Research is the core of what we do in the Department of Aeronautics, Graduate Studies, and it filters down into the programs and individual subjects. The Department is responsible for three degree programs — Master of Aeronautical Science (MAS), Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM), and Master of Science in Unmanned Systems (MSUS).
The Department’s 18 full-time faculty members, combining for more than 320 years of University teaching experience, provide invaluable insight as experienced maintainers, designers, air traffic controllers, pilots, safety specialists, and human factor experts.
Our adjuncts are some of the most experienced academic and industrial people in the industry. Our faculty have published widely and internationally in Conferences, Journals, and commercial work and research.
The MAS is the largest graduate program at Embry-Riddle, having more than 3,500 students. The oldest master’s degree offered by Worldwide, the MAS graduates an average of more than 700 students per year. Students can specialize in a variety of subjects, including:
The wide range of options and the ease of course attendance makes the MAS an attractive degree for students with backgrounds as engineers, managers, pilots, air carrier personnel, individuals involved in general aviation, or military personnel. Graduates gain employment at a variety of aviation/aerospace companies or gain the skills to move up to more lucrative positions with their current employer.
The name recognition of the university coupled with the quality curriculum makes the MAS the premier graduate program of its kind.
Learn more about the Master of Aeronautical Science.
A recent study commissioned by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health indicates that trained and educated safety professionals are needed today and will be for years. The MSOSM addresses those needs in aviation and aerospace and beyond, including the military, government, manufacturing and numerous other occupational and industrial organizations.
After completing the MSOSM, students will be prepared to take a leadership position in the occupational safety and health field or will be able to advance their professional status in the field.
Learn more about the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management.
More information to come.
Learn more about the Master of Science in Unmanned Systems.
Dr. Ian McAndrew,
Master of Science in Human Factors (Pending)
Dr. David Ison,
Master of Aeronautical Science
Dr. Mark Miller,
Associate Program Chair,
Master of Aeronautical Science
Dr. Todd Smith,
Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management
Dr. David Worrells,
PHD Technology (Pending)
Dr. Karim Hardy,
Associate Program Chair,
Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management
Dr. Brent Terwilliger,
Master of Science in Unmanned Systems
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Personal Data: Clint R. Balog (call sign "Clutch") lives in Bozeman, MT, and has been an aviation professional and a pilot for more than 36 years.
Education: Balog earned undergraduate degrees in Avionics Technology and Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach. He also earned a Master of Aeronautical Science degree with a specialization in Aviation/Aerospace Operations from ERAU and a Ph.D. in Psychology -- specializing in Cognitive Science, Human Factors, and Human Performance, from Capella University.
Organizations: His active professional memberships include the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Aviation Psychology (AAP), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HF&ES), the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) as a corporate member, and Mensa.
Awards and Experience: Professionally, Dr. Balog has a background as an engineering test pilot, a corporate pilot, a flight test engineer, a senior leader, and as a university professor. He is also former Marine Corps and Air Force. Dr. Balog was a flight test engineer on the commercial programs for Douglas Aircraft and was a lead flight test engineer for Northrop Grumman on the YF-23A Advanced Tactical Fighter and a Chief Flight Test Engineer on the B-2A Advanced Technology Bomber.
He was an instructor pilot, project test pilot, and a project manager for CAE SimuFlite, developing and training in leading-edge technology, advanced flight simulators, both fixed-wing and rotary-wing, including the first FAA Level D-certified civilian helicopter simulator. Later, he was also the Director of Flight Operations and Training & Chief Pilot for MD Helicopters and the senior manager of production flight test for Hawker Beechcraft on the Hawker 4000 super midsized program. Now, he is a full-time professor of aeronautical science for Embry-Riddle Worldwide.
Dr. Balog holds an Airline Transport Pilot license with AMEL, AMES, ASEL, ASES and Rotorcraft-Helicopter ratings, all at the ATP level, as well as numerous aircraft type ratings. He has more than 7,500 hours of flight time, distributed almost evenly between fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, in engineering flight test, corporate, and HEMS operations. That time has been spent predominantly flying the Cessna Citation line, the Gulfstream GV/G550, the MD Helicopters line, and the Sikorsky S-76 series.
