Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Florida

Introduction

Daytona Beach is often referred to as the “World's Most Famous Beach” and is a top vacation destination. A charming resort town, it is an ideal place to visit, live, study, and fly. Temperatures are mild year-round, and there are a variety of recreational and outdoor activities available.

Orlando’s attractions and Kennedy Space Center are popular places to visit that are both about an hour’s drive from campus. Whether you enjoy swimming, boating, camping, fishing, golfing, or exploring history, you’ll find it all right here.

Spring Break

Embry-Riddle students have a special advantage: They don't have to travel anywhere to reach the ideal vacation spot. Spring Break attracts college students from across the nation to the Daytona Beach area during the months of March and April.

Transportation

Airport

Daytona Beach International Airport is adjacent to the Embry-Riddle Campus and serves the area with airlines such as American, Delta and JetBlue. Orlando International Airport and Orlando Sanford International Airport are within an hour's drive from Daytona Beach.

Business

Volusia County's public transportation system, known as Votran, provides regularly scheduled transportation to the campus, bus stations, motel/hotel areas, beaches, hospitals, shopping areas, and major business areas. Interstate Greyhound Lines also serves the area.

Taxi Service

Daytona Beach is served by several taxicab companies that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Trains

Amtrak's Auto Train is available in nearby Sanford. Amtrak's normal passenger service is available at the DeLand Train Station, approximately 30 miles from Embry-Riddle.

FAQ

General Admission Questions

What are your admissions criteria?

When evaluating an applicant for admission, Embry-Riddle takes into consideration a student's high school academic record (both courses taken and overall grade-point average), rank in class, and activities. Embry-Riddle values individual academic achievement, initiative, talent and character above standardized testing. Therefore, submission of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) is optional for admission. If scores are submitted, they will be treated as supplemental information through the evaluation process. If you do not feel that your scores accurately reflect your abilities, you do not need to submit them. Scores will not be used for placement in freshman classes.

High school students are advised to prepare for Embry-Riddle by taking three years of math, four years of English, two years of social science, and two years of science with lab. Students should have a background in algebra, geometry, and — for engineering majors — calculus and trigonometry. Chemistry and physics are the preferred science courses.

When should I apply for admission?

We recommend students apply for admission in the fall of their senior year of high school.

Students applying for the fall semester should submit applications by Jan. 15 to be eligible for the maximum amount of aid. It is suggested that students apply at least 60 days before the start of any term to allow ample time for processing.

International students will want to refer to the International Admissions page for more on application dates.

Does Embry-Riddle accept the Universal Application?

Yes. Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus is pleased to accept the Universal College Application; however, our preference is for you to use our application. If you prefer to use the Universal College Application (UCA), please visit: http://www.universalcollegeapp.com

Can I change my major or my campus?

To change degree programs, you must have permission from the department chair of the program you're in and of the program you wish to enter. There also must be space available in the program. The longer you wait to change programs, the more likelihood there is of losing credits.

Generally speaking, you may transfer between campuses if there is space available, as long as you do not break continuing student status.

Do you accept transfer credits from other colleges? What courses should I take if I plan to transfer to Embry-Riddle at a later date?

Students who have earned college credits after graduating from high school and prior to attending Embry-Riddle are transfer students.

Transfer credits will be accepted if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Credits were obtained from an accredited school
  • A grade of C or better was achieved in the course
  • The course description matches the course description of an equivalent course at Embry-Riddle
  • The credits can be applied toward the desired degree program.

Official transfer credit evaluation will be done through the Records & Registration Office, upon acceptance.

If a student plans to attend another college or university before attending Embry-Riddle, a good guideline to follow is to take general education courses such as math, English, humanities, social, and physical sciences. Do not take courses that are technical in nature. The student should use the Embry-Riddle course catalog as a guide or contact the Transfer Counselor for a transfer guide.

Students transferring to Embry-Riddle should be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 from the last college attended, as well as a combined GPA of 2.0 from all colleges attended in order to be considered for admission.

