More than 350 academic and industry leaders from around the world shared research and insight on today’s hottest topics in aviation, aerospace, cybersecurity, unmanned vehicles and more January 14-17 in Phoenix, Ariz., as part of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s 2016 Aviation, Aeronautics and Aerospace International Research (A³iR) Conference.
Representatives and organizers including faculty, staff and students from Embry-Riddle’s Prescott and Worldwide campuses led three days of presentations, panels and discussions that delved into everything from the future of business aviation and diversity in aviation’s impact on the employment shortage to unmanned systems regulation and cybersecurity in the national airspace.
Among one of the most popular events was a three-session symposium presented by the Prescott Campus’ Global Security and Intelligence Studies program exploring UAS Today, UAS Tomorrow and UAS Collaboration & Research Opportunities.
Other topics discussed and research presented during the conference included Commercial Space Emergence, UAS/“Drone” Certification and New FAA Registration Requirements, Current State of Airlines – Airline Management and Operations, Future of Business and Corporate Aviation, Decline of Passenger Satisfaction, Emergency Response, Human Factors/Aviation Psychology, Virtual Reality/Simulation and Evolutions in Aircraft Maintenance.
The annual event, now in its third year, featured numerous Embry-Riddle graduates serving as panel chairs and presenters and once again highlighted undergraduate student research projects with 28 submissions. Winners of this year’s live and virtual posters competition were:
Awardees from Live Session
Awardees from Virtual Session
Awardees from Graduate Poster Session
To kick off the event, members of the Prescott Campus’ Industry Advisory Board met Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Chandler where the conference was held. Keynote speaker this year was Ryan Hartman, President and CEO of Insitu, a pioneer in the design, development and manufacturing of high-performance, low-cost unmanned aircraft systems used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in military and commercial applications. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, Hartman also is a graduate of Embry-Riddle.
Other special guests at this year’s conference were Sy Liebergot, a longtime NASA flight controller on Apollo 8-15 and author of “Apollo EECOM – Journey of a Lifetime”; Dr. Mary Niemczyk, Associate Professor and Chair of the Aviation programs at Arizona State University; last year’s keynote speaker, the Honorable Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) who also happens to be an Embry-Riddle graduate; Nancy Graham, former Director of ICAO’s Air Navigation Bureau; James Malecha of the Federal Aviation Administration; and Suzanne Kearns, President of the University Aviation Association and Associate Professor at Western University. Sumwalt also chaired a panel session during the conference that included discussion on noncompliance of checklist use by pilots resulting in a crash.
“The collective expertise, knowledge and insight that A³iR brings to the table each year reflects the commitment that we have as an institute of higher learning to support and improve these industries that we are educating the future leaders of,” said event organizer Dr. Brent Bowen, Dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus. “With each year that we host this, we are seeing industry and academia working together to better understand, better innovate and better collaborate.”
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