Interests: Dr. Balog rescues and rehabilitates giant breed dogs and currently has six that collectively weigh 800 pounds. He is an amateur wildlife naturalist, spending extended periods of time in the backcountry of several national parks tracking, studying, and photographing grizzlies, wolves, and bison. He is also an avid wilderness hiker and mountain climber, a mountain biker, a horseman, a motorcyclist, and a student of Lakota history and culture.
Education: Professor Gloria Wilson earned an AAS in Career Pilot from Central Texas College in 1982, a BAS in Aviation Management with a minor in business from American Technological University in 1984, and an Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle in 1994.
Awards and Experience: Professor Wilson is a contract faculty member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Aeronautics. Prior to assuming this position she was the Director of Academics for the Sheppard campus in Wichita Falls, Texas. She has been employed by the University since 2007 and previously held the position of Adjunct Instructor. She specializes in teaching all aspects of aviation, safety and human factors.
Prior to beginning her work at the University she was employed by the Wichita Falls Independent School District at Hirschi High School. It was during her time at Hirschi High School that she was chosen to launch a high school pilot training program for the district. This successful program laid the ground work for many of her students who have gone on to pursue careers in aviation and the United States Air Force.
She was a certified flight instructor and has amassed over 4,000 flight hours in aircraft ranging from single engine Cessna’s to a Boeing 737. Her time as an operator led her to work as a corporate pilot and commercial pilot - as well as a pilot with Templehof Airways in Germany.
Interests: Professor Wilson is married to Keith Wilson from Kennesaw, GA and together they are raising 3 children along with horses, cows and dogs on their ranch outside of Graham, TX. Her hobbies include all types of outdoor activities, horses and animals.
Education: Reginald (Reggie) Boring holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Air Commerce Operations from the University of Memphis and a Master of Aeronautical Science (MAS) in Operations & Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Boring completed all the coursework for a doctorate degree but never wrote a dissertation, so that degree doesn’t count, he said.
Awards and Experience: Boring has been an aviation/aerospace practitioner for 35-plus years, having worked in both the civilian and military sectors. The highlights of his career, he said, include 25-plus years with FedEx Express flight operations in Memphis, TN, and Indianapolis, IN, including 10 years as a manager in the aircraft dispatch area (Global Operations Control Center). Boring served for several years as a civilian contract flight instructor for the U.S. Air Force during the late 1960s.
He has taught many courses in aviation operations, transportation, and management, both at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Memphis. He now teaches in the classroom, online, or EagleVision Home courses for Embry-Riddle.
His earned FAA licenses include Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) pilot, Aircraft Dispatcher (AD), lus several flight and ground instructor tickets.
Interests: Besides being a big space fan of the early U.S. space program, Boring enjoys working in the yard, electric trains (yes, he is still a kid at heart), woodworking, and visiting with his four children, six grandchildren, and his one great-grandchild (only one so far).
Education: Master of Aeronautical Science in Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Awards and Experience: Professor Chirkis has 30 years of System Safety Engineering experience with the federal government and industry (17 federal civilian and seven in the private sector). He served as Branch Head of the System Safety Engineering Branch at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, CA. He was the Principal Member of the Navy's Weapon System Explosives Safety Review Board (WSESRB) and has been a System Safety Society Senior Member since 1984. Professor Chirkis has been a Worldwide Instructor since 2002.
Naval Air Warfare Center China Lake Research and Engineering Excellence Award for Safety Engineering (2001)
Personal Data: Professor DeAngelo and his wife of 42 years have raised three sons, one of which is a Blackhawk pilot just returning from deployment serving in the Army National Guard.
Education: Professor DeAngelo earned his Bachelors Degree in Aviation Administration was awarded by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He later returned to complete my MAS in Management and Safety.
