Profiles

Swaziland, a small country in Southern Africa, is in the beginning stages of a growing aviation industry. With only one registered air carrier and 89,791 annual passengers, the country offers 14 airports including two with paved runways*. “There are very few female pilots in Swaziland, not more than five,” explained Zandile “Pepe” Sibandze, a Swazi native currently enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. Sibandze may be the first woman to study aerospace engineering in her country.
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Courtney Thurston, a junior Honors Program student at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus, is one of 211 undergraduate students nationwide that have been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the country.
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As a pre-med student at the University of Washington in the mid-1980s, Mary Kathleen Lustyk was working the graveyard shift in an emergency room, handling triage when she had a sudden, terrifying realization: She didn’t want to be a surgeon, after all. Frustrated by people clogging the ER with complaints of sniffles and hangnails, Lustyk had to admit she wasn’t cut out for daily interactions with patients.
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The civil engineering student will also spend next year working with other invited students from around the world addressing social challenges for the Nobel Peace Center.
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Graduating with his business degrees from Embry-Riddle, standout student athlete Jason Alvarez knows what it takes to succeed. As a Procurement Agent and Supplier Integration leader for The Boeing Company, Jason travels the globe meeting with seat suppliers to ensure Boeing delivers the best products and services to their airline customers. He also offers some advice to current and prospective business students.
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Dr. Jason M. Ruckert, Vice Chancellor of Online Education at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, has been appointed to distinguished leadership positions with two national organizations focused on shaping the future of online higher education. Earlier this month, Ruckert was named vice chair of the WCET Steering Committee. WCET is the leader in the practice, policy and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. This summer, Ruckert was appointed to UPCEA’s National Council for Online Education Advisory Board. The national council is the first of its kind and focuses on leadership; strategy; financial models; marketing and program development; student services; and effective partnerships within online education. “Both national boards have plans to do some pretty amazing things in the future, and the institutions represented are certainly those that plan to be on the cutting edge of online education. My goal is to ensure Embry-Riddle is always synonymous with world-class online education" Ruckert said.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus has named Dr. Susan L. Ganter to the position of Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
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Embry-Riddle alumnus Joshua Kutryk is one of the Canadian Space Agency’s newest astronauts.
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If you’ve seen an official photograph of a launch at Cape Canaveral, there’s a good chance it was taken by Embry-Riddle alum Ben Cooper (’08, DB).
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As a marketing and public relations intern for a startup that helps facilitate microgravity research, Embry-Riddle Communication major Danielle Rosales is part of a historic era for the commercial space industry.
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Alexandria Dwyer was able to combine her passion for aviation, international relations and security to become the first graduate of Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
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Dr. Narcrisha Norman was around 9 years old when she saw a video of the 1969 moon landing and decided right then that her goal was to build her own spaceship to head off to another planet.
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Is there a silver bullet for aviation and aerospace organizations in search of superior performing leaders? Maybe not, but one Embry-Riddle researcher is helping narrow the field by identifying the behaviors that distinguish top performers.
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While finishing her bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus, Sydney Humbert was able to implement what she learned and earned college credits while working as a government liaison for an aviation training company.
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Embry-Riddle's E-Sports team has some big plans for this season. "I want us to move up to become the strongest team in Arizona by my senior year, two years from now," said Braxton Rod, Captain of the ERAU Prescott Gold Wings. "I want Embry-Riddle to be known for its strong E-Sports organization, led by the Division One League of Legends Team." 
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