Office of Undergraduate Research

Embry-Riddle strives to create a culture of knowledge discovery through research. The Office of Undergraduate Research engages undergraduate students in faculty-mentored research that is both faculty and student-led. Our mission is to provide a diverse set of opportunities for all undergraduate students to enhance their education through engagement in research, inquiry, innovation, and/or other scholarly projects. 

Our Objectives

To help students (1) apply critical thinking, ethics, and information analyses in decision-making processes, (2) understand the nature of research, investigation, and scholarship, and (3) utilize discipline-based inquiry skills in their communities to create or understand new knowledge.

Our Vision

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach will be an internationally recognized center for excellence in undergraduate research, innovation, and scholarship, especially in the fields of aviation/aerospace, science, and engineering, where every student engages in scholarly learning throughout their academic careers. 

You can learn more about our plans to achieve new heights in our strategic plan and see our successes in our 2017-2018 annual report.

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Undergraduate Research Center
Mori Hosseini Student Union, Room 431

Fall and Spring Office Hours


Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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On the edge of the Pacific Ocean near Honolulu this past December, an odd–looking, pilotless 16 ft.-long boat navigated an open water obstacle course, adapting to the waves and wind on the bay, launching and recovering a small submarine and then returning to dock. This boat, which did not have any place for passengers … or a driver, is called Minion. It was built by engineering student members of the Robotics Association at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University and it is possibly one the most sophisticated self-driving boats in the world for its size.
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A prototype spacecraft capable of “hopping” from one asteroid to another effectively transforms water into steam, Embry-Riddle student-researchers have reported. The spacecraft’s steam-powered propulsion system suggests an endlessly renewable fuel that could be ideal for asteroid mining or “space prospecting,” said Aerospace Engineering Senior Ankit Rukhaiyar. Identifying renewable sources of spacecraft fuel has become increasingly important as NASA prepares to send humans to Mars and Earth’s finite supply of minerals keeps shrinking. Embry-Riddle’s steam-powered propulsion system suggests a way to keep spacecraft flying longer – in theory forever.
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Someday soon, a “Drone Net” now under development by Embry-Riddle could provide a cost-effective way to protect small airports, university and corporate campuses, farms or other operations from irresponsible drone operators.
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