Awards and Experience: In February 2009, Professor DeAngelo retired from an aviation career working for the Department of Defense. After 30 years, Professor DeAngelo also retired from the Air Force reserves. He has worked in areas such as maintenance, flight engineer, and safety. Professor DeAngelo also graduated from the Department of Transportation safety school held in New Mexico. In addition, he holds an FAA commercial fixed wing certificate with multiengine and instrument rating. In 2002, Professor DeAngelo began teaching for Embry-Riddle at the McGuire AFB campus, but now serves as full time faculty for the College of Aeronautics.
Interests: In his spare time, Professor DeAngelo works with seven others to restore to flying condition WWII primary trainers, such as a PT 17 Kaydet, a Fairchild PT19 and PT 23, and a T-6. The latest project is a PT-22 Recruit. Along with his wife, Professor Rodriguez likes to travel to historical sites and see the US. During the winter, he enjoys both the National Football league and college football as well as the National Hockey League.
Education: Dr. Earnshaw received his B.S. in Environmental Health and an M.S. in Health Physics/Environmental Toxicology from Purdue University. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For the past several years, Dr. Earnshaw has been an adjunct professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, N.C. State University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Here, he has taught courses in environmental science, toxicology and industrial hygiene, human anatomy and physiology, and terrorism and emergency preparedness.
Organizations: Dr. Keith Earnshaw is the Founder and President of Earnshaw Environmental, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in radiation protection, environmental compliance and safety management, and emergency preparedness. For the past thirty years, he has worked in national laboratories, industry, state government, and environmental consulting firms. He has also supported the Department of Homeland Security for twelve years in the technical evaluation of emergency drills at U.S. nuclear power stations. Dr. Earnshaw recently founded the nonprofit organization, Coastal Giving, Inc., which seeks to serve Wounded Warrior families and families with children who have life-threatening medical conditions. Its primary goals lie in organizing and aiding concerned coastal vacation homeowners in their donation of week-long, restful getaways to these deserving families.
Awards and Experience: While working at the Knolls Atomic Power National Laboratory, Dr. Earnshaw was asked to serve as a radiation expert in an undersea mission to locate a sunken nuclear submarine, the Thresher, and to perform environmental monitoring and analysis in the wreckage area. Studies in the area were completed using the deep underwater submersible vehicle, Alvin, which allowed scientists to dive to a depth of 2 ½ miles and collect soil, water, and fish samples on the ocean floor.
Interests: Dr. Earnshaw has served as a certified Black Belt and instructor for the World Tae Kwon Do Federation and has participated in numerous Triathlons and Marathons.
Education: Mr. Fiske is a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and Eagle Scout. He earned his B.S. in Aviation Management / Flight Training from Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire and is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Fiske graduated from Embry-Riddle in 2004 with a Master's in Aeronautical Science specializing in Aviation/Aerospace Management. He is currently working on completing his Ph.D. in Business Administration specializing in Technical Management with Northcentral University.
Awards and Experience: Brian Fiske has been in the general aviation business for over 30 years with experience as a flight instructor, FBO and flight school owner, aircraft salesman and has flown many general aviation aircraft from the Piper Super-Cub to the Douglas C-47. Mr. Fiske holds a FAA Commercial Pilot License with Instrument and Multi-Engine Land ratings. As a former Flight Instructor, Mr. Fiske has experience as an FAA Accident Prevention Counselor and held several executive management positions in the Part 135 Air Carrier business operating private jet aircraft for on-demand charter and managing aircraft for many business and celebrity clients in the Los Angeles area.
Mr. Fiske was a consultant for the Part 135 industry prior to joining Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an adjunct instructor in 2005. In 2011, Mr. Fiske was appointed the Director of Academics for the North Island and San Diego campuses. In July 2013, aligned with the ERAU Worldwide reorganization, Mr. Fiske joined the newly formed College of Aeronautics as a full-time faculty member appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor with the Department of Graduate Studies.
Interests: Mr. Fiske has three adult children, and enjoys riding his Can Am Spyder motorcycle, jet-ski and writing music when he can. He also enjoys mentoring students with their career goals and promoting personal development and higher education.
