DAYTONA BEACH — Kenneth L. Witcher has been named dean of the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide.
You might wonder how a big aviation university is doing during the recession. After all, airline flying is not the glamorous, big money career it used to be. What’s a college to do? At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, change is the order of the day.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will launch three new degree programs in the spring of 2013: Astronomy, Cyber Intelligence and Security, and Software Engineering with an emphasis in Cybersecurity.
As Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University prepares to offer its first Ph.D. program in Aerospace Engineering, the school has appointed Anastasios (Tasos) Lyrintzis as professor and chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at the Daytona Beach campus, starting spring semester 2012.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has joined Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of 99 Ph.D.-granting research institutions that advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry.
In the 2009-2010 fiscal year, 139 Embry-Riddle faculty members were engaged in 180 sponsored projects, with the three research areas of NextGen, Green Engineering, and Unmanned and Autonomous Systems considered the most significant.
Sign ups have begun for the Summer Academy operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at its Daytona Beach campus.
The Summer Academy offers several camps, some of which may be taken for college credit, including Aerospace I, Aerospace II, Aviation Career Exploration, Aviation Discovery for Women, Flight Exploration, Aviation Voyage, Generations, and SunFlight. The Summer Academy runs from June 8 to Aug. 9, with individual camps ranging in length from five days to 49 days. Application is required a month before the start date of each camp.
Caroline Brozovich’s fingers and lips have turned blue-grey, her movements are sluggish, and her eyes half-shut, as though she’s peering through a fog. The oxygen around her is now as thin as the air at 30,000 feet, the cruising altitude for jet aircraft. If Brozovich were piloting an airliner, she and her passengers would be minutes away from unconsciousness – and death.
But Brozovich is a flight student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and her instructor has just handed her an oxygen mask.
They are inside the university’s new High Altitude Laboratory, a high-tech facility for teaching aspiring pilots how to recognize the symptoms of oxygen loss at high altitudes. According to university officials, Embry-Riddle is the first university in the United States to acquire the lab for high-altitude hypoxia awareness training. The lab can accommodate 8-10 people per training session and will include a flight training device at a later date.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Frasca International will unveil the first integrated flight training device (FTD) with virtual air traffic control commands designed to give student pilots more realistic training.
Designed specifically for general aviation pilot training, the product called SAFTE (Synthetic Automated Flight Training Environment) with Virtual Air Traffic (VAT) will make its debut at Embry-Riddle’s National Training Aircraft Symposium, March 16-19 on the Daytona Beach campus.
SAFTE/VAT incorporates simulated flight plans with voice recognition technology to deliver a real world flight experience, allowing the student pilot to “fly” in a particular situation or air space, and receive specific commands from the virtual air traffic controller. The technology enables the flight instructor to focus on teaching rather than role-playing and better trains the student through repetitive, learned behaviors in scenario-based situations, according to ERAU officials.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has begun a peer mentoring program to help young women aspiring to become engineers transition from high school through the first year of college.
The program, called FIRST (Female Initiatives: Reaching Success Together), is funded by a grant from Boeing. It provides tutoring in math and physics, special activities, and mentoring to better ensure students’ success.