College of Engineering

NOAA UAS for In-Situ Tropical Cyclone Sensing

For this project, Embry-Riddle faculty and students are collaborating with the sponsor, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, to produce an unmanned aircraft supporting in-situ sensing of a tropical cyclone environment near the ocean surface. A new unmanned aircraft is being researched and developed to support this unique mission. Sensors from the drop sonde, a parachute-based data collection package, will be repackaged and integrated into the aircraft’s onboard systems. To support a tube-based launch from a P-3 hurricane hunting aircraft’s sonde buoy launch system, the airframe will feature collapsible wings that will deploy after launch. The aircraft was tested August 2012 and a new round of test flights is anticipated summer 2014 with a possible tropical cyclone flight during the 2014 hurricane season.


Massood Towhidnejad Dr. Massood Towhidnejad

Professor of Computer and Software Engineering

Dr. Towhidnejad is the director of the Next -Generation ERAU Applied Research (NEAR) lab. His research interest includes; Software Engineering Education, Software Quality Assurance and Testing, Autonomous Systems, and Air Traffic Management (NextGen). He has served as a PI or Co-PI on number of FAA, industry and government grants and contracts.

Ilteris Demirkiran Dr. Ilteris Demirkiran

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Demirkiran is a senior IEEE member and an expert in the areas of weak signal detection and spread spectrum communication systems. He is widely acknowledged as a superlative instructor and is a recipient of the campus Outstanding Teaching Award.

Richard Stansbury Dr. Richard Stansbury

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Stansbury is a course leader for the senior design experience for all ECSSE students, in addition to being an active researcher in the area of regulatory concerns for the introduction of unmanned aerial systems into the National Air Space.