6 9 14
HOT BROTHERS RIDDLE
CAREERS & SISTERS RACERS
Create For some Embry- Pilots Ashley
embedded Riddle students, Szasz and
computer college life is a Heather Cupitt
systems for family affair. enter cross-
the products country race.
THE MAGAZINE OF EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY
Degree Challenges Students with Game of Global Security.
illustration by dave hogerty
cleared for takeoff
On the Road and In the Game
Nothing teaches like
We step outside of
ourselves and into
something new. We
encounter people who
walk, talk, and even
laugh differently from
us. We get new ideas
and learn to handle new
situations. What once
seemed impossibly for-
eign and out of reach
In this issue of The
Leader, you’ll meet
who are taking to the Christopher Haas
road, the skies, and Mercer Island, Wash.
even space to test their Junior, Aerospace Studies
limits and learn new (Daytona Beach)
One alumnus trav-
eled to space for three
weeks as an astronaut
BROCCOLLI? IT’S MATTER OF INTERPRETATION
on the space shuttle. Starting with lyrics about an eagle, Embry-Riddle’s mascot, we asked three groups of
Two recent graduates Embry-Riddle students to play a combination of Pictionary and the Telephone Game.
flew one of Embry- Each participant reacted with art or words to the previous player’s interpretation,
Riddle’s Cessna 172s in until they reached an unexpected conclusion. See what inspired the description
an all-women’s cross- above, and other interpretations. PAGE 15.
country air race. And a
student bicycled from
California to Florida in
41 days to raise money
for a charity.
Other students are
spending their summer
semesters in China and
They’re learning to
speak Arabic and
Chinese and, in the
process, opening doors
to ancient cultures and
Another way to learn
is by playing games.
In this issue, you’ll
read about a game of
spy vs. spy that stu-
dents played last spring
at our Prescott, Ariz.,
campus. By assuming
the identity of their ene-
mies, they learned to
understand and thwart
them. The annual game
stretches students’ pow-
ers of empathy, inter-
pretation and decision-
making, and prepares
them for careers in
intelligence and securi-
Language students: courtesy Leila Martin
And on pages 15-17,
in a crazy hybrid of
the Telephone Game
and Pictionary, three
groups of students
learn how easy it is to A group of Embry-Riddle students who studied Arabic and Chinese last summer at the Prescott campus. Among them
be misunderstood. are Hong Zhan (left, front row), director of the Foreign Language Institute, and Leila Martin (fourth from left, front row),
— Robert Ross, Editor associate professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern studies.
2 THE LEADER/FALL 2007
LEGENDARY MIG TEST PILOT
VISITS DAYTONA BEACH CAMPUS
Colonel Georgi Mosolov, chief test pilot for MiG
fighter jets in the late 1950s and early 1960s, visited
the Daytona Beach, Fla., campus Sept. 25.
Mosolov held two world speed records and one
world altitude record piloting the world-famous MiG-21.
Like his close friend Yuri Gagarin, the first cosmonaut,
he received the Hero of the Soviet Union Gold Star, the
Russian equivalent of the U.S. Medal of Honor.
Mosolov was hosted by Rodney Rogers, professor
of aeronautical science, and Shirley Waterhouse, direc-
tor of the university’s Centers for Teaching and
His tour of the College of Aviation Building and
the flight department was led by aeronautical science COLONEL GEORGI MOSOLOV
students Ryan Larosh and Kavita Patel. He was also
the guest at a luncheon hosted by Cass Howell, chair
of the aeronautical science department.
Mosolov’s stop at the campus preceded his induc-
tion Sept. 29 into the Society of Experimental Test
Pilots in Los Angeles.
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIPS
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has given
Embry-Riddle nearly $600,000 for scholarships avail- With the famed MiG pilot (center) are (from left): Tamilla Curtis, instructor of business; Shirley Waterhouse,
able for 13 new students in the electrical engineering director, Centers for Teaching and Learning Excellence; and students Ryan Larosh and Kavita Patel.
or computer engineering degree programs at the uni-
versity’s Prescott, Ariz., campus starting in the Fall
The NSF Scholars will each receive up to $10,000 per
academic year for up to four years. They also will receive
at least $5,000 per year in other scholarships and grants
from Embry-Riddle. With the combined financial aid, a
student could receive $60,000 over four years.
Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent resi-
dents, enrolled full time, academically talented, in
need of financial help, and Pell Grant eligible are invit-
ed to apply for the NSF scholarship. The deadline is
April 15, 2008.
For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Debra Cates at (928) 777-6600.
WORKSHOP DRAWS SPACE SCIENCE RESEARCHERS
The Space Physics Research Laboratory at Embry-
Riddle hosted an Antarctic Space Sciences Workshop
Sept. 27-28 at the Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. The
meeting was sponsored by the National Science
The workshop brought together nationally
renowned scientists who conduct space science
research at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
and other sites in Antarctica. Scientists reviewed their
research, identified scientific criteria for future investi-
gations, and talked about increasing visibility for space
science research in Antarctica.
Researchers attended from Augsburg College, Embry-Riddle provided a plane and fuel money for this year’s Air Race Classic. Ashley Szasz (right) accepts
Colorado Research Associates, Dartmouth College, the university’s check from a statue of Wilbur Wright as Tom Connolly, Daytona Beach campus chancellor
Embry-Riddle, National Science Foundation, Oberlin (from left), Heather Cupitt, and Linda Manning, campus business director, look on. STORY, PAGE 14.
College, Raytheon Polar Services Co., Siena College,
and SRI International. Scientists also came from
Stanford University, University of California Los
Angeles, University of Colorado, University of New
Hampshire, University of Saskatchewan, Utah State
University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Mosolov: Bob Scheid; Check: Bob Ross; Apollo Hall: Embry-Riddle
Embry-Riddle’s Space Physics Research
Laboratory designs and operates passive electro-optical
instruments in the Arctic and Antarctic regions to
remotely sense the near-Earth space environment for
research led by professors Abas Sivjee and Irfan
STUDENTS MOVE INTO APOLLO HALL
Embry-Riddle opened its newest residence hall,
Apollo Hall, on the Daytona Beach, Fla., campus in
time for the Fall 2007 semester.
The four-story suite-style residence hall houses Apollo Hall, the new student residence hall on the Daytona Beach Campus.
continued, next page
THE LEADER/FALL 2007 3
from previous page
256 sophomores, juniors, and seniors and includes group study areas on each floor, lounge areas, laundry
rooms, and views of the campus and Daytona Beach International Airport. Technology includes wireless
connection in study and lounge areas, data jacks in individual rooms, keyless entry, and building security. high-flyers
$2.5 MILLION ‘SEED’ FROM SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO CEO
James Hagedorn, chairman and CEO of Scotts Miracle-Gro, the lawn and garden products giant, has
pledged $2.5 million to Embry-Riddle to help build a new aviation complex on the Daytona Beach, Fla.,
The gift from Hagedorn, who received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical sci- WARSAW PACT STUDY
ence in 1979, is the largest from an Embry-Riddle graduate. RECEIVES $150,000 NEH GRANT
“Jim Hagedorn’s generous gift is yet another example of his dedication to the Douglas Selvage, assistant professor of histo-
continuing growth of his alma mater,” said Embry-Riddle President John P. ry at the Daytona Beach, Fla., campus has
Johnson. received a two-year grant of $150,000 from the
Previously, Hagedorn funded three endowed student scholarships at the univer- National Endowment for the Humanities to
sity, and in 2006 he served as the spokesman for “Raise the Rate, Just Participate,” translate and annotate 2,370 pages of documents
an alumni giving campaign. He also serves on Embry-Riddle’s Board of Trustees. relating to the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet-led
The aviation complex will add 95,000 square feet to the campus’s College of alliance in Eastern Europe from 1955-1990 that
Aviation Building. One new building will house flight planning and dispatch areas, would have fought U.S. and NATO forces in a
classrooms, bays for instructor pilots, and offices. In a second building, a hangar third world war.
will house maintenance operations for the flight training fleet, and a conjoined hangar for labs, offices, and Selvage will translate formerly classified doc-
equipment for the aviation maintenance science degree program. uments from Polish,
After graduating from Embry-Riddle, Hagedorn served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years as a cap- Czech, German, Bulgarian,
tain and F-16 fighter pilot. Romanian, Hungarian, and
Russian into English for
SYMPOSIUM ADDRESSES HOMELAND SECURITY CHALLENGES posting on the website of
Embry-Riddle hosted its third annual National Security and Intelligence Symposium Oct. 22 at the the Parallel History Project
Prescott, Ariz., campus. on Cooperative Security,
The purpose of the symposium, sponsored by the campus’s global security and intelligence studies which Foreign Affairs jour-
program, was to educate and engage Arizonans about homeland security challenges. Topics included nal described in 2005 as
Arizona’s homeland security strategic plan, counterintelligence, terrorism, technology and intellectual “by far the most ambitious
property transfer, the scientific validity of profiling, and border security. and integral project in the
Panelists were Lisa Morrison, director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security; Lynn burgeoning field of Cold War history.”
