Summer Lift Issue Highlights Research Expansion and Alumni Triumphs

Embry-Riddle alumnus Shinji Maeda
After losing sight in one eye as a teen, alumnus Shinji Maeda (’05) thought his longtime dream of becoming a pilot was destroyed. His journey back into the flight deck (and around the world) is covered in the latest edition of Embry-Riddle’s Lift magazine. (Photo: Yoshi Fujii)

In the latest issue of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Lift magazine, you’ll find stories about our people triumphing over adversity, leading the way at the forward edge of technology and innovating solutions to pressing problems.

The current edition of Lift showcases:

  • Embry-Riddle efforts to elevate innovation by establishing research centers and hiring faculty to focus on the issues most pressing to aviation, including safety, cybersecurity and job generation. These efforts include the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety, the Center for Aerospace Resilience and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Center for Aerospace Technology.
  • Shinji Maeda (’05), who lost vision in one eye as a teenager. His Embry-Riddle professors encouraged him to keep going toward his pilot’s license. That was the beginning of his Earthrounder flight.
  • Famed photographer Charles Clyde Ebbets, known for his photo “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” in 1932, who documented Royal Air Force training with Riddle Aeronautical Institute at Carlstrom Field.
  • Deputy Jason Grubbs (’00), leader of a unit of uncrewed aircraft system operators at the Story County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa. They are called upon by law enforcement agencies at all levels to assist in emergencies and make crime scenes safer for officers.

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Email feedback to Editor Diana Mazzella at liftmag@erau.edu.

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