DAYTONA BEACH — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has landed another partnership.

The Daytona Beach school has signed a technical agreement with the NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence to cooperate on research and education.

Through this agreement, the Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence will establish internships, mutually beneficial research projects and other activities with Embry-Riddle students and faculty to promote the centre’s work for NATO and member nations.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students and faculty to work on collaborative research that supports NATO projects,” Sue Macchiarella, director of the Office of Global Engagement at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, said in a statement. “The Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence (M&S COE) has multiple research projects that will benefit students and faculty in our computer engineering, computer science, software engineering, unmanned aircraft systems operations and communications programs. This agreement is the first of its kind with an American university and NATO’s M&S COE in Rome.”

Lt. Col. John Ferrell, deputy director for the M&S COE, has been instrumental in developing this agreement. He is a graduate and former professor of military science at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus and the first U.S. representative assigned to this NATO Centre of Excellence.

“During the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando in December, I brought an M&S COE team to Embry-Riddle to discuss the work we do at the Centre and offer a formal partnership,” Ferrell said. “We met with many professors and University Provost Dr. Richard Heist, toured the Next-Generation ERAU Advanced Research Laboratory and found that we have many mutually supporting interests.”

A trip to attend the just concluded Modeling & Simulation for Autonomous Systems Workshop in Prague in the Czech Republic by Embry-Riddle College of Engineering’s Richard Stansbury was the first collaboration in the new partnership.

Stansbury, an associate professor of computer engineering and computer science, attended as a member of the M&S COE’s scientific committee and met with other COE partners to discuss future research opportunities.

ERAU students win $75K
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students in aerospace, electrical and mechanical engineering have returned to the Daytona Beach campus as one of seven collegiate teams to win a cash prize of $75,000 in the 11th annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet competition, held recently near Washington, D.C.

The team of four students from Embry-Riddle’s Clean Energy Systems Laboratory will use the funding to continue development of a Diesel Emission Test Stand to research selective catalytic reduction (SCR) exhaust aftertreatment for hybrid electric-diesel engines. Last year, the team received a $15,000 award to begin the initial Diesel Emission Test Stand design that led to this year’s award.

The EPA’s P3 program challenges college teams to create solutions for a sustainable future..

The Embry-Riddle team’s project was one of seven selected from 42 competing teams following two days of judging by a panel of national experts convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science during the 2015 National Sustainable Design Expo.

The Embry-Riddle team was composed of junior Joe Noto, senior Josh Ferreira and graduate students Athul Radhakrishnan and Ye Sun, advised by Embry-Riddle professors Sandra Boetcher, Marc Compere, Patrick Currier and Yan Tang.

“This conference was a major stepping-stone in our team’s research and we are honored to be involved with the P3 program,” said Noto, an aerospace engineering student. “We will continue to work hard to make a real difference in global emissions with our design. Hybrid electric-diesel engine emissions will be a problem in the future that needs to be addressed. We are actually looking ahead and working on a solution today with our advanced SCR system.”

In the last five years, student teams from Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus have received more than $315,000 from the EPA P3 competition for the development of a portable solar water purification system (now in commercial production); a solar thermal energy storage device; a solar power cooling system; and this year’s test stand and control system for hybrid electric-diesel engines.

By:  Dustin Wyatt

The Daytona Beach News-Journal