Anastasia, special agent with the FBI; Phillip Pounds, vice president of the Arizona chapter, Association for The translations will provide new insights
Intelligence Officers; and Philip Jones, professor and director of global security and intelligence studies at into questions such as: How did the Warsaw
the Prescott campus. Pact function? Was there real danger of nuclear
Richard Bloom, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was moderator. war? Were the communist states afraid of a U.S.
first strike during the 1980s?
EMBRY-RIDDLE STAYS ATOP U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RANKINGS Selvage will work with other translators and
Embry-Riddle remains at the top in the 2008 “America’s Best Colleges” guide published by U.S. News the project’s research director, Vojtech Mastny,
& World Report magazine. professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins University,
In the specialty category of “Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering who will also annotate and edit documents.
Programs” at schools where the highest degree is a master’s, the Daytona Beach, Selvage specializes in modern German and
Fla., campus took first place, followed by the U.S. Air Force Academy in second, Polish history and the history of international
and Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Ariz., campus in third. relations.
The university, which has one of the largest aerospace engineering programs in
the nation, has won the top spot every year since the category was introduced in DEAN JOINS SPACE FLORIDA’S BOARD
2001. Michael Hickey, associate dean of the College
In the overall category of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” where the of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona
highest degree is a master’s, both campuses rank in the top 20. The Daytona Beach Beach campus, was appointed by Florida Gov.
campus is ranked 9th, tied with Villanova University. The Prescott campus is 20th, Charlie Crist to the board of directors of Space
tied with Baylor University, Bradley University, Santa Clara University, and Valparaiso University. Florida. Hickey, an atmospheric scientist, will help
Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus is 13th in the overall category of “Best Universities – Master’s” the agency plan and implement economic and
(South Region). educational developments related to the space
industry. He was one of eight appointees.
UNIVERSITY FILLS KEY POSITIONS
The appointment of several distinguished individuals to key leadership positions in the past six ROBIN SOBOTTA’S AIRPORT BOOK PRAISED
months highlights Embry-Riddle’s growing focus on research and scholarly excellence. Robin Sobotta is coauthor of the fifth edition
Richard Heist is the new provost and senior vice president. He oversees appointment and promotion (2007) of The Administration of Public Airports,
of faculty, curriculum development, and research activity. Previously, he was dean of engineering at with Laurence Gesell. Sobotta is associate profes-
Manhattan College and associate dean for graduate studies at the University of Rochester’s College of Arts sor and chair of the business department and
and Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research involved nucleation, aerosols, associate director of the global security and intelli-
and other ultra-fine particles. gence studies program at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott
Norval Pohl is the new chancellor of the Prescott, Ariz., campus. He joined the campus of more than campus.
1,650 students and nearly 400 employees from the University of North Texas, where he served as president In an online review, James Landry, retired pres-
for six years and provost and executive vice president for two years. ident of the Air Transport Association of America,
Maj Mirmirani, the new dean of engineering, Daytona Beach campus, oversees the aerospace, civil, predicted the volume will be one of the National
computer, electrical, mechanical, software engineering, and engineering sciences departments. Previously, Air and Space Museum’s “most heavily thumbed
he chaired mechanical engineering and was a researcher at California State University, Los Angeles, where research resources for generations to come.”
he developed software for robotic calibration, created an automated manufacturing and robotics lab, a Since its release in July, the book (www.coas-
flight dynamics and control lab, and a $6 million research center. tairepublications.com) has been ordered by nearly
Christina Frederick-Recascino was promoted to vice president for research and institutional effec- 60 airports in the United States, Canada, and
tiveness. She leads efforts to increase research and graduate enrollments and programs. She oversees strate- abroad, faculty at more than 10 U.S. universities,
gic planning and the development of a university research park. Previously, she was an associate professor and numerous airport authorities, ports, and gov-
of human factors, assistant dean of arts and sciences, assistant provost for research and graduate studies, ernmental agencies.
Hagedorn: Scotts Miracle-Gro; Selvage: courtsy Douglas Selvage
and interim provost.
Daniel Montplaisir, the new vice president for institutional advancement, responsible for planned giv- WINGS CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS RECEIVED
ing, major gifts, grants, alumni relations, annual giving, and a capital campaign. He had been director of Two Embry-Riddle students majoring in
alumni relations and development for Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business. aeronautical science were honored by the Wings
Irene McReynolds was promoted to vice president for human resources, responsible for employee Club with scholarships of $5,000 each.
recruiting, hiring, payroll, benefits, compensation, training, and employee relations. The university Nathanael Visser, a senior at the Prescott,
employs 4,546 faculty and staff at campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and at its Ariz., campus, received the annual Wings Club
Worldwide Campus. Scholarship. He is a member of that campus’s
William Minor is the new assistant vice president for marketing and communication. Previously, he Golden Eagles flight team, which 2007 won the
was senior director of marketing for continuing and distance education at Penn State University and held 2007 National Intercollegiate Flying
senior account management and marketing positions at Ohio Casualty Insurance and ad giants J. Walter Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation
Thompson, Tracy-Locke/DBB, and Young & Rubicam. Conference.
4 THE LEADER/FALL 2007
Timothy Billon, a senior at the Daytona
Beach, Fla., campus, received a scholarship at
the request of Mauricio Botelho, chairman of
Embraer, one of the world’s largest aircraft man-
ufacturers. Botelho was honored with the Wings
Club’s Distinguished Achievement Award for
The New York City-based Wings Club works
to advance aeronautics and aviation.
ALUMNUS FLIES WITH SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOR
Embry-Riddle alumnus and NASA astronaut
Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr. served as a mission spe-
cialist on space shuttle flight STS-118, from Aug.
A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy,
Drew earned a master’s degree in aerospace sci-
OUR MAN IN SPACE BENJAMIN DREW JR.
ence from Embry-Riddle’s Las Vegas education
center in 1995. He also has a master’s in strategic
studies in political science from the U.S. Air Force
In addition to Drew, five other alumni are
astronauts: Daniel Burbank, who flew with the
space shuttle in 2000 and 2006; Ronald Garan Jr.,
Susan Still-Kilrain, retired, who piloted two space
shuttle missions in 1997; Nicole Stott; and Terry
FLIGHT TEAMS DOMINATE COMPETITION
Embry-Riddle’s flight teams dominated the
National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s
(NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference
(SAFECON) May 7-12 at Rickenbacker
International Airport in Columbus, Ohio.
The Golden Eagles flight team from the
Prescott, Ariz., campus took first place and the
Eagles flight team from the Daytona Beach, Fla.,
campus placed third in the national competition.
This year’s competition involved more than 400
pilots from 31 aviation programs around the
It was the sixth NIFA SAFECON national
championship for the Golden Eagles, who also
took the spot in 2005, 2003, 1999, 1997, and 1993.
The Eagles of Daytona Beach took first in 1992.
The Golden Eagles, led by head coach Jared
Testa, also captured the Judges Trophy, as well as
first place in flying events and ground events. The
team placed first in four of 11 individual events.
The Eagles team of the Daytona Beach campus,
coached by David Zwegers, Les Westbrooks, and
Bill Baker, took second overall in the flight events,
third in the ground events, second for the Judges
Trophy, and third in the national championship
WHITE HOUSE COMMISSIONS ROTC GRADUATE
David Dryden was commissioned personally
as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army by
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on May 17,
two weeks after graduating from Embry-Riddle.
President George W. Bush hosted the ceremony
and witnessed the pledge by Dryden and 22
other Army ROTC cadets at the White House in
Dryden is the recipient of many awards,
including the George C. Marshall Award. He
earned a bachelor’s degree in global security and
intelligence studies at the Prescott campus. He
was nominated for the honor by Lt. Col. Tom
Carlisle, a faculty member at Northern Arizona
Drew: NASA; Flight team: Embry-Riddle; Dryden: courtesy David Dryden family
University, which hosts Prescott’s Army ROTC
Dryden’s parents Bill and Arlene attended
their son’s special commissioning ceremony.
Afterward, Arlene Dryden said, “To think of our
David from birth and childhood to standing in
front of the president of the United States was
Now stationed in Fort Benning, Dryden said,
“I feel blessed to be in my position, and I would-
n’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my folks.”
Darlean Pope, secretary of the Army ROTC
program at Prescott, said, “He was a super cadet.
NASA’s Benjamin Drew (top); Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus flight team at NIFA Safety and Flight Evaluation There is just something really special about
Conference (middle); and David Dryden with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (above). David. I know he will do great things.”
THE LEADER/FALL 2007 5
JOE BUTLER EDGAR ORSI JR.
Staff Software Avionics Field Service
Lockheed Martin Honeywell Aerospace
I Embry-Riddle I Embry-Riddle degrees:
degrees: B.S., com- B.S., aerospace engineer-
puter science, 1995; ing, and B.S., computer
M.S., software engi- engineering, 2003
neering, 1997 I What I do: Based in
I What I do: I work Brazil, I provide on-site
as a software engi- engineering support to
neer across the Honeywell’s business and
company in yearly general aviation customers
rotations. In my in South America. I travel
Computer engineering students in Daytona Beach’s computer system design lab (from left): Jason Firanski, current assign- to the customer’s location
Jimmy Haviland, Alex Ladysh, and Ken Evensen. ment, I am a test to assist with issues on sev-
engineer on a eral different avionics plat-
space-based forms on small airplanes
Computer and Software Students infrared satellite such as the Cessna 172
system. In my pre- and big business jets such
BY ROBERT ROSS
“HIT THE GROUND RUNNING.” vious rotation, I
was the chief
designer of safety
as the Gulfstream G550.
