2015 Fall Graduation Spotlights

Some of the members of our fall graduating class shared where they’re heading next and looked back on their time at Embry-Riddle Daytona.

Jason Alvarez, Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Airline Management

Jeremy Asomaning, Aerospace Engineering

Tara Halt, Commercial Space Operations

Nathalie Quintero, Aerospace Engineering

Genderie Rivera, Bachelors of Science in Aviation Business Administration — Air Transportation

Richard Tubbesing IV, Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering


Tara Halt

Tara Halt Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach

Media, Pennsylvania

Q: What is your major?

A: Commercial Space Operations  

Q: Where are you headed next? 

A: I am headed to Washington, D.C., to start my Master's Degree in Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University. I also have a spring internship with the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A:  I am very proud to be one of the first graduates of the Commercial Space Operations program. I can't wait to see all the exciting things my fellow classmates will do in the commercial space sector. 

Q: Who has contributed to your success? 

A: My professors have definitely contributed to my success, particularly Dr. Diane Howard since she really sparked my interest in space policy. 

Q: What is one thing that surprised you about ERAU?

A:  Nothing has really surprised me.

Q: Anything else you want to say about your time here at ERAU?

A:  Outside of class, I have loved being a part of Touch-N-Go Productions. It has been awesome to have the opportunity to meet famous bands and comedians and work the events. I have met so many amazing friends in TNG. 


Richard Tubbesing IV

Richard Tubbesing Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach

Englewood, Fl.

Q: What is your major?

A: My major is Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Q: Where are you headed next? 

A: In January, I will be moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to start my job at Rockwell Collins.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: I am very proud of how much I have grown and how much I have accomplished over these last five or so years at ERAU. I’ve matured into a more professional engineer and maintained a high GPA. I started out unsure and daunted by the road that laid ahead and ended a successful graduate with two degrees (bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering). I am proud that I was able to find a good job, something I started out being extremely scared of not being able to do. 

Q: Who has contributed to your success? 

A:  My family, my friends, my girlfriend, and my professors. The support and encouragement from family and friends was always a boost to my confidence. Learning from extremely intelligent professors always made me want to understand more so that someday I can be as intelligent as they are in their field. The constant challenge from courses and drive to be better pushed me forward.

Q: What is one thing that surprised you about ERAU?

A: I think the biggest surprise for me was how close-knit the relationship between the students and the school is. I think this comes from being a smaller university, but it also comes from the fact that a lot of faculty are truly here to help students learn and improve. The people who work here, the organizations that put on events, really make you feel a part of something larger; they really make you feel like ERAU is a nice place to be.

Q: Anything else you want to say about your time here at ERAU?

A: My time here, while full of lots of hard work, was also full of fun. I’ve made some great friends here and have had lots of laughs. This school and certain labs have become almost a second home to me; it is going to be hard to say goodbye to it all. Perhaps someday I will come back to pursue a doctorate degree. 


Jeremy Asomaning

Ghana, West Africa

Q: What is your major?

I am majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Q: Where are you headed next? 

A: After graduation, I will be working as an engineer at The Boeing Company.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: I am most proud of the several opportunities I have had to touch the lives of others. The leadership positions I’ve held have helped me grow as well as help others reach their goals. As a past president of the National Society of Black Engineers (ERAU chapter) I worked with a dedicated board to develop initiatives that enable members to excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. Through this, half of our membership were able to acquire internships in 2014 at the NSBE Conference. At ERAU, I have had the opportunity to volunteer extensively through on-campus organizations such as the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) and many more. By being involved in these organizations, I have been able to introduce high school and middle school kids to the beauty of engineering and the large role it plays in our lives as well as inspire them to pursue their dreams.

Q: Who has contributed to your success? 

A: God, my family and every single person I have met since I first arrived at Embry-Riddle have contributed to my success in life thus far.

Q: What is one thing that surprised you about ERAU?

A:  ERAU's robust engineering curriculum completely surprised me when I enrolled at ERAU. I presumed that I would have the liberty to go to the beach after class every day to relax and enjoy the scenery, but that rarely happened. Eventually, I learned how to be balanced and regularly take time off to de-stress and simply have fun in college. Although ERAU's Aerospace Engineering was challenging, it was the right amount of a challenge I desperately needed to shape me into the Aerospace Engineer I am today.

Q: Anything else you want to say about your time here at ERAU?

A: Overall, I have had a phenomenal experience here at ERAU. While it is bittersweet that I am leaving, I am leaving this institution equipped with the tools to be a better engineer and servant to the world. The last 4.5 years have been nothing short of challenging and I am fortunate to be able to look back and call ERAU my home.


Nathalie Quintero

Nathalie Quintero Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach

Caracas, Venezuela 

Q: What is your major?

A: My major is Aerospace Engineering.

Q: Where are you headed next? 

A: Working for Boeing Space Launch Systems division in Titusville, FL

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: The experiences obtained during Embry-Riddle such as research, abroad experiences, leadership positions and academics.

Q: Who has contributed to your success? 

A: My parents have been the key to my success here at Embry-Riddle.

Q: What is one thing that surprised you about ERAU?

A: The resources available and the people that can help you succeed if you voice your thoughts and ideas.

Q: Anything else you want to say about your time here at ERAU?

A: It has been filled with challenges, which made me stronger and better prepared for the "real world."


Jason Alvarez

Jason Alvarez Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach

Palm Coast, FL

Q: What is your major?

A: My degree is Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Airline Management.

Q: Where are you headed next? 

A: I will be starting at The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, in March.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A:  I am most proud of graduating from Embry-Riddle with two degrees (undergrad and graduate) and accepting a full-time position at the company of my dreams. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in December 2013.

Q: Who has contributed to your success? 

A: My parents, friends, mentors, professors, coaches, teammates, roommates and God are fully credited to my successes thus far. I am very grateful for each and every one of them!

Q: What is one thing that surprised you about ERAU?

A: The diversity of students from all degree types. The ability to interact and be friends with people from across the globe is fantastic!

Q: Anything else you want to say about your time here at ERAU?

A: My time at Embry-Riddle as a student-athlete has been a dream come true and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am truly humbled and honored to have interacted with such a talented group of students, faculty, and staff. I have learned a tremendous amount from the aerospace/aviation industry, but more importantly I have become a better man with my time at Embry-Riddle. I will continue to follow one of my passions of public speaking and giving back to the next generation of college students. And, finally, I want to end with a quote by Brian Tracy that I hold dearly: “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'what’s in it for me?’”


Genderie Rivera

Genderia Rivera Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach

Puerto Rico

Q: What is your major?

A: Air Transportation 

Q: Where are you headed next? 

A:  I am planning to enter the job market and hopefully land my dream job.  I would also like to continue my graduate studies.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A:  I’m most proud of graduating ERAU with honors and leaving knowing I did an amazing job both academically and professionally.

Q: Who has contributed to your success? 

A:  I would say some of the people that contributed to my success were my parents, my College of Business professors, especially Dr. Janet Tinoco, who believed in me and opened many doors at the College, and I can’t forget the amazing COB staff who were always there to support students and help them achieve their goals.

Q: What is one thing that surprised you about ERAU?

A: The passion everyone has for the aviation industry and how dedicated they are.

Q: Anything else you want to say about your time here at ERAU?

A:  My time here at ERAU has shaped me to be a young professional. I really value the commitment everyone in this university has to see you succeed in your career and I can’t wait to see the results of these four years of sacrifice.