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 a world-renowned force in higher-education research with its facilities.
The Industry Advisory Board is a valuable resource for the College of Aviation, providing strategic planning and program development insights and unique industry perspectives to the Dean. At their meetings, members of the board regularly interact with both the students and faculty through formal briefings and social gatherings. Board members serve as ambassadors for the College externally and are integral to forging alliances between the College and business.
Industry Advisory Board Chair, Mr. John Frasca
Industry Advisory Board Vice Chair, Capt. Craig Bentley
Mr. Kris Bauer
Retired Senior Vice President, Technical Operations, United Airlines
Prior to his retirement, Kris Bauer was senior vice president of technical operations for United Airlines. In this role, Kris oversaw all of United’s global technical operations functions, including line and base maintenance functions; aircraft reliability and regulatory compliance; administrative, engineering, planning and production support of airframes, engines and components; facilities maintenance and ground service equipment maintenance.
Kris previously served as senior vice president operations for Allegiant where he oversaw the airline’s inflight, flight operations, ground operations, maintenance, and safety functions. Prior to Allegiant, Kris was senior vice president of technical operations for Northwest/Delta. Before joining Northwest, Kris held various financial positions at United, and worked in engineering at The Boeing Company.
Kris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas and received his MBA from Cornell University.
Capt. Craig Bentley
President, CEO, 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.
Mr. Michael Buchanan
President, IS-BAO Accredited Auditor of Aviation Safety Dynamics, LLC
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.
Dr. Peggy Chabrian
President and Founder of Women in Aviation, International
Dr. Peggy Chabrian is President and Founder of Women in Aviation, International. The organization was incorporated in 1994 as a result of the success of the annual International Women in Aviation Conference in 1990. The conference began with 150 participants in 1990 and has grown to more than 4,000 attendees. WAI represents more than 13,000 women and men from all segments of the aviation industry including general, corporate, commercial and military.
A long-time aviation enthusiast and professional aviation educator, Dr. Chabrian is a 2,200-hour commercial/instrument multi-engine pilot and flight instructor flying for over 30 years. She also holds helicopter and seaplane ratings.
Dr. Chabrian has held several top positions in aviation education including: Academic Dean and Associate Vice President of Parks College; Dean of Academic Support for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus; Director of the Center of Excellence for the Aviation/Space Education at ERAU’s Daytona Beach, Florida campus; and, Chair of the aviation department at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently also the publisher of Aviation for Women magazine.
The recipient of numerous aviation and education awards, Dr. Chabrian has received the FAA Administrator’s Award for Excellence in Aviation Education and the Civic Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She has been inducted into the Crown Circle of the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education. In December 2016 she received the Distinguished Statesman Award from the National Aeronautics Association. The purpose of the award is to honor outstanding living Americans who, by their efforts over an extended period of years, have made contributions of significant value to aeronautics, and have reflected credit upon America and themselves.
Dr. Chabrian is active in numerous aviation organizations and serves as a member of several boards including the Aviation Accreditation Board International. She is the past president and board member of the University Aviation Association and served on the board of the Experimental Aircraft Association for 16 years.
An international speaker, Dr. Chabrian has given numerous keynote and motivational presentations to hundreds of audiences. She has also authored numerous articles and a textbook on aviation management.
Mr. Eric S. Doten
President, 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.
Mr. Jim Dowd
President, CEO, 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.
Mr. Ed Franco
CEO, 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.
Mr. John Frasca
President, 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.
Capt. Darrin Greubel
Manager of Line Operations, ExpressJet Airlines
Mr. Joe Landon
Vice President, Advanced Programs Development Lockheed Martin Commercial Civil Space
Joe Landon serves as Vice President of Advanced Programs Development for Lockheed Martin’s Commercial Civil Space business. In this role, Joe leads strategy development and new business growth for Lockheed’s Human Space Exploration, Communications Satellite Solutions, Deep Space Exploration and Weather & Remote Sensing lines of business.
Previously, Joe was Chief Financial Officer of Planetary Resources, Inc., a company that seeks to expand the economy of humanity into the Solar System through the development and use of resources found in space. Joe also Co-Founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Space Angels, the leading source of capital for space startups. Joe is a Trustee of the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, and in 2016 he was named one of Seattle’s "40 Under 40" by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering-Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Capt. Karsten Liljegren
Chief Pilot, Operations & Compliance/Boeing Test and Evaluation at Boeing
Karsten, a 19,000 hour pilot, is the Chief Pilot, Operations & Compliance for the Boeing Test and Evaluation Flight Group. He is type rated on the B727, 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.
Mr. Bob Maxson
Director at 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).
