Three-Year Research-Intensive Program Tackles Major Issues In
Aviation And Aerospace.
Eleven students have begun course work in a pioneering Ph.D.
in Aviation program offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University. The three-year program, the only one in the nation,
meets the need for people with upper-level research credentials to
tackle the major issues facing today's aviation and aerospace
The Ph.D. program is designed for working professionals;
students take courses online and complete three six-day residencies
at an Embry-Riddle campus.
In early January, the first 11 students completed a weeklong
residency at the university's Daytona Beach, FL, campus (pictured,
below) that covered critical and scholarly thinking,
statistics and research methods, writing in APA format, success in
graduate school, philosophy of research, online community-building,
and a dissertation panel discussion.
"We were able to be highly selective in assembling this first
cohort of students in our Aviation doctoral program," said Alan
Stolzer, professor of applied aviation studies and residency
director for the Ph.D. program. "There's a dynamic diversity in
their backgrounds, educations, and careers that will create a vital
interchange among them."
Students enrolled in the academically rigorous program will
explore aviation topics in management, training, economics,
regulation, communications, and NextGen air transportation. They
will also conduct research on important issues that impact the
aviation and aerospace industry. A special focus of the new program
is aviation operations. Additional specializations in safety and
security are planned for the future.
Employers of the Embry-Riddle Ph.D. students include an
aerospace company, airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration,
the U.S. military, and a university. Half of the students are
After they receive their doctorates, the program's first
students have expressed a desire to conduct research in a variety
of areas including aero-medical issues, airline operations,
airspace redesign, human factors, information technology, safety
management, space tourism, and unmanned aerial systems.