I How I help people: I help
Honeywell customers keep
algorithms for our their aircraft safe for flight
Flying robots survey debris after a nation’s next en and always in order. I solve
hurricane, spot survivors, and sum- route air traffic avionics problems involv-
mon other robotic vehicles to the system. ing autopilots, traffic alert
rescue. I Proud moments: and collision avoidance
Airplanes keep track of each other Being a chief systems, terrain avoidance
in the sky, relaying their positions designer on an air warning systems, flight
every second to other pilots and traffic control sys- management systems, and
ground control. tem felt like an satellite communications.
Office workers stay in shape by accumulation of I Proud moment: M.S.
going a few aerobic rounds with a everything I learned degree in aerospace engi-
boxer punching in real-time as a 3-D from Embry-Riddle neering from Virginia
graphic image. about computer sci- Tech. I worked on several
Machines are getting very clever – Jimmy Haviland (left), at Daytona Beach, adjusts an autonomous ence, math, soft- research projects under the
interacting with each other and their assembly line; student Steven Quintero (right), at Prescott, with a ware engineering, guidance of Roger
users. What makes it all possible are helicopter used for develping autonomous flight systems. and air traffic. Simpson, president of the
little clusters of software inside I Embry-Riddle American Institute of
them that talk with other software clusters. have ranked software and computer engineer- advantage: The soft- Aeronautics and
“Embedded computer systems are practically ing among the fastest-growing and highest-pay- ware engineering Astronautics.
everywhere – in TVs, cell phones, iPods, and ing careers in the nation from now until 2020. program at Embry- I Embry-Riddle advantage:
game controllers,” says Timothy Wilson, profes- Embry-Riddle computer and software engi- Riddle prepared me Problem-solving and
sor of computer and software engineering at neering students learn to design and develop for 95 percent of research skills. Embry-
Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla. campus. hardware and software for embedded computer what I do. And tak- Riddle has a huge reputa-
“On modern aircraft and spacecraft, virtually systems and real-time applications. Their ing advantage of tion in the aviation world.
every subsystem — from navigational and data coursework focuses on programming lan- other aviation Its classes are small and
communication to sensor and cockpit display guages, circuit theory, computer design, studies helped me professors are in direct
systems — has one or more computers,” adds embedded control systems, real-time systems, get that final five contact with the industry
James Lyall, acting chairman of computer and and software engineering. percent. In addi- and research institutions,
Top and middle left photographs: Zach Mahone; Quintero: courtesy Gary Gear
electrical engineering at the university’s tion to Embry- so undergraduates can get
Prescott, Ariz. campus. Working on Teams Is Essential Riddle’s focus on involved in research proj-
Starting as freshmen, Embry-Riddle stu- aviation and mis- ects. This complements
Students Learn Hardware and Software dents begin working on teams, developing sion-critical sys- the student’s portfolio.
At Embry-Riddle’s Florida and Arizona cam- complex software and hardware systems, an tems, its balance I Career opportunities: The
puses, students are learning to develop, test, experience that gives them proficiency in between theory aviation industry is grow-
and implement computer hardware and soft- teamwork, designing to requirements, and and practice in the ing fast, especially with the
ware systems for products as diverse as heart quality assurance. software engineer- design of the new very
pacemakers and helicopters. They focus on Working on teams is essential, Wilson says, ing program sets it light jets and personal
products with built-in microprocessors, many of because “a lot of what engineers do is persuade apart. They listen business jets. Nowadays,
which must respond immediately to critical sen- people to do things.” and react to the avionics are pure computer
sor data. “One way of getting into management is by industry’s needs and software engineering,
When they graduate, they’ll have their pick of knowing how to recognize and resolve con- and prepare their and the market needs new,
attractive job offers. Surveys by CNN, Money flict,” says Massood Towhidnejad, professor students to hit the young engineers with fresh
magazine, and the U.S. Department of Labor continued, page 8 ground running. ideas.
6 THE LEADER/FALL 2007
FOR COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERS
Graduates discuss the Embry-Riddle edge
DAN PENNY Systems Engineer,
Software Engineer, Andrews Space
Rockwell Collins I Embry-Riddle
degrees: B.S., aerospace
I Embry-Riddle degrees: engineering, and B.S.,
B.S., computer engineer- computer engineering,
ing, 2003; M.S., software TODD SHERMAN TAMELA TRAUTH SCOTT BURZAWA KIM MADLER 2002.
engineering, 2005 Software Engineer, Computer/Electrical Software Engineer II, Senior Manager, I What I do: I’m the go-
I What I do: I work on the Lockheed Martin Design Engineer, United Space Engineering Escalation to guy for trajectory
configurable integrated Simulation, Training Soneticom Inc. Alliance, Prime Manager, Global Team and performance at
surveillance system for and Support Contractor to NASA Leader, Symantec Corp. Andrews. I am fre-
the new Boeing 787 I Embry-Riddle quently involved in all
Dreamliner, which com- I Embry-Riddle degree: B.S., comput- I Embry-Riddle I Embry-Riddle degrees: aspects of proposals
bines the functions of the degree: B.S., com- er engineering, 2004 degrees: B.S., comput- B.S., computer science, and concept feasibility
aircraft collision avoid- puter engineering, I What I do: I er engineering, 2004; and M.S., software engi- studies, from document
ance system (ACAS), ter- 2004 design, implement, M.S., software engi- neering, 2004 editing and content
rain warning, transpon- I What I do: I start- debug, and test neering, 2007 I What I do: I have a generation to artwork
der, and weather radar ed in the biometrics printed circuit I What I do: I maintain team of six in various to binding and CD
systems into a single unit. department on a fin- boards. Component and upgrade the soft- countries who work with labels.
I’m responsible for soft- gerprint matching selection and ware for the record technical support and the I How I help people:
ware verification of the program similar to research of new tech- and playback subsys- field to determine what is Most of my problems
ACAS. one Lockheed nologies are frequent tem of the space shut- taking place and figure involve trying to opti-
I How I help people: The Martin developed for tasks, and software tle’s launch processing out a workaround or mize a vehicle config-
problems I solve are iden- the FBI. I now work and hardware design system. The systems I work with development uration and/or its tra-
tifying tests to adequately on the F-35 integration is com- enjoy working with to engineer a solution. jectory, given con-
and robustly cover require- Lightning II Joint pulsory. I build and most are real-time My daily responsibilities straints such as
ments. I also organize the Strike Fighter integrate custom embedded systems, include team manage- engines, propellants,
effort of the offshore team Autonomic Logistic Linux OS kernels for because I get to work ment, technical triage, weights, and cost.
with local engineers to Information System. custom hardware closely with hardware. customer conferences, I Proud moment: I
maximize the verification Our teams work in an designs. I write low- I How I help people: engineering review, and have minor accomplish-
effort efficiency. agile software devel- level software to Many of the problems field support. ments every day when I
Proud moment: Recent opment environment interface custom I solve have to do with I How I help people: I solve a new problem. I
development of the hard- known as Scrum. hardware functional- hardware and software am responsible for solv- cannot say much about
ware/software interface I How I help people: ity. I write and mod- obsolescence that ing problems of major major accomplish-
for the ACAS and My work is techni- ify high-level GUI requires upgrades to customers around the ments, as they are com-
transponder. I’m proud cal, but it’s part of (graphical user inter- the system so it can globe. The problems are petition-sensitive. I’ve
of the software written an effort to provide face) apps and low- support the space shut- serious and impact nor- been at Andrews over
due to my experiences as the best product we level firmware to add tle program until 2010. mal business operations. five years now and the
an undergraduate and les- can to our end users, features. I’ve also I also change or write I help people at some of company is five times
sons learned in my gradu- the men and women written high-level new software that gives the largest corporations larger.
ate studies about the of the armed forces. Windows GUI appli- engineers easier access in the world understand I Embry-Riddle
organization, architecture, I Proud moment: cations for wireless or different analysis of the nature of the issue advantage: MATLAB
and implementation of People are willing to handheld devices. recorded data. and convey the technical skills. I use concepts I
the software. listen to my ideas, I How I help people: I Proud moment: One information and solution first learned in the core
I Embry-Riddle advantage: regardless of my age We identify what the of the most memorable to the highest levels. engineering courses –
Learning how hardware or experience level. customer wants and is the Tile Step and Gap I Proud moments: I’ve “the gauntlet” – every
devices, such as field pro- I’ve filed for one make it happen. project, which precisely worked as a developer. day. Technical writing
grammable gate arrays, patent, have another I Embry-Riddle measures the distance I’ve been involved in a is important, too, as are
work and interface with in the works, and a advantage: I learned between tiles on the project that came out of presentation skills.