If a student has fewer than 30 college credits at the time of application, a high school transcript and standardized test scores will be required.

I'm taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school. Will they count at Embry-Riddle?

Our University offers Advanced Placement credit toward a degree to those students who submit official test scores of 3, 4, or 5 on any examination. How much credit awarded depends on which exams are taken, the scores, and their relevance to the specific Embry-Riddle degree program.

I’m taking A-level Exam. Will they count at Embry-Riddle?

Our University offers Advanced Level Examination credit toward a degree to those students who submit official test scores. How much credit awarded depends on which exams are taken, the scores, and their relevance to the specific Embry-Riddle degree program.

What are your Admissions office hours? How can I get a tour?

The admissions office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Counseling sessions and campus visits are available. To set up an appointment, call the Daytona Beach campus toll-free at 800-862-2416 or schedule a campus visit online. The Daytona Beach Campus observes an abbreviated summer schedule; the campus is open Monday-Thursday during the summer months.

I'm taking International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam. Will they count at Embry-Riddle?

Our University offers certain International Baccalaureate credit towards degrees. How much credit awarded depends on which exams are taken, the scores, and their relevance to the specific Embry-Riddle degree program.

University FAQs

What majors do you offer?

While Embry-Riddle is best known for our majors in aeronautical science (professional pilot) and aerospace engineering, more than 30 majors are offered at the Daytona Beach campus, including Human Factors Psychology, Homeland Security, Engineering Physics, Safety Science, Business and more.

Are the career opportunities in aviation promising?

Careers in aviation and aerospace are as diverse as the people who work in these industries. Global in nature and continually evolving, air and space travel present exciting challenges to those who are committed to the future of space exploration and the advancement of our air transportation system.

It’s been said that for every one pilot flying in the cockpit, 10 workers are required to support air service. Managers, safety experts, air traffic controllers, meteorologists, engineers, public relations professionals, financial analysts, civil engineers, and human factors psychologists are just a few of the careers in demand.

Looking to the future of commercialized space travel and exploration, the opportunities are limitless. In the Winter 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Quarterly, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster than average growth and higher than average salaries in transportation fields through 2018.

Do you provide assistance to your graduating students in their job search? Do you have any co-ops or internships available?

The Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle provides assistance to those seeking employment opportunities. This office serves as a resource for students and helps them secure employment in their field of specialization.

Examples of functions the Career Services Office performs include counseling, résumé critiques, and arranging on-campus interviews. This office offers seminars on developing job-search skills, such as how to research a company, what questions to ask in an interview, and more.

The annual career fair brings industry leaders to campus to recruit Embry-Riddle students and graduates. The Career Services Office administers a web-based job listing and interview database that matches student and alumni job-seekers with openings in the industry.

The Career Services Office is also responsible for coordinating the cooperative education program. The co-op program places qualified students in positions with companies while students are still in school.

While working, the student receives academic credit as well as valuable on-the-job training. Many co-op students receive a salary, as well. This experience will give students who have done a co-op an "edge" over other graduates, and will enhance their resumes.

Is the university accredited?

Yes, Embry-Riddle is fully accredited.

How many students are enrolled at the Daytona Beach Campus? What is the student/faculty ratio?

The overall undergraduate residential campus student-faculty ratio is 16 to 1, with an average class size of 26.

What will it cost to attend?

Your cost will vary slightly by academic program. Students pursuing a degree program requiring flight training will have additional costs.

You will find, though, that Embry-Riddle is by far one of the most affordable private universities for aviation/aerospace education.

Keep in mind, just because a private university costs more than a public state university, it doesn't necessarily mean you will pay more out of your pocket. Schools that cost more are authorized to award higher amounts of financial assistance, so your out-of-pocket cost could be the same, or even less.

Is financial aid available?

More than $113 million in financial aid is awarded to Embry-Riddle students each year. Financial Aid Office staff members work with you to find the right type of aid for which you may be eligible: federal and state grants, institutional and private scholarships, federal and alternative student loans, and campus jobs. Several convenient payment plans also help spread out the financing of tuition, room and board, and other fee costs.

