Experts

From aviation safety, aerospace physiology and astronomy, to cybersecurity, data analytics and management, Embry-Riddle’s 2,500 subject-matter experts are preparing the next generation of aviation and aerospace leaders. The faculty members listed here have indicated their willingness to speak with journalists and respond to media queries promptly. Reporters are asked to contact the Embry-Riddle News Team before reaching out to faculty.

Accident Investigation

Brickhouse, Anthony T.
Accident investigation; former NTSB; aviation/aerospace safety
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Cutrer, Daniel A.
Retired Coast Guard aviator; aviation safety and homeland security
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Dickey, Archie
Wildlife strikes in aviation accidents
College of Arts and Sciences 
Prescott  

Shappell, Scott A.
Human factors specialist with focus on behavioral stressors, pilot spatial disorientation, hijackers
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Waldock, William D
Aviation safety programs; aircraft crashworthiness and survivability
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Coleman, Ed J
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Coimbra Mendonca, Flavio Antonio
Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science; Aviation Safety; Aircraft Accident Investigation; Safety Management of Wildlife Hazards to Aviation
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Aerospace Engineering

Anderson, Carolina L.
First woman to earn a Ph.D. in aviation; recovery maneuvers in flight; alternative fuels and UAV expert
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Anderson, Richard P.
Eagle Flight Research Center director; urban air mobility; hybrid-electric propulsion systems
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Attia, Magdy S.
Director of Embry-Riddle’s Gas Turbine Lab
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Gudmundsson, Snorri
Aerodynamics; award-winning aircraft design
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Hayashibara, Shigeo
Computational fluid dynamics
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

Henderson, Troy
Spacecraft dynamics and control
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Huayamave, Victor A.
Biomechanics, with a focus on anatomical models derived from MRI and CT scan data
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Lanning Jr., David B.
Engineering; research
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

Leishman, J. Gordon
Aerospace Engineering; aerodynamics and wind tunnel testing
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Madler, Ron
Orbital debris
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

Namilae, Sirish
Particle dynamics models applied to materials; pedestrians and traffic
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Perrell, Eric Royce
Spacecraft design; jet and rocket propulsion
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Sensmeier, Mark
Aerospace Engineering Department chair; space race
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

Traub, Lance W
Aerodynamics expert; member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

Udrea, Bogdan
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Gnanamanickam, Ebenezer P.
Specializes in wall turbulence; applied aerodynamics and measurement techniques
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Yeilaghi Tamijani, Ali
Topology; additive manufacturing and structural mechanics
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Bryner, Elliott B.
Commercial space; student rocket club
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

Karlsson, Anette
Prescott Campus chancellor; various engineering fields
 
Prescott  

Gregory, James
College of Engineering dean
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Aerospace Physiology

Carr, Ronald L
Former U.S. Air Force pilot of 21 years
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Divo, Eduardo A.
Bioengineering research; cardiovascular hemodynamics; biomechanics, fluid-structure interaction
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

French, John
Director of Research, Human Factors and Systems; pilot performance; psychopharmacology
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Harmon, Glenn L.
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Huayamave, Victor A.
Biomechanics, with a focus on anatomical models derived from MRI and CT scan data
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Shappell, Scott A.
Human factors specialist with focus on behavioral stressors, pilot spatial disorientation, hijackers
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Westbrooks, Charles L.
Former National Guard; airline operations/navigation; pilot union issues
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Air Traffic Control

Coyne, William B.
Air traffic control
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Lauth, Martin R.
Former FAA first line supervisor; air traffic control
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

McGuirk, Gregory
FAA rules regarding air traffic control
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Waller, Todd Hugh
Air traffic control and the FAA’s NextGen Florida Test Bed
NextGen Test Bed 
Daytona Beach  

Spencer, Brent
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Perry, Jennah C.
Air traffic control operations
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Aircraft Design

Anderson, Richard P.
Eagle Flight Research Center director; urban air mobility; hybrid-electric propulsion systems
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Gudmundsson, Snorri
Aerodynamics; award-winning aircraft design
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Airline Industry