Personal Data: Dr. Karim Hardy is the Assistant Program Chair for the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Worldwide campus).
Education: Dr. Hardy completed his Ph.D. in Science and Engineering of Risk Activities at Mines ParisTech, Center for Research on Risk and Crisis, France, and earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental and Safety Engineering and Law, his first Master's degree in European and Mediterranean Security and Defense, and a second Master's Degree in International and European Regulations, France. He was a Ph.D. visiting student within the Complex Systems Research Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA and a Postdoc Fellow within the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, Haas Business School, at UC Berkeley, CA, USA.
Awards and Experience: Dr. Hardy’s research focus is in the area of models of accidents, system dynamics, system safety, theory of complexity, organizational behavior and resilience within socio-technical systems. Prior to become an Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Dr. Hardy spent 8 years as a volunteer firefighter in southern France. He has been a reserve officer in the French Navy in charge of crisis and disaster management for the general staff and for the Admiral in charge of Command in Mediterranean Sea.
During 4 years, Dr. Hardy worked as an environment, health and safety engineer for the Solvay Group in charge of risk management within several industrial projects.
Dr. Hardy has several publications in the field of safety, environmental engineering, system dynamics, system safety… and a book (in French) about modelling industrial accidents and catastrophes. He is writing his second book (in English) on “safety dynamics”.
Education: Dr. Holley earned a B.S. in Psychology from Pembroke State College (University of North Carolina). He also holds an M. Ed. in Psychological Counseling from Florida Atlantic University and an M.A.S. in Aerospace Management from Embry-Riddle. Dr. Holley earned his Ph. D. in Adult Development and Behavioral Medicine from the University of Southern California.
Awards and Experience: Dr. Sam J. Holley is a senior consultant to industry and organizations, specializing in strategic planning, organizational assessments, and resource management. Among his clients are the United Nations and aerospace and aircraft manufacturing companies. He is a Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the College of Aeronautics, and has served as Director of Academics and as an elected member of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Holley specializes in human factors performance and engineering, aviation and aerospace operations, and research methodology. He maintains active membership in the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Association of Aviation Psychologists.
Dr. Holley is a licensed psychologist, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Medicine, with research interests including neuronal regulation, clinical hypnosis, memory, and cognitive processing. He has taught courses in psychology, aeronautical science, ethics, human resources, management, human factors, and similar disciplines at graduate and undergraduate levels in 14 colleges and universities. Dr. Holley served as a senior officer in the U.S. Army and as Chief of the Special Actions Branch at the Pentagon. He has been an executive with several Federal departments (including transportation, labor, defense, and others), and served several years as Assistant Director of the White House Situation Room in Washington, D.C. As an executive with Union Pacific Railroad, he developed an international crisis response and post-trauma program that became the model for law enforcement, corporations, and governments in several countries. Dr. Holley has over 14,000 hours flying helicopters and multi-engine airplanes (holding instrument instructor certifications for both). He is FAR Part 135 certified and has been Chief Pilot (and Chief Flight Instructor) for several companies flying aeromedical, corporate, and commercial operations. He also has performed as Director of Flight Operations, including various airport management responsibilities.
Dr. Holley received an award from the U.S. Congress for developing crisis management procedures and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Award for best industry practices.
Dr. Holley has been a featured on-air commentator for radio and television, including productions on CNN and WTBS. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Roundtable of Corporations, United Health, Short Line Railroad Association, and other organizations. His publications include procedures for drug testing, threat of violence issues, human factors in accident causation, critical incident protocols, operator fatigue, management engineering, crisis management, and human development. Dr. Holley is active in research with an interdisciplinary team of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and with the neuromodulation research group of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. He continues a long-standing involvement with several Native American tribes as a behavioral health care advisor.
Interests: Dr. Holley is married to Dr. Lyn Meridew Holley, an international consultant with the United Nations, and, a Professor of Gerontology with the University of Nebraska at Omaha. They have one son.