Can I fly at Embry-Riddle if I am not enrolled in a flight program?

We can accommodate non-flight majors on a space-availability basis only. Summer is a particularly good time to sign up for flight courses.

What kind of aircraft and simulators do you have?

Please visit the College of Aviation's Flight Department website to learn about our airline-style flight facilities, state-of-the-art equipped aircraft and our flight training devices (FTDs) and simulation equipment. We're proud to say the quality and number of our FTDs provide a level of on-campus training not available at any other university in the world.

Will I start flying my first year as an Aeronautical Science major?

Yes. Most students begin flight training sometime during their first academic year. The first flight course typically includes basic aircraft control, radio navigation, air traffic control procedures, multi-crew standard operation procedures, cross-country operations, solo flight, and private pilot written exam (ground school).

The flight course a student takes first depends on the licenses they have at the time of enrollment. Academic credit is given to students who start at Embry-Riddle with flight licenses.

Is tutoring available?

The Student Academic Support Center provides many tools to support student success, including tutoring, advising, seminars, and programs. Free tutoring is available in a variety of subjects.

Students who excel in certain areas also tutor fellow students on a nominal fee basis. Additionally, professors post office hours during which students may seek help.

How does ROTC work?

Both two-and four-year Air Force, Navy and Army ROTC programs are available. You can participate on a voluntary basis or make a service commitment, in which case you may be eligible for significant scholarship benefits.

Even if you don't take ROTC as a freshman, you can still participate in the two-year program, provided you contact our ROTC Office by the end of the fall semester of your sophomore year.

At the beginning of your junior year, you must decide whether you wish to sign a contract that obligates you to military service after college. (Keep in mind that you do not know what your military job assignment will be until the end of your junior year.)

If you elect to sign the military contract, you will take advanced ROTC your junior and senior years. After graduation, you are commissioned a second lieutenant.

Do you offer housing on campus? Are cars allowed on campus?

Embry-Riddle offers housing on campus. First-year students are required to live on campus.

If you choose to bring your car to campus, you are required to register your vehicle and obtain a parking permit from Campus Safety & Security.

What kind of extracurricular activities do you offer?

Embry-Riddle has a full range of extracurricular activities, including intramural and varsity sports, social and professional fraternities and sororities, clubs, student government, a campus newspaper, and campus radio station.

Where do students eat on campus?

Eating together with other students can be an important and positive part of the college experience. A comprehensive campus food service program is available to students.

What are the University's Computer Requirements?

As an applicant and a student, you will need to access the Embry-Riddle Network for Information Exchange (ERNIE). The ERNIE portal gives you access to email, the learning management system, the student system, and other important services.

While Embry-Riddle offers an array of on-campus computers for student use in classrooms and labs, many students elect to bring their own computers to campus. These students are encouraged to use a system that meets or exceeds the following recommendations:

Recommended hardware and software for windows systems:

  • i5 Quad Core, 3.40Ghz, 6MB w/HD2500 Graphics (equivalent processor speeds may vary by manufacturer and chipset)
  • 8GB RAM or higher
  • 500GB hard drive
  • 1GB video card memory
  • DVD writable drive
  • 100 base-T Ethernet connection
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi network interface card
  • Current version of Window

Note: Computer specifications for each program vary. Contact your advisor for details on technology needs for your program.

Free Software Downloads

Students enrolled at the Daytona Beach campus may download Microsoft products, including Office and antivirus software, at no charge. Upon arrival, students will be granted permission to download these programs.

International Student FAQs

When should an application be submitted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Applications are accepted up to one year prior to the intended entering semester. All applicants are encouraged to send applications and credentials as early as possible.

Early applicants increase their chance of admission to competitive programs and can enhance the probability of securing a residence hall room.

What are the next steps after I have applied? When will I receive an admissions decision?

