Our four academic colleges show off the uniqueness and aptitude of their faculty and staff through their respective top-level research interests.
The Daytona Beach Campus is already a world-renowned force in higher-education research with its current facilities.
ERAU Daytona Beach is committed to expanding its research capabilities by leaps and bounds, including two state-of-the-art facilities that are in development.
President, CEO of Mountain Air Cargo
Mountain Air Cargo
Captain Bentley is currently the President/Chief Executive Officer for Mountain Air Cargo and CSA Air. Before joining his current organization, he was the SVP of Pilot Sourcing and Industry Relations at Cape Air. Prior to joining Cape Air, Captain Bentley worked as a flight instructor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Captain Bentley’s flying duties have included; Line Pilot, Flight & Simulator Instructor, IOE Captain and Check Airman. Captain Bentley has held various leadership positions during his career including; Assistant Director of Flight Training Part 135, Fleet Manager Cessna 402, Managing Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Operations and Director of Safety. Captain Bentley has also held the CFR Part 119 designated Director of Operations and Director of Safety positions at Cape Air.
Captain Bentley has worked with many collegiate programs across the country to build Pilot Pathways and create opportunities for graduates that are entering the Aviation industry. Captain Bentley provided testimony at the symposium on Professionalism hosted by the NTSB in May 2010. His presentation addressed Pilot Selection and Screening processes to include the University Gateway Program with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, JetBlue Airlines, and Cape Air. Captain Bentley is a member of the Aviation Accreditation Board International and the Regional Airline Association’s Operations Council.
Captain Bentley holds an ATP Multiengine land certificate with an ATR42/72 type rating, a Commercial Single Engine land and Sea certificate, and a Flight Instructor certificate with airplane single and multiengine instrument ratings. He has accumulated over 9000 flight hours and 3000 hours of dual given. Captain Bentley holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters of Business Administration from Daniel Webster College.
Chief Pilot at PMI Global Services, Inc
PMI Global Services, Inc
Graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach Campus) in 1981 with a BS degree in Aeronautical Science. Within 2 months of graduation I was hired by Aero Industries in Richmond VA flying as a flight instructor / charter pilot / air ambulance pilot. Less than a year later I was hired by Philip Morris Companies flying a Gulfstream I based in Richmond. While with Philip Morris, I have flown at four different company bases; Richmond, VA, Milwaukee, WI, Teterboro, NJ and White Plains, NY. I have served as Line Pilot, Standardization Pilot, Manager of Standards & Training and the Chief Pilot. Currently I am the Chief Pilot for Philip Morris International flying Gulfstream 550’s worldwide.
In addition to flying as a line pilot, I ensure that all company aircraft assigned to the base are operated in accordance with the company Policy and Operations Manual, FAR’s, ICAO Regulations and the aircraft manufacturer’s Aircraft Flight Manual. Our aircraft are flown 95% of their time to international destinations which requires compliance with worldwide rules and regulations. I am responsible for the administration of flight operations and all company flight crews. Duties include a working knowledge of staffing functions, budgeting, scheduling, aircraft utilization and yearly employee performance reviews. I also act as a liaison between PMI and the local airport committees, commissions, FAA and TSA in matters regarding operation of aircraft. In addition, I am also responsible for ensuring the safety, comfort and convenience of the passengers utilizing the department aircraft.
President, CEO for Strategea Group Inc.
Strategea Group Inc.
Jim served in the U.S. Air Force as a special operations navigator on MC-130E aircraft, Air Operations planner, strategist, test director and acquisition program manager. During this time, he developed an extensive knowledge of aviation operations, acquisition principles, policies and program management practices. As a Test Director, Jim planned and managed test and evaluation of highly complex signals intelligence (SIGINT) payloads on the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, and conducted flight and logistical test on Air Force Special Operations aircraft.
Jim is a consultant for Department of Defense weapon system acquisition programs. He is actively involved in the employment of new weapon system capabilities for the DoD ISR community.
President of Frasca International
John started his aviation career as a child while accompanying his father, Rudy Frasca, on weekend trips to the Frasca factory and the local airport. At the age of 14, he studied early Frasca simulators in the family’s garage workshop. Mr. Frasca started working for Frasca International in 1972 while attending Junior High School. Job titles include from janitor, machinist, assembler, technician, designer, engineer, project manager to vice president.
Mr. Frasca attended the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois, where he studied electrical engineering. He received his private pilot’s license at the age of 17 and purchased a 1941 Luscombe at 18.
