University HIGHLIGHts

For the second year in a row, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus is graduating its largest fall class in the school’s history. This commencement will also see the most ever Ph.D. degrees awarded. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. The ceremony will be streamed live at portal.stretchinternet.com/erauadmin. Based on the latest available numbers, the class of 2018 includes 540 students, representing the Colleges of Aviation, Arts & Sciences, Engineering and the David B. O’Maley College of Business, with 93 students receiving master’s degrees and 15 receiving Ph.Ds. 
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As Uber plans to debut small, electric air taxis by 2023 and a host of aircraft manufacturers are working toward reduced-emission propulsion, Embry-Riddle – the world’s premier aviation and aerospace institution – has launched what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind graduate engineering course in hybrid aircraft propulsion and urban air mobility aircraft.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Nov. 1 became the first academic institution to receive the Trusted Operator Program certification from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the global leader in aviation and aerospace education, today announced plans to rename its Florida-based College of Business to honor the family of Trustee, philanthropist and former insurance industry executive David B. O’Maley. With a generous gift from David and Karen O’Maley, Embry-Riddle expects to elevate its College of Business – already widely regarded as offering the best aviation business administration program in the world – to even greater heights, said University President P. Barry Butler.
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The Hon. Elaine L. Chao, 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Oct. 25 helped dedicate Embry-Riddle’s transformational new Student Union – now renamed to honor alumnus and Board of Trustees Chairman Mori Hosseini.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is one of 12 North American universities tasked with re-engineering a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer into a connected and automated hybrid vehicle as part of the new four-year EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. EcoCAR is a collegiate automotive engineering competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors (GM) and MathWorks, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory.  Aimed at developing a highly skilled workforce and the next generation of automotive innovators, students gain hands-on experience, teamwork and leadership skills by designing and building next-generation mobility solutions to meet the nation’s future energy and mobility challenges.
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A high-tech effort to help students feel connected with Embry-Riddle and persist with their studies this week earned a top award for excellence in higher education. The Embry-Riddle Worldwide Retention, Affinity and Persistence initiative was honored by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Cooperative for Educational Technologies – known as WCET.
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Under an unprecedented and far-reaching partnership agreement with Airbus, Embry-Riddle will offer its award-winning educational programs at Flight Works Alabama – a major new aviation experience center designed to build workforce capacity across the aviation and aerospace fields.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s undergraduate engineering programs at the school’s residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., have once again received superior marks in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges guidebook, an annual listing of more than 1,800 accredited four-year schools in the United States. “It’s great to see the continued high marks these outstanding engineering programs are receiving, given the excellent public and private institutions across the country that offer these degrees. We are proud of our students, faculty and staff for making these programs among the best in the world,” said Dr. P. Barry Butler, president of Embry–Riddle.
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PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus has partnered with SkyWest Airlines to provide aspiring airline pilots direct access to the tools, support, and guidance needed to take control of their commercial aviation career. “The benefit to current and future Embry-Riddle students is that SkyWest is by far the largest regional carrier in the U.S. and is a partner with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines,” said Dr. Juan Merkt, Chair of Embry-Riddle’s Aeronautical Science Department.
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The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Higher Education Endorsement Program has provided a premier stamp of excellence in support of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., accounting program.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University today announced it is opening the participant pool for its annual student business-pitch competition to hundreds more future business leaders across Florida. Boeing HorizonX, the first official presenting sponsor, alongside platinum sponsor International Speedway Corporation (ISC), will support the newly expanded “Launch Your Venture” competition.
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For the eighth straight year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation’s most respected publication covering colleges and universities.
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Delta is launching the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program to identify, select and develop the next generation of pilots. This industry leading program complements the traditional, existing paths to becoming a Delta pilot and has three main areas of focus — college, company and community. This three-pronged approach will help Delta support future aviators as well as current Delta employees who have a passion for aviation and strong interest in becoming a Delta pilot.  
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Microsoft Corp. will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) at the Jacksonville Community Campus serving Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on Friday, June 1, at the Duval County Veterans Memorial Wall. MSSA in Jacksonville is a reflection of the need to provide service members with training and certifications before they transition out of the military, and Microsoft’s strong commitment to the veteran community.
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