Abdelghany, Ahmed F.
Airline operations; author of book on airline network planning, scheduling
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Bazargan, Massoud
Associate dean for research; airline operations and management
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Carr, Ronald L
Former U.S. Air Force pilot of 21 years
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Dedmon, Stephen V.
Aviation and commercial space law; member of Supreme Court Bar and Florida Bar
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Friedenzohn, Daniel
Government policies on aviation; airline passenger protections; mergers and acquisitions
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Guzhva, Vitaly S.
Airline/airport finance
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Halleran, Michele
Director of Diversity Initiatives; high-tech aircraft flight instruction; Women in Aviation
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Holt, Timothy B.
Flight training; pilot shortage
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Vasigh, Bijan
Airline economics and finance
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Westbrooks, Charles L.
Former National Guard; airline operations/navigation; pilot union issues
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Zahornacky, Gregory Alan
Airline crew resource management; flight scheduling
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Airports

Bazargan, Massoud
Associate dean for research; airline operations and management
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Clark, Patti J
Former U.S. Air Force jet engine mechanic; commercial airport manager
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Dedmon, Stephen V.
Aviation and commercial space law; member of Supreme Court Bar and Florida Bar
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Guzhva, Vitaly S.
Airline/airport finance
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Vasigh, Bijan
Airline economics and finance
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Williams, David S.
Former U.S. Air Force pilot; regional airport executive
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Yu, Chunyan
Economics of transportation and logistics industries; supply chain infrastructure
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Azadian, Farshid
Freight transportation; logistics and global supply chain
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Astronomy

Aufdenberg, Jason P
Astronomy and astrophysics; fundamental properties of stars
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Mierkiewicz, Edwin J.
Auroral and atmospheric physics
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Oswalt, Terry D.
Chair of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Von Hippel, Ted A.
Embry-Riddle Observatory director
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Gillam, Stephen D.
Physical sciences and astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Rachford, Brian L
Astrophysics and astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences 
Prescott  

Aviation Business

Abdelghany, Ahmed F.
Airline operations; author of book on airline network planning, scheduling
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Arnaud, Anke U.
Leadership, social responsibility and ethical management
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Bazargan, Massoud
Associate dean for research; airline operations and management
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Clark, Patti J
Former U.S. Air Force jet engine mechanic; commercial airport manager
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Ferrand, Jorge N.
Director of Advanced Programs at the FAA’s NextGen Florida Test Bed
NextGen Test Bed 
Daytona Beach  

Friedenzohn, Daniel
Government policies on aviation; airline passenger protections; mergers and acquisitions
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Guzhva, Vitaly S.
Airline/airport finance
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Hampton, Steven
Executive Director of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Longshore, John M.
Project management; operations and supply chain
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Rhoades, Dawna L.
Management and marketing strategy expert; sustainability
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Tacker, Thomas L.
Economics chair; regulatory and privatization issues
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Vasigh, Bijan
Airline economics and finance
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Waguespack Jr., Blaise P.
Marketing; regional airlines
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Waller, Todd Hugh
Air traffic control and the FAA’s NextGen Florida Test Bed
NextGen Test Bed 
Daytona Beach  

Williams, Michael J.
Aviation management and safety
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Zarb, Norbert J.
Accounting; economics and finance
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Tinoco, Janet K.
Management; marketing and operations
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Sharma, Maneesh K.
Dean of the College of Business
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Ambrose, Scott C.
Commercial airlines; professional sell
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Azadian, Farshid
Freight transportation; logistics and global supply chain
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Raghavan, Vedapuri S.
Mathematics Department chair
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Cheatham, Angela L.
Operations management; marketing; homeland security leadership
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Drape, Thomas
School of Business director; graduate and MBA chair; Air Force veteran; bilingual: English and Spanish
College of Business 
Prescott  

Gibson, Shanan
Dean of the David B. O’Maley College of Business
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Aviation Data Analytics

Johnson, Christopher
Assistant Professor of School of Graduate Studies; ​Artificial Intelligence; Unmanned Vehicle Systems; Modeling and Simulation; and Human Factors
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Holder, Barbara
Associate Professor of School of Graduate Studies; ​Aviation Safety; Flight Operations; Procedures, Aviation Data Analytics
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Adkins, Kevin A.
Director of the Unmanned Vehicle and Atmospheric Investigation Lab (UNVAIL), unmanned/uncrewed aircraft applications, drones, advanced air mobility, urban air mobility, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Aviation History

Craft, Stephen G.
Aviation history; aviation law; university history
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Hampton, Steven
Executive Director of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Macchiarella, Nickolas D.
Flight training; unmanned systems; aviation history
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Montgomery, Kevin
University Archivist
University Archives 
UA  

Westbrooks, Charles L.
Former National Guard; airline operations/navigation; pilot union issues
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Aviation Law

