Juan Merkt is chair of the Department of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus. He has been involved in collegiate programs that educate and train aviation professionals since 1994. Merkt’s research interests include energy management as a best practice to enhance aviation safety and efficiency. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), where he currently chairs its Criteria and International Committees. Merkt’s credentials include a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University and FAA Commercial Pilot and Ground and Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificates with some 1400 hours of pilot in command and 1000 hours as flight instructor.