external memories helped few other ideas for the skill of problem- orbiter. Each tile has an acquisition. I’ve been I Career
me develop the hard- new business or solving, identifying different specifications. involved in internal proj- opportunities: The next
ware/software interface. products in varying the goal and require- It’s always exciting to ects that affect the entire 10-20 years will be
In my graduate studies, stages of maturity. ments, and making watch a safe space shut- company – 17,000-plus exciting for private
the structured approach I’ve won a couple of sure that my solu- tle launch and land, users. And as a recent spaceflight. Lots of
to developing require- technical excellence tion meets and knowing you did your adjunct professor at small companies need
ments, designing soft- awards. exceeds those needs. part to make it happen. Embry-Riddle, I’m now talented young engi-
ware, and verification was I Embry-Riddle Embry-Riddle offers I Embry-Riddle able to help others neers. One of the
invaluable. Embry-Riddle advantage: Besides small class sizes and advantage: Riddle’s understand software largest cost compo-
organizes the integration the technical skills, individual attention programs focus on engineering. nents of new aerospace
between software and Embry-Riddle’s focus from real professors. how to become a pro- I Embry-Riddle vehicles is software, so
computer engineering like on teamwork has ductive and contribut- advantage: The advan- there’s always a need
a real-world project, so served me well. The ing individual and tages are numerous. for good software engi-
graduates are poised to smaller class sizes at team member in a Guaranteed employment neers with the right
take on greater challenges Embry-Riddle makes true engineering envi- upon graduation, a great tools, management,
than most new hires from for a personal aca- ronment. The pro- salary, the ability to and processes.
other colleges. demic experience. grams give a good bal- relocate anywhere and
There was never a ance between being excel at any position in
time I couldn’t get in technically savvy and the industry.
touch with a profes- how to engineer good Confidence. I was able
sor to ask a question products. The profes- to smoothly transition
or go over a difficult sors are also very ded- from student to the
problem. icated to helping you workforce without ever
succeed. feeling I would fail.
THE LEADER/FALL 2007 7
is his business
BY ROBERT ROSS
Martin Petera isn’t majoring in business at Embry-
Riddle to learn how to make money. At 19, the 6-foot-
6-inch freshman with a boyish grin already has a
proven talent for doing that.
For the past three years, Petera, from the Czech
Republic, has started one lucrative business venture
after another. His latest is Prop-Jet, a charter company
that flies business people and the wealthy to and from
Prague. Last summer, his leased jets kept busy ferrying
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and other stars that were
shooting films in Prague, one of Hollywood’s hottest
new movie locales.
“For one production,” Petera says, “we flew Vin
Diesel and two bodyguards from Prague to Sweden in a
Falcon 2000, a director and producer in a Hawker
In the Machine Vision from page 6 800XP, the makeup people and artists in a Saab 340, and
Lab at the Prescott and chair of computer and software engineering at the Daytona 1,200 pounds of cargo in another Saab 340.”
campus, Justin Beach campus. “If someone is paying you $70,000, they expect So why is Petera, who can afford to expense-account
Gigliotti, a senior you to identify the problems and work them out.” his tuition and fees, studying for a degree in aviation
majoring in computer “We treat them like employees,” Towhidnejad says. “They business at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., cam-
and mechanical engi- learn to face constraints such as budget, time and weight. For pus?
neering, moves con- example, they might attach a laptop to a model aircraft, but the “I was always on the phone when I was in high
tents on a computer plane won’t lift off, so they have to design a computing device school. I was so busy,” Petera says. “Plus, we lost a lot of
screen without touch- that will be light enough.” money on one contract.”
ing the screen. Petera started his first business in high school after
Senior Projects, from Helicopter Avionics… learning how easy it was to find a hotel online for a fam-
MACHINE In their senior year, students from computing, software, and
other engineering disciplines collaborate for nine months on a
ily vacation to London. With a $3,000 loan from his par-
ents, he created a hotel-booking website and began
VISION LAB complex, real-world project designed to push them beyond what
they’ve learned in the classroom.
charging less than half of the standard 15-percent com-
mission. He also handled visitors’ transportation
Tarek El Dokor, In Prescott, computer engineering students usually execute a between the airport and hotel and for sightseeing.
assistant professor of project related to the avionics of a helicopter that their campus He had contracts with 70 hotels when he turned 17,
electrical and comput- owns. They also align their work with problems NASA is working but rising competition and costs eventually forced him
er engineering, and a on, and the space agency gives them feedback on their require- to close up shop.
team of students in ments document before they start. “Paying $1,000 per click to advertise on Google was
the Embry-Riddle “In our senior design projects, everything must be fully docu- bad,” he says. “Plus, Hotels.com, Yahoo.hotels, and
Machine Vision Lab mented, with specs written and signed off on,” says Gary Gear, other websites with deep pockets were pushing the com-
at the Prescott cam- associate professor of computer and electrical engineering at mission rates down.”
pus have created Prescott. “It’s the way things are done in the aerospace industry.” Petera was flying ultra light planes for fun when a
embedded systems For the spring 2007 semester, the seniors designed an ultrason- friend who was studying at Embry-Riddle told him about
and software systems ic altimeter for an unmanned helicopter that can give accurate the university. The next summer, he attended Embry-
for a variety of uses. readings from a couple of inches to 20 feet. A prototype of their Riddle’s Summer Academy in Daytona Beach to obtain
For example, the altimeter will be attached to the belly of one of NASA’s UAVs and his flight instrument ratings, with his eye on an eventual
lab has developed a tested next summer. career as an airline pilot.
way for people to When he returned to Prague, he got the idea for his
control the move- …To Air and Land Rescue Vehicles Prop-Jet charter service and partnered with the owner of
ment of video game At the Daytona Beach campus, senior computer and software a local flying school.
characters by moving engineering students are continuing work on a multi-year project He linked his website with the largest search site in
their own body involving unmanned rescue vehicles. Two years ago, they pro- the country and “five days later the fourth-richest man
instead of a joystick grammed an autonomous model airplane with a six-foot wingspan in the Czech Republic wanted us to fly him from Prague
or controller. A cam- to fly from a starting point to a search area and send live video of to Dubrovnik, in Croatia,” Petera says.
era captures the per- a possible hurricane victim to the operators. Martin Petera “After that, boom!, the phone started
son’s movements, Last year, students built a ground vehicle the size of a little (left) with ringing.”
sending messages Mars rover to receive coordinates for a body’s location and com- Adam Bilek, his Petera would like to eventually own
through the comput- mand other ground vehicles to go there. The ground vehicles partner in the planes his company flies, but he no
er system that tell on- have heat sensors that can determine if the victim is still alive. Prop-Jets, an longer wants to be an airline pilot.
Machine Vision: photograph by Leeann Lyall, illustration by Dave Hogerty; Petera and jet: Tomas Maly
screen objects or con- This year, seniors are programming the air and ground vehicles air charter Business just keeps getting in the way.
tents what to do. One to coordinate with each other. company they “I see these ideas, and I wonder: why
can also rotate or operate in doesn’t anybody else do it? It’s so easy
move something on a Prepared for the Real World Prague, Czech and obvious,” he says, and then he
computer screen by While most of Embry-Riddle’s computer and software engi- Republic. smiles. “But I keep the details to myself.”
moving one’s finger a neering graduates go to work for aerospace employers, many
few inches away from are hired by manufacturers of medical devices like pacemakers
the screen. and defibrillators, which require the same kind of embedded,
The potential real-time, safety-critical software engineering used for aircraft
applications include navigation systems.
outdoor signage, “Our industry advisory board tells us Embry-Riddle graduates
automobile dash- hit the ground running,” Towhidnejad says, “and we’ve noticed
boards, training pro- they move to technical management positions faster than grads
grams, “aerobic” from other schools. It’s because our curriculum is so close to the
video games, and way industry works every day.”
vehicles. FOR MORE:
Daytona Beach campus: erau.edu/dbcse or email@example.com
FOR MORE: Prescott campus: firstname.lastname@example.org. or
8 THE LEADER/FALL 2007THE LEADER/FALL 2007
WE ASKED 12 EMBRY-RIDDLE STUDENTS WHAT IT’S LIKE GOING TO COLLEGE WITH THEIR BROTHER OR SISTER.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ZACH MAHONE
INTERVIEWS BY ROBERT ROSS
Brandon & Ashley
Kelly & Timothy
ASHLEY: junior, global security and intelligence studies KELLY: senior, communication and meteorology
BRANDON: sophomore, aerospace studies TIMOTHY: senior, aeronautical science and meteorology
HOMETOWN: Houston, Texas HOMETOWN: McHenry, Ill.
CAMPUS: Prescott CAMPUS: Daytona Beach
BRANDON: We were both home-schooled. When I was taking KELLY: We have a lot of the same friends and interests. It’s
aviation classes at a community college, I researched Embry- nice to have your big brother here in case you need
Riddle. I went to an orientation the university gave, and I anything.
was sold. TIMOTHY: Only problem is, I’m constantly watching over her
ASHLEY: I started at the University of Houston, majoring in because of all the guys here. But I approve of her boyfriend.
interior design, but I was iffy about it. I always thought I’d like He takes good care of her, and that’s what I like to see.
to work for the CIA or FBI. Dr. Bloom, dean of the College of KELLY: Freshman and sophomore year we saw each other a
Arts and Sciences, said my creative studies background would lot. We didn’t know it, but the Honors Program students live
help me think outside the box. on the same floor. It was funny when we got our keys. I
ASHLEY: I hardly ever see my brother. Sometimes we go to don’t think he was happy that his little sister would be
movies together. I live off campus. across the hall from him in college. It was a lot of fun,
BRANDON: For fun I like to work out, play video games, go though. This year I don’t see him as much because I’m a
hiking and rock climbing at Thumb Butte nearby. resident advisor, and he moved off campus.
