Embry-Riddle Worldwide San Diego Announces New University President as Spring Commencement Speaker

For the first time in Embry-Riddle Worldwide San Diego (California) Campus’s history, a sitting university president, Dr. P. Barry Butler, will serve as commencement speaker for its Spring graduation ceremony.
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Featured News

On May 20, the anniversary of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh’s historic transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, Richard “Pat” Anderson, a professor of aerospace engineering and director of the Eagle Flight Research Center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, received the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP).
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Graduates, special guests and university representatives were among those attending the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Europe commencement ceremony at the Lufthansa Training and Conference Center in Seeheim, Germany, Saturday, May 20.
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Outtakes

Back in 2015, e-commerce giant Amazon had a great idea: free bananas to anyone who wanted one. So the company opened up a community banana stand on its Seattle campus and has been giving them away ever since. Now, according to Amazon, they’ve given out their one millionth banana and are averaging about 5,000 a day. Bananas are free to literally anyone, says Amazon, not just company employees. “Bananas are a great healthy snack with built-in compostable packaging,” an Amazon spokesman said in a statement. “We hope the community likes it, and if they do, we’ll keep doing it.”
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NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer each took part in a spacewalk recently on board the International Space Station to repair a faulty computer and install a data cable on the craft. The repairs took the crew three hours which was long enough to circle the earth nearly twice. Whitson, the current commander of the ISS, spent enough time outside to reach third place for most time spend on spacewalks at 60 hours and 21 minutes. And while an emergency spacewalk isn’t entirely rare, it’s not common either. The last emergency walk occurred in 2015.
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After a record-breaking 718 consecutive days in orbit, the United States Air Force’s X-37B space plane landed recently landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The flight, which is part of the USAF’s Orbital Test Vehicle program, added to the total amount of days spent in orbit for the program putting it at 2,085. "The landing of OTV-4 marks another success for the X-37B program and the nation," said Lt. Col. Ron Fehlen, X-37B program manager. "This mission once again set an on-orbit endurance record and marks the vehicle's first landing in the state of Florida. We are incredibly pleased with the performance of the space vehicle and are excited about the data gathered to support the scientific and space communities. We are extremely proud of the dedication and hard work by the entire team." While the next launch of the X-37B will take place at some point this year, the bigger mystery remains what the mission of the program might be. The details remain classified.
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Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition will be getting a Codebuilder add-on. Students will be able to learn how to code by traveling around the pivelated universe and typing “/code” which will bring up a list of snippets and commands. Using the popular Tynker plugin kids can place blocks of code with ease and produce instant, recognizable results. Minecraft's code-builder "Agent" allows kids to visualize code being executed in real time, performing loops to craft buildings, for example. “One of the things we talk a lot about...is the creator in us all,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in an interview with Marketplace. “It's that moment when the students say, ‘wow, look what I did.’ And I see it with my own daughters when they come and show me something that they did. That's the brand. I always feel that Microsoft is at best when we are right behind that moment of creation whether it's a developer or a student. It's their success with our technology that we should celebrate. That's who we are.” The beta version is available now here.
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Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott Campus, has announced Dr. Kathleen B. Lustyk as the new Prescott Campus Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
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University’s Arizona Campus’ Golden Eagles Sweep Annual Collegiate Aviation Competition With Multiple 1st Place Finishes As Daytona Beach Campus Team Secures 6th 
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Embry-Riddle Worldwide students now have the opportunity to gain hands-on unmanned aircraft operational expertise through the Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Operation undergraduate minor and graduate concentration/specialization.
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Profiles

After piloting her first plane in college, Dr. Peggy Chabrian was hooked on the thrill of flight. Over the next 30 years, she logged 2,200 hours as a commercial/instrument multi-engine pilot and recently added helicopter and seaplane ratings to her flight qualifications. As president and founder of Women in Aviation International (WAI), Chabrian combines decades of aviation and academic experience to provide support and resources for women in aviation career fields and interests.
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Congratulations to Prescott Aviation Safety Program Manager Brian Roggow, recently selected as a Regional Honoree for the 2017 General Aviation Awards. With eight FAA regions, Roggow is one of the Top-8 nationally in his category, FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative of the year.
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I am pleased to announce Ginger Pinholster has joined Embry-Riddle as the university’s Interim Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Ginger’s 34-year career has been largely devoted to science and research writing/editing, with the objective of promoting science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world. I know her expertise in institutional messaging, media relations, crisis communications, and marketing strategy will serve Embry-Riddle well.
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