  • You will receive an email that will include your student ID number and a list of the required documents. You will need to create an ERNIE account to check your application status and receive email updates.
  • Once we have received all the required documents, your file will be complete and submitted for review.
  • The review may take up to three weeks.
  • Once your file is reviewed, you will be notified in regards to the outcome. If you are admitted into the university, you will receive instructions on how to get your I-20, letter of acceptance, and admissions package mailed to you.

How are international admissions decisions made?

Admission decisions are based on an applicant’s academic credentials and proficiency in English. For an applicant who requires a student visa, the ability to finance his or her education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is also considered.

If a student is academically admissible to a degree program, the admissions committee then determines how academically strong the student is compared to other applicants.

What happens once I am admitted?

You will need to complete and return a matriculation form and a U.S. $200 tuition deposit by the reply date specified in your letter of admission.

If for some reason you are denied a student visa, your $200 will be refunded in full.

Do I have to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

There are some cases in which the TOEFL exam will be waived. They include:

  1. The student attended an American or International school for a minimum of two years where the primary language of instruction is English
  2. The student attended a U.S. high school and took mainstream English courses for two years
  3. The student attended secondary school for two years in a country where English is the primary language and used for all instruction
  4. The student attended a U.S. college or university for at least two years — depending on the initial language requirements for that school
  5. The student completed an IB (International Baccalaureate) English course of one year in length
  6. Other tests of English language will be accepted if they are national or international exams
  7. The student has recommendation from Embry-Riddle’s Language Institute

Are there any special health issues for International Students?

Before you leave home, make sure you have completed the required medical report form. In addition, you must provide proof of required immunizations and a recent tuberculosis test. Please return all documents to ERAU Health Services.

The policy is in force to protect you and the health of all students. Students who fail to comply will have a medical hold placed on their class registration and may be denied attendance pending completion of the requirements.

All students are required to carry health insurance during their enrollment at Embry-Riddle. The university offers international student health coverage that covers most illnesses and injuries.

These students should contact International Students Services regarding insurance requirements and waiver options at 386-226-6579.

Is the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) required for freshman admission?

No, it is not required for international students; however, it is highly recommended that all freshman applicants take the examination. High scores will enhance the student’s chance of admission. Also, an SAT or ACT score is required to be considered for the Embry-Riddle Scholarship Program.

Does the university require original documents?

All documents — including transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, and financial affidavits — must be originals or notarized copies. In addition, notarized or attested English translations of foreign transcripts are required. Facsimiles (fax) or photocopies are not acceptable.

Please note that all materials submitted become the property of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and cannot be reproduced, returned, or forwarded.

If you have attending high school or a university within the United States, official transcripts must be sent directly from the school to Embry-Riddle.

All International undergraduate and graduate applicants who have any educational experience outside the United States are required to provide an official course-by-course evaluation in English, including the cumulative grade-point average (GPA).

The evaluation must be certified by World Education Services (WES), a Foreign Credential Evaluation Services (FCE) approved by Embry-Riddle. A fee is charged for the evaluation service and must be paid by the applicant directly to the FCE.

What should I expect when I go to apply for my visa?

In most cases, the interview will be very brief. There are three important points considered:

  1. Do you have the academic base to prepare you for admission to the university?

To demonstrate your academic ability, bring your transcripts, results from the SAT, projected marks, recommendation letters from teachers, if possible, and your acceptance letter. All of these will help assure that you are prepared.

  1. Are you able to pay the expenses of attending the university?

It is advisable to have copies of the financial information you sent us and any additional documentation that may prove you have the ability to pay for your education. If your parents are your sponsors, then bringing information and documents about their financial positions may be helpful.

  1. Do you have definite plans to return home when you graduate from Embry-Riddle?

Ways to help prove this may include documents that show that your family owns property or a business. It may be helpful to think of career opportunities you hope to develop in your home country with the degree you will be earning.

Try to remain calm during the interview and listen and respond carefully to the questions the embassy official may ask. You may find that none of the above materials are necessary, but if asked, it is good to be able to supply them.

I am an F-1 student and want to work on the campus. Is this OK?

F-1 students holding a valid Embry-Riddle I-20 and enrolled in classes are eligible to work on campus.