BRANDON: I check out her boyfriends. She doesn’t listen to TIMOTHY: I decided to go to Embry-Riddle first, wanting to
me, but I still do it. be a pilot and knowing its reputation in the airline industry.
ASHLEY: He says, “If you need some muscle, you let me know.” KELLY: We’re super competitive in sports and academics;
BRANDON: It’s good to have a family member at the same we have a fun sibling rivalry. When I graduated high school
college. You don’t feel quite as alone, not as homesick. a year ahead with his class, I joked that I was going to
ASHLEY: If I need someone to hang out with, I can ask him. Embry-Riddle, too. The joke was on me because I found a
Ashley and Brandon Branch: Bob Ross
We car-pool to church. program that fits my interests perfectly – the
BRANDON: It’s really quiet here, good for studying. I like the communication degree, combining science and aerospace
scenery. It’s nothing like Houston. You can see mountains in the with writing and media.
distance – I’m looking at a mountain right now – and houses KELLY: I like the sense of community at Embry-Riddle. My
perched on rocks. favorite thing about the area is the great weather and beach.
ASHLEY: I love the mountains, the wind, the altitude. Since TIMOTHY: I like being 10 minutes from the beach, and I
there’s not a lot to do you can study, and that’s important like the view of Daytona Beach from the air every time I
because I have Mandarin Chinese this semester. get up flying.
THE LEADER/FALL 2007 9
Felix & Sheila
Krystal & Francisco
FELIX: sophomore, mechanical engineering FRANCISCO: sophomore, aeronautical science
SHEILA: senior, engineering physics KRYSTAL: senior, engineering physics
HOMETOWN: Managua, Nicaragua; Los Angeles, Calif. (now) HOMETOWN: Visalia, Calif.
CAMPUS: Daytona Beach CAMPUS: Daytona Beach
SHEILA: I like having someone I can fully trust near me. We KRYSTAL: We are from across the country so it’s nice to have
help each other as much as we can. I can look out for him family here. Franco knows what I’m up to most of the time, so he
anytime and know what he is doing, and we even have common can call home for me.
friends to go out together. KRYSTAL: His freshman year here, I think we saw each other
FELIX: She is always somewhere in campus when I need her, five times. This year, I’m the lab assistant for his Physics 1 lab,
and I get to meet way more people than others. so I get to see him every week.
Sheila: We used to see each other every day, but lately not much KRYSTAL: I am running a marathon in January, and Franco
because he has a completely different schedule than mine. supports me by waking up early on Saturdays to train with me. I
FELIX: Sometimes I see her having lunch somewhere and join also help him out with his homework in math and physics.
her. On weekends we might go out, depending on the situation. FRANCISCO: An advantage of going to college with my sister is
Mostly she calls me when she wants to go somewhere, such as to that she knows what’s going on and teaches me how to get things
Wal-Mart, dinner, movies, and clubs. I also call her when I need done. The drawback is that I have to act proper in front of her.
help with school work. KRYSTAL: Our parents like us going to college together, because
FELIX: I chose to come here not only because of the exciting I can help him out with stuff like registration and financial aid. At
stories my sister would tell me about this place, but for the love times, though, they think that I help out to much and I should let
of technology and aviation. It seemed like the perfect place to go. him make his own mistakes like I had to.
My favorite things about this campus are the planes everywhere KRYSTAL: I decided to go here first in 2003, because Embry-
and the beach close by. Riddle offers engineering physics with a concentration in space
SHEILA: I like the way the classes are mainly related to space or and spacecraft. I have always wanted to design
aircraft, and I love Florida’s weather satellites/spacecraft and eventually be an astronaut, and this is
the best place for that.
FRANCISCO: I came here because Embry-Riddle has one of the
best flight programs in the country.
KRYSTAL: I love the shuttle launches [at Cape Kennedy]. On
campus, the place I hang out the most is the engineering physics
design lab, because I always have so much work to do.
FRANCISCO: My favorite thing is that the campus is really close
to the beach.
10 THE LEADER/FALL 2007
Josh & Stephanie
Christopher & Mary
JOSH: senior, aerospace engineering (propulsion) CHRISTOPHER: senior, air traffic management,
STEPHANIE: senior, communication (minor: human factors) MARY: senior, air traffic management (minor: aviation weather)
HOMETOWN: Titusville, Fla. (Josh); Havelock, N.C. (Stephanie) HOMETOWN: Elkton, Fla.
CAMPUS: Daytona Beach CAMPUS: Daytona Beach
JOSH: I came here first because I graduated earlier and Embry- CHRISTOPHER: We’ve always been close, so it’s nice being able
Riddle has the best aerospace engineering program at a school to see her just about every day. She also keeps me on track.
without a Ph.D. MARY: We hang out a lot. We go to parties and the beach, play
Stephanie: I chose Embry-Riddle due to the reputation of the games, and golf together.
soccer program [she’s on the women’s team] and the opportunity CHRISTOPHER: Yes, I check out her dates. Who wouldn’t want
to get an excellent education. to make sure his sister is dating someone who isn’t going to be
STEPHANIE: In past years, we saw each other more often, but trouble? Thankfully, she has made good choices, and we haven’t
this semester he is commuting from our parents’ house and our had to deal with that yet.
schedules conflict. Now I see him probably once every two CHRISTOPHER: Our parents like having us in the same spot so
weeks. they can tell who is playing hooky.
JOSH: We have different majors and different friends, so we MARY: They also like the family discount.
don’t see each other a whole lot. I go to her soccer games and CHRISTOPHER: I decided to go to Embry-Riddle first. She
see her out sometimes. knew I was having a great time at school, so she decided to
STEPHANIE: During the first soccer pre-season I wasn’t join the party.
completely out of my comfort zone, because I had a piece of MARY: I like how the campus and the classes are small. I like to
home and someone I could relate to. Josh has filled that role of go to the Daytona Cubs [minor league baseball team] games and
protecting his little sister – from nights on the town to making the Rolex 24-hour race [at Daytona Speedway].
sure academia and soccer were in check to bringing me my keys Christopher: My favorite thing on campus is the University Center
when I locked myself out of my car. because at just about any time you can do or find anything there.
Josh: Our parents treat it as if we’re going to different schools. It And the beach isn’t too bad for spring break.
helps that we get the family discount though.
STEPHANIE: They never made us live together or forced us to
Josh: It’s close enough to home where I can go home if I need to
and far enough away that I feel like I’m away from home.
STEPHANIE: My favorite aspect is the relationships built and
maintained through our soccer program. The beach is also a
necessity in my life. I’ve never lived more than 20 minutes from
a decent beach.
THE LEADER/FALL 2007 11
THE GAME BEGINS: U.S. spies learn Al Qaeda in
Pakistan has obtained an aging Soviet-era suitcase-
size nuclear bomb. But the plotters move too quickly
for arrests to be made.
Lauren DeHamer played a member of a Canadian Al
Students play game of life, death, and homeland security Qaeda cell that tried to create diversions near the
BY ROBERT ROSS Phoenix airport, the terrorists’ target, to throw security
forces off their trail. Among the ideas they considered:
setting off a dud backpack bomb in an airport food
“Our imaginations were our borders,” DeHamer says.
“The greatest challenge was anticipating how each agency
would react to our threat. For every move we made, we
spent another cleaning up our tracks. We had to examine
the costs and implications of every decision.”
“Playing the enemy was a guilty pleasure for me,”
DeHamer says. “I was surprised at how many underhand-
ed, conniving attack plans my group and I came up with.
Our professors said they were glad we’re all on the same
team in real life.”
I The bomb is taken through Spain to Venezuela and
then Panama. From there, the gang smuggles it by
boat up Mexico’s west coast to Tijuana and through a
tunnel under the U.S. border.
“The toughest part was thinking like a terrorist and
trying to outwit our American counterparts,” says
Travis Kelley, who played an Arizona-based terrorist in
a cell that smuggled the bomb into the United States. “I
felt a pang of guilt when we came up with nefarious
plots, but after a few tense hours we began to immerse
ourselves in the simulation.”
“The exercise lets you see how the young people
who make up Al Qaeda could have done it,” Jones
says. “Young minds are fertile, and not deterred by a
sense of limits.”
Each sector in the game had different tactical advan-
tages, weaknesses, and turfs, but the same mission: win.
Both sides tried to thwart each other, relying on sketchy
“They find out how difficult it is to make decisions
based on a lack of complete, real information in a short
time,” Jones says.
I As the bad guys drive toward the Phoenix airport,
U.S. authorities trace their cell phone calls and set
up a roadblock. But the terrorists find out, get off
the highway, and purchase an ultralight plane.
In the dual roles of Secretary of Energy and New and
Emerging Science and Technology advisor, Steve Dial
researched weapons of mass destruction and advised
the border patrol on detection.
“As the CIA and FBI began receiving tips, I shared
this information with them, as well, and placed the Palo
Verde Nuclear Facility on high alert,” Dial says. “Many
Last spring semester, a few dozen Embry-
Riddle students saved Phoenix, Ariz., from
a nasty terror plot.