As President of Frasca International, Inc., John Frasca provides leadership relating to design, manufacturing, and marketing of Frasca simulators. He has been instrumental in the technological advances of Frasca’s products. He managed the transition to analog computers in the 1970s and digital computers in the 1980s.He continues to take an active role in the development of new technologies, products, and markets.
Chief Pilot at Horizon Air
LaMar attended the University of North Dakota following graduation from Willmar Senior High School in Willmar, Minnesota. While a student at UND, LaMar was Assistant Chief Pilot for Northern Airways, an FBO based in Grand Forks.
Following graduation from UND in 1985, LaMar headed west to Portland, Oregon to begin a new career with upstart airline Horizon Air. LaMar had been hired as an SA-227 First Officer. He continued flying the Metroliner, upgrading to Captain after 14 months, and immediately moving into the Check Airman program for that aircraft.
In 1988, Captain Haugaard was brought into the Horizon Air Flight Operation management team as an Assistant Chief Pilot, a position he held for nine years. Along the way he was type rated in the Dornier 328 and flew it for the four years the aircraft type was in the company fleet. He became Horizon Air’s Chief Pilot in 1996, and held the position for 20 years. Captain Haugaard currently serves as the airline’s Director of Pilot Development and is qualified on the Bombardier Q400.
Chief Pilot, Safety/Boeing Test & Evaluation at Boeing
Chief Pilot – Safety / Boeing Test & Evaluation
Karsten, a 19,000 hour pilot, is the Chief Pilot, Safety and Part 125 AOC Director of Operations for the Boeing Test and Evaluation Flight Group. He is type rated and current on the B737, B747, B767, B777 and B787 aircraft.
Throughout his aviation career, he has certificated two Part 121 Airlines and two Part 125 Air Operators and was the program lead for the development of two ETOPS programs, two SMS and ASAP programs, a Lower Landing Minimum program, Performance Based & Class II Navigation programs, CPDLC and many pilot training programs. He has held several post holder positions in the capacity of VP Flight Operations, Director of Operations, Chief Pilot, Aircraft Operator Security Coordinator (AOSSP and PCSSP), Standards Captain and All-Seats Line and Simulator Check Airman on the B737, B757, B767 and B747.
At Boeing, he was the program lead during the certification of Boeing’s Part 125 Air Operator Certificate, which he currently manages as its Director of Operations. Karsten also liaises with Boeing System Safety and Regulatory Affairs, the FAA, TSA and DOT.
Karsten holds a Master of Business degree with a finance specialty, an undergraduate aeronautics degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a system safety certificate from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
E190 Captain/APD at JetBlue Airways
Jim graduated from ERAU Daytona Beach in 1992 with a Bachelors in Aeronautical Science. He was Assistant Chief Flight Instructor at Part 142 flight school, First Officer and Captain with Atlantic Coast Airlines, First Officer with US Airways, and ERJ-190 Captain JetBlue Airways.
He is currently working as an Embraer190 Instructor, Check Airman, Aircrew Program Designee as well as a JetBlue Airways Simulator Management Representative. He has been happily married for 17 years and has three kids.
Director of Safety at Horizon Air; Chair COA Industry Advisory Council
Director of Safety
Chair COA Industry Advisory Council
Lacey Pittman has been the Director of Safety of Horizon Air at Horizon Air since 2006.
Pittman began with Horizon in 2003 as a First Officer on the Dash 8-200. She held various positions of increasing responsibility – including Project Pilot on the Q200 in the Flight Standards Department and pilot recruitment in which she conducted new hire technical and simulator evaluations. She is currently a Captain on the Bombardier Q400.
Before joining Horizon, Pittman worked for Air Serv International, a not-for-profit humanitarian aviation organization, providing aid and relief in Africa. She flew a King Air 200 in and out of refugee camps along the war-torn regions of West Africa.
Lacey was educated at Trinity Western University and Coastal Pacific Aviation in British Columbia where she earned her BA in Intercultural Religious Studies with a concentration in Aviation.
Prior to college, Pittman learned to fly at Evergreen Flying Service in Vancouver, Washington. She was 16 years old when Wally Olson signed her solo t-shirt, thus beginning a life-long career in aviation.
Lacey and her husband Sean reside in Vancouver, Washington with their daughter Sahara.
Pilot at Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines
Actively involved in aviation for over 30 years with flight operations experience in flight training, charter, freight, and major airlines. Has flown numerous aircraft which include the DC-6, B727, MD88, B757, B767, and B737. Founded MSK CONCEPTS, LLC with his wife, Regina. MSK CONCEPTS, LLC is a marketing and promotional products company providing a range of products and apparel to meet the marketing needs of a diverse group of companies which include Hotels, Airlines and Universities. Originally from Michigan, Jay and his wife Regina currently reside in Atlanta. Captain on the 737NG aircraft flying both domestic and international routes.