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Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Daytona Beach

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree program prepares students for careers in the aerospace industry or in research and development through work on a graduate-level thesis. [+]

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree program prepares students for careers in the aerospace industry or in research and development through work on a graduate-level thesis. Students augment their engineering and science background with studies in aeroacoustics, nondestructive testing, aerodynamics, design and optimization, propulsion, aerospace structures, and other topics in aerospace engineering. This paves the way to aerospace research and development or a career in engineering education. The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree is housed in the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering. There are three areas of concentration offered: Aerodynamics and Propulsion focuses on aerodynamics, viscous flows, hypersonic flows, and jet engine and rocket aero-thermodynamics. Courses are offered in these subjects, as well as in specialized topics such combustion, heat transfer, aeroacoustics, rotorcraft aerodynamics, and turbine engine systems. Computational Fluid Dynamics is offered at an introductory as well as an advanced level. Research topics within the Aero-Propulsion group include Research topics within the Aero-Propulsion group include: Aeroacoustic modeling and noise mitigation; micro air vehicles and synthetic jets for mitigating icing and flow separation; heat transfer in turbine blades, rocket propulsion simulation; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, hypersonic vehicles and hypersonic combustion, pulsed detonation engines, extending stall margins in highly loaded fans and compressors; rotorcraft aerodynamics; turbulent boundary layer/shear layers and their control; two-phase boundary layers; fluid structure interactions; numerical simulation of plasma for flow control and plasma assisted combustion, LES of compressible turbulence and high speed combustion. Dynamics & Control focuses on the modeling of complex dynamical systems and the design, implementation and testing of guidance, navigation and active feedback control of these systems to meet rigorous requirements and high levels of performance. Particular research topics include autonomous unpiloted air and ground vehicles; evolving aerospace structures and formations; control of flexible aerospace structures; networked systems; aircraft guidance control and handling qualities; spacecraft guidance, navigation and control, with emphasis on rendezvous and proximity operations; aviation safety; artificial intelligence; wind energy systems; and control of quantum information systems. Structures & Materials focuses on the study of aeroelasticity, vibration, fracture mechanics, thermoelasticity, composite materials, nanomaterials, smart materials, structural health monitoring, reliability analysis, computational structural mechanics, and design optimization. Particular research topics include aircraft structural design; aeroelastic tailoring; design for additive manufacturing; optimization of composite structures; smart actuators and systems; guided-wave structural health monitoring; static and impact performance of lightweight materials; use of carbon nanotubes and graphene for strengthening and repair of composites; and molecular dynamic simulation. Typical First Year Candidates for this degree program can select courses that prepare them for the aerospace engineering profession or that prepare them to continue on to doctoral studies. A typical first year will include Aerospace Engineering core courses and graduate-level electives. Degree Details A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level work is required for this degree. [-]

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Daytona Beach

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering prepares students for advanced careers in the aerospace industry and other industries where increasing reliance on embedded control systems have created a high demand for electrical, computer, software, and systems engineers. [+]

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering prepares students for advanced careers in the aerospace industry and other industries where increasing reliance on embedded control systems have created a high demand for electrical, computer, software, and systems engineers. Like its undergraduate counterpart, this degree produces engineers who possess both technical proficiency and the ability to execute systems-level design. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in either electrical engineering or computer engineering design. The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree is housed in the Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering Department of the College of Engineering. Typical First Year The program begins with a core of foundation courses in linear systems, random processes, and systems engineering, followed by either digital communications, avionics, and radio navigation for the electrical engineering core or project management and computer systems safety for the computer engineering core. Degree Details There are two areas of concentration — electrical engineering or computer engineering — and each has a thesis or non-thesis option. Each area has 15 credits of required courses, including nine credits common to both areas. The thesis option requires nine credits of thesis and six credits of restricted electives; the non-thesis option allows for 12 credits of restricted electives and completion of a three-credit project. [-]

