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Embry-Riddle Selects Dr. Michael Hickey as Assistant Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
Daytona Beach, FL , April 12, 2012
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has announced it will promote one of its own, Dr. Michael Hickey, to the position of Assistant Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, effective this May.
He is currently Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle and Interim Chair of the college’s Physical Sciences Department. He joined Embry-Riddle in 2002 as a Physics professor.
“Mike was chosen for this position after a national search,” said Dr. Christina Frederick-Recascino, Senior Executive Vice President for Academics and Research. “The University received applications from across the country, but with Mike’s outstanding research career, administrative experience and knowledge of Embry-Riddle, he stood out as the top candidate. This summer he’ll begin coordinating with my office to enhance faculty research and create an Office of Graduate Studies.”
Dr. Hickey has published approximately 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals describing numerical simulations of acoustic-gravity waves in the terrestrial and planetary atmospheres, has delivered more than 100 presentations, and has received almost $4 million in funding as Principal Investigator for his research programs. He was previously a contractor at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center for several years, providing expertise on the upper atmosphere environment. From there he moved to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (1992-1998) and later to Clemson University (1998-2002).
From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Hickey served on the board of directors of Space Florida, a public-private partnership of leaders in government, education, military and business established by the Florida Legislature to develop and promote the state’s aerospace resources. Previously (2009-2010) he was Associate Director of the Florida Space Grant Consortium and has served on its advisory board since 2005; the organization supports the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry by providing grants, scholarships and fellowships to students and educators involved in Florida higher education.
Dr. Hickey received Embry-Riddle’s Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award in 2005 and two years later was elected a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.
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