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The National Aviation Research and Technology Park has announced that is signed a memorandum of understanding with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to promote academic and research opportunities in aviation and avionics. Officials see the agreement as a positive step in the development of an aviation innovation hub in Atlantic County.

The National Aviation Research and Technology Park, a collaboration of industry, academia and government, focuses on research, innovation and commercialization of emerging technologies for aviation. It is ideally located adjacent to both the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, the nation’s premier air transportation systems laboratory, and the Atlantic City International Airport, a Smart Airport Research Test Bed facility. Together the three facilities comprise a state-designated Aviation District.

“With this MOU, Embry-Riddle will now serve as an academic partner of NARTP to help advance the aviation sciences through research activities to enhance the safety, security, efficiency and capacity of air transportation,” NARTP Board President Edward H. Salmon said.

As a key member of NARTP’s academic consortium, Embry-Riddle will also assist in the creation and delivery of academic programs related to engineering, aeronautics, aviation and avionics.

Embry-Riddle is recognized as the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. Embry-Riddle is also working with Atlantic County to develop an operational plan for an aviation and technical academy at Atlantic City International Airport and most recently met with Atlantic County high school superintendents to discuss an aviation STEM initiative that would provide high school students with opportunities to earn college credits and industry certifications before graduation.

“We are honored to partner with the NARTP to accelerate the pace of innovation in aviation and avionics through education and research initiatives,” said  Alan Stolzer, dean of Embry-Riddle’s College of Aviation in Daytona Beach, Florida. “Aviation safety and workforce capacity are top-priority goals, which will be supported through this collaborative venture.”

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.