RESEARCHER Spring 2017


CENTERED ON INNOVATION Embry-Riddle’s AERIS center will focus on technical training for aviation industry professionals

E mbry-Riddle Aeronautical University is growing and developing its research capabilities through several centers, many of which are nationally and internationally recognized. The newest research center to join the university is the Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance, nicknamed AERIS, which is Greek for air. The Federal Aviation

relevant bird strike data and bird strike research; to promote wildlife mitigation training, pol- icies and plans; and to bridge the gap between the scientific community and stakeholders. Alliance for System Safety of UAS Through Research Excellence (ASSURE) Embry-Riddle is a founding mem- ber of the 21-member coalition of research universities dedicat- ed to unmanned aerial systems safety, known as ASSURE. k See opposite page to learn more about ASSURE. NextGen is an FAA initiative in which government, industry and academia work together to transform and modernize the nation’s air traffic control system, shifting from ground-based radar to satellite-based technology. The FAA has contracted Embry- Riddle to operate its Florida NextGen Test Bed facility, locat- ed in Daytona Beach, Fla. This 12-university consortium led by Embry-Riddle operates 1-me- ter class telescopes for astro- nomical research and education at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, Cerro Tololo Inter- American Observatory in Chile and the Canary Islands off the African coast. SARA telescopes are accessible over the internet in real time. Next Generation Air Transportation System (NEXTGEN) Facility Southeast Association for Research In Astronomy (SARA)

Administration (FAA) is expected to invest $5 million over the next five years in this public-private part- nership, which includes a team of top-tier academic research institutions and more than 20 industry partners. “We are honored that the FAA chose an Embry-Riddle-led team to conduct research needed

The amount of money the FAA is expected to invest in AERIS over the next five years. $ 5 MILLION

Robertson Aviation Safety Center (RASC)

who conduct research in cyber- security associated with critical infrastructures and assured systems, such as aviation and aerospace systems. It’s also involved in projects that include embedded systems security, aviation and aerospace cyber- security, digital forensics and cloud computing security.

As a professional development, outreach and consulting organi- zation, RASC offers opportuni- ties for advanced professional training, consulting on safety projects with corporate partners and applied research activities. Center For Space and Atmospheric Research (CSAR) This center explores the fun- damental physics of planetary atmospheres and space environments. k Turn to Page 12 to read about an exciting CSAR discovery. Cybersecurity and Assured Systems Engineering Center (CyBASE) CyBASE is composed of Embry-Riddle faculty members

to transform training for its 22,000-employee air traffic organization workforce,” says Karen Holbrook, interim university president. Embry-Riddle will lead research and devel- opment on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation safety inspectors, engi- neers, pilots and technicians, with a focus on human performance. Other research centers at Embry-Riddle include:

k To learn more about CyBASE, see Page 7.

Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC) The university’s aerospace/ aviation research and develop- ment facility, EFRC conducts experimental flight testing, aircraft modifications for FAA certification, and design and testing of aircraft and unmanned aerial systems.

Center for Wildlife and Aviation

By combining Embry-Riddle’s resources with those of other institutions, including the FAA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Wildlife Services), the Department of Defense (Air Force and Navy) and the Bird Strike International Committee, the center seeks to collect, maintain and disseminate

k Read about a current EFRC project on Page 8.

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