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Daytona Beach

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program provides students with advanced study in engineering with a specialization in Mechanical Systems. Students are prepared to design and implement mechanical systems to fulfill the needs of a wide range of industries in the aerospace, aviation, automotive, energy, and biomedical arenas. [+]

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program provides students with advanced study in engineering with a specialization in Mechanical Systems. Students are prepared to design and implement mechanical systems to fulfill the needs of a wide range of industries in the aerospace, aviation, automotive, energy, and biomedical arenas. The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree is housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the College of Engineering. Typical First Year A typical first year will include courses in Mechanical Systems, as well as mathematics and general electives. Degree Details Thesis and non-thesis options are available, each requiring completion of 30 credits hours. Course work includes 15 credit hours from core courses addressing the theory and implementation of mechanical systems, plus electives that support the student’s educational or research goals. Applicants to the MS in Mechanical Engineering program must Have completed a bachelor's degree in an ABET accredited engineering program (or international equivalent) or closely related engineering discipline Have superior academic records with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) [Not required for ERAU students] Submit a complete application package before the deadline specified in the University catalog. At the time of initial offering, there is no particular threshold set for GRE score in order to be admitted; instead, that information will inform admissions decisions, as well as help to determine the level of support for both teaching and research graduate assistanceships. International applicants whose primary language is not English must also achieve the minimum score requirement of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System) as required by the University. Graduates of Embry-Riddle's Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science may be admitted conditional on completing undergraduate engineering courses requisite for knowledge and skills to be specified at the time of admission. The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) provides advanced study, preparing students for a wide range of careers including the following industries: aerospace, automotive, robotic and unmanned systems, clean and alternative energy, and bio-mechanical systems. The program has two tracks; a broad track in Mechanical Systems designed to allow students to create a customized plan of study, and a focused track in High Performance Vehicles. Students in the Mechanical Systems track may choose to participate in a thesis or non-thesis program. Students in the High Performance Vehicle track will complete a two semester group research project. Each option requires a total of 30 credit hours. Students are required to submit a plan of study during their first semester in the graduate program, and course selections and changes must be approved by the graduate program coordinator. Candidates in either track may continue on to doctoral studies if accepted into program. [-]

Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering

Campus Full time August 2017 USA Daytona Beach

The Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering is one of the first — and still one of the few — programs to offer the opportunity to study the engineering of unmanned and autonomous systems. The program prepares students to work in an industry developing systems that operate along a spectrum of autonomy, from unmanned aircraft and autonomous cars to robotic surface water and underwater vessels, spacecraft and industrial robots. [+]

The Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering is one of the first — and still one of the few — programs to offer the opportunity to study the engineering of unmanned and autonomous systems. The program prepares students to work in an industry developing systems that operate along a spectrum of autonomy, from unmanned aircraft and autonomous cars to robotic surface water and underwater vessels, spacecraft and industrial robots. The Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering degree is housed in the College of Engineering. Typical First Year A typical first year will include core classes such as Modern Control Systems and Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems, plus advisor-approved electives. Degree Details This is a 30-credit program, including a 15-credit core and 15 elective credits that may be all coursework, coursework and a capstone project done individually or with a team, or a thesis. he 30-credit program, built on rigorous coursework, allows students the option of developing and demonstrating knowledge attainment through project-based experiences. The program’s fifteen-credit core provides breadth across pertinent issues in unmanned and autonomous systems: unmanned platforms; planning and localization; sensors and data links; control systems; reliability, safety, and certification; and the requisite mathematical background. The program’s remaining fifteen credits consists of elective courses, determined in consultation with the student’s advisor to tailor a program of study. The electives provide the student three options: all coursework; coursework plus a two-semester capstone project performed either alone or, more likely, as a member of a small team, leading to publication of a conference paper (or preparation of a technical report of comparable publication quality); or a thesis option leading to publication of multiple conference papers or a journal article (or preparation of technical reports of comparable quality). In addition, the student can choose the Unmanned Aircraft Systems area of concentration, building a deep understanding of problems in the field through development of an operational aircraft and control station. [-]