News Briefs

Graduating with his business degrees from Embry-Riddle, standout student athlete Jason Alvarez knows what it takes to succeed. As a Procurement Agent and Supplier Integration leader for The Boeing Company, Jason travels the globe meeting with seat suppliers to ensure Boeing delivers the best products and services to their airline customers. He also offers some advice to current and prospective business students.
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Dr. Jason M. Ruckert, Vice Chancellor of Online Education at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, has been appointed to distinguished leadership positions with two national organizations focused on shaping the future of online higher education. Earlier this month, Ruckert was named vice chair of the WCET Steering Committee. WCET is the leader in the practice, policy and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. This summer, Ruckert was appointed to UPCEA’s National Council for Online Education Advisory Board. The national council is the first of its kind and focuses on leadership; strategy; financial models; marketing and program development; student services; and effective partnerships within online education. “Both national boards have plans to do some pretty amazing things in the future, and the institutions represented are certainly those that plan to be on the cutting edge of online education. My goal is to ensure Embry-Riddle is always synonymous with world-class online education" Ruckert said.
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As of October 2017, Embry-Riddle Worldwide Research Chair and Assistant Professor of Aeronautics Dr. David C. Ison has officially assumed the role of President of the University Aviation Association. UAA, a nonprofit organization consisting of more than 525 members representing 105 accredited colleges and universities around the world, plays a pivotal role in the advancement of degree-granting aviation programs. 
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Sunday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. – Willie Miller Auditorium, Daytona Beach Campus This is the inaugural season of the Alterity Chamber Orchestra, presented by the Timucua Arts Foundation. The 16 musicians of the Alterity Chamber Orchestra focus mainly on new music and living composers of contemporary classical music. At Embry-Riddle, they will play a program of contemporary classical music, including works by Julius Eastman and Terry Riley.  This event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Arts & Letters Committee of the College of Arts & Sciences.
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Bijan Vasigh, professor of economics and finance at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus, was recently interviewed for a story on the career opportunities available to graduates in the field of unmanned aircraft, in The MIT Technology Review. Read the full story.
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A massive deep-sea megathrust on March 11, 2011, triggered a magnitude-9.0 Tōhoku earthquake off Japan’s eastern coastline. The tragic aftermath of that event, including a tsunami that killed tens of thousands of people, injured many more and triggered the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, has been extensively reported. 
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In a new video, Embry-Riddle President Dr. P. Barry Butler provides an overview of the university’s ambitious research goals. Facilities, fellowships and internally-funded research will be used to expand Embry-Riddle’s research enterprise over the next five years.
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Saturday, Oct. 14 – Race starts promptly at 9 a.m.  –  Flight Line statue near College of Aviation Everyone is invited you to run or walk for a worthy cause in the the True to the Blue 5K on Embry-Riddle's campus on October 14.  The True to the Blue 5K will honor one of Embry-Riddle's first graduates of the Homeland Security program, Ashley Guindon, a Marine Corps veteran who was tragically killed in the line of duty on Feb. 27, 2016 - her first day as a Police Officer serving Prince William County, VA. Proceeds raised from the 5K Run & Walk will benefit the Ashley Guindon Memorial Scholarship. Runners registered by Wednesday, October 4 are guaranteed to receive an event t-shirt. The True to the Blue 5K is organized by Embry-Riddle's Student Veterans Organization, Homeland Security Student Association, and the Order of the Sword and Shield. ENTRY FEES:  Before Oct. 1: $25; after Oct. 1 to Race Day: $30; ERAU students: before Oct. 12 - $20; ERAU students after Oct. 12 to Race Day: $25. For complete race information, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/DaytonaBeach/TruetotheBlue5K.
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Grassroots Motorsports Magazine visited with the ERAU EcoEagles to see the team's high-performance hybrid Chevy Camaro built for the EcoCAR 3 Competition.  Check out the video to hear about the competition, see the vehicle, and learn about the project.
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After a successful season last year, the Eagles hockey club had 40 students try out for this year’s team, half of them newcomers to the program. There's a great post about the team on their Facebook page, titled "With Newfound Depth, ERAU Targets Another Sodexo Cup," plus you can see the schedule of upcoming games. Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ERAUHockey/. 
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In the rainy early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 – about six hours before Hurricane Irma churned into the lower Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm – 62 flight instructors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University piloted a fleet of small airplanes to two locations in Alabama.  The pilots, navigating 44 Cessna 172, 9 multi-engine Diamond 42, 8 Piper Arrow, and 1 Beechcraft Baron aircraft through a thick band of rain, were grateful to be hosted by Auburn University and Atlantic Aviation.  A new video, created by David Nixon, conveys the urgency and complexity of Embry-Riddle's fleet relocation effort right before Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key on the morning of Sept. 10. The fleet relocation was only one of the many steps that Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach, Fla., campus took before Hurricane Irma made its U.S. landfall. The top priority of the emergency operations team was to ensure the safety of students first, and then to safeguard infrastructure, equipment and aircraft so that students would be able to quickly return to campus and normal operations following the storm. Read about the mass evacuation in Flying magazine.
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When Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor Sirish Namilae travels for pleasure or for work, his eyes are focused on how people are boarding the plane and moving through security and other areas of the airport.
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Bloomberg interviewed Daytona Beach Campus College of Business Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Bijan Vasigh for a story about the increase of flight delays during the busy months of summer travel. The story is titled “In Mexico City Mud, Pena Nieto’s $13 Billion New Airport Project Bogs Down.” The airport plans to handle as many as 68 million passengers per year by 2020.
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Dr. Bijan Vasigh, professor of economics and finance at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus, was recently interviewed for a story in The Boston Globe titled "Bostonian Helps Pittsburgh Airport Take Off." North American airports still collectively need $20 billion a year in essential infrastructure improvements.
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For four weeks this summer, a group of students from the Daytona Beach Campus traveled overseas to Greece with Embry-Riddle Spaceflight Operations Professor Dr. Ryan Kobrick for a course on spacesuits and human spaceflight. In this unique summer abroad program, arranged by Embry-Riddle’s Office of Global Engagement, students found themselves leaving the classroom behind in Greece to study topics related to spaceflight operations. They connected the coursework to their real world adventures in a foreign country. Their rally cry was “Spacesuit Up!”
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