“I was of us feared this might become an alternate target, so I
worked with the military to deploy anti-aircraft artillery
No, they weren’t video gamers or paintball surprised at the site.”
Natalia Sanchez was part of the Arizona Counter
They were juniors and seniors in the global securi- at how many Terrorism Information Center team, which gathered
data from each agency and served as liaison for each
ty and intelligence studies (GSIS) program at the uni-
versity’s Prescott, Ariz. campus. They were playing a underhanded, agency looking for more information on the potential
attack. Her team also supplied the governor’s office
war game that was as unusual as it was deadly seri-
ous. conniving with information it would need in the event of a mass
It involved an Al Qaeda plan to set off a nuclear
bomb in the United States and the race against the attack plans I Blackhawk helicopters swoop in, forcing the
clock by U.S. security agencies to find out where and
when and to stop it. Students played both sides. my group ultralight to crash in the desert west of Phoenix.
The suicide pilot pulls the trigger, but the weapon
Before the game began, students were assigned to
one of several teams, including Al Qaeda, Homeland and I came is so deteriorated it explodes as a dirty bomb, not
a nuclear device. GAME OVER.
Security, the CIA, U.S. State Department, U.S. mili-
tary branches, border patrol, Phoenix police, and
Arizona highway patrol.
up with.” Jones has been running some version of the war
game every year since he created the GSIS degree pro-
Depending on their role and team, students next gram at the Prescott campus seven years ago. “I love
did technical research on everything from bombs to games, and the students get into them intensely,” he
Blackhawk helicopters and ultralight planes. says.
“We introduced a scenario and created some false DeHamer says she was humbled by the experience.
leads for the CIA and police to follow,” says Philip “Memorizing theories on why desk jockeys in
Jones, associate professor and chair of the GSIS pro- Washington D.C., Islamist terrorists in Vancouver, or
gram. TSA workers in the Southwest act the way they act
After making moves during several meetings of can only bring you so far.” She said the game showed
the Studies in Global Intelligence II course, students her “there is no standard by which we can predict
Illustration: Dave Hogerty
brought the game to a climax in a marathon anyone’s moves in real life.”
Saturday session. Time was compressed, with every She says it also reinforced her career objectives: “to
half hour representing a day. A rolling screen learn to contrive, anticipate, and thwart threats to our
showed each team’s moves, and a professor refereed. security.”
12 THE LEADER/FALL 2007
WHEN IN TIBET...
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY SETTLES IN
BY ROBERT ROSS
When Andrew Minear and Sarah
Kalmeta mispronounce a word in their
Chinese class at Embry-Riddle, it’s no big
deal. After they graduate and start their
careers, however, they won’t have it so
Kalmata is earning a degree in busi-
ness, with a minor in Asian studies. She’s
aware that a slight change in her tone can
make kuai, the Mandarin word for
“money,” mean “fast” instead.
Minear, who is majoring in global secu-
rity and intelligence studies, will be care-
ful with the Mandarin words shi, which
means “ten,” and si, meaning “four.” Not
only do they have similar sounds, but the
wrong tone can transform them to “is”
and “death,” not a good combination.
With the help of Embry-Riddle’s
Foreign Language Institute, recently estab-
lished at the university’s Prescott, Ariz.,
campus, where the two are students, they
Arabic and Mandarin Chinese
have less to worry about.
For several years, the Prescott campus
has been offering instruction in two lan-
becoming popular at Prescott campus.
guages: Arabic and Mandarin Chinese.
The campus also offers the bachelor’s
degree in global security and intelligence
studies (GSIS), the only Embry-Riddle
program requiring proficiency in a lan-
guage other than English.
Learning a foreign language at Embry-
Riddle is about more than conversation
and pronunciation, according to Hong
Zhan, director of the institute. “We teach
grammar, reading, writing and conversa-
tion,” she says.
“When you teach reading and writing
using proper grammar,” adds Leila
Martin, who teaches Arabic at the cam-
pus, “students can make advances on
their own, and they enjoy the language
For Embry-Riddle’s foreign language The Potala Palace (top photo) in Lhasa, Tibet, traditional home of the Dalai Lamas, is a detour for students on a
students, culture is part of the package, study trip to China last summer, co-hosted by Phil Jones (left), director of global security and intelligence studies,
says Martin, who was born in Lebanon. Prescott campus; students (above left and below) enact an Arabic tea ceremony; Hong Zhan (right, center) helps
She introduces her students to the cui- students Andrew Minear (left) and Sarah Kalmeta with their Chinese.
sine, etiquette, and arts of the Arab
world and teaches courses on Middle
Eastern studies, Islam and Arabic cul-
ture, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
On weekends, Zhan and her students
interact with Chinese people who have
moved to the Prescott community.
Travel and study abroad are also
encouraged, particularly for students in
the GSIS program. For the past several
summers, Leeann Chen, assistant profes-
Tibet: courtesy Phil Jones; Tea ceremonies: Leila Martin; Chinese class: Bob Ross
sor of Asian studies and humanities, and
Phil Jones, professor of global security
and intelligence, have taken groups of
Embry-Riddle students to China to study
that nation’s language and culture.
Minear recently completed a semes-
ter in China. Like Kalmeta, he’s confi-
dent that having Chinese language and
travel on his resume will improve his
prospects for earning lots of kuai.
Note: The Daytona Beach campus plans to begin Chinese language instruction in the fall 2008 term, along with Asian studies and literature, leading to a minor
in Asian studies. Beginning in fall 2009, the campus will offer a full range of courses in Arabic language and culture, leading to a minor in Middle East studies.
THE LEADER/FALL 2007 13
“We don’t need roads
where we’re going.”
“I listened to a lot of Bruce
Springsteen, Doobie Brothers,
Fleetwood Mac, and Tupac.”
OKLAHOMA to CANADA
Heather Cupitt (left) and Ashley Szasz in their Embry-Riddle Cessna 172.
in Air Race Classic
Finishing 28th in this year’s Air
Race Classic didn’t bother Embry-
Riddle graduates Heather Cupitt
and Ashley Szasz one bit.
They were celebrating the fact they were
the first aviators sent by the university to the
cross-country race for women since it began,
three years after Embry-Riddle was founded.
The Air Race Classic is the granddaugh-
ter of the Women’s Air Derby, which started
in 1929 when 20 female pilots flew from
Santa Monica, Calif., to the Cleveland, Ohio
site of the National Air Races. After World
War II, it evolved into the Powder Puff Derby
and then 30 years later was replaced by the
CALIFORNIA to FLORIDA
Views like this one, near Winter Park, Colo., made it hard to keep pedaling, John Gagne says.
This year, 47 two-woman teams took off
on June 19 from Oklahoma City, Okla., and
flew to St. John, New Brunswick, in Canada,
finishing on June 22. Along the way they
stopped in McCook, Neb.; Denison, Iowa;
CROSS-COUNTRY RIDE general, the people in Mississippi were so hos-
Favorite road tunes: I listened to a lot of
Jefferson City, Mo.; Bowling Green, Ky.;
Lewisburg, W.V.; Elmira, N.Y., Burlington, Vt.;
for Cancer Research Bruce Springsteen, Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood
Mac, and Tupak.
and Bangor, Me. Last summer, John Gagne rode Advice for others: Pack as light as you can.
The pilots ranged in age from the early 20s his bike to school. Everything you bring must have an important
to late 80s. Of the six teams fielded by universi- Starting in San Jose, Calif., after attending a purpose. Make sure you have accurate maps
ties, Cupitt and Szasz finished in third place. national meeting of his fraternity, Sigma Chi, and up-to-date information about hotels and
Embry-Riddle loaned the pair a Cessna 172 Gagne pedaled 2,914 miles to the Daytona gas stations, etc. Don’t get ahead of yourself,
from its Daytona Beach campus fleet and wrote Beach, Fla., campus of Embry-Riddle, where and try to focus on single days, especially
a check to cover fuel costs. he is a business student. when times and terrain get tough.
During the race, the flyers divided the duties He was accompanied on the 41-day ride by Must-have gear: A GPS unit is expensive,
– piloting, navigating, maintaining radio con- fraternity brother Aaron Smith, a recent grad- but ideal. Ours saved us many times, telling us
tact, monitoring the weather, fueling the plane, uate of Wake Forest University. The pair distances and locations up ahead and side
and even cleaning bugs off after every landing. raised $20,000 for the Huntsman Cancer roads from rough roads. An odometer and
Weather proved to be a big challenge. “We Foundation. speedometer are important. An MP3 player is
wanted to go the most direct route, but we had Three days after concluding his trip, Gagne good for the long straight roads through the
lots of clouds and thunderstorms and some- talked about the highlights: desert. And most definitely a good camera.
times we had to divert,” Szasz says. “The race Best times, worst times: The worst time was Make sure to have all the tools to fix any prob-
was all VFR (visual flight rules), so having in the early morning, waking up, and for the lem that may arise. The worst thing is to be
weather radar on board would have helped us.” first five to 10 miles. After the first 20 miles, stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken
Competing in the race taught the pair invalu- I’d start to get into a groove and feeling better. spoke or chain, and have no way of fixing or
able lessons. My favorite part of any day was when I could replacing it.
