News Briefs

Hundreds of faculty, staff, and students streamed through Embry-Riddle’s MicaPlex on Monday, taking a first look at the 50,000-square-foot building, which is near completion. The preview included 10 labs that will support research in engineering, aerospace, and aviation as well as offices, conference rooms, workshops, and 10,000 square feet of flex lease space.
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A group of Embry-Riddle engineering students stood under the towering 70-foot steel beams that form the skeleton of the future student union as construction crews buzzed with activity. While touring the construction site of the building, engineering students got a real-life lesson from Barton Malow Company structural engineers who discussed the project’s progress as well as the timeline to complete milestones. “This is one of the most complex jobs I’ve worked on,” said Barton Malow Project Manager Phillip Sayers. “It’s a very detail-oriented job and you can’t afford to be wrong.” 
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A free interdisciplinary forum featuring scientists and an artist/astronaut focused on how astronautics enables science communication through human stories and artistic interpretation will be hosted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Willie Miller Instructional Center.
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The College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach announces the next progression of NTAS–the National Training Aircraft Symposium 2.0. 
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The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University creative design team scooped up 12 awards at the 2017 American Advertising (ADDY) Awards Gala held March 4 at Daytona International Speedway.  
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Wireless nanoscale smart sensors that continuously monitor and strengthen composite materials, fundamental insights that could save U.S. aircraft carriers millions of dollars in fuel costs, a drone-detection network and a strategy to more accurately predict space weather may all be coming soon from Embry-Riddle, thanks to new university seed grants.
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Media is invited to this year’s press conference to announce the results of the 27th annual national Airline Quality Rating (AQR). 
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One of the largest educational institutions in the world focused on aeronautics has confirmed its participation in the IBAS – International Brazil Air Show. 
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus is empowering students to experiment, test, develop, analyze and reconfigure crash sites and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) using virtual reality technology. 
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A unique two-door commercial aircraft boarding and deplaning proposal and a future jet bridge extension, designed and patented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student Dynamite Obinna, are getting the attention of the airline industry. The research supporting the proposal earned Best Presentation at the 56th annual symposium of the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS) held in October 2016 in Santiago, Chile. The honor was voted on by industry members attending the symposium.
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With the number and severity of cybersecurity breaches skyrocketing, researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Security and Intelligence at the Prescott Campus are creating a framework that may ultimately allow computer networks to autonomously detect intrusions and protect themselves accordingly.
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Do you want to learn how to fly a small unmanned aircraft? A research team at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has created the first-ever comprehensive consumer guide to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones, for novice users — those interested in purchasing their first small remote-controlled or autonomous multi-rotor flying aircraft.
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Researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC) are working with a consortium of aerospace companies to develop a hybrid gasoline-electric propulsion system that will reduce the noise, emissions and operating costs associated with commercial aviation. Their ultimate goal is to have a nine-passenger hybrid turboprop aircraft in production by 2025, and a large hybrid-electric jet, akin to a Boeing 737, by 2035. It’s an ambitious vision, but the EFRC is already well on its way with several patents and an established record of successful hands-on hybrid and electric aircraft projects that provide the basis for two paper studies into the feasibility of hybrid aircraft.
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When students awoke on campus in nearby residence halls Friday, Feb. 10, they were greeted with a shocking sight–an excavator digging into the shell of McKay Hall and dropping debris into a large red dumpster. McKay was being demolished–razed to make way for the second of two new residence halls that will dominate the northwest corner of campus when completed.
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Ken Witcher, Dean of the Embry-Riddle Worldwide College of Aeronautics, was recently featured on WOFL FOX 35 as the they took a look at how students at ERAU approach crash investigations both with real wreckage and through virtual reality.  You can watch the piece here.
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