Houston Event Brings Together Embry-Riddle and Industry

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Representatives from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and more than 20 aviation and aerospace companies, including NASA, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, met in Houston, Texas, to look at industry needs and how Embry-Riddle can assist in educating Houston's high-tech workforce.

Representatives from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide (ERAU-W) and nearly 20 aviation and aerospace-related companies met together in June to look at industry needs and how Embry-Riddle can assist in the education of Houston’s high-tech workforce. “Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Industry Day,” co-sponsored by the Houston Airport System and the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP), was held June 14 at the Partnership’s offices in Houston.

Input from group sessions included adding degrees in project management, logistics and supply chain management, and systems engineering, as well as programs related to security, safety, manufacturing and communications.

According to Jennifer Gates, director of academic support at the ERAU-W Houston campus, university officials will be studying the suggestions from the meeting and working to develop both continuing education and degree programs to meet industry requirements.

“The Industry Day was extremely valuable to the Houston campus in helping us determine the needs of the industry,” Gates said. “We look forward to using this feedback in developing more offerings in the near future.”

Companies represented included Anadarko Industries, the ARES Corporation, Barrios Technology, Boeing, GeoControl Systems, Hamilton Sundstrand, J&P Technologies, Jacobs, JES Tech, Kaneka Texas Corporation, Lockheed Martin, MEI Technologies, NASA, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, United Airlines, United Space Alliance and Workforce Solutions-Aerospace Transition Center.

The sessions were co-hosted by Dan Seal, executive director of BAHEP, and Dr. Mark Friend, dean of academics for the Central Region of Embry-Riddle. Officials from ERAU-W noted that the university already is seriously looking at degree offerings and planning for changes.

Dr. James Ladesic, ERAU’s School of Engineering associate dean of industry relations and outreach, discussed the university’s plan to expand the curriculum by adding an engineering program. Currently the university offers two bachelor’s degrees, in aeronautics and in technical management, and two master’s degrees, in aeronautical science and in management. The new engineering program would be a “2+2,” with the first two years offered in Houston, and the last two years offered at ERAU’s residential campus in Daytona Beach, Fla.

For more information, contact the Houston Campus at houston(at)erau(dot)edu, http://www.erau.edu/houston or (281) 461-3728.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and http://www.facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.

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