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Students Begin Nation’s First Aviation Ph.D. Program
At Embry-Riddle
Three-Year Research-Intensive Program Tackles Major Issues In Aviation And Aerospace.
desire to conduct research in a variety of factors, information technology, safety
areas including aero-medical issues, air- management, space tourism, and un-
line operations, airspace redesign, human manned aerial systems.

Eleven students have begun course
work in a pioneering Ph.D. in Aviation
program offered by Embry-Riddle Aero-
nautical University. The three-year pro-
gram, the only one in the nation, meets
the need for people with upper-level re-
search credentials to tackle the major is-
sues facing today’s aviation and aerospace
industry.
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 re-
search, 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 stud-
ies 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, econom-
ics, regulation, communications, and
NextGen air transportation. They will also
conduct research on important issues that
impact the aviation and aerospace indus-
try. A special focus of the new program
is aviation operations. Additional special-
izations 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 Administra-
tion, the U.S. military, and a university.
Half of the students are female.
After they receive their doctorates, the
program’s first students have expressed a
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