investment and Public Affairs at Gulfstream. “Our support of Embry-Riddle helps us promote student success and build the business aviation industry's future workforce.”
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NBC 12 News: NASA recently released a statement saying that it has received a record-breaking 18,300 applications from people who want to enter the astronaut candidate program. This is the program every astronaut who flies into space has to complete. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott is working to train the next generation of astronauts, and the growing attention to space flight has a lot of students and faculty excited. Read the Full Story and Watch the Video.
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Every Spring, the U.S. Air Force selects qualified cadets for the positions of Pilot, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Controller, Combat Systems Officer and Air Battle Manager. While the national average selection rate is roughly 70%, 18 of 19 Embry-Riddle Prescott cadets were selected, boasting a 94% selection rate. Of those cadets, 17 received their top position choice, and one received their second choice.
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Here are some of the recent endeavors, accomplishments and events that are notable and newsworthy from the students, faculty and staff of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus, Prescott Campus and Worldwide Campus.
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The National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) recently distributed $25,000 in scholarship monies to six university students, including five from Embry-Riddle Worldwide. Wendylie Alix, Joshua Chancey, Thomas Emery, Christopher Daniels and Samantha Lindholm received awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The NARA Business Aviation Scholarship program was established in 2014 for university students seeking a career in business aviation and within the corporate aircraft sales, marketing, finance, legal and insurance community. “This year, we exceeded our expectations with donated funds hitting the $25,000 mark for the NARA Scholarship program,” said Anthony ‘Tony’ Kioussis, president of Asset Insight, Inc., and chairman of the NARA Scholarship Committee. “The aviation students who were selected are very deserving, and NARA is committed to investing in future leaders of our aviation industry.”​​
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Topics ranging from aircraft automation and the degradation of pilot skills to project management and resume writing will be discussed during a series of complimentary webinars being offered by Embry-Aeronautical University – Worldwide. Noted aviation safety expert and Embry-Riddle professor Bill Waldock will kick off the 2016 webinars Thursday, Feb. 11, with “Aircraft Automation and the Degradation of Pilot Skills: Keeping our Skies Safe.” 
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Assistant Professor of Arts and Sciences Dr. Joe Bassi, of Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus, has been recognized for writing one of the best books of 2015 about atmospheric sciences, by the Atmospheric Sciences Librarians International (ASLI) group. Bassi’s book, titled “A Scientific Peak: How Boulder Became a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science,” earned an honorable mention in ASLI’s history category and was cited for its thorough research and quality writing. To read more about the book and order a copy, visit Amazon.com.
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A charter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which “celebrates academic work of extraordinary quality, exemplary leadership, and research that advances human knowledge,” was recently awarded to the Prescott campus. Phi Kappa Phi offers numerous benefits that can assist members throughout their academic and professional lives. The global focus on resources allows members to connect and network with one another from every corner of the world.
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Associate Professor of Global Security & Intelligence Dr. Thomas Field’s book, “From Development to Dictatorship,” has been named a 2015 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine, a publication by the Association of College and Research Libraries, which is a division of the American Library Association.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Mobile Space Habitat at the Daytona Beach Campus was profiled in an America Space story titled “Embry-Riddle Mobile Space Habitat Enables Students to Conduct Research and Experiments in Extreme Environments.” An excerpt of the story is copied below. A student-run project at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), in Daytona Beach, is in the early stages of becoming an advanced space habitat simulator and mobile laboratory designed to study human behavior and new space technologies in extreme environments. Made out of a 31-foot 1976 Airstream trailer, Mobile Extreme Environment Research Station (MEERS) will serve as a testbed that will enable students and faculty to test their experiments and study human factors in a simulated environment similar to Mars and other planets. Important engineering research focused on habitat design will take place on MEERS and evaluate the issues humans may encounter in isolation and confinement. Read the Full Story.
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Alan Bender, chair of the Social Sciences and Economics Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus, was interviewed for a USA Today story titled “Will $99 Fares to Europe Become the New Normal?” “It’s all about the Internet,” Bender says. “(But) currently, fares are much higher than they need to be.” Read the Full Story. For more, email bendef64@erau.edu.
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College of Business Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Bijan Vasigh was interviewed about a JetBlue expansion for a USA Today story titled “JetBlue Strengthens Its Footprint in Caribbean.” For more information, email Technology Manager Patrick Herlehy at herlec10@erau.edu.
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Dr. Bill Lahneman, professor in the Security Studies and International Affairs Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus, lectured about Herbert Yardley, known as the “father of American cryptology,” at the Smithsonian Institution / International Spy Museum last fall. In his presentation, Dr. Lahneman discussed the “parallels between Yardley and Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle in 2013 about how the National Security Agency was collecting bulk emails and telephone information on Americans and mining the data to detect potential terrorists.”
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumna Anita Solanki was featured in a Midland Reporter-Telegram story titled “XCOR Engineer Talks About Being a Rocket Scientist.” Solanki earned her undergraduate degree at the Daytona Beach Campus.
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The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Foundation Scholarship Committee has selected six Embry-Riddle students at the Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., campuses to receive substantial scholarship support. College-level students who are planning careers in aviation, are academically qualified and are in need of financial support to complete their studies are eligible for the scholarships. The program is administered by the Scholarship Committee of the ISTAT Foundation Board of Trustees in conjunction with accredited colleges who recommend qualified students. 
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The aviation and aerospace industry is like the ideal small town. Everybody knows everybody else, and everybody’s happy to give you information – especially if you’re asking a pilot about her airplane. This lesson is one of many learned during Linda Shiner’s career. Working with helpful and cooperative sources is a blessing for journalists like Shiner, who has worked at Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine since 1987.
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