Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
The APS Bridge Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is part of ERAU's broader mission of striving for a greater diversity among its faculty and student body. The Physical Sciences Department at ERAU is committed to fostering an environment that is supportive of diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. More specifically, the Physical Sciences Department at ERAU is committed to improving the representation of URMs in astrophysics, atmospheric sciences, engineering physics, and space physics by building an inclusive and diverse program.
The Department of Physical Sciences at ERAU offers M.S. (MSEP) and Ph.D. (PHEP) degrees in engineering physics. The MSEP degree is a space-related branch of our ABET-accredited applied physics program that prepares students for advanced careers in space science and engineering disciplines with great emphasis on the early involvement of students in projects. Examples of student projects include NSF funded portable observatory equipped with a Fabry-Perot spectrometer to study the Moon's atmosphere-satellites, suborbital rockets and balloons to study the atmosphere, and many more.
Many more externally-funded projects currently involve PhD, MS, and undergraduate students. We are confident that APS-BP fellows will easily find a project and a mentor in the following research centers.
- The Center for Space and Atmospheric Research (CSAR) has one of the largest group of researchers in these fields in the US, with state-of-the-art resources such as a plasma chamber, ground-based, atmospheric remote sensing instrumentation, all-sky UV-VIS-IR imagers, photometers and interferometers, and a high-energy LIDAR facility.
- The Laboratory for Astrophysics includes five astronomers conducting research in stellar astrophysics, the interstellar medium, exoplanets, and planetary atmospheres. ERAU is the administrative organization for the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), a consortium of 12 universities that operates remote-access astronomical observatories in Arizona, Chile and the Canary Islands. ERAU also has recently commissioned a new 1-m telescope, the largest university-owned telescope in Florida.
- The Laboratory for Applied Nonlinear Control combines theoretical nonlinear control designs, computer simulation and experiments using synthetic jet micro-actuators for spacecraft dynamics and controls, unmanned vehicles and flexible robotic arms.