Mr. Michael McCauley
President, Journey Aviation
As a kid, Michael dreamed of becoming a pilot, and by the time he graduated from high school, he had built up an impressive list of FAA ratings, including the title of Senior Captain, FAR Part 135 at Hop-A-Jet. He knew he wanted to build his own charter management company, so he began negotiating agreements with Hop-A-Jet and other charter management companies to rent their aircraft, and build what is now his extensive list of Fortune 500 executive, celebrity, government, and high-net-worth clients. Throughout his career, Michael has honed his ability to identify opportunities, and deliver value to the aviation industry. He credits his success to his experience-based judgment, strong work ethic, and unwavering integrity.
For more than twenty years, he has owned and operated a Part 135 aircraft charter, sales, acquisition, management, and repair business - earning some of the most challenging FAA benchmarks in the air charter industry. Known as an advocate for aircraft safety and pilot training, Michael plays an active leadership role on a number of customer advisory boards with Gulfstream Aerospace and CAE-Simuflite, and is a member of a number of industry associations.
As the President, Founder, Chief Pilot, and Part 135 Check Airman at Universal Jet Aviation for twenty years, Michael overcame a series of extreme challenges and financial setbacks to build the largest Learjet fleet on the East Coast and become the first U.S. operator to secure the Learjet 60, as well as the first operator to launch business operations in Shanghai, China. With the introduction of the Internet and a new highly brokered business environment, Michael conceived and executed a 24/7 dispatch team to increase his competitiveness. In 2014, Michael relaunched Universal Jet Aviation with a new brand and business model - Journey Aviation.
Michael also championed the development of a flight safety program for the FAA - establishing and negotiating a partnership with FlightSafety International to deliver the training to FAA pilots and external clients in Part 142 training centers. Additionally, he established a relationship with CIT to manage the maintenance of their aircraft, which led to a deal to acquire his first Gulfstream aircraft, launching his regional business into the global market. Michael also represents the FAA as a Part 135 Check Airman - evaluating and testing his pilots’ aircraft knowledge and capabilities. Michael holds airline transport ratings in all categories - helicopters, sea planes, jets, and fighters, as well as FAA Flight Instructor certification and Mechanic Airframe & Powerplant credentials.
Capt. Jim Miner
E190 Captain/APD 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.
Dr. Michael New
Vice President of Corporate Safety and Regulatory Compliance at Spirit Airlines
Michael New began his aviation career in the US Air Force as a fighter pilot (F-15), instructor, and evaluator. During his tour in the Air Force, he served as the Chief of Mobility, Chief of Training, and the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation for various units.
Following an eight-year tour in the US Air Force, Mike was hired as a pilot at Delta Airlines and was selected to serve in various management roles, including Captain, instructor, evaluator, General Manager of the Research and Development Team within Flight Operations, and ultimately as the Director of the Aviation Safety Department. During this last position, he implemented one of the first cross-divisional Safety Management Systems at a US carrier and was responsible for all accident/incident investigations, data collection/analyses, and aviation-related research projects. The capabilities of the systems and analytical techniques he built were recognized by the US Department of Defense, IATA, ICAO, NASA, INPO, and the FAA as “best practices” during various audits and research projects.
While at Delta, Captain New earned a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Human Factors Engineering and has served as a consultant for the US Navy, NASA, Lockheed-Martin, ICAO, and others. As a member of the National Safety Committee for the Air Line Pilots’ Association and the Human Performance Committee for the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations, Mike conducted research and participated in aircraft accident investigations. Additionally, Mike has served as a member on several industry working groups, including the FAA Blue Ribbon Panel for ATCS Selection, Assignment, and Training; Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (Human Factors Harmonization Working Group); NASA Data-Mining Working Group (aviation industry co-chair); the Flight Safety Foundation Icarus Committee; Performance-based Aviation Rulemaking Committee and Commercial Aviation Safety Team (PARC/CAST) Flight Deck Automation Working Group; FAA Age-60 Aviation Rulemaking Committee; and as a board member advising the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
After 18 years of service, Captain New retired from Delta. His reputation for building high-performance teams and improving operational safety has led to his being recruited to lead strategic initiatives at United Airlines (Managing Director: Operations Training); Korean Air (Senior Vice President: Corporate Safety, Security, and Compliance); and Copa Airlines (Vice President: Corporate Safety and Quality Assurance). Following his retirement from Copa Airlines in 2018, Mike opened a consulting business, focusing on improving operational performance, safety, and training. Mike holds an Airline Transport Pilot license and is type rated in the B-737, B-757/767, and E-175/190 aircraft.
Dr. New is currently serving as the Vice President of Corporate Safety and Regulatory Compliance at Spirit Airlines based in Weston, FL.
