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In this issue... September 2011
UNIVERSITY NEWS - ERAU Honors 10th Anniversary of Tragic Attacks... Grand Opening of James Hagedorn Aviation Complex...Aerospace Engineering Named Best in Nation... PRESCOTT CAMPUS - Flight Training Reaches New Heights at Prescott...ERAU Hosts UAS Symposium for Arizona Officials... ALUMNI NEWS - Alumni Gather At AOPA Aviation Summit...Worldwide Graduates Rock the Boat in Seattle... DAYTONA BEACH CAMPUS - Eco-Eagle Heads to Green Flight Challenge...Spacecraft Fuel Dynamics in Weightlessness... WORLDWIDE CAMPUS - New Master of Systems Engineering to Launch ATHLETICS - Eagle Men's Soccer Sets New Record... CLASS NOTES - IN MEMORIAM - CAREERS
James Hagedorn Aviation Complex Opens
It was almost business as usual at the newly completed James Hagedorn Aviation Complex on Friday, Sept. 9: students commanding airplanes roared across the sky above the most modern flight and maintenance instruction facility in the world, even as hundreds of people gathered below for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
With a standing room-only crowd at the grand opening event, government officials and community members crowded the courtyard and lined the rooftop of the new Emil Buehler Aviation Maintenance Science building to witness a special moment in Embry-Riddle history.
Standing in front of the flight line and beneath a monumental stainless-steel sculpture, Embry-Riddle President and CEO John P. Johnson, Ph.D., described the occasion as an “historic event” for the university. Read more, see multimedia highlights or watch a time lapse video of construction.
ERAU Honors 10th Anniversary of Tragic Attacks
On Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, the Embry-Riddle campus community took time to pause and remember. About 250 students, faculty and staff were joined by veterans, public officials and Daytona Beach area residents to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. They gathered together on the West Lawn to “honor, heal and hope.”
University President and CEO John P. Johnson, Ph.D., likened the events of Sept. 11 to the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on Dec. 7, 1941 – a day that then-U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated would “live in infamy.”
“It’s important that we remember we were attacked by an enemy,” Johnson said. “Our enemies seek to weaken us, but actions like Pearl Harbor and 9-11 only serve to unite us as a people … they cannot bend the steel of American resolve.” Read more.
Aerospace Engineering Named Best in Nation
For the 12th year in a row, the “Best Colleges” guidebook published by U.S. News & World Report ranks Embry-Riddle’s undergraduate aerospace engineering program No. 1 in the nation and has named Embry-Riddle to the top tier of universities granting mainly bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
In the specialty category of “Best Undergraduate Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Programs at Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Bachelor’s or Master’s,” the Daytona Beach Campus took first place and the Prescott Campus ranked No. 3. Additionally, in the broader category of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs at Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Bachelor’s or Master’s,” Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus is ranked 11th. The Prescott Campus continued its steady climb, reaching 16th this year.
Flight Training Reaches New Heights at Prescott
Students arriving at the Prescott Campus this fall have the widest array of aviation choices and the most technologically advanced fleet in collegiate aviation. More than 400 students this year will take to the Prescott skies for fixed-wing and rotary wing (helicopter) training.
All students pursuing multi-engine aircraft certification will train on the new Diamond DA42 NG, which provides the latest in engine, avionics, and airframe technologies. The DA42 joins Embry-Riddle's expansive fleet of single and multi-engine aircraft, which includes Cessna-172s single engine aircraft, Cessna 182 RG (retractable gear), and American Champion Decathlon.
Students in the helicopter program will benefit from using the Robinson R44 Raven II Helicopter Instrument Trainer for their Instrument and Instrument Instructor ratings. This special equipped helicopter was designed specifically for instrument training. Read more.
ERAU Hosts UAS Symposium for Arizona Officials
Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus officials hosted The Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory Unmanned Aircraft Systems Symposium on Sept. 9. The conference was organized to support and expand the role of the aerospace and defense industry in Arizona by leveraging local assets, encouraging university research partnerships and developing a coordinated strategy to promote the state as a hub for the emerging UAS industry.
More than 160 people attended the symposium, including members of the industry, area academia, economic development, the government and the military.
“Following the event, the Arizona Aerospace and Defense Commission also met on our campus. The first item on the chairperson’s report was a robust ‘thank you’ to Embry-Riddle for having assumed such an impressive leadership role in this statewide effort,” said Frank Ayers, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief academic officer at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus.
The symposium was sponsored by the Science Foundation of Arizona, Aerospace & Defense Initiative and Aerospace & Defense Research Collaboratory, Embry-Riddle, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
Alumni Gather at AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford
With a multitude of aircraft on exhibit, gadgets to test and plenty of educational seminars, the AOPA Aviation Summit was like a magnet for pilots. More than 7,000 people came together in Hartford, Conn., for the exciting annual convention from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24.
