Message from the President

P Butler


Congratulations on joining the Embry-Riddle community, which extends to more than 135,000 alumni around the world. The students who have gone before have helped to build our reputation as the premier university focused on aviation and aerospace.

Embry-Riddle is a globally respected source for innovation and excellence in aerospace education and applied research. You will not have to wait until after graduation to make meaningful contributions. Nearly 90 percent of our students work with faculty-mentors or industry partners on research, Capstone Projects and internships. The university will continue to expand our research enterprise and host competitions to encourage creative problem solving and entrepreneurship. What you learn here will prepare you to turn ideas into solutions.

We are an inclusive institution that welcomes students and faculty from more than 100 countries and diverse cultures. The perspective and talent you contribute will help us advance innovation, which is a core value.

Our 100-plus degree programs will ground you in the fundamentals and prepare you for emerging career opportunities. To meet the needs of the industries we serve, we will continue to add new programs – many the first of their kind. In the spring of 2019, we launched the first graduate engineering course in hybrid propulsion and urban air mobility aircraft. This year, we are adding a master of science in unmanned systems, a sister program to one of our online graduate programs. Throughout the colleges, we are integrating more business content and data analytics into technical programs to make our graduates the preferred, top-earning candidates in today’s job market.

Whatever your field of study, you will benefit from discovery-driven education that challenges you to apply the skills you are building, in classrooms, labs and perhaps on the flight line.

Faculty and staff are here to support your success. So am I. During my open office hours on campus (or virtually), you will receive invitations to chat with me, one-on-one, throughout the year.

As an Embry-Riddle Eagle —now and forever— we expect great things from you. May you make lifelong friends, turn your talents into mastery and advance technology for the benefit of all.

P. Barry Butler, Ph.D.