Mr. Andy Nureddin
Vice President Customer Support and Training, Bombardier Aerospace
Andy grew up around airplanes, soloing at age 16 and building his first homebuilt aircraft, a Bensen gyrocopter, at age 19. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Studies in 1985 and then a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science in 1993. He also holds a multi-engine commercial pilot rating and is an FAA licensed Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.
Prior to joining Bombardier, Andy spent 12 years in the airline industry, working as a licensed engineer and touring the world as part of an Aerobatic display team. He was later an instructor and chief technical instructor on several aircraft types including Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed aircraft.
In 1998, Andy joined Bombardier Aerospace as manager of technical publications for Regional Aircraft and was later appointed Director of Customer Training. In May 2008, he was promoted Vice President, Customer Services & Support, Business Aircraft, responsible for the overall service and support of the Business Aircraft customer base, including Training, Fleet Reliability, Warranty, Technical Support, Publications and Customer Service. Andy is also responsible for driving initiatives to improve the experience of our customers and continuing the transformation of Bombardier Customer Services & Support into a world-class organization.
Andy is based at Bombardier Aerospace headquarters in Montréal, Canada and enjoys flying regularly in his single-engine airplane.
Capt. Lacey Pittman
Air Safety & Operations, Amazon Air, Amazon
Lacey Pittman is responsible for Operations and Air Safety at Amazon Air. In this role, she provides leadership and coordination for the functional aspect of the network control center and is building a robust safety team at Amazon Air. Previously, she was Managing Director of the Operations Control Center at Horizon Air. As such, she provided leadership of the OCC while maximizing revenue, aircraft utilization, and developing and implementing strategic initiatives and procedures used in various irregular operational situations. Prior to that role, Lacey was the Managing Director of Safety at Horizon Air in which she was responsible for all safety programs, including implementing the Safety Management System.
Lacey joined Horizon in 2003 as a Q200 first officer. Three years later, she was named one of the company’s assistant chief pilots, and in April 2012, she was promoted to Director of Safety. She maintained her qualifications as a Q400 captain throughout her time at Horizon.
Prior to her roles within Amazon Air and Horizon Air, Lacey worked for Air Serv International, a not-for-profit humanitarian aviation organization, providing aid and relief around the world. She flew a King Air 200 into refugee camps along the war-torn regions of West Africa.
Lacey earned her MBA at Walden University, and has a BA in Intercultural Religious Studies with a concentration in Aviation from Trinity Western University and Coastal Pacific Aviation. She holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot License and a Transport Canada Commercial Multi Pilot License.
Lacey met her husband, Sean Pittman, while he was serving in the United States Marine Corps in Africa. Together they are raising their three daughters, Sahara, Keira, and Amelia.
Mrs. Katherine Rice
Kennedy Space Center Weather Officer
Kathy Rice graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1990 with a B.S. in Mathematics as well as Minors in Computer Science and Aerospace Studies. Kathy then decided to continue her education, graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus in 2004 with a master's in Aeronautical Science.
Upon graduation, she received her commission into the U.S. Air Force. In 1992, Mrs. Rice completed the Air Force Basic Meteorology Program at Florida State University beginning her 26 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. Mrs. Rice 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 was the lead Launch Weather Officer for the Space Shuttle program from 2002 through 2011, and is currently the primary Launch Weather Officer for both Kennedy Space Center, including the Space Launch System program, and for the Delta IV program. Mrs. Rice married Dillon Rice on June 2nd, 2018, and they have two daughters, Katelyn and Savannah.
She has received numerous awards most notably the 2016 Air Force Civilian of the Year, 2016 National Space Club Florida Committee Space Worker Hall of Fame, 2013 45th Space Wing Civilian of the Year, 2009 Air Force Space Command Outstanding Technical Achievement Team Award, 2008 NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Silver Snoopy Award, 2006 Best Space Operations Crew Award.
Mr. Mitchell L. Serber
Chief of Safety, Executive Flight Operations, Boeing Company
Mitchell L. Serber is the Chief of Safety for The Boeing Company Executive Flight Operations and directs the Safety Management System for the organization as well as flying the line.
Prior to joining Boeing, Mitch enjoyed a 23-year airline career with over 17,000 hours logged before joining MITRE Corporation's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) in 2007 as a Human Centered Engineer Project Manager. With MITRE, he was on the initial team that established the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program.
As part of his air carrier career, he served the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) at the National level as the Chairman of the Airport and Ground Environment Group (AGE), Operations Committee (OPSCOM) Chairman, and international representative to the IFALPA AGE Committee.
Mitch holds a Masters of Aeronautical Science degree specializing in Human Factors in Aerospace Systems from ERAU in 2013 graduating with distinction, in addition to a B.S. in Aeronautical Science from ERAU and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Mr. Costas Sivyllis
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.
Capt. James J. Sterioff
Pilot at 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