MEET OUR OUTSTANDING STUDENTS – POTENTIAL FUTURE AMAZONIANS
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
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.”
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