Masters Degree, Business Administration, University of Michigan, 1987
Bachelors Degree, Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1983
Airline Transport pilot certificate: AMEL, type ratings DC-6, DC-7, B757, B767, B737
Flight Instructor: ASEL, AMEL, IA
Flight Engineer: Turbojet
President, IS-BAO Accredited Auditor of Aviation Safety Dynamics, LLC
IS-BAO Accredited Auditor of Aviation Safety Dynamics, LLC
Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle
I have been involved in aviation almost my entire life. I began working in my family’s aircraft maintenance and avionics shop at a small airport in north Texas in the mid-1960s. I received my Private Pilot’s license at age 16, and had completed the multi-engine instrument rating and commercial pilot’s license prior to joining the U. S. Army at age 18. After completing Army flight training at age 19, I was assigned to an aviation line company in the 101st Airborne Division. I was involved in the early organization of the Army’s rapid deployment force, and participated in numerous deployments. While assigned to the 101st, I was involved in early acceptance and testing of the UH60 Blackhawk, and flew as a participant in night-vision goggle compatibility testing, long-range self-deployment system evaluation and reliability and maintainability evaluations.
After leaving active duty service in 1980, I moved to Houston, Texas where I have worked as a flight department manager, pilot, flight instructor and mechanic in FAR part 135, 121 and part 91 operations.
I own and operate an aviation consulting business, and have participated as a consultant, investigator and expert witness in approximately 25 aircraft accident investigations. The company also provides consulting services related to Safety Management Systems development and implementation and auditing services related to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
In addition to my responsibilities with Aviation Safety Dynamics, I fly as Pilot in Command of the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EASy for a Houston-based corporation.
I have been an adjunct instructor with ERAU since 2003. As an Assistant Professor, I teach several undergraduate and graduate courses related to aeronautical science, aviation safety and accident investigation. I also teach courses offered through the Office of Professional Education related to the Corporate Aviation Management Certificate program (CAMC).
I retired from the Army Reserve in 1996 as a Senior Aviator, Instructor Pilot and Aviation Safety Officer. I was an active FAA Designated Pilot Examiner in both airplanes and helicopters from 1984 to 1996, and continue to be an active instructor pilot.
I am a member of the Flight Safety Foundation’s Corporate Advisory Committee and a member of the ERAU College of Aviation Industry Advisory Council.
President for Doten & Associates
Doten & Associates
From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Doten served as the Director, Center for Aerospace Safety and Security Education (CASE) for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona. He was responsible for directing Embry-Riddle’s Aviation Safety Improvement Program (ASIP), managing their Professional Certificate courses, and for acquiring and overseeing the university’s contract with the USAF Safety Center for safety officer courses at Kirtland AFB, NM. He continues to serve on the Center's advisory council and as a faculty member of their Professional Safety Certificate Courses.
From 1995 to 1997 he served as President of AirPro of Daytona, Inc., a production company responsible for producing Daytona Skyfest, a major east coast air show. During that time he was also Chairman of the Board and CEO of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), the major air show trade association in North America. In 1993 and 1994 he served as an Academic Fellow and Senior Advisor with the FAA and has served on advisory councils with both NASA and the FAA.
Prior to that, Mr. Doten was a Vice President of Embry-Riddle from 1984 to 1994, consecutively as Chancellor and CEO of the University's Daytona Beach campus; Vice President for University Relations; and Vice President, Flight Services.
Mr. Doten's first association with the university occurred in 1979 when he was assigned as Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies of the Air Force ROTC Detachment at the Daytona Beach campus. His Air Force service prior to that had included T-38 Flying Squadron Command, an Air University Faculty tour, and service as a tactical fighter pilot and operations officer in Florida and Vietnam.
He departed Embry-Riddle in 1981 to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. and was subsequently appointed Chief, Air Force Personnel Program Requirements Group, at Air Force Headquarters in Washington. He retired as a Colonel in 1984.
Mr. Doten has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Princeton University and a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from Troy State University. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. His aeronautical ratings include USAF Command Pilot; Commercial Pilot (Single/Multi-engine, Instrument); and Certified Flight Instructor.
CEO at Turin Aviation Group
Turin Aviation Group
Ed entered the U.S. Air Force as a Strategic Aircraft Maintenance Technician working as a Crew Chief on the U.S. Bomber fleet after having earned his FAA A&P Technician Certificate at 17 years of age. He earned his A.A.S Degree in Aircraft Maintenance from the Community College of the Air Force and his B.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (DB ’97).
Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from AFROTC Detachment 157, Ed entered active duty as a Security Forces Officer and subsequently served as an Intelligence Officer. Ed served in Asia, Europe, South America, Middle East, and Africa for USCENTCOM, USSOCOM, and other U.S. Government Agencies and is a combat veteran. He founded the Turin Aviation Group in 2008 to provide its clients with expert solutions in the most demanding and extreme operational environments and serves as its CEO. The Company is built around expertise in Aerospace, Engineering, Intelligence, and Security. Turin Aviation Group is currently developing and engineering unmanned systems for commercial applications as well as providing the government with consulting services.
Manager of Line Operations at ExpressJet Airlines
Manager of Line Operations
Captain Darrin Greubel is the Manager of Line Operations for ExpressJet Airlines, where he supports the company’s Flight Operations Department and also assists with pilot recruitment and hiring. In his 20 years with the company, he has earned an ATP with type ratings on the EMB-120 and CL65 and has held various positions such as instructor pilot, check pilot, Program Manager of the EMB-120 fleet, Manager of Flight Operations, Manager of Flight Standards and Chief Pilot. In addition to his work at the airline, he has also represented the Regional Airline Association (RAA) on the First Officer Qualification ARC and other government initiatives. Prior to joining ExpressJet Airlines, he worked in various sectors of general aviation, including instructing, surveying, and 135 charter flying. Captain Greubel graduated from Indiana State University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Pilot Technology.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Planetary Resources, Inc.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Planetary Resources, Inc.
Joe Landon is Vice President& Chief Financial Officer of the asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, Inc. The company’s vision is to establish a new paradigm for resource utilization that will bring the Solar System within humanity’s economic sphere of influence. Planetary Resources will conduct low-cost robotic space exploration to identify the most commercially viable near-Earth asteroids and retrieve raw materials from them including water and precious metals.
Joe is actively involved with the Space Angels Network, a global angel investor group focused on financing early-stage space and aviation companies. He has facilitated millions in private investments in ventures ranging from privately-built spaceplanes to in-space robotics. Space Angels Network has rapidly grown to become the leading source of capital for aerospace startups worldwide.
Joe also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Planetary Power, Inc., a company offering hybrid and renewable energy technologies. Planetary Power’s vision is to eliminate dependency on the power grid by enabling clean and affordable renewable energy generation when and where it is needed. The company is leading the transition to widespread use of abundant solar power with the practical adoption of hybrid energy technology. Planetary Power’s HyGen and SUNsparq outperform and cost less than traditional fossil fuel solutions with no compromise in performance, availability or reliability.
Previously, Joe led Spaceflight Program Development at Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company brokering private citizen missions to the International Space Station, and he worked as an engineer and project manager for Boeing Satellite Systems where he led the design, manufacturing and testing of commercial communication satellites. He later managed sales at McMaster-Carr, a multi-billion dollar industrial supply distributor and key supplier to aerospace manufacturing companies worldwide.
Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering-Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California where he serves on the Department of Astronautical Engineering Advisory Board. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and was an Arthur Rock Entrepreneurial Fellow. Joe and his family reside in Seattle, Wash.
Director at NOAA Aviation Weather Center
NOAA Aviation Weather Center
Captain Robert W. Maxson, NOAA (retired) is the Director of the NOAA Aviation Weather Center located in Kansas City, Missouri, that issues critical aviation weather forecasts both domestically and globally and is one of two international World Area Forecast Centers designated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Center also maintains an embedded Branch of meteorologists in the Federal Aviation Administration’s National Command Center in Warrenton, Virginia. In 2010, the Aviation Weather Center received the Department of Commerce Silver Medal for the development and implementation of the G-AIRMET, a graphical depiction of aviation in-flight hazards created in the Aviation Weather Testbed. The Aviation Weather Center also received the Bronze Medal for its service in the wake of the 2012 Fukushima tsunami.
From 2005 through 2008, he was a research pilot with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), operating C-130 and Gulfstream V aircraft in support of the weather, climate, and atmospheric research communities. A former director of the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, Captain Maxson managed all NOAA aircraft activities as well as conducted hurricane surveillance missions in the NOAA G-IV jet aircraft. He holds multiple aircraft type ratings, and received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for missions flown into Hurricane ISABEL in 2003. The Aviation Operations Center was also awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for providing accurate and timely tropical cyclone data to the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 hurricane season. In addition to being qualified as a NOAA aviator, he was designated as a shipboard Senior Watch Officer Underway, and as a NOAA Unlimited Diver with mixed-gas and saturation endorsements.
