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First Ph.D. Students Graduate from Embry-Riddle Programs

When 535 Embry-Riddle students graduate in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., ceremonies this month, the university will reach a proud milestone — eight of those students will be the University’s first-ever Ph.D. graduates.

Ranging in age from 26 to 57, five of the Ph.D. students earned a Ph.D. in Aviation and three earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics.

Both programs were launched in 2010 to satisfy the demand for research skills that enable professionals in a variety of positions to approach problems in a more scientific manner, have a greater impact on their industry and advance in their careers.

“We are proud of the high level of research that our Ph.D. students have performed,” said Dr. Richard Heist, chief academic officer of the university’s Daytona Beach Campus, where the Ph.D. in Engineering Physics is offered. “They chose dissertation topics that either added to the body of knowledge of their discipline or that directly related to the solution of real-world challenges in the aviation, aerospace and engineering industries.”

Ph.D. in Aviation
Embry-Riddle’s Ph.D. in Aviation is the first of its kind in the nation. Degree seekers can choose one of three specializations: Aviation Safety & Human Factors, Operations or Intradisciplinary. The degree program is delivered primarily online at this time but may be offered at one of the university’s residential campuses in Daytona Beach or Prescott in the future.

Ph.D. in Engineering Physics
This Ph.D. program blends theoretical physics with practical engineering applications and problem-solving with a focus on space. It builds on Embry-Riddle’s undergraduate and master’s degrees in Engineering Physics and on the university’s solid program of space research funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Air Force, among others. It is currently offered at the Daytona Beach Campus.

About Embry-Riddle
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies.

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