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                                                                                       FALL 2007

                  Degree Challenges Students with Game of Global Security.
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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
becomes achievable.
   In this issue of The
Leader, you’ll meet
Embry-Riddle people
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
other countries.
They’re learning to
speak Arabic and
Chinese and, in the
process, opening doors
to ancient cultures and
new possibilities.
   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.

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                                                                    riddle roundup

                                                                  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
                                                                  Learning Excellence.
                                                                       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
                                                                  2008 semester.
                                                                      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 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

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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
     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.
     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.                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                            Air University.
                                                                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                                            Virts Jr.

                                                                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                                                                            Washington D.C.
                                                                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                                            just surreal.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 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.”

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                                                                                                                  hot careers

                                                                                                                 JOE BUTLER             EDGAR ORSI JR.
                                                                                                                 Staff Software         Avionics Field Service
                                                                                                                 Engineer,              Engineer,
                                                                                                                 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

                          “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
                                                                                                                                          ERIC LUND
DAN PENNY                                                                                                                                 Systems Engineer,
Software Engineer,                                                                                                                        Andrews Space
Commercial Systems,
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
                                                                                                 HIS PROP
                                                                                                        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,,, 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.”
unmanned aerial
vehicles.                 FOR MORE:
                          Daytona Beach campus: or
FOR MORE:                 Prescott campus: or

                                      PHOTOGRAPHS BY ZACH MAHONE
                                      INTERVIEWS BY ROBERT ROSS

                                      Brothers Sisters
                                      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
hang out.
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
                                                                                                                                     OR TRIPOLI
                                                                                                                                     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.”

Heather Cupitt (left) and Ashley Szasz in their Embry-Riddle Cessna 172.

Represents Embry-Riddle
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
current event.
                                                       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
                                  “The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;/ he watches from his mountain walls,/ and like a thunder bolt he falls.”
                                                                                                                                                          Daytona Beach
                                                                                                                                                          students began with
                                                                                                                                                          three lines from

                                                                                                                                                          “The Eagle,”
                                                                                                                                                          a poem by
                                                                                                                                                          Alfred Lord Tennyson.

                                                                                                                                                          a combination
                                                                                                                                                          of Pictionary
1.                                                                                                                                                        and the
                                                                                                                                                          Each participant
                                                                                                                                                          reacted with art
                                                                                                                                                          or words
                                                                                                                                                          to the previous
                                                                                                                                                          COMPILED BY:
2.                                                                                                                                                        Melanie Pugh,
                                                                                                                                                          Daytona Beach
                                                                                                                                                          Inbar Epstein,

                                                                                                                                                          1. Curtis Ewbank
3.                                                                                                                                                        Cincinnati, Ohio
                                                                                                                                                          Aerospace Engineering

                                                                                                                                                          2. Bob Scheid
                                                                                                                                                          Chantilly, Va.
                                                                                                                                                          Aerospace Engineering

                                                                                                                                                          3. Kelly Stanton
                                                                                                                                                          Galveston, Tex.
                                                                                                                                                          Applied Meteorology

                                                                                                                                                          4. Erin Roberts
4.                                                                                                                                                        Denver, Colo.
                                                                                                                                                          Research Meteorology

                                                                                                                                                          5. John W. Smith III
                                                                                                                                                          Holland, Mich.
                                                                                                                                                          Aerospace Engineering

                                                                                                                                                          “HOLY, HAND GRENADE, BATMAN!
                                                                                                                                                          THAT CARTOON TOTEM POLE IS
                                                                                                                                                          TELEPATHICALLY MICROWAVING
                                                                                                                                                          THAT BROCCOLLI. ZOINKS!”
                                                                                                                                                                      — Christopher Haas
                                                                                                                                                          Mercer Island, Wash.
                                                                                                                                                          Aerospace Studies
5.                                                                                                                                                        (description of drawing #5)

                                                                                                                                                   THE LEADER/FALL 2007             15
                                 Two groups of Prescott students began with the
1.                               first two lines of

                                                 and The
                                 “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.
                                                                                                                                      Aerospace Engineering

                                                                                                                                      2. Jigme Sherpa
                                                                                                                                      Undecided major

                                                                                                                                      3. Nichole Courson
                                                                                                                                      Mesa, Ariz.
                                                                                                                                      Aerospace Engineering

                                                                                                                                      4. Clayton Dunbar
                                                                                                                                      Bakersfield, Calif.
                                                                                                                                      Aeronautical Science

                                                                                                                                      5. Ian Robertson
                                                                                                                                      Indiana, Penn.
                                                                                                                                      Global Security
                                                                                                                                      & Inteligence Studies




                      1. Jack Anderson

                B     Denver, Colo.
                      Electrical Engineering

                      2. Brandon Alford
                      El Paso, Texas

                      3. Abigail Frey
                      Denton, Texas

                      4. J. Cole Cupit
                      Nacogdoches, Texas
                      Aeronautical Engineering

                      5. Peter Arnold
                      New Zealand
                      Aeronautical Science

               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,”, 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   , 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

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  snap shots

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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