Craft, Stephen G.
Aviation history; aviation law; university history
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Dedmon, Stephen V.
Aviation and commercial space law; member of Supreme Court Bar and Florida Bar
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Friedenzohn, Daniel
Government policies on aviation; airline passenger protections; mergers and acquisitions
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Langston, Sara M.
International law; aerospace law; bioethics; space, science and technology ethics
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Aviation Maintenance

Attia, Magdy S.
Director of Embry-Riddle’s Gas Turbine Lab
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Horning, Charles E.
Fleet maintenance and education; avionics
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Aviation Safety

Anderson, Carolina L.
First woman to earn a Ph.D. in aviation; recovery maneuvers in flight; alternative fuels and UAV expert
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Balog, Aaron
Flight test engineering; flight operations (corporate, helicopters); human factors
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Brickhouse, Anthony T.
Accident investigation; former NTSB; aviation/aerospace safety
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Byrnes, Kenneth P.
Flight Department chair; fleet/safety management; simulators
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Cutrer, Daniel A.
Retired Coast Guard aviator; aviation safety and homeland security
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Dickey, Archie
Wildlife strikes in aviation accidents
College of Arts and Sciences 
Prescott  

Harmon, Glenn L.
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Holt, Timothy B.
Flight training; pilot shortage
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Kidrick, Jerry
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Mathews, Elizabeth
Language as an aviation safety factor
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Merkt, Juan
Safety education; flight training; human factors/psychology; international issues
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Shappell, Scott A.
Human factors specialist with focus on behavioral stressors, pilot spatial disorientation, hijackers
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Stolzer, Alan J
College of Aviation dean; authored two books on safety management systems
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Terwilliger, Brent A.
Unmanned systems; robotics; author of several books on UAS
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Waldock, William D
Aviation safety programs; aircraft crashworthiness and survivability
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Williams, David S.
Former U.S. Air Force pilot; regional airport executive
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Witcher, Kenneth L
Flight training; aviation safety; unmanned systems; former U.S. Air Force
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Coleman, Ed J
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Kiernan, Kristy M.
Unmanned systems; law enforcement; search and rescue
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Coimbra Mendonca, Flavio Antonio
Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science; Aviation Safety; Aircraft Accident Investigation; Safety Management of Wildlife Hazards to Aviation
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Holder, Barbara
Associate Professor of School of Graduate Studies; ​Aviation Safety; Flight Operations; Procedures, Aviation Data Analytics
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Civil Engineering

Merkle, P. B.
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Brown, Jeff R.
Civil infrastructure; evaluation of composites; infrared thermography; service learning
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Computer & Software Engineering

Towhidnejad, Massood
Applied research; software engineering and testing; unmanned systems
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Cybersecurity

Dardick, Glenn
Founder and director of the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law
College of Security and Intelligence 
Daytona Beach  

Haass, Jon C.
Security, intelligence and terrorism; research; data security
College of Security and Intelligence 
Prescott  

Kessler, Gary C.
Cybercrime; digital/cell phone forensics; cryptography; Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
College of Security and Intelligence 
Daytona Beach  

Saquella, Alan
Instructor of Global Security and Intelligence
College of Security and Intelligence 
Prescott  

Embry-Riddle History

Ayers Jr., Frank H.
Former principal investigator for the FAA Industry Training Standards research program; former Prescott Campus chancellor; former U.S. Air Force
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Craft, Stephen G.
Aviation history; aviation law; university history
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Montgomery, Kevin
University Archivist
University Archives 
UA  

Engineering

Martin, Kaela
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

Karlsson, Anette
Prescott Campus chancellor; various engineering fields
 
Prescott  

Gregory, James
College of Engineering dean
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Environment

Anderson, Richard P.
Eagle Flight Research Center director; urban air mobility; hybrid-electric propulsion systems
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Currier, Patrick N.
Robotics; drones; environment; Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Dickey, Archie
Wildlife strikes in aviation accidents
College of Arts and Sciences 
Prescott  

Grillot, Justin M.
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

McNally, Louis K.
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Flight Training

