Embry-Riddle introduction video (*note, this is for the Prescott Campus):
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is the world's oldest, largest, and most prestigious university specializing in aviation and aerospace.
- It is the only fully accredited, aviation-oriented university in the world.
- ERAU was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Dec. 17, 1925
- ERAU has traditional, residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona. Embry-Riddle's Worldwide Campus provides educational opportunities to working adults at more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, degree programs are offered through Worldwide Online via the Internet.
- ERAU students come from all 50 states and 125 nations. International students make up 15% of the student body at the Daytona Beach Campus and 6% at the Prescott Campus. Female students make up 17% of the student body at the Daytona Beach Campus and 18% at the Prescott Campus.
- ERAU Daytona is #11 of all Southern Regional Universities
- It has the #1 Aerospace Engineering Program in the Nation (14 Years in a Row)
- Largest Air Traffic Control program in the United States
- B.S. in Aviation Business Administration
- B.S. in Business Administration
- Minor: Business Administration
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Business Administration in Aviation Management
- Master of Science in Aviation Finance
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Accelerated MBA
One of the things that really impressed me about Embry-Riddle was the depth and breadth of the school's engineering program. I had no idea about some of the amazing projects on which ERAU students have been, and currently are, working. From building autonomous vehicles, designing aircraft, and wind tunnel testing, to aquaponics, being the #1 Aerospace Engineering school in the nation has it's benefits.
Here is one really cool story from the College of Engineering... There had been a problem with United States Harrier Jets sucking small pebbles into its engines. So what did the government do? They came to ERAU with the problem, looking for a fix. ERAU students and professors were given the project, using a school lab (which they blacked-out by covering the windows, etc), and establishing a key-card entry for this top secret project. How cool is that?! These real-life projects are some of the things that make ERAU unique.
During my first day, I took a campus tour of ERAU Daytona. As you'll notice, the Daytona campus is pretty concentrated in a small footprint. I didn't really mind this, as they pack in some terrific facilities. Below are some photos from that tour, as well as the campus map again:
While at the campus, we observed the renovation/construction of the College of Arts and Sciences. The new building for the college—which produces half of the semester credit hours completed at Embry-Riddle—will be the largest on the Daytona Beach Campus (5 stories tall, 140,000 square feet). Along with new classrooms, labs, and office space, the building will feature the largest university-based telescope in the state of Florida to support the college’s astronomy program.
Another thing you might not know about Embry-Riddle is that the university is serious about producing astronauts. Six current or former astronauts are graduates of ERAU: Daniel Burbank (Worldwide Campus, Langley AFB, Va.); B. Alvin Drew (Worldwide Campus, Las Vegas, Nev.); Ronald Garan Jr. (Worldwide Campus, Las Vegas, Nev.); Susan Kilrain (Daytona Beach Campus); Nicole Stott (Daytona Beach Campus); and Terry Virts Jr. (Worldwide Campus, Spangdahlem, Germany.
Not a bad place to have a world-class university...