Education: Dr. Ison's educational background includes a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Ph.D. in educational studies/higher education leadership/aviation higher education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Awards and Experience: Dr. Ison has been involved in the aviation industry for more than 27 years, during which he has flown as a flight instructor and for both regional and major airlines. He has experience in a wide variety of aircraft, from general aviation types to heavy transport aircraft. While flying for a major airline, Dr. Ison was assigned to fly missions all over the world in a Lockheed L-1011. Most recently, he flew Boeing 737-800 aircraft throughout North and Central America. His true dream was to become an aviation educator, which led him to teaching at the college level – first working as an Associate Professor of Aviation for 7 years at a small college in Montana. He is currently Program Chair of the Master's of Aeronautical Science for the College of Aeronautics and an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics for Embry-Riddle Worldwide.
Dr. Ison has conducted extensive research concerning aviation faculty, plagiarism in higher education, research education, statistics in research, air traffic management, aviation accidents, crew resource management, unmanned systems privacy and legislation, as well as the participation of women and minorities in aviation. His previous work has been published in scholarly journals and has been presented at numerous education and industry conferences.
Dr. Ison serves as the Editor of the International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, the new scholarly journal housed in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Scholarly Commons. He is also Editor of the Collegiate Aviation Review, the peer-reviewed journal of the University Aviation Association. He serves as reviewer for several other aviation and education scholarly journals. He was recently honored with the prestigious Dr. Frank E. Sorenson Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in aviation research and scholarship by the University Aviation Association. Dr. Ison also is regularly published in popular aviation publications such as Plane & Pilot, Professional Pilot, and IFR Refresher. He is also the author of ASA Publication's Oral Exam Guide: Aircraft Dispatcher.
Education: Dr. Khalid received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, and Industrial, and Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute. His academic background is notable for a strong emphasis on research and teaching. As a researcher at Georgia Tech, he worked on system design of aerospace vehicles. His research is focused on system-level design optimization and integration of disciplinary analyses.
Dr. Khalid held the position of adjunct professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and SPSU. He also worked as postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech.
Organizations: Dr. Khalid is a lifetime member of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a lifetime member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), an associate member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), member of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).
Awards and Experience: Dr. Khalid's expertise includes multidisciplinary design and optimization of aerospace systems. He has worked as systems engineer at Avidyne Corporation, a company that manufactures glass cockpits for general aviation aircraft.
Dr. Khalid has expertise in architecture definition, design, and development of cockpit avionics. He is experienced in test-case scripting, verification and validation of Primary Flight Display (PFD), and Multi-Functional Display (MFD) applications. He is adept in performing requirements definition, analysis, review, management, and documentation using Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements Software (DOORS). As a lead systems engineer, he played an instrumental role in designing, developing, and testing the next generation of Entegra Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS).
He is a licensed fixed wing aircraft pilot.
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Miami, 1965. Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1996
Awards and Experience: United States Air Force, 1954-1958 (active), 1958-1962 (reserve).
Pan Am World Airways, 1958-1984 (retired); Emery Worldwide, 1984-1992; Evergreen Airlines, 1993; Roadway Global Air, 1993-1995; American Trans Air, 1995-1998 (retired). Served as Director or Vice President in all companies.
Purdue University, Assistant Professor, 1999-2007 (retired); Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, full-time faculty, 2007-present.
Research interests: safety, hazardous materials, foreign and domestic students collaborative efforts in university intern programs, aircraft ground damage by servicing equipment.
Education: Dr. Lawson holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Albuquerque. He earned a Master of Arts in Management and Human Relations from Webster University as well as a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle. In addition to these, Dr. Lawson has earned a PhD (ABD) in Business Administration.
