Embry-Riddle Alumnus Wins Achievement Commendation for Engineering Work

Dr. Aaron Clevenger, John Easum, and Dr. Geoffrey Kain

Embry-Riddle graduate John Easum was recently named the recipient of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Young Persons' Achievement Commendation award for his academic and professional achievements in engineering.

The Royal Aeronautical Society’s Young Persons’ Achievement Commendation is the most long-standing award in global aerospace that honors achievement, innovation and excellence.

Easum received the award on Nov. 30 in London, England. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in electrical engineering at Penn State University, where he is a research assistant in the Computational Electromagnetic and Antennas Research Laboratory. Easum earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics in May 2015 from Embry-Riddle. While attending Embry-Riddle, Easum was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious scholarship named after Barry Goldwater that is given to college students pursuing degrees in science, math or engineering.

During his time at Embry Riddle, Easum was a member of the Honors Program and led the Honors Program’s Honors Student Association research team. He holds several titles from aerospace competitions and is also a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship applicant.

Easum, 22, won the Young Persons' Achievement Commendation award for his achievements in engineering, particularly a research project he conducted while attending Embry-Riddle to develop computational approaches to make wind energy more profitable.

“We found that there are clever ways to design objects around a wind turbine which can dramatically enhance the power captured from the wind,” Easum said.

Easum aspires to work as an engineering project manager for defense and space-related projects. He attributed the support he received at Embry-Riddle and the Honors Program to his success.

“Looking back, being at ERAU and in the Honors Program were the best things that happened to me,” he said. “The people who work here are incredible. They bend over backwards to help their students.”