Message from the Department Chair

Embry-Riddle’s Aerospace Engineering Department is the largest in the country with 1,626 Bachelor of Science students, 125 Master of Science students (including 26 distance students), and 35 Ph.D. students as of fall 2020. It should be noted that about 12.7% of our undergraduates are Honors Students, while the rest of the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Campus has 5.15% Honors Students. In addition, we continue to have numerous design/build/test projects at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

This fall, for the third time, US News & World Report ranked the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Ph.D.-granting category, which includes the most elite universities in the nation. In this new category, our undergraduate program moved up to No. 8, 1st in the state of Florida. Our Graduate program is currently ranked by U.S. News & World Report No. 33
(tied), 2nd in the State of Florida.

Our research expenditures have been increasing significantly. Some notable current and recently awarded external projects are:

  • AFOSR YIP (Young Investigator Program) “Exploiting Nonlinear Interactions within Wall Turbulence for Flow Control” PI: Gnanamanickam.
  • AFOSR YIP (Young Investigator Program) “Investigation of Load Path Based Topology Optimization” PI: Tamijani.
  • Boeing “Boeing CAV Hybrid Powerplant: Phase II (Boeing)” PI: Anderson, co-PI: Mirmirani.
  • Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need – GAANN, PIs: Lyrintzis, Al-Haik, Engblom, Henderson, Leishman
  • Department of Transportation “Multi-scale Models for Transportation Systems under Emergency”, PIs: Liu (Aviation), Namilae.
  • NASA Tipping point “ThinVPU,” ERAU PI: Henderson (ERAU PI).
  • NASA SBIR Phase I and II “Integrated Structural Health Sensors for Inflatable Space Habitats,” PIs: Kim, Namilae.
  • NSF CAREER “Multiscale Optimization of Additively Manufacturable Spatially Varying Cellular Microstructures” PI: Tamijani.
  • NSF “Cyberinfrastructure for Pedestrian Dynamics-Based Analysis of Infection Propagation Through Air Travel”  Namilae (ERAU-PI)
  • NSF-MRI: Acquisition of a Photonic Nanofabrication System, NSF Major Research Instrumentation PIs: Kim, Al-Haik, Tamijani, Rojas, Madiyar
  • NSF-MRI: Acquisition of a Nano-characterization System for Engineering and Physics Research and Education $452,327, PIs: Al-Haik, Divo, Namilae, Rojas, Madiyar.
  • NSF “Nanoscale Design of Interfacial Kinematics in Composite Manufacturing” PI: Namilae, co-PI: Al-Haik.
  • ONR “Topology and Morphology Optimization of 3D Printed Continuous Fiber Composites”, PI-ERAU:Tamijani (PI, ERAU)
  • U.S. Army/NASA/ONR Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence “Fidelity Requirements for Ship Airwake Modeling in Dynamic Interface Simulations” PIs: Leishman, Gnanamanickam.

The Department also participates in many collegiate competition projects undertaken by undergraduate students with notable successes, including these recent accomplishments:

  • 1st place in the AIAA individual design competition (summer 2017) 
  • 6th (3rd US School), 9th, 8th in the last three years (2017-19) in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design, Build, Fly (DBF) competitions with 140+ teams competing
  • 1st place at the AIAA/ASME engine design competition (2014)
  • 1st place in 2 NASA Revolutionary Astronautics concepts, (2015)
  • Boeing Flight Competition (1st 2nd and 3rd for presentation, 1st and 2nd for distance, 1st overall) at the 42nd Annual National Society of Black Engineers Convention in Boston (March 2016)
  • 1st place at the 2016 Florida University Nano-Satellite (FUNSat) competition

Currently, researchers at the Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC) are working on hybrid and full electric airplanes and have started the Embry-Riddle Hybrid Consortium to focus on hybrid electric airplanes. The consortium now includes Airbus, Textron, Rolls-Royce, Pratt &Whitney, Hartzell and General Electric. This consortium’s vision is to explore the design space for turbine/electric aircraft propulsion systems. In addition, Embry-Riddle is now a Charter Member, and the only university, in GAMA (General Aviation Manufacturers Association) under the new EPIC (Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness) program for electric and hybrid propulsion innovation.

Our Department has obtained a grant from the Department of Education, GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas on National Need) program, to support Ph.D. students (US citizens and permanent residents). If you are interested in this program, please contact Professor Lyrintzis.

Also, the Department has a significant presence in the new John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex, including a new state-of-the-art wind tunnel.

Tazos Lyrintzis


Best Regards,


Dr. Tasos Lyrintzis

Distinguished Professor and Chair

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