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  • Chatter: News and notes from the world of Embry-Riddle
  • Feedback: Embry-Riddle alumni and friends offer comments and opinions
  • In Other Words: What Makes an Engineer Tick? Ken Hurt’s (’97) journey took him from the U.S. Naval Academy to a small liberal arts college to Embry-Riddle
  • Wings of Legacy: Front Row Seats The Betz brothers participate in history-making decade at Embry-Riddle
  • Space Eagles: Alumni team contributes to historic Boeing Starliner capsule landing
  • Coastal Collaboration: Unmanned aircraft systems are helping researchers track the changing coastal environment
  • Piloting the Wave of the Future: Autonomous technology is turning science fiction into reality
  • Alumni @ Work: Powering Investment in Clean Energy David Rogers (’89) never imagined his career path would lead to blockchain technology
  • Giving to Embry-Riddle: Expanding Horizons FedEx, Spirit Airlines’ scholarships encourage diversity in aviation
  • Alumni in Action: Rowing the Distance Former Air Force aviator sets world rowing record
  • Global: A new section focused on Embry-Riddle’s international impact and alumni around the world
  • Alumni News: A message from the executive director, upcoming events and more
  • Class Notes: Find out what your fellow alumni are up to now

Publication Date

Spring 2020


Sara Withrow






Casual Astronaut


  • Senior Vice President of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement Marc Archambault
  • Executive Director of Alumni Engagement Bill Thompson (’87)


  • Executive Director of Communications Anthony Brown
  • Senior Director of Communications/Editor Sara Withrow
  • Assistant Director of Communications Melanie Stawicki Azam
  • Assistant Director of Digital Engagement & Philanthropy Alan Marcos Pinto Cesar
  • Assistant Digital Engagement Coordinator Cynthia Puckett


  • Mike Cavaliere, News Manager
  • Ken Hurt (‘97)
  • Michaela Jarvis
  • Daryl LaBello, Multimedia Producer
  • David Massey, Multimedia Producer
  • Connor McShane, Multimedia Producer
  • Sam Mittelsteadt
  • Kevin Montgomery, Archivist
  • Jon O’Neill, Marketing Copywriter
  • Chris Pezalla (‘07, ‘12)
  • Ginger Pinholster, Assistant Vice President for News & Research Communications
  • Kelly Pratt, Director of Special Projects
  • Jenny Quill
  • James Roddey, Director of Communications

Published by Casual Astronaut

  • Managing Editor Colleen Ringer
  • Creative Director Marc Oxborrow
  • Art Director Felicia Penza
  • Chief Client Officer Paul Peterson

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