Awards and Experience: As an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE), Dr. Lawson managed the Houston airport system airports, one of the largest airport complexes in the country, for 20 years. As Operations Manager, his work included the review of airport security programs, security directives, and airport tenant activities for compliance with airport and federal regulations. He worked with local law enforcement, public and private security and safety resources, and Fire/EMS personnel in the event of an emergency. This has increased his knowledge in intelligence sources and sharing, legal and ethical constraints, political constraints, profiling, inter- and intra-agency cooperation, control and integration with daily operations, labor and personnel regulations. This also required an effective relationship with FAA officials for air traffic, facilities, and security matters, which increased his participation in day-to-day security-related activities after September 11, 2001. Activities required a working relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) providing valuable lessons on airport security and its vulnerability, while working with all major air carriers to implement new policies that were put in place by the Federal Government to deter terrorist activities. During this time of heighten security, Dr. Lawson was an adjunct facility for Texas A&M University in field of WMD, which provided training throughout the Texas region. Professor Lawson is currently an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Associate Professor for the College of Aeronautics, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in Aeronautical Sciences and Business Management. From 2011, he has been in charge of the Executive Management Development Program in Houston. This program provides the education of aviation based personnel from the People's Republic of China in the business practices of the Houston Airport System.
Dr. Lawson also has thirty-two years of military service in operational leadership positions. This included being the Deputy Inspector General for NAVAIR. While on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Lawson served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, with two Commanding Officer tours, concluding his career by retiring from Naval Reserve in 2007 as a Captain.
Education: Dr. Ian R. McAndrew has two bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, and a Ph.D.
Awards and Experience: Dr. McAndrew has been working at Embry-Riddle Worldwide since 2004, first as an adjunct and since 2009 as an Associate Professor of Aeronautics. He teaches subjects ranging from math, research, aeronautical science, safety, and physics, at both undergraduate and graduate level.
Previously to Worldwide, Dr. McAndrew worked for 20 years at a University in London, England, where he ran the wind tunnel laboratories. He has extensive experience in research and participates in conferences and journals. Dr. McAndrew also provides Ph.D. supervision and examination and is a committee member of one of ERAU's first Ph.D. in Aviation. Additionally, he has authored a book and is currently writing two more.
Dr. McAndrew has taught all over the world -- from England to Iceland, Afghanistan to the Azores, and also Singapore. In his time at Worldwide, he has developed numerous online courses and teaches in class in the European region.
Interests: His research interest is in aerodynamics statistical design and educational development.
Education: Tracy holds a BA in Managment as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle.
Awards and Experience: Tracy served 25 years on active duty in the United State Air Force and held positions from aircrew to commander. His experience is divided among trainer, bomber, airlift, special operations, tactical, search and rescue aircraft, as well as the NASA shuttle carrier aircraft and orbital vehicle (SCA/OV). He has supervised operations in nearly all countries of the Pacific Rim. He has served on numerous accident investigation boards for the Department of Defense, as well as assignments as Wing Flying Safety Officer and at headquarters.
Tracy’s university academic career began in 1989 and has spanned to four universities. He joined Embry-Riddle as adjunct in 1994 teaching 2 to 3 courses per term. Upon retiring from the Air Force he became traveling faculty for the Eastern Region teaching 3 to 4 courses per term. He is the former Director of Academics for the Tallahassee FL campus. His passion for teaching is shown in over 25 different courses, primarily at the graduate level. To further his professional development, every term he enjoys taking ERAU courses through WW Online, lecture, and EV Home. He feels that being an ERAU “student” gives him an absolute huge insight and advantage on academic quality, grading, delivery methods, Blackboard, customer service, and attitude.
Interests: On a personal level, Tracy has been married to his wife Virginia for over 30 years and they live in their hometown of Thomasville, GA. They have three grown children. He enjoys hunting, farming, and serving as a landlord.
Personal Data: Professor Qualls is originally from Columbus Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1978 at the age of 17. He retired in 1998 after 20 years of service. Professor Qualls is married to Mona Qualls, USAF retired , his wife of 33 years.
Education: Professor Qualls holds a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle.
