Fields of Study

Embry-Riddle Advantage

As new challenges emerge in this ever-changing world, engineers are called upon to create solutions and make the world a better place for tomorrow.

The robust engineering-related degree programs at Embry-Riddle prepare students to implement change in the