Anderson, Carolina L.
First woman to earn a Ph.D. in aviation; recovery maneuvers in flight; alternative fuels and UAV expert
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Anderson, Richard P.
Eagle Flight Research Center director; urban air mobility; hybrid-electric propulsion systems
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Ayers Jr., Frank H.
Former principal investigator for the FAA Industry Training Standards research program; former Prescott Campus chancellor; former U.S. Air Force
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Balog, Aaron
Flight test engineering; flight operations (corporate, helicopters); human factors
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Byrnes, Kenneth P.
Flight Department chair; fleet/safety management; simulators
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Carr, Ronald L
Former U.S. Air Force pilot of 21 years
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Esser, David A.
Altimeters; instrument landing systems; flight operations; flight data monitoring
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Garner, Richard B.
Flight training manager
College of Aviation 
 

Grau, Ivan J.
Chief flight Instructor
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Halleran, Michele
Director of Diversity Initiatives; high-tech aircraft flight instruction; Women in Aviation
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Harmon, Glenn L.
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Holt, Timothy B.
Flight training; pilot shortage
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Kidrick, Jerry
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Lazzara, Elizabeth H.
Human factors/psychology; simulation-based training; healthcare
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Macchiarella, Nickolas D.
Flight training; unmanned systems; aviation history
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Merkt, Juan
Safety education; flight training; human factors/psychology; international issues
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Westbrooks, Charles L.
Former National Guard; airline operations/navigation; pilot union issues
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Wiggins, Michael E
Aeronautical Science chair; FAA rules for flight training; pilot shortage
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Witcher, Kenneth L
Flight training; aviation safety; unmanned systems; former U.S. Air Force
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Zahornacky, Gregory Alan
Airline crew resource management; flight scheduling
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Kiernan, Kristy M.
Unmanned systems; law enforcement; search and rescue
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Helicopters

Balog, Aaron
Flight test engineering; flight operations (corporate, helicopters); human factors
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Groh, Dawn
Helicopter operations
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Kidrick, Jerry
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Macchiarella, Nickolas D.
Flight training; unmanned systems; aviation history
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Sestak, Timothy A
College of Aviation 
 

Human Factors/Psychology

Balog, Aaron
Flight test engineering; flight operations (corporate, helicopters); human factors
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Doherty, Shawn M
Automation; human-computer interaction; gaming, social media and simulation technologies
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

French, John
Director of Research, Human Factors and Systems; pilot performance; psychopharmacology
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Friend, Mark A.
Aviation management; Board of Certified Safety Professionals
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Harmon, Glenn L.
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Keebler, Joseph R.
Behavioral neurobiology; safety and human performance; medical systems; simulation-/game-based training
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Lazzara, Elizabeth H.
Human factors/psychology; simulation-based training; healthcare
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Merkt, Juan
Safety education; flight training; human factors/psychology; international issues
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Shappell, Scott A.
Human factors specialist with focus on behavioral stressors, pilot spatial disorientation, hijackers
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Westbrooks, Charles L.
Former National Guard; airline operations/navigation; pilot union issues
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Language in Aviation Safety

Mathews, Elizabeth
Language as an aviation safety factor
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Mechanical Engineering

Coyle, Eric
Robotics, machine learning; autonomous systems
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Currier, Patrick N.
Robotics; drones; environment; Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Divo, Eduardo A.
Bioengineering research; cardiovascular hemodynamics; biomechanics, fluid-structure interaction
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Sensmeier, Mark
Aerospace Engineering Department chair; space race
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

Spitzer, David N.
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Compere, Marc D
Physical systems modeling and dynamics; sensors; sustainable design
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Tang, Yan
Cognitive load theory; deliberate practice; problem solving
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Karlsson, Anette
Prescott Campus chancellor; various engineering fields
 
Prescott  

Gregory, James
College of Engineering dean
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Meteorology

Barry, Randell J.
Hurricanes; severe weather threats
College of Aeronautics 
Daytona Beach  

Guinn, Thomas A.
Former U.S. Air Force; aviation meteorology and tropical storm dynamics
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

McNally, Louis K.
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Milrad, Shawn M.
Applied meteorology
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Schaum, Debbie
Retired Air Force major and meteorologist
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Sinclair, Mark
Former weather forecaster and research scientist; Antarctica; climatology
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Eicher, Robert W.
Weather forecasting and broadcast communication
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Halperin, Daniel J.
Aviation weather and data analysis
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

James, Curtis N
Professor of Meteorology
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Military/Veterans

Ayers Jr., Frank H.
Former principal investigator for the FAA Industry Training Standards research program; former Prescott Campus chancellor; former U.S. Air Force
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Balog, Aaron
Flight test engineering; flight operations (corporate, helicopters); human factors
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Carr, Ronald L
Former U.S. Air Force pilot of 21 years
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Craft, Stephen G.
Aviation history; aviation law; university history
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Cutrer, Daniel A.
Retired Coast Guard aviator; aviation safety and homeland security
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Groh, Tyrone
Irregular warfare; military air operations, tactics, and strategy
College of Security and Intelligence 
Prescott  

