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As a pioneer in electronic commerce, cloud computing and much more, Amazon.com strives to continuously recruit and retain top talent for its global workforce. At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a passion for innovation and our mission to train future business leaders drives all of our partnerships with industry. We’re uniquely equipped to provide highly customized solutions to help your business meet its most ambitious goals. SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

A Leader in Higher Education. A Partner with Industry. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., remains the nation’s largest and oldest, fully accredited aviation and aerospace education institution – ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report for its outstanding online undergraduate program. The University leverages its unique emphasis on applied research as well as an extensive array of professional-development and continuing education programs to help the world’s most respected corporations excel.

Veteran Joins Amazon Web Services, Thanks to Special Training Program

After devoting 23 years of his life to the U.S. Army, Sergeant 1st Class Robert Beare was ready to learn new skills, pursue a different career path and spend more time with his family. But first, he needed to brush up on his knowledge of software and systems.

For Beare, the solution was an 18-week training program, developed by Embry-Riddle Worldwide for Microsoft and its IT partners. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, or MSSA, now widely available on military bases, provides opportunities for military service members who are within six months of separate as well as veterans who recently transitioned from the military. “I had access to Microsoft labs and software I wouldn’t normally have access to, so I took advantage of it,” Beare said. After meeting an Amazon recruiter through the MSSA program, Beare submitted his resume to Amazon Web Services, where he began work in January 2016. Amazon’s focus on supporting the military community – through groups such as “Amazon Warriors” and the presence of many former service members within the company’s workforce – has been a big plus in his new career, Beare said.

More than 350 students have either completed or are now enrolled in the MSSA program. Some 200 companies – including Amazon – are looking to the program for new talent.


Joshua Pevitz Naperville, Ill.

Joshua Pevitz’s grandfather inspired him to become an engineer. Now a senior aerospace engineering student, Pevitz said the slide ruler that he received from his grandfather long ago continues to remind him of the dedication required to succeed in industry. Pevitz has completed three internships with GE during his tenure at Embry-Riddle. Next year, he will complete his Master’s degree through GE’s highly competitive Edison program. “Being in industry as a college student is incredible,” said Pevitz. “Embry- Riddle has taught me things that I’ve used on a daily basis when I was at work, and I’m excited to continue to use those skills when I’m with a company.”

Anna Baron Garcia Barcelona, Spain Anna Baron Garcia’s ultimate career goal is to “reassure people that the Internet is safe, that we will protect it, and that at the end of the day, the technology is advancing very, very quickly, but so are our studies.” That’s why she’s pursuing a graduate degree in cybersecurity at Embry-Riddle. Baron Garcia has so far applied her skills during internships with the European Space Agency and banks as well as a major telecommunications company. “Embry-Riddle does prepare you for work in industry,” she said, noting that the University includes faculty from industry as well as academia. “You can get both the theoretical part of education, and also the practical part, which is a great combination to succeed in industry.”

Courtney Thurston Des Moines, Ia. Former high-school valedictorian Courtney Thurston, a junior, Google CodeU scholar and 3x Microsoft software engineering intern, is currently double-majoring in computer science and computational mathematics (physics track) in Embry-Riddle’s Honors program. An undergraduate research assistant within the ASSURE Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center at Embry-Riddle, Thurston is a web developer in the Women’s Engineering Institute, a founding member of the on-campus Hacker Club, an Adobe Student Representative, a SpaceX University Ambassador, and a member of the Society of Women Engineers. At age 15, Thurston internet at Carnegie Mellon University on projects for NASA Langley, the Office of Naval Research and Aurora Flight Sciences. “My team became the first to fly an autonomous helicopter through a canal,” she said. “That was a really exciting accomplishment for me.” Next, Thurston worked with Northrop Grumman on systems engineering for the company’s high-altitude, long-endurance suite of unmanned systems, and later, with SpaceX. Now, she’s working with Microsoft on its big-data cloud platform, Azure. “Embry-Riddle has allowed me to get a lot of hands-on experience in my industry, which is computer software and software engineering,” Thurston said. “I’m looking to continue fostering new software engineering skills and getting experience relevant to big data and networking.”

