Message from the President

P Butler


Congratulations on joining Embry-Riddle, where we have graduated more than 160,000 students over the years. The contributions of students who have come before you have established our reputation as the premier university focused on aviation and aerospace. Our collaboration across government, industry and academia will expand with the creation through new centers of excellence, one focused on cyber resilience and one focused on aviation and aerospace safety.

The aerospace industry respects Embry-Riddle as a source for innovation and excellence in education and applied research. Our industry partners will value your talent and inspiration, which will advance space exploration and the future of commercial space.

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 with government organizations and private companies. The university continues to expand our research enterprise and host competitions to encourage creative problem solving and entrepreneurship. What you learn here will prepare you to turn your ideas into solutions throughout meaningful careers.

We are an inclusive institution that welcomes students and faculty from 111 countries and diverse cultures. Our commitment to a global perspective earned the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The range of perspectives and talents you contribute will help us deliver innovation, a core value.

Our 100-plus degree programs will ground you in the fundamentals and prepare you for emerging opportunities. To serve the industry, we continue to add new programs – many the first of their kind – such as our graduate engineering course in hybrid propulsion and urban air integrating business skillsets such as data analytics throughout the colleges 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.