Profiles

Trevor Goodwin, who designs and develops computer applications within the Unity engine, an all-in-one digital experience creation suite, recently joined Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus as manager of the new Virtual Reality Lab. He’s enthusiastic about leveraging virtual reality systems to advance aviation safety. “Any sort of high-risk training can be done inside a virtual environment at low cost, compared to being out in the field,” said Goodwin, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Digital Media at the University of Central Florida (UCF). “Every type of training can be dangerous sometimes. In a lab with a virtual headset, you’re in a controlled environment with people supporting you, so you can focus on learning, with fewer distractions.”
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Valentina Waters, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus Engineering senior, believes in helping others, and she sees science as a way to magnify her efforts. “Helping others is what ‘makes the world go ‘round,’” she said. “So why not do it in a smart way that uses technology?” Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Waters grew up with 11 siblings and parents who reinforced the importance of looking out for one another. Today, she tries to translate that lesson through circuitry and wiring, hoping to craft designs that might one day change the world.
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A new Broadcast Meteorology study track for Communication majors at the Daytona Beach Campus will offer exciting career options for students, according to new Assistant Professor of Meteorology Rob Eicher.
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After nearly 10 years in the TV weather business, meteorologist and environmental reporter Vicki Graf (’07) has grown used to the bright lights and cameras of broadcast news. When she’s on the air, she likes to believe that she’s presenting to just the handful of crew members in the studio with her, rather than the thousands of people watching at home. That’s how she beats the nerves, she said, and it works. That’s how she feels comfortable and even natural in front of the camera — but it wasn’t always like this.
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On Aug. 12 this year, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe blasted into space atop a Delta 4-Heavy rocket as part of the first-ever scientific mission to “touch” and better understand the sun.
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Research could suggest better responses to bacterial pathogens in space environments – and in healthcare facilities, where antibiotic-resistant bacteria have inadvertently been encouraged, said Embry-Riddle’s Dr. James Novak.
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Dr. Remzi Seker, director of the Cybersecurity and Assured Systems Engineering (CyBASE) Center, professor of Computer Science and an accomplished scholar in the field of cybersecurity has accepted the position of Embry-Riddle Research Fellow.
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As a boy growing up in Iceland, Snorri Gudmundsson put a lot of thought into how airplanes could fly. During many trips to a nearby airport in Reykjavik with his father, he asked, “How can something made of metal become airborne? It’s heavy. How can it lift off?” If he wanted to understand, Gudmundsson’s father told him, he needed to read a lot and do mathematics.
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Swaziland, a small country in Southern Africa, is in the beginning stages of a growing aviation industry. With only one registered air carrier and 89,791 annual passengers, the country offers 14 airports including two with paved runways*. “There are very few female pilots in Swaziland, not more than five,” explained Zandile “Pepe” Sibandze, a Swazi native currently enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. Sibandze may be the first woman to study aerospace engineering in her country.
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Courtney Thurston, a junior Honors Program student at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus, is one of 211 undergraduate students nationwide that have been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships in the country.
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As a pre-med student at the University of Washington in the mid-1980s, Mary Kathleen Lustyk was working the graveyard shift in an emergency room, handling triage when she had a sudden, terrifying realization: She didn’t want to be a surgeon, after all. Frustrated by people clogging the ER with complaints of sniffles and hangnails, Lustyk had to admit she wasn’t cut out for daily interactions with patients.
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The civil engineering student will also spend next year working with other invited students from around the world addressing social challenges for the Nobel Peace Center.
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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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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus has named Dr. Susan L. Ganter to the position of Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
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