Serving more than 31,000 students worldwide across two residential campuses, 125 Worldwide locations, and through award-winning online programs, Embry-Riddle offers more than 80 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs – in traditional as well as emerging fields. Our programs include these and many others: TRAINING TOMORROW’S INDUSTRY LEADERS.

Tim Christovich Jacksonville, Fla.

A junior whose major is computer science with a concentration in cybersecurity engineering, Tim Christovich is passionate about web-based software applications, mobile applications and the Internet of things. “My goal once I graduate from Embry-Riddle is to continue to make a difference in the Central Florida technology community and help it to grow with regard to the different industries that are becoming more and more prominent in the area every day,” said Christovich. With colleagues Jeremiah Lantzer and Kyle Cochran, Christovich recently took home the global prize in the prestigious Thales Arduino competition, after designing a drone landing and charging station. He has completed two industry internships, both in Central Florida. “It’s amazing to see all the ways that companies will reach out to our University for our students and our candidates because they know that we have what it takes,” he said.

• software engineering • systems engineering • computer engineering • cybersecurity • business administration

• technical management • supply-chain logistics • human factors • unmanned aerial systems

Jeremiah Lantzer, a junior at Embry-Riddle and a back-end developer who recently completed an internship with Lockheed- Martin, said he hopes to work with “either cloud-computing someday, or doing research and development with quantum computing.” With two other students, Lantzer won the international Thales Arduino engineering competition. “It used radio-frequency identification to signal when a drone could land on the platform, which had a protective shell over it,” Lantzer explained of the winning entry. “My ultimate career goal? I want to work with either cloud-computing someday,” Lantzer said, “or doing research and development with quantum computing.” Jeremiah Lantzer Port Orange, Fla.


Programs and Curriculum, By the Numbers. At all levels, Embry-Riddle’s 80 academic degree programs are both rigorous and unique. In addition to offering the nation’s largest aerospace engineering program, Embry-Riddle was FIRST in establishing: • the nation’s only commercial space operations program • the only space physics degree program • the first and now largest unmanned & autonomous systems engineering program On its Daytona Beach Campus alone, Embry-Riddle’s residential student population includes: • Some 6,000 students • Nearly 2,500 future industry leaders seeking degrees across a wide range of engineering programs, including computer-related fields • Nearly 450 business students • Some 240 students engaged in the operation and development of unmanned aerial systems

Approximately 97%

of Embry-Riddle graduates are employed or are in graduate school within a year of graduation.

Keeping the Internet Safe. Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education (CDE) designation includes a focus area of Secure Software Development. Embry-Riddle is the only CAE/CDE in the state of Florida to have the Secure Software Development focus area. Nationwide, it is one of only five universities to have this specialized designation.

Ahresh Aleshi San Jose, Calif.

Ahrash Aleshi is pursuing a Master’s degree in cybersecurity engineering. He credits Embry-Riddle with making it possible for him to complete an internship with MUFG Union Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. “Embry-Riddle offers its students plenty of opportunities to work in industry,” he noted. The University “has given me opportunities to define my skill set and to grow it, from learning the Java Hello, World! Program, to writing a full-fledged API for a major company.”


Embry-Riddle’s professional development and continuing education courses, customized certificates and degree programs, delivered on site or online, help industry leaders recruit and retain talent, too. For example, , Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus has teamed up with Microsoft to provide a full-time, 18-week software and systems-training program to military bases. To date, 213 students have successfully completed the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, which is helping Microsoft and its IT partners promote diversity while hiring transitioning military service members. Another 140 students are now enrolled in the program. Some 200 companies – including Amazon – have partnered with Microsoft to hire MSSA graduates.

Embry-Riddle’s many long-standing industry partnerships include these and other leading global corporations:

AAR Airbus – OneWeb B/E Aerospace Blue Origin Boeing Space Operations

CAE Chromalloy DRS Technologies Embraer Flight Safety Int’l General Dynamics Harris Corporation Honeywell Int’l Lockheed Martin NASA Northrop Grumman

PEMCO Piper Aircraft Pratt & Whitney Raytheon Rockwell Collins Safran Sikorsky Aircraft SpaceX The Spaceship Co. United Launch Alliance

Rodney Cruise , Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. | Daytona Beach, FL 32114 freemab8@erau.edu | 386.226.4928

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