The Alumni Association hosted about 20 alumni at the Rock ‘N Rally during the Airportfest at the Hartford-Brainard Airport on Sept. 23. Guests and pilots from across the country sampled cuisine from several Hartford restaurants as the sounds of aircraft departing the airport accented music from a local band.
Beth Joseph ('99, DB), who attended the rally, said it was exciting to connect with local alumni and renew her relationship with the university. "It gave me the opportunity to spread the word about our growing Connecticut/Sikorsky Alumni Chapter and it was great to catch up with Embry-Riddle staff who were in town for the event."
Embry-Riddle had a strong presence at the Summit with its trade show team working a booth promoting the university’s courses and programs, and meeting with visiting alumni.
During the conference, Alumni Association Executive Director Michele Berg hosted a table for alumni and friends at the Night for Flight event, the AOPA Foundation’s annual online auction and banquet, which generated more than $200,000 for the organization. Foundation President Bruce Landsberg reported on the success of the second-annual fundraiser banquet Sept. 22 at AOPA Aviation Summit. The dinner featured acrobatic performers with AiRealistic, a theater company which shared the "art of flight" through the ages in a unique aerial performance.
Some attendees also met actor Cuba Gooding Jr., pictured at right with Andrew Broom ('97, '00, DB), AOPA vice president for communications and chairman of the Embry-Riddle Alumni Advisory Council for 2012-2013. Gooding was promoting his movie "Redtails,"a film chronicling the story of the pioneering Tuskegee Airmen that will be in theaters next year.
Worldwide Graduates Rock the Boat in Seattle
The excitement of graduating from the Worldwide Campus continued well into the next day for newly minted alumni who received diplomas Sept. 24 and then stepped aboard the aptly named "Celebrations" for a cruise across Lake Union and Lake Washington.
About 140 students from across Washington and Oregon attended the Seattle-area Worldwide Campus graduation ceremony at The Boeing Museum of Flight. More than one third joined the northwestern alumni family for a Sunday brunch cruise on Sept. 25.
"The weather was a perfect blend of Seattle’s finest: beautiful sun, light rain, great scenery and a beautiful rainbow," said Bill Thompson, director of the Alumni Association, Prescott Campus.
"It featured great views of the Seattle skyline, Lake Union, Lake Washington, the University of Washington and we even saw the floating house featured in 'Sleepless in Seattle.'"
Northwest Chapter Leader Chris Hyatt ('11, WW) welcomed new and seasoned alumni at the event and spread the word about plans to build the newly-formed chapter membership with graduates who are working in the area, regardless of the campus they attended. See photos of the cruise or graduation.
Eco-Eagle Heads to Green Flight Challenge
An intrepid team of student engineers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., and their innovative aircraft, Eco Eagle, are lined up against four corporate rivals in the Green Flight Challenge. The competition began on Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 3 in Santa Rosa, Calif.
The contest goal: design and build a highly fuel-efficient aircraft that can fly 200 passenger miles per gallon of fuel at an average speed of 100 miles per hour. The prize: $1.5 million, plus bragging rights for having the most technologically advanced aircraft on the planet.
“We don’t look at the prize as a big deal,” says Richard “Pat” Anderson, professor of aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle and the team’s advisor. “The educational process, the research, and the fact we’re producing a greener airplane are the reasons we’re doing it.”
Led by Lori Costello (’09, DB), a graduate student in Embry-Riddle’s aerospace engineering program, the team is confident that the modified Stemme S-10 motor glider will achieve high marks at the contest—but there’s still room for doubt. Costello is pictured at left with Anderson. Read more.
Studying Spacecraft Fuel Dynamics in Zero G
A team of Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Campus faculty and students, as well as industry partners and Embry-Riddle alumni recently collaborated on a series of spacecraft-propellant experiments aboard a NASA parabolic aircraft at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
The team's experiments in zero gravity focused on the dynamics of on-orbit propellant transfer. With long term space missions to comets, asteroids, and other planets envisioned for the future, the team believes that existing technology could be adapted to refuel on-orbit spacecraft in ways that would negate the need for the continual development of heavy-lift vehicles, thereby saving time and money.
Mechanical engineering master's student Nathan Silvernail ('10, DB) performed and collected data during the experiments for United Launch Alliance, which is working with NASA to develop technologies to achieve commercial space transportation goals. Other team members included Silvernail's advisor, Sathya Gangadharan, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering and the first university faculty member to fly on NASA's microgravity aircraft; Dillon Sances ('08, '10, DB); Keith Schlee ('04, '06, DB) of Orbital Sciences Corp.; Peter Wilson of ULA; and Alvar Saenz-Otero, Ph.D. of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Read more.