Guinn, Thomas A.
Former U.S. Air Force; aviation meteorology and tropical storm dynamics
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Kidrick, Jerry
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Marnane, Janet K
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Schaum, Debbie
Retired Air Force major and meteorologist
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Williams, David S.
Former U.S. Air Force pilot; regional airport executive
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Witcher, Kenneth L
Flight training; aviation safety; unmanned systems; former U.S. Air Force
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Patla, Jason E.
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Everly, Hugh P.
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Motorsports

Spitzer, David N.
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Online Education

Ruckert, Jason M
Vice president of Enrollment Strategy
College of Business 
Worldwide  

Watret, John Robert
Worldwide Campus chancellor
College of Arts and Sciences 
Worldwide  

Pilot Shortage

Byrnes, Kenneth P.
Flight Department chair; fleet/safety management; simulators
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Merkt, Juan
Safety education; flight training; human factors/psychology; international issues
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Stolzer, Alan J
College of Aviation dean; authored two books on safety management systems
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Wiggins, Michael E
Aeronautical Science chair; FAA rules for flight training; pilot shortage
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Witcher, Kenneth L
Flight training; aviation safety; unmanned systems; former U.S. Air Force
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Robotics

Anderson, Richard P.
Eagle Flight Research Center director; urban air mobility; hybrid-electric propulsion systems
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Coyle, Eric
Robotics, machine learning; autonomous systems
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Currier, Patrick N.
Robotics; drones; environment; Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Garfield, Keith A.
Robotics’ artificial intelligence; space technology
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Reinholtz, Charles F.
Engineering; unmanned systems; robotics
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Stansbury, Richard S.
Unmanned systems and regulatory issues; aviation safety; robotics
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Terwilliger, Brent A.
Unmanned systems; robotics; author of several books on UAS
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Butka, Brian K.
FAA; safety-critical airborne hardware and software
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Security/Intelligence/Terrorism

Bonner, Chris C.
Former FBI; homeland security; counter-terrorism; international issues
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Cutrer, Daniel A.
Retired Coast Guard aviator; aviation safety and homeland security
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Dardick, Glenn
Founder and director of the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law
College of Security and Intelligence 
Daytona Beach  

Foley, Tom E.
Security and intelligence; active shooter events
College of Security and Intelligence 
Prescott  

Groh, Tyrone
Irregular warfare; military air operations, tactics, and strategy
College of Security and Intelligence 
Prescott  

Haass, Jon C.
Security, intelligence and terrorism; research; data security
College of Security and Intelligence 
Prescott  

Jones, Philip
College of Security and Intelligence 
Prescott  

Kessler, Gary C.
Cybercrime; digital/cell phone forensics; cryptography; Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
College of Security and Intelligence 
Daytona Beach  

Lahneman, Bill J.
Security and intelligence; homeland security law and policy
College of Security and Intelligence 
Daytona Beach  

Marnane, Janet K
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Zorri, Diane M.
Security studies; retired U.S. Air Force
College of Security and Intelligence 
Daytona Beach  

Merkle, P. B.
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Murray, E.H. H.
Security and intelligence; terrorism; genocide; nationalism
College of Security and Intelligence 
Daytona Beach  

Hooper, Steven R.
Counterintelligence and national security
College of Security and Intelligence 
Prescott  

Saquella, Alan
Instructor of Global Security and Intelligence
College of Security and Intelligence 
Prescott  

Space Law

Dedmon, Stephen V.
Aviation and commercial space law; member of Supreme Court Bar and Florida Bar
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Howard, Diane
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Langston, Sara M.
International law; aerospace law; bioethics; space, science and technology ethics
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Space Physics

Barjatya, Aroh
Space technology; physics; engineering
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Mierkiewicz, Edwin J.
Auroral and atmospheric physics
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Nykyri, Heidi K.
Space technology; physics; magnetosphere
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Smith, Darrel W.
Physics; space technology
College of Arts and Sciences 
Prescott  

Udrea, Bogdan
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Von Hippel, Ted A.
Embry-Riddle Observatory director
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Zanolin, Michele
Physics; research; LIGO/supernova projects
College of Arts and Sciences 
Prescott  

