Alumni News: Asia’s Aviation Industry Undergoes Rapid Growth

Commercial aviation in Singapore is thriving — and nowhere is that more evident than at the city-state’s Changi International Airport. Take a stroll through any of its four terminals (with a fifth on the way) and you find symbolic reminders of an industry in full bloom. There are lush gardens featuring sunflowers, orchids and butterflies; a kinetic rain sculpture; and in the ultimate expression of growth and connectivity, a nearly 27-foot-tall digital social tree sculpture. This interactive art installation allows passengers to display their photos and videos on a panel of high-definition screens that form the tree's "crown."
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It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Friday and Embry-Riddle graduate Dennis Jones, now the managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has already put in half a day’s work, having clocked in before most people have gotten out of bed. There’s a small crowd gathered outside his office, waiting for him to wrap up our phone conversation so he can get back to the day-to-day operations of the NTSB.
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For the second year in a row, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus is graduating its largest fall class in the school’s history. This commencement will also see the most ever Ph.D. degrees awarded. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. The ceremony will be streamed live at portal.stretchinternet.com/erauadmin. Based on the latest available numbers, the class of 2018 includes 540 students, representing the Colleges of Aviation, Arts & Sciences, Engineering and the David B. O’Maley College of Business, with 93 students receiving master’s degrees and 15 receiving Ph.Ds. 
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A self-directed spacecraft rotates on a platform inside a glass enclosed test chamber in the Engineering Physics Propulsion Lab in the College of Arts & Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Nearby, a student wearing a virtual reality headset maneuvers a 3D digital version of the spacecraft through a simulated Martian atmosphere.
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As Uber plans to debut small, electric air taxis by 2023 and a host of aircraft manufacturers are working toward reduced-emission propulsion, Embry-Riddle – the world’s premier aviation and aerospace institution – has launched what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind graduate engineering course in hybrid aircraft propulsion and urban air mobility aircraft.
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Dear Embry-Riddle community, It is with great sorrow that I write to advise you that colleague and former Commander of the Naval ROTC Unit at the Daytona Beach Campus, retired U.S. Navy Captain Randall J. Lynch and his father, Jay, were fatally injured in an aircraft accident in Arizona on Friday. 
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Research by Embry-Riddle’s Dr. Hugo Castillo that challenges conventional thinking about the impacts of low-level radiation exposure has drawn international attention from other scientists — and from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
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PRESCOTT, Ariz. – A total of 249 students representing Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott and Worldwide Campuses will graduate at the University’s Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Prescott Valley Event Center.
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