Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) coalition have been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the nation's new Center of Excellence in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). As a co-founder of ASSURE, Embry-Riddle will act as the technical lead in UAS airport ground operations, pilot and crew training as well as co-lead in command and communication research. With minimal changes in the current system, ASSURE’s mission is to help FAA by providing research that quickly and safely navigates unmanned aerial systems into the National Airspace System. Dr. Richard Stansbury, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, states that, “Embry-Riddle helped develop the ASSURE Coalition to create the best collaboration between academia and industry to support research in unmanned aircraft systems. We are eager to begin working with the FAA to solve these technical challenges.” UAS Operations have been developing at a fast rate. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach as well as Prescott, is one of the first schools in United States to offer a degree in UAS. Go ERAU!
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was highly ranked in all three categories of the ‘Talent Pipeline’ of the U.S. aerospace and defense workforce by the Aviation Week Article. Embry-Riddle was ranked second in “A&D Companies Preferred Suppliers of Talent” category. In this category, Embry-Riddle was ranked above such distinguished universities as Georgia Tech, MIT and Purdue University. Embry-Riddle was also ranked second in the “Alma Maters Most Valued by Employee in Landing a Job/Promotion” category, and third in the “Where the Greatest Number of A&D Hires Came From” category. This shows the quality and level of education of the many talented engineers who developed their skills at Embry-Riddle. Notably, Embry-Riddle was the only school to be ranked in all the three categories. Go, Eagles!
Dr. Engblom’s, ‘Virtual Flight Demonstration of Stratospheric Dual-Aircraft Platform’ proposal for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) was awarded $100k. Out of 450 proposal submissions for the funding, only 15 submissions were chosen; the process of the proposal took eight months and was divided into two steps. NIAC program encourages new and innovative ideas that could possibly transform existing or develop new technologies for the future NASA missions. Dr. Engblom is now the principal investigator (PI) for NIAC 2015 Phase 1 Selections.
On March 31 of this year, Dr. Pat Anderson was featured on AVweb.com for his article titled: The Uncrashable Airplane is Within Reach. The article was posted at http://www.avweb.com/blogs/insider/Guest-Blog-The-Uncrashable-Airplane-is-Within-Reach-223775-1.html, and the article text is appended below. "Are we asking the right questions with respect to the Germanwings tragedy? How do you teach a door to determine friend or foe? That is a tough one. Here is one that is not so tough; how do you teach an airplane not to fly into the ground? From the technical standpoint, that is easy. The real question to be asked is what is society ready for?Is it ready for the airplane to be the last say in an argument with a pilot or other person? Or, are we going to start probing the minds of our already over-poked and prodded professional pilot population? How do you make an airline career even worse? Have a psychologist asking how your marriage is an hour prior to each flight? On the other hand, if society is ready for the airplane to have the last say, this is an easy fix with today’s modern fly-by-wire airplanes. The airplane already has a digital map of the elevation for all of Earth’s terrain. We already have systems that provide an alert as to an impending intersection with the ground. Is it that far a stretch in technology to have the airplane fly away from that impending doom on its own? No. In fact, the newest software load on F16s has just such a system. This system is constantly comparing the projected trajectory of the aircraft to the digital map of the Earth. In the event that it predicts an impending intersection, the aircraft assumes control and [...]
The Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board was established to assist the department’s mission by providing continuous feedback on current and planned programs, and activities, as well as fostering connections with the leading companies in the aerospace industry. The 2015 visit was highlighted by plentiful and productive communications with the student and faculty body, and a visit to the Eagle Flight Research Center. The participants enjoyed a beautiful view from the flight deck. The tour of the research facility
The American Society for Engineering Education held a conference for the Southeast Region earlier this month. Under the support of the Aerospace Department and the College of Engineering, Juan Vasconez brought home second place for independent undergraduate research in the student poster competition. Juan is shown in the photo above receiving his award with Dr. Stansbury.
Over 55 Aerospace-oriented Embry-Riddle students gathered in the IC Auditorium on April 16th to listen to the great technical and business masterminds of Dassault Aviation. Donald Pointer provided a detail insight to the current state of the business jet market. Michel Lavanant showed Dassault's extensive product line and aircraft in development, and Lionel de la Sayette shared his 6 core competences for a successful career in Aerospace. Once again, the Aerospace Engineering Department collaborated put on a great event for the Embry-Riddle Community in collaboration with the AIAA Student Branch.
On March 7th in celebration of Women of Aviation Week, SWE and the Spaceport Chapter of the 99s came together thanks to the Commemorative Airforce Museum of Deland. There were many interactive activities: rocket construction and launch, navigation using aeronautical charts, ATC communications, aircraft instrumentation, aviation jeopardy and airplane rides around the airport. It was a day full of aviation fun and learning. Two of the most challenging workshops are shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2. One focus on navigation using aeronautical charts and the other was there to show how to understand the aircraft instruments One of the highlights of the event was our guest speaker Marcia Gomez. As a physician, Dr Gomez was able to teach us about the reactions of the human body to the unusual attitudes encountered during flight.
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.