New Master of Systems Engineering to Launch
Engineers based in Huntsville, Ala. will have a new option available to advance their careers beginning this fall. Embry-Riddle Worldwide selected Huntsville for its flagship campus to launch a graduate degree in master of systems engineering. The decision was based on the number of firms and engineers that live and work here.
The MSE from Worldwide is designed to give engineers from varying backgrounds the opportunity to obtain the degree through an evening program. Students will also be able to take elective classes from Embry-Riddle’s extensive engineering and management courses through the university’s blended program, known as 5 Ways to Learn. Embry-Riddle officials look forward to fielding the first class of students on Oct. 17.
Eagle Men's Soccer Sets New Record
The Embry-Riddle men's soccer defeated Johnson & Wales, 16-0 in their Sun Conference opener on Sept. 16 night at the Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium.
The win will put the 2011 Eagles in the record books as they broke the single season record for goals in a match, points in a game and largest margin of victory. The Eagles 16 goal, 46 point performance Friday night bested the 1996 Eagle squad's 14 goal 38 point match against Trinity International on Sept. 15, 1996.
Play was dominated by the Eagle men throughout the entire first half. The Eagle offensive attack was in full force against the Wildcats, firing off 21 shots (11 on goal) on the JWU defense in the first 45 minutes. Sam Fairhurst is pictured at left. Read more.
U.S. Army Col. Kirk Knight ('74, DB) participated as U.S. parachuting team judge and event chief judge at the 5th Military World Games in Brazil, which took place July 16 through July 24. Most of the competitions were held in and around Rio de Janeiro, while parachuting took place at the Brazilian Military Academy in Resende. Thirty-nine countries participated in parachuting, Knight said. Brazil hosted the championship with military aircraft support, including C-295 airplanes for the formation skydive event (see photo at left) and Eurocopter EC-725 Super Cougar helicopters for the accuracy event.
"Judges maintain strict impartiality during the competition," Knight said, "but the best part of the championship was observing the U.S. women win two gold medals for overall and formation skydiving, which were the only gold for the entire U.S. contingent in scores of competitions in more than 25 sports."
Trial Attorney Garrett L. Pendleton (01, DB) has joined the law firm of Band Weintraub in August to build and lead a full-service civil litigation department in Sarasota, Fla. Licensed in Florida and Georgia, Pendleton has worked on a myriad of high-stakes cases while at Phelps Dunbar, LLP in Tampa and Alston + Bird, LLP in Atlanta. Given his military and aviation industry background, Pendleton maintains a special interest in aviation. He was appointed by the President of the Florida Bar to the Bar’s Standing Aviation Law Committee, is Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Aviation and Space Law Committee, and serves as Program Chairman for this year’s NTSB Bar Association’s Blue Angels Air & Transportation Law Conference.
In June 2010, Randy Cohen ('85, 01, DB) accepted an offer to work for the Missile Defense Agency and retired from The Boeing Company after 24 years of service. During his time at Boeing, Cohen had the privilege of working on exciting development programs, such as the U.S. Navy T45 Coshawk, the Air Force C-17 Globe Master, DC-X and X-33 reusable rockets, the International Space Station program and worked as manager of the Project Engineering Office on the Ground Based Midcourse Defense program. The programs left him with special memories, he said. "I will always cherish my career with The Boeing Company." He is pictured with his wife, Megan.
Eugene Bolanowski ('05 and '08, DB) is working as deputy director of the East Regional Texas Airport. "Eagles always soar," he said, "and Texas has some big sky."
Joseph J. Lewis ('83, DB) recently published his autobiography "From Glory to Glory The Joe Lewis Story" by Xulon Press. In his book, he tells of going from the glory of the world to the glory of god. The book includes humor, despair, joy and spiirtual events. Joe is now working with churches to promote several evangelistic ministries.
Mersie Melke (’10, WW) received a letter of recognition from the National Society of Black Engineers in August. The letter appreciates his volunteer service to the society for judging a scholarship program administered by the NSBE.
This month, we remember...
Paolo Andre Catanzariti ('02, DB) - 1/29/73 to 8/27/11
Thomas Heitmann ('08, DB) - 11/23/83 to 9/19/11
Robert Hubsch ('42, MC) - 11/3/22 to 8/23/11
Gary Gonzalez ('11, WW) - 10/17/66 to 7/23/11
Ross MacNinch ('02, DB) - 11/24/77 to 6/17/11
David Maloney (91, DB) - 7/3/69 to 9/14/11
Dudley Whitman ('42, MC) - 3/20/20 to 7/15/11
Aerodynamics Engineer, The Boeing Company, (Everett, Wash.)
CAE Development Engineer- Thermoplastic Composites, Dupont, (Troy, Mich.)
Avionics Supervisor, StarPortUSA, (Multi-location)
Field Technical Representative, Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, (Denver, Colo.)
Human Factors Engineer, Honeywell, (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Flight/Ground Instructors, TRC Staffing, (Multilocation, Florida)
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