Captain Maxson is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology (Physical Oceanography) and the United States Naval Postgraduate School (Physical Oceanography and Meteorology). Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Aviation, Safety and Human Factors).
Vice President of Safety at COPA Airlines
Vice President of Safety
Michael began his flying career as an Air Force (AF) fighter pilot (F-15), instructor, and evaluator. While in the AF, he served as the Chief of Training, Chief of Standardization/Evaluation, and regularly supplemented the Inspector General’s office. After eight years in the USAF, he joined Delta Air Lines as a pilot and held several management positions within the airline including: instructor, evaluator, General Manager of the fleet research and development group, and Director of the aviation safety department. While at Delta, he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology in engineering psychology (human factors engineering) and held positions within the safety structure of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). During this period, he also consulted for the Lockheed Martin Corporation as a human factors engineer. Following retirement from Delta, he served as the corporate safety, quality, and standards leader for the Bristow Group (one of the largest providers of off-shore transportation for the oil and gas industry) prior to being hired in his present position as the Managing Director for operations training at United Airlines.
Michael has served as a member on several industry working groups. These include the following: Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (Human Factors Harmonization Working Group), Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Analysis Review Board, NASA Data-Mining Working Group (aviation industry co-chair), the Age 60 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and the Flight Safety Foundation Icarus Committee. He has led several research projects including analysis of aircraft hardware, procedures, and training programs. As a safety leader, he has successfully instituted Safety Management System programs in several countries and developed innovative analysis techniques to support data-driven decision-making.
Michael is a Training leader for all Operational Divisions including curriculum development, the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP), fleet management (B747, B777, B757/767, and A320), simulator engineering and maintenance, building facilities (480,000 sq. ft. training facility located on 22 acres and containing 23 simulators), contract sales department, and over 400 employees.
Chairman, Education Committee at Air Line Pilots Association
Costas Sivyllis graduated from the Daytona Beach campus in 2012 with an Aeronautical Science degree and business minor. He is a First Officer at United Airlines on the Boeing 757/767 aircraft, and is the chairman of the National Education Committee for the Air Line Pilots Association Int'l. Most of his routes at United take him between the U.S. and Europe.
As Chairman he oversees ALPA’s relationships with academia. This includes ALPA’s industry outreach programs, Aviation Collegiate Education (ACE) Clubs (founded while he was a student at Embry-Riddle), Collegiate partnerships, academic events, and relationships with Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), the University Aviation Association (UAA), Canadian Association of Aviation Colleges, and Women in Aviation, Int’l. Costas has a long history dedicated to promoting the airline pilot career to today's youth.
Prior to United Airlines, Costas was a captain at PSA Airlines, a wholly owned regional of American Airlines. At PSA, he flew the CRJ-200/700/900 aircraft. There, he was also part time instructor, pilot interviewer/hiring board member, Safety Department observation pilot, and was the pilot representative to the company during PSA’s corporate rebranding in late 2013.
Launch Weather Officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Weather Officer
45th Weather Squadron
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Kathy Winters graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1990 with a BS in Mathematics as well as Minors in Computer Science and Aerospace Studies.
Upon graduation, she received her commission into the U.S. Air Force. In 1992, Ms. Winters completed the Air Force Basic Meteorology Program at Florida State University beginning her 19 years of operational weather experience as a meteorologist in the US Air Force, both as an officer and now as a civil servant. During her career she provided aviation weather support to many fixed wing and rotary aircraft in the Air Force inventory. Ms. Winters has been at the 45th Weather Squadron since 2000, providing spacelift ground and launch execution forecasts for Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center. She has been the lead Launch Weather Officer for the Space Shuttle program since 2002, and is currently the primary Launch Weather Officer for Kennedy Space Center. Ms. Winters has one daughter, Katelyn, 15.
Launch Weather Officer, evaluate and disseminate weather information in support of launch operations. Ensure launch agencies are receiving the weather support required to support their operations. Primary Launch Weather Officer for Kennedy Space Center, evaluating commercial vehicle weather support needs and proving weather support and resource protection.
Numerous, most notably the 2009 Air Force Space Command Outstanding Technical Achievement Team Award, the 2008 45th Space Wing Civilian of the Year, 2008 NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Silver Snoopy Award, 2006 Best Space Operations Crew Award, 2004 KSC Group Achievement Award for Shuttle Imaging, the Air Force Space Command Zimmerman Award, the NASA Group Achievement Award, USAF Squadron Officer School “Distinguished Graduate”