On March 3rd the Aerospace Engineering Department was on display on ERAU's Legacy Walkway. Students were given information on projects, research, and educational opportunities associated with the Aerospace Program. Enthusiasm was shown among many that participated, and future benefits from the Campus Showcase are expected.
In January of this year, Embry-Riddle's Aerospace Engineering Department became a member of an exceptionally rare class: 100% of the faculty and staff contribute to the Fund for Embry-Riddle. The Fund is used to stock libraries, build facilities, and fund scholarships. It buys equipment and supplies laboratories. And that's just the beginning. Students are empowered to compete through national competitions involving the building rockets, airplanes, UAVs, and much more. With a world-class faculty of over 30 strong, the ERAU AE Department is proud of its commitment to supporting students and the University with its resources.
On Tuesday, March 24 in the Henderson Welcome Center, the student chapters of AIAA, Sigma Gamma Tau, and Tau Beta Pi co-hosted a technical engineering lecture from Mr. Neil Hall, Flight Stability and Control Engineer at Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works in Marietta, Georgia. Mr. Hall gave his talk on the aero/hydro-dynamic effects of airplanes taking off and landing on ocean waves. Over 130 students were in attendance for the event, and Mr. Hall was graciously applauded and thanked for his lecture, as well as for the generous donation of Lockheed Martin's HK-36 to the Eagle Flight Research Center.
Dr. Mark Balas was recently elected to the Fellowship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) last week. The Aerospace Engineering Department is honored to have Dr. Balas as a part of our staff for his contributions not only here at Embry-Riddle, but to the Aerospace Industry as a whole. His multiple publications through ASME and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) speak heavily of his technical expertise and also testify to his societal merit. Dr. Balas has reinforced that our faculty membership is comprised of the finest in Academia. On behalf of the Aerospace Department, we acknowledge and congratulate Dr. Mark Balas for his election to the Fellowship of the ASME.
On February 7th, Naiara Petralanda and Ashley Marshall run the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University booth at the career day in Mobile, Alabama. The event was organized by the ARC and “The boys and Girls club” as part of the Adopt-a-Racer Program. It was an exciting day were the local High School girls were introduced to the world of aviation. The day was kicked off with a fascinating speaker, Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu. As part of the W.A.S.P, “Bee” shared with the audience her incredible flying career, which dates all the way back to the 1940s, and the many difficulties she had to overcome as a woman in a male dominated career. A quick break followed her presentation and then, the girls were divided into three different groups which rotated around the career learning activities. This included a tour of the airport tower, Continental Aircraft Maintenance Facilities and the Airport Fire Station.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) ERAU chapter partnered with the Spaceport chapter of the 99s (International Organization of Women Pilots) for an unprecedented outreach event aimed at introducing high school girls to aviation and aerospace engineering. The event was part of Women of Aviation Worldwide week, taking place from March 2nd to March 8th. The event was organized at the DeLand airport, and hosted by the Commemorative Air Force Museum. The SWE students prepared a workshop on aviation history and how planes fly, as well as a water bottle rocket workshop. The 99s had workshops on air traffic control communication, aviation charts, and the flight instruments. In addition, girls could also take tours in a small plane, some for the first time. A guest speaker during lunch talked about flight physiology, and raised many points that are often unknown by pilots and non-pilots. Over 25 volunteers helped with the event, including our pilot Professor Naiara Petralanda. Because of weather, only 4 flights could be given to 12 eager young women.
Dr. John C. Mather (r), Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics (2006), visits the Spacecraft Development Laboratory at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. During the visit Dr. Bogdan Udrea (l) is presenting the mockup of a 6U CubeSat designed for rendezvous and proximity operations and has discussed the details of a mission that uses a dozen of CubeSats that work cooperatively to prospect that moons of Mars.
On Saturday February 28th, our student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) organized their second annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Workshop (IGEW). A record 65 girls (compared to 25 last year) from local elementary schools came to discover what engineering is about through a series of 5 workshops. They were introduced to structural design ("straw structure" workshop), the importance of communication ("blindfolded tinker toys" workshop), chemical engineering ("Plastic milk" workshop), propulsion ("Puff-mobile" workshop) and finally materials science ("magic sand" workshop). Moreover, a parent session was given after lunch by Dr. Heidi Steinhauer and Prof. Lisa Davids, on how to help their children become an engineer. 25 parents attended the session, and will be better equipped to advise their children should they decide to study engineering. For the second year, the event was a great success, and SWE members and local girls are looking forward to next year's event.