“I learned the meaning of ‘pilot in com- sit back in my seat and ride comfortably, Passion for biking: For the most part, I still
mand’” Cupitt says. “At Embry-Riddle, people remember why I was doing the trip, and enjoy love biking but, of course, there were days
are always helping you. But when we were up how great the trip really was. when I wanted to quit and never bike again.
there flying, we needed to make decisions our- The groan factor: My butt, my legs, and my But all in all, this trip only increased my pas-
selves. I learned not to rely on others to make left shoulder ached. My hands really ached sion for riding!
my decisions. I trust my own judgment now during our days of rest. You always have to Next dream trips: Riding across Alaska
after this race.” switch hand positions on the bike when you’re would be amazing! Or to do the entire Rocky
“I learned to adjust and change plans quick- riding seven, eight hours a day. But now, three Mountain range. Another would be to bike
ly,” Szasz says. days after the end of our trip, I’m a little antsy, from Florida to New England or Mexico to
Cupitt says it was a big responsibility “carry- itchy to get moving. I’m going for a ride later Canada.
ing the Embry-Riddle name in the race and rep- today. Lessons learned: I learned to be flexible and
resenting our school well. Everyone seemed to Close calls: We had a couple of close calls adaptable. We changed a lot of our routes
Two pilots: Heather Cupitt; Gagne: Aaron Smith
know who we were.” with rude drivers, but nothing death-defying. when people asked us to come through town
Both aviators earned aeronautical science We had quite a few flat tires and I had two because they wanted to donate. Another rea-
degrees at the Daytona Beach campus in 2006. broken spokes, which are not fun to replace son was terrain. I got a great experience from it
Cupitt is enrolled in Embry-Riddle’s M.S. on the side of the road. for real life. The other lesson was that of meet-
degree program in aeronautics and serving Favorite places: Steamboat Springs, Colo. was ing new people. People skills were huge
with the Army Reserves. Her goal is to fly hel- awesome! In Clarksdale, Miss., half of the town throughout this trip. People loved to hear
icopters. Szasz is a flight instructor at greeted us on our arrival, and we stayed at a local about what we were doing.
Hanscom Field, near Boston, and plans to be hotel free of charge, courtesy of the mother of a Career goal: Something in aviation, either air-
an airline pilot. fraternity brother we’d met just a day earlier. In port management or finance.
14 THE LEADER/FALL 2007
A MATTER OF INTERPRETATION
“The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;/ he watches from his mountain walls,/ and like a thunder bolt he falls.”
students began with
three lines from
a poem by
Alfred Lord Tennyson.
1. and the
reacted with art
to the previous
2. Melanie Pugh,
1. Curtis Ewbank
3. Cincinnati, Ohio
2. Bob Scheid
3. Kelly Stanton
4. Erin Roberts
4. Denver, Colo.
5. John W. Smith III
“HOLY, HAND GRENADE, BATMAN!
THAT CARTOON TOTEM POLE IS
THAT BROCCOLLI. ZOINKS!”
— Christopher Haas
Mercer Island, Wash.
5. (description of drawing #5)
THE LEADER/FALL 2007 15
Two groups of Prescott students began with the
1. first two lines of
“The Eagle Denver. Hawk,”
a song by John
1. Kate Walkenbach
I am the eagle, I live in high country,/ in rocky cathedrals that reach to the sky.”
A San Diego, Calif.
2. Jigme Sherpa
3. Nichole Courson
4. Clayton Dunbar
5. Ian Robertson
& Inteligence Studies
16 THE LEADER/FALL 2007
1. Jack Anderson
B Denver, Colo.
2. Brandon Alford
El Paso, Texas
3. Abigail Frey
4. J. Cole Cupit
5. Peter Arnold
THE LEADER/FALL 2007 17
SHUO PANG STEPHANIE TROMBLEY STEPHANIE ROWE ARCHIE DICKEY
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Associate Professor and Chair
Computer and History (Department of Global Humanities Aviation Environmental Science
SoftwareEngineering Studies) Prescott Daytona Beach Prescott
Daytona Beach I What attracted you to the I You created a course for I What’s the connection
I The July 2007 edition of Prescott campus? Embry-Riddle about the dark side. between aviation and the envi-
Sea Technology reports on an “The global security and intelli- What’s it about? ronment?
embedded software system you gence studies program. It’s an “It’s a World Literature course “Airports are miniature cities.
developed for tracing chemicals incredibly unique interdiscipli- that traces the idea of the under- Their concerns include air pollu-
underwater. How does it work? nary program, one of only two or world in epic literature from its ori- tion, fuel and de-icer runoff,
“It was some research I did three in the country. It combines gins in pagan antiquity to the sewage treatment, traffic, energy
before I joined Embry-Riddle two security and intelligence skills Christian idea of hell to the modern usage, vehicular pollution. Our
years ago. We tested a planning with broader cultural and region- imperialist conception of the “third program deals with what goes on
and guidance system for an al history. Our program educates world” as hell on earth. We read at an airport, like de-icing planes
unmanned submarine to find a whole people. If they’re posted to Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, and keeping deer or coyotes off
France, they can talk Dante’s Inferno, Milton’s Paradise the runway. If you fly into a gull
about Camus with Lost, and Conrad’s Heart of or a goose and take it into the
people they’re con- Darkness, and we watch engine, you’ve got engine failure.
tacting. In other Apocalypse Now. It’s a hard Even one bird hitting a plane
faculty voices countries, they won’t course, but the students wind up means the plane has to be taken
take you seriously if with this tremendous sense of out of service and examined. That
you aren’t educated accomplishment and an expanded costs money.”
broadly. If you know worldview. It’s wonderful when I What solutions have been
history, literature, they see themselves as participants tried so far?
chemical plume, trace it to its and philosophy, you’ll make bet- in this great literary and intellectual “Several airlines are reporting
source, report it, and map the ter decisions and analyze more tradition.” all their wildlife strikes, even
source location. It’s an underwater accurately because you under- I Do you have a favorite literary though it’s not required by U.S.
nose: special chemical sensors stand the context.” character? law. They see a benefit, because it
that can detect specific chemical I You teach courses in foreign “Satan, in Paradise Lost. I love lets the airport control the situa-
plumes in the water. It would be policy, U.S.-Asia relations, mod- his absolute refusal to respect tion down the road. In the
useful for detecting chemical ern history, and war. Sounds like authority just because it’s authori- Midwest, airports and airlines are
leaks, locating unexploded bombs, a heavy load. ty. I think there’s nothing more creating special places that catch
and finding interesting biological “It keeps me busy, but I love it. unhealthy for a democracy, or a runoff de-icing fluid so it doesn’t
phenomena like thermal vents.” Earlier I thought of different soul, than a slavish respect for go into a stream. Some airports
I What are thermal vents? career options, but even as a stu- authority for its own sake. Satan have switched to electric service
“They’re like underwater volca- dent I knew I wanted to teach fights for justice. He’s compassion- vehicles to reduce the amount of
noes, as deep as 4,000 meters. college. I was a teaching assistant ate. He despises hypocrisy. He gas pollution they generate.”
Because they’re warm, you some- in college and even got to lecture refuses to be servile. Even in defeat I What attracts students to
times find unusual animals, bacte- a few times when I was still an he’s grand. He’s his own man.” your program?
ria and minerals there. In 2011, I undergraduate. I also taught as I What’s your research focused “Some students come to
will be on a Chinese vessel with an adjunct at the University of on these days? Embry-Riddle interested in avia-
researchers from Harbin New Hampshire and Gordon “Right now I’m working on study tion, but they decide they don’t
Engineering University, testing my College.” that grew out of the underworld want to become a pilot or engi-
detection system in thermal vents I What’s it like to teach course. I’d never noticed the flight neer after all, for whatever rea-
in the Indian Ocean.” Embry-Riddle students? imagery associated with these son. A lot of kids come here and
I Any plans to continue that “Embry-Riddle students are a underworlds before I came to get into hiking, biking and rock
research at Embry-Riddle? different animal altogether – very Embry-Riddle. In Paradise Lost, for climbing because of our Prescott,
“Embry-Riddle doesn’t have an focused. It’s rare for someone to example, of all the arguments that Ariz. location. They develop an
underwater vehicle, so I’m seeking come here if they don’t have a Satan gives Eve to convince her to interest in the outdoors and the
funding from the National Science sense of what they want to do. eat the apple, the one that finally environment. Our program gives
Foundation to do the same Embry-Riddle students are more gets her is the promise that if she them a chance to connect both
research using an unmanned aeri- concrete and linear in their analy- does eat it she’ll be able to fly. I’m interests.”
al vehicle. People usually talk sis. The advantage of that is I calling the paper “Aviation and I What do they get from it?
about GPS or vision-based naviga- don’t have to teach them how to Damnation.” I’m also finishing a “Some students have never
tion in UAVs, but no research is think in an organized, logical paper on Poe’s “The Murders in the been outdoors before. Most
being done using olifactory-based fashion. I’m more likely to push Rue Morgue” for a book on animals spring semesters I teach a course
navigation in them. Smell is a pri- them to think outside of the box, in literature.” on the natural history of Arizona.
mary sense. Animals use it for not just use cold numbers and I What did you do before joining We take a four-day camping trip
food or reproduction. We’re trying facts, but to go deeper, to the real Embry-Riddle’s faculty? to study the biology, geology, and
to learn from the animals. significance of an issue.” “I taught humanities and com- geography of this state. The idea
“You could use it on a UAV to I What do you do to lighten up? parative literature at the University is to get them out into nature and
detect a chemical leak that is too “I love music. I play the piano of Oregon, where I did my Ph.D. learn plants and animals.
