Embry-Riddle Asia Welcomes New Women in Aviation International Chapter on Campus
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia has reached another milestone with the recent recognition of its own Women in Aviation International chapter, becoming the fourth campus at the world’s leading aerospace educator to support a branch of this prestigious organization.
The Provisional ERAU Singapore Chapter of Women in Aviation International was designated in late September and reflects the dedicated efforts of Dr. Somi Shin, a full-time faculty member at Embry-Riddle Asia.
“The establishment of the provisional WAI chapter at Embry-Riddle Asia is a significant milestone for our campus and the aviation industry in the region,” said Matthew Flaherty, Vice Chancellor & Head of Asia. “It is a testament to our commitment to supporting diversity in aviation and providing the resources, networking opportunities and financial support needed for success.”
Dr. Shin said she was excited to see the new chapter being launched in Singapore.
“Kudos to the chapter members for their hard work during the application process,” she said. “We couldn't have done this without the encouragement and support of the leadership team of our campus. It was heartening to see that we received such strong responses from our students when we started circulating the idea of starting our own chapter. Being part of this wonderful organization will only strengthen the enthusiasm and curiosity our students have for aviation."
With women now comprising just 3% of the aviation industry, WAI is dedicated to Investing in the current and future workforce, developing an inclusive and sustainable industry and inspiring young girls to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace.
WAI offers year-round resources to assist women in aviation and provides educational outreach programs to young people nationally and internationally, including its renowned Girls in Aviation Day program for girls ages 8 to 17.
WAI’s members include astronauts, pilots, maintenance technicians, engineers, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, students, air show performers, airport managers and many others.
In keeping with the true WAI spirit, all four Embry-Riddle chapters offer the ability to learn about and discuss the latest trends in the industry and promote WAI’s mission of empowering everyone who has a passion for aviation and a desire to succeed in this exciting industry.
With world-class instructors, strong regional partnerships and deep connections to the aviation and aerospace industry, Embry-Riddle Asia is dedicated to ensuring that students receive the stellar education and career opportunities that Embry‑Riddle has been providing for almost 100 years, and the recognition of Asia’s own WAI chapter is another step toward reaching that goal.