The College of Engineering actively works to pursue relationships with industry for the purpose of providing students and faculty real-world problems to solve for real customers. Those industry relations form a key component of student career placement at graduation and also provide industry-experienced educators for the classroom.
The Office of Industry Relations and Outreach is under the leadership of Dr. Ladesic, who has been with Embry-Riddle for over 40 years. He is the recipient of the 1993 University Research Achievement Award, the 2001 Outstanding Teacher Award, and the 2009 Outstanding Service Award at Embry-Riddle. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and an FAA Structures Designated Engineering Representative. He is a recognized expert in structural design, analysis, and forensic engineering.
Industry Relations works with aerospace engineering leaders to create degree and certificate programs to meet the educational needs of those corporations and their employees. Meet the Dean's Advisory Board.
The following degree programs were born of valuable partnerships between industry and higher education:
The Certificate of Study in Airworthiness Engineering (CSAE) is a unique 12-credit-hour graduate certificate program, initiated by Northrop Grumman Corporation, focused on the science and regulatory causalities of airworthiness engineering for air-system lifecycle certification. The CSAE is composed of four courses, each concentrated on different technical and regulatory aspects of achieving and sustaining airworthiness for an air-system. The CSAE curriculum is structured to address the professional educational needs of participants regarding the principles of airworthiness engineering, especially those who are engaged in the design, development, certification, production, operation, and maintenance of air-systems. Courses must be taken in cohort, in sequence, and may not be taken separately. New cohorts begin each Spring term. The program is offered in blended delivery format using both synchronous face-to-face and web-based instruction modalities. Upon successful completion of each CSAE course, earned credit is recorded and an official transcript recorded. Certificate credit may apply toward a future master’s degree if the recipient so chooses. The CSAE program is available to all interested engineers requiring the successful completion of all four courses extending over a 15-month-long period in sequence.
The Multidisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MMSE) was collaboratively conceived and designed by Embry-Riddle faculty working with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (GAC) engineers to address the diverse array of scientific and technical areas important to modern aircraft product development. This 30-credit program, strictly focused on research and development, requires a nine-credit thesis as part of the degree completion requirements. The curriculum content is specifically tailored to targeted analysis, design, development, testing, and program management skills critical to current and future Gulfstream business jet products, and in general for the aerospace community. It is currently available only to GAC direct engineering employees and is not offered to the general public. Eligibility for admission requires applicants have earned a bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering, mathematics, or physics with cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better.
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The mission of the College of Engineering’s Office of Industry Relations and Outreach is to bridge the gap between academic and industry engineering, strengthening both sides. We seek to build partnerships that enrich the global aerospace industry by providing graduate programs that satisfy industry needs.