Pang, Rowe: Zach Mahone; Trombley: Anita Scheelings; Dickey: Bob Ross
subtle to see, or in a fire where and guitar, and I sing. I also While I was writing my dissertation “They help maintain the FAA-
visibility is limited by heavy enjoy rock climbing and hiking, I worked at a law firm in San funded Wildlife Strike Database
smoke, you could locate the actu- which I also did in my native Francisco, doing case research in and Website we’ve created. They
al fire.” New Hampshire. In Prescott, I asbestos litigation. I specialized in do hands-on consulting projects,
I Before joining Embry-Riddle live near some great hiking trails naval propulsion boilers, compar- such as an environmental assess-
in Florida, you were at the in Thumb Butte. In this part of ing plaintiff work histories against ment of a proposed new road the
University of California-Riverside. the world, the rocks don’t move, the installation and repair histo- county wanted to put in.
How was that transition? but the sky does. It’s amazing ries of ships’ boilers. It was fasci- “One of our graduates works
“Compared to southern how far you can see. Last week, I nating work. The history of the for an environmental consultant
California, Daytona Beach is very climbed to the top of one of the boilermaker industry in the twen- in Las Vegas, another for the
quiet, and I miss having a lot of San Francisco Peaks, near tieth century is really interesting, Arizona Department of Water
authentic Chinese restaurants Flagstaff, and I could see the and I loved getting to know these Quality, and another handles
nearby, but after a year I’ve Grand Canyon 80 miles away, all shipyard workers through their environmental issues for a
learned to like it.” the way to Utah.” depositions.” California airport.”
18 THE LEADER/FALL 2007
Sid McGuirk, associate professor of air traf- “It’s a competitive market for talent,
fic management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical so you have to pay people to retain and
sound bites University, credited the FAA for its pragmatic attract good talent,” says Daniel Petree, dean
approach to maintaining high safety standard, of the College of Business at Embry-Riddle
while addressing the complaints of airlines and Aeronautical University. “But on the other
corporate jets who felt many flights were being hand, you hope the ones you attract are sym-
grounded unnecessarily. pathetic to the company needs and can over-
Although Skybus said it selected destina- “In years past, they’ve erred on the side of come the apparent differential treatments
tions that have little nonstop service from caution, and the users have been screaming,” that are perceived.”
Columbus, it will be battling two established McGuirk said. “This is a cautious move towards — “As airlines prosper again, labor tensions
low-cost rivals – Southwest and JetBlue – that allowing the users to access the system in a way rise,” MSNBC.com, Aug. 1, 2007
serve more destinations with connections. that doesn’t overload the system and doesn’t
“I wonder if they can sustain and maintain create a dangerous situation.” Examining the zone is a good idea, said
a cost structure that enables them to compete — “FAA expands system for summer flights,” Richard Bloom, an anti-terrorism professor
and make money, particularly if they get CNBC.com, May 23, 2007 and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Southwest’s attention,” said Dan Petree, dean at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s
of the college of business at Embry-Riddle The success of any scheduled service is Prescott, Ariz., campus. He said the govern-
Aeronautical University. “It is an extraordinar- based partly on whether there are enough ment needs to adapt to changing threats and
ily difficult and challenging business.” flights, so carriers are forced to invest in aircraft vulnerabilities. But it also needs to use its
— “A pair of flying leaps,” upfront and hope for the demand. resources efficiently and consider economic
Washington Post, May 4, 2007 “It’s a classic aviation problem: You add impact on others.
seats when times are good and then the market “You don’t want to waste limited
Alan Bender, a professor at Embry-Riddle goes down,” said Dawna Rhoades, who teaches resources going after folks who are not a
Aeronautical University, thinks “data should be international aviation management at Embry- threat,” he said. “If the zone is easier to com-
collected on flight cancellations because there Riddle Aeronautical University. “That’s often ply with, good-guy aviators have one less
are still places where competition is lacking, what kills start-up airlines.” thing to worry about. But then you also can
where passengers have few choices – small — “Flying above the traffic but below put your efforts toward what might be a
cities, for example. Where competition is lack- expectations,” New York Times, May 29, 2007 legitimate threat.”
ing, an airline might be somewhat more prone — “At last, 4 local airports freed from no-fly
to cancel flights because the repercussions “The trend for growth today is in interna- zone,” Baltimore Sun, Aug. 30, 2007
would be less significant than where competi- tional rather than domestic markets, and the
tion is rampant.” battle will be London to New York and London “The FAA has found that consolidating
— “Urban legend? Airlines cancel empty to other cities,” said Alan Bender, an airline functions saves them money. With the war
flights to save money,” economist at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical going on, there’s just not enough money to
USA Today in the Sky, May 16, 2007 University. go around,” said Marvin Smith, coordinator
Bender cited globalization and newer agree- of the master of science in aeronautics pro-
Bill Waldock, professor of safety science at ments such as the recent “Open Skies” accord gram at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in behind the jump in business travel. The Open University in Daytona Beach, Fla. “If you can
Prescott, Ariz., said the pilots’ behavior was Skies agreement loosens some of the restric- combine en route and air traffic control,
proper for a crew picking up a new aircraft. tions that countries have on foreign carriers you’ve enabled a cut in personnel, which is a
Working with the flight-management system next year. big money-saver.”
and entertainment system “would be a normal — “Trans-Atlantic push,” Hackensack (N.J.) — “FAA to move eyes on sky,” Dayton
pilot response at 37,000 feet where you’re not Sunday Record, June 3, 2007 (Ohio) Daily News, Sept. 16, 2007
constantly scanning for traffic” and expect con-
trollers to be keeping track of other aircraft. Daniel Petree, dean of Embry-Riddle “It’s an event [a double-decker Airbus
— “Documents offer new perspective on Aeronautical University’s business school, and A380 landing at San Francisco International
Brazil collision,” Newsday, May 19, 2007 other experts agree some gains by labor are Airport] that changes how airports operate,”
possible. But they say the overall economic said Seth Young, an associate professor at
Skybus will be the best test of whether pressure on airlines, including shifts in demand Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. “It’s
Americans will embrace the stripped-down that have weakened revenue, are enormous. like in a port, where you see lots of little
product pioneered by Ryanair, says Dan Petree, “The cost structure that is emerging in recov- boats and then the big cruise ship comes in.”
business college dean at Embry-Riddle ery is different than what was in place before. It — “SFO ready for a very jumbo jet,” San
Aeronautical University. makes the prospects for substantial recoveries Francisco Business Times, Oct. 1, 2007
“The business model assumes air travel is a under traditional collective bargaining arrange-
commodity and people will repond well to a ments more difficult,” Petree said. Fred Mirgle, chairman of the aviation
very, very low price and a very low level of — “Unions seek gains with airlines healthier,” maintenance science program at Embry-
service,” he says. “Nobody knows the answer.” New York Times, June 3, 2007 Riddle Aeronautical University, disputed
— “Bare-bones flying,” Transport Canada’s suggestion that landing-
St. Petersburg Times, May 21, 2007 The time is right for Qatar Airways and gear failure happened with some frequency.
Virgin America to operate their own flights to “If you took all the landing-gear incidents
Frank Ayers, chairman of Embry-Riddle Houston, says Alan Bender, professor of aero- and put them in one pot,” he said, “you
Aeronautical University’s flight department [in nautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. would find that landing-gear failure is not
Daytona Beach], said it’s “very rare” to have a “Virgin has become one of the world’s most common.”
flight over restricted airspace over Kennedy respected airlines, and Qatar’s economic links Mr. Mirgle said that while aviation incident
Space Center and Walt Disney World. with Houston are obvious,” he says. “Also, Qatar reports showed a relatively large number of
Flying near the space center involves a fair- Airways wants to rapidly grow to become a episodes related to landing gear, they gener-
ly simple rule for the student pilots, he said. future international airline leader, so it is vital ally involved problems like tire failures that
Fly west of Interstate 95. Going east of the for them to be in places like New York, typically did not cause forced landings or
interstate, especially over the Intracoastal Washington and Houston.” damage to aircraft.
Waterway, is a no-no, Ayers said. — Qatar Airways, Virgin America map plans — “European airline cancels flights after
— “Pilot errs in flight over NASA,” Daytona to land in Houston,” crash landing,”
Beach News-Journal, May 23, 2007 Houston Business Journal, June 7, 2007 New York Times, Oct. 29, 2007
“ You don’t want to waste limited resources going after folks
who are not a threat. If the zone is easier to comply with,
good-guy aviators have one less thing to worry about. Then you also can
put your efforts toward what might be a legitimate threat.”
— Richard Bloom, Prescott anti-terrorism professor reacting to the lifting of “no-fly zone” restrictions
THE LEADER/FALL 2007 19
ROARIN’ GOOD TIME
Wind gusts up to 45 m.p.h. kept the floats moving – and gangster hats flying – at the 2007 October West homecoming parade at the Prescott campus.
This year’s theme: “Riddle Roarin’ in the 20’s.”
Photographs by Anita Scheelings
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