Aviation and so much more

by Keaton S. Ziem, Digital Strategy & Business Intelligence, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus has been a mainstay of the Quad-City Area and northern Arizona since 1978. Since opening, countless students have gathered inside its doors for guidance into the professional world—most notably in the industries of aviation and aerospace. Rightly so, as Embry-Riddle’s excellence and renown in the air is well-chronicled. The Golden Eagles Flight Team is the premier national championship team for ERAU’s Prescott Campus, and has won the past 30 consecutive National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) regional championships and a total of 11 national championships. Embry-Riddle is a reliable source for producing fixed-wing airplanes and rotary-wing helicopter pilots of the highest pedigree, as well as developing knowledgeable leaders in aeronautics, air traffic management, meteorology, and developers of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Indeed, Embry-Riddle is synonymous with quality and professional aviation, and they should be—but few are aware of the many other equally significant programs that are provided by this technologically advanced and expertly facilitated university.

In addition to its excellence in the realm of aviation, Embry-Riddle has gone to great lengths to become an eclectic resource of knowledge and instruction in multiple professional disciplines that are in high-demand in today’s fast-paced, technologically driven world. For instance, Embry-Riddle is home to the nation’s first and only College of Security and Intelligence—a program which focuses on the training of future security and intelligence professionals, on both the national and international level. ERAU produces a valuable recruitment pool for the likes of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and analogous professional and corporate entities around the world.

Likewise, Embry-Riddle’s College of Engineering provides students not only with the technology and lab facilities to develop powerful engineering knowledge, but pairs them with a skilled and experienced faculty who impart their insight and passion into their instruction. Starting from their first day as students, engineering graduates experience everything from hands-on design projects to theoretical analysis, and are challenged, supported, prepared and mentored by some of the nation’s most outstanding faculty among the College of Engineering’s three departments—Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer, Electrical & Software Engineering.

Embry-Riddle’s College of Arts & Sciences offers a wealth of learning opportunities with vast career applicability. The Arts & Science Departments at Embry-Riddle include Business, Humanities & Communication, Mathematics, Physics, and Behavioral & Safety Science. By offering such varied and dynamic resources, graduates are fully equipped to succeed in the professional world.

In all, Embry-Riddle offers students the choice of over 25 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) focused degree programs, and is accredited by SACS with a coed student population of just over 2,450 undergraduates who hail from all 50 states and over 30 nations. With such a diverse range of educational expression among the student population, over 100 extracurricular student clubs and organizations provide additional depth to Embry-Riddle’s campus culture. Embry-Riddle students compete in 11 intercollegiate sports in the California Pacific Athletic Conference (Cal-Pac) and have earned wide renown for their athletic achievements, including 15 conference championships.

To further enhance the educations of its students, Embry-Riddle has equipped its campus with cutting-edge academic facilities that give students experience using the highest-end tools of their various trades and professions. Coming to the Prescott campus this fall will be a $22 million, 52,000 square-foot STEM Education Center. This facility will house impressive new labs for students, including the only fully operational planetarium and multimedia learning center in Northern Arizona, which will be open to the greater Prescott and Quad-City public as a valuable teaching tool for children of all ages.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers the world’s most comprehensive collection of academic programs focused in aviation, aerospace, business, engineering and security. For decades, the faculty and staff at the Prescott campus has been laying the foundations of a multi-faceted university that can immediately propel every student to realize his or her full and ultimate potential. They have also been active members of the greater Prescott community—hosting public events, contributing communally to volunteer service projects, and paving a way toward a bright and exciting future for Prescott and its people.

Embry-Riddle University truly is so much more than just aviation.