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Embry-Riddle Announces Expansion
Plans for Houston
Houston, TX, Oct. 26, 2011 – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide selected Houston as the city to offer new Master’s degrees in the fall of 2012 and relocate to a new facility in Houston at Ellington Airport in the first phase of a multi-year expansion program. The new degrees include:
• Master of Systems Engineering
• Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
• Master of Science in Project Management
“Houston is known for a talented work force that reaches for the stars and moon and has a spirit of exploration,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “We welcome the Embry-Riddle expansion because it will provide educational background that is required for the technical jobs available in the aviation and aerospace fields. Our city is an excellent fit for this higher learning institution and its great track record for advancing our future in these two fields.”
Embry-Riddle officials believe it is important to offer targeted degree programs that meet the requirements of the industry and the Houston market is perfectly suited for this mission.
“Embry-Riddle is committed to expanding the educational opportunities that serve the engineering, aerospace and business communities in the greater Houston area. Embry-Riddle opened a classroom location in the Houston area in 1997 and its current location at 16441 Space Center Boulevard opened in 2005,” said Dr. John Watret, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide.
By offering three additional advanced degrees aimed at working professionals, the new Embry-Riddle programs will enable growth as future demand requires. The Houston Airport System will work with Embry-Riddle to relocate the existing campus to a site on Ellington Airport.
The expansion is timely since many of the programs Embry-Riddle is offering are in high-demand career fields with some increasing in the coming years by 20 percent.
The new degrees are expected to be valuable to employees of aerospace companies such as The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Jacobs Engineering, United Space Alliance, members of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, NASA and the Houston Airport System. With the support of the Houston Airport System, and the City of Houston, the university’s Houston campus is developing a close working relationship with each of these organizations.
“We welcome the opportunity to help Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide grow in Houston in support of our critically important aerospace industry that looks not only to build on mankind’s continuing exploration of, and ultimate occupancy of space, but also its position to grow the new and growing sector of the industry for space tourism and ‘light lift’ support for satellites and the International Space Station,” said Mario Diaz, Director of the Houston Airport System.
To this end Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the City of Houston, The Boeing Company, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and NASA’s Johnson Space Center will be coordinating plans to continue growing the student body, while expanding the degree programs to as many of the 35 offered by Embry-Riddle in the pursuit of supporting one of the most important drivers of economic growth for Houston.
Houston continues to draw attention as a job-growth city and is ranked by WANTED Analytics this week as one of the nation’s top three cities for strongest demand for engineering services professionals.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s, and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities, and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.erau.edu/.