Deshpande, Kshitija B.
Plasma physics, space weather and modeling
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Rachford, Brian L
Astrophysics and astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences 
Prescott  

Spaceflight Operations

Garfield, Keith A.
Robotics’ artificial intelligence; space technology
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Howard, Diane
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Kobrick, Ryan L.
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

LLanos, Pedro J.
Satellite and spacecraft systems; space navigation; payloads and integration
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Madler, Ron
Orbital debris
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

Perrell, Eric Royce
Spacecraft design; jet and rocket propulsion
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Seedhouse, Erik L.
Author, 20-plus books on commercial space; space technology
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Udrea, Bogdan
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Martin, Kaela
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

Langston, Sara M.
International law; aerospace law; bioethics; space, science and technology ethics
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Laskey, Lana
Aerospace; Spaceflight Operations program coordinator
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Bryner, Elliott B.
Commercial space; student rocket club
College of Engineering 
Prescott  

STEM

Anderson, Carolina L.
First woman to earn a Ph.D. in aviation; recovery maneuvers in flight; alternative fuels and UAV expert
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Blomstrom, Sally
STEM literacy and service-learning
College of Arts and Sciences 
Daytona Beach  

Lustyk, Kathy B.
Prescott Campus vice chancellor and chief academic officer
 
Prescott  

Supply Chain Management

Longshore, John M.
Project management; operations and supply chain
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Yu, Chunyan
Economics of transportation and logistics industries; supply chain infrastructure
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Azadian, Farshid
Freight transportation; logistics and global supply chain
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Cheatham, Angela L.
Operations management; marketing; homeland security leadership
College of Business 
Daytona Beach  

Drape, Thomas
School of Business director; graduate and MBA chair; Air Force veteran; bilingual: English and Spanish
College of Business 
Prescott  

Unmanned/Drones

Anderson, Richard P.
Eagle Flight Research Center director; urban air mobility; hybrid-electric propulsion systems
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Cerreta, Joe S.
Former Department of Defense UAS expert; government and robotics
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Currier, Patrick N.
Robotics; drones; environment; Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Galante, Anthony T.
Daytona Beach Police sUAS Division director; SWAT tactics; hostage rescue
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Groh, Tyrone
Irregular warfare; military air operations, tactics, and strategy
College of Security and Intelligence 
Prescott  

Macchiarella, Nickolas D.
Flight training; unmanned systems; aviation history
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Mirot, Alex J.
Director of Unmanned Safety Institute; U.S. Air Force UAS instructor pilot
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Reinholtz, Charles F.
Engineering; unmanned systems; robotics
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Robbins, John Michael
UAS robotics, engineering and safety
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Stansbury, Richard S.
Unmanned systems and regulatory issues; aviation safety; robotics
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Terwilliger, Brent A.
Unmanned systems; robotics; author of several books on UAS
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Towhidnejad, Massood
Applied research; software engineering and testing; unmanned systems
College of Engineering 
Daytona Beach  

Witcher, Kenneth L
Flight training; aviation safety; unmanned systems; former U.S. Air Force
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Wren, Dennis A.
Retired U.S. Air Force colonel; Air National Guard; drones
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Young, Johnny L.
College of Aviation 
Prescott  

Kiernan, Kristy M.
Unmanned systems; law enforcement; search and rescue
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Wallace, Ryan J
Unmanned systems security, mapping and research
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Thirtyacre, David L
Unmanned systems performance, robotics and safety
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Adkins, Kevin A.
Director of the Unmanned Vehicle and Atmospheric Investigation Lab (UNVAIL), unmanned/uncrewed aircraft applications, drones, advanced air mobility, urban air mobility, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Women in Aviation

Anderson, Carolina L.
First woman to earn a Ph.D. in aviation; recovery maneuvers in flight; alternative fuels and UAV expert
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Halleran, Michele
Director of Diversity Initiatives; high-tech aircraft flight instruction; Women in Aviation
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Marnane, Janet K
College of Aviation 
Daytona Beach  

Kiernan, Kristy M.
Unmanned systems; law enforcement; search and rescue
College of Aeronautics 
Worldwide  

Media Contacts

Ginger Pinholster
Vice President, Communications
virginia.pinholster@erau.edu
386-226-4811

Mike Cavaliere
Director of News and Media Relations
cavalim2@erau.edu
386-226-4838

Everly Chadwick
Assistant Vice President, Communications, Prescott Campus
everly.chadwick@erau.edu
928-777-6731