Awards and Experience: Professor Qualls served 6 years as a Civil Engineer, and the rest of his career in Aircraft Maintenance, as an (Electro-Environmental Systems Specialist). Professor Qualls has had assignments as Chief Inspector Quality Assurance, Specialist Flight Chief, and Production Superintendent. Assignments locations include: McDill AFB Tampa, Fla, Osan AB Republic of South Korea, Goodfellow AFB San Angelo Texas, Norton AFB San Bernardino CA, Kadena AB Okinawa Japan, and finally Barksdale AFB Louisiana. He was also the Director of Academics for the Barksdale AFB Campus, from January 2008-July 2013.
Education: Professor Saxton's education is grounded with Embry Riddle World Wide. During his military career and after his retirement, his association has continued into his employment with ERAU. Professor Saxton has completed both his undergraduate degree in Technical Management and graduate program with a Masters Aeronautical Science with a minor in Aviation Aerospace Management here at Embry-Riddle.
Awards and Experience: Professor Saxton is retired from the United States Air Force after 26 years of active duty. He has experienced both sides of aircraft operations, maintenance and operations. He started out as an Electronic Warfare technician and was selected to apply his experience to airborne operations and training. Just as anyone in the military today, he has also deployed to several locations often times with a short notice.
Since his retirement, Professor Saxton has lived in Germany for 7 years and understands the unique challenges that World Wide Europe has before it. His military background provides him with an understanding of the changing circumstances for both the WW Europe students and faculty presented here.
Education: Dr. Smith completed his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, College of Public Health, and earned his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science in Safety Management at West Virginia University.
Awards and Experience: Dr. Todd Smith is the Program Chair for the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM) program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. He is also an Assistant Professor in the College of Aeronautics - Department of Aeronautics Graduate Studies. Dr. Smith completed his PhD at the University of Georgia and his undergraduate and Master of Science in Safety Management at West Virginia University. Dr. Smith’s research agenda addresses safety management, safety culture/climate, occupational injury prevention and worker safety, health and well-being. Much of his work has focused on the prevention of firefighter fatalities and injuries. Currently, Dr. Smith is Co-PI on a three-year, FEMA funded study that examines the influence of organizational, work group and individual factors on safety climate, safety behaviors and injuries and illnesses in the fire service. In addition to this research, Dr. Smith has received internal ERAU funding and is currently working on research projects related to back injury exposure identification in aircraft maintainers, organizational factor influences on safety in public organizations and additional studies in the area of firefighter safety and health. As a result of his scholarly accomplishments at ERAU-Worldwide, Dr. Smith was a finalist for the 2012 Outstanding Accomplishments in Research Latitude Award.
At ERAU, Dr. Smith teaches courses in occupational safety and health, research methods and serves as advisor for students completing their SFTY 691 Graduate Capstone course. As Program Chair, Dr. Smith developed several graduate safety courses for the MSOSM program, including SFTY 619 Human Factors and Ergonomics, which received a Blackboard Catalyst Award in July 2013.
Dr. Smith has an established service record at ERAU and beyond. He served two years on the university’s Program Review Committee, was part of the President’s Faculty Visioning Committee in 2012 and has been a Faculty Senate representative since August 2012. As a senate member, he has served on standing and ad-hoc committees. Dr. Smith has also served the College of Aeronautics. He was responsible for the compilation of the College Strategic Research Plan in 2013 and is on an internal college tenure and promotion committee.
Personal Data: Dr. Brent Terwilliger is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics, the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Discipline Chair, and the Associate Chair of the Master of Aeronautical Science (MAS) degree for the ERAU-Worldwide, College of Aeronautics.
Education: Dr. Terwilliger's education consists of a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University (NCU), a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Worldwide, and a B.S. in Aerospace Studies from the ERAU Daytona Beach campus.
Organizations: His active professional memberships include the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA). Dr. Terwilliger also serves as a member of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Simulation subcommittee and holds a Technician Class Amateur Radio license.
Awards and Experience: Dr. Terwilliger has more than 10 years’ experience working in the aviation/aerospace industry leading integration testing, simulation and training development, and documentation at Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions (STS, July 2003-Sept 2012, formerly NLX Corp and Evans & Sullivan) and ENSCO (Jan 2001-July 2003, subcontractor to Lockheed Martin-Owego). His research interests include UAS development, teleoperation, situational awareness, human-machine interfaces (HMI), simulation, and human-in-the-loop research. He currently serves as the lead for the Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) Development Team and has presented in multiple industry and academic forums including I/ITSEC, the Ohio UAS Conference, and Unmanned Systems Canada.
Education: Dr. Worrells received much of his education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, including an Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance Management, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology-Avionics, and a Master of Science in Aviation Management. Following his master's, Dr. Worrell received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Awards and Experience: Dr. Worrells began his academic career teaching undergraduate and graduate courses for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)-College of Continuing Education in 1987. He taught a variety of the courses in the Aviation Maintenance certificate program and graduate courses as well.
Dr. Worrells is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was an Aircraft Maintenance Technician on one and two engine fighter aircraft. He spent eight years in the Air Force and was stationed at various bases across the US. He had one tour of service in Thailand and one tour of service in Western Germany.
After separating from the Air Force, Dr. Worrells went to work for the Northrop Corporation. He was assigned as a trainer for Royal Saudi Arabian technicians learning to maintain Northrop F5E/F aircraft. Dr. Worrells returned to the US in 1982 and went back to school at ERAU-Daytona Beach, FL. In January 1984 he accepted a position as Maintenance and Repair specialist for McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Dr. Worrells continued to work with McDonnell Douglas for 12 years. During this time he became a senior engineer moving Space Shuttle payload elements from one facility to another and finally integrating the payload with the Shuttle. In his last position at KSC, Dr. Worrells was a Payload Test Conductor in the Test Management department. In this position he was responsible for payload integration, test, and monitoring payload health during the launch sequence.
In 1995 Dr. Worrells moved on to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He taught a full complement of undergraduate aviation management courses, acquired tenure and promotion to Associate professor, and attained his doctorate degree in Workforce Education and Development. In 2008 he went to work for Dubai Aerospace Enterprise University (DAEU) where he taught two courses in the undergraduate program. Unfortunately the DAEU closed in July of 2008. Dr. Worrells continued to work with the DAEU-Flight Academy until securing a faculty position with Emirates Aviation College (EAC). While at EAC Dr. Worrells taught a wide and diverse number of courses at the undergraduate level and one graduate course.
Dr. Worrells returned to the US in July of 2009. Having accepted a position with ERAU-Worldwide. Seemingly, Dr. Worrells' academic career had gone full circle and returned to where he started his academic career.
Dr. Worrells is assigned to the Department of Graduate Studies in the College of Aeronautics. He is the Program Chair of the Master of Science in Space Education and an Associate Professor. Although he is cleared to teach a variety of courses, over the past three years he has taught the graduate capstone courses almost exclusively. Dr. Worrells participates on a number of committees. He is the Chair of the Tenure and Promotion committee in the College of Aeronautics. He is also a Faculty Senator serving on several committees there as well.
Over the past 18 years of his academic career Dr. Worrells has established and maintains and active research agenda. At present he has a total of 23 peer reviewed publications. He has made formal presentations on a number of these. In 2013 Dr. Worrells had two publications, two presentations, and one grant.
Personal Data: David Thirtyacre has been and instructor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for seven years and is an Assistant Professor in the College of Aeronautics. He currently instructs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Aerodynamics, Aircraft Performance, and Aviation and Aerospace Simulation Systems.
Education: Thirtyacre holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in aerospace science.
Awards and Experience: He is a recently retired USAF colonel with 26 years of duty in the fighter community with more than 3,500 hours in fighter aircraft and 270 combat hours. The last 17 years of his career were spent at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV, where he specialized as an operational test pilot and the USAF Warfare Center’s director of advanced programs.
He was the focal point for advanced program operational planning -- combining the air, space, and cyberspace domains with fifth-generation aircraft, unmanned systems, national capabilities and other DoD assets.
Thirtyacre is a current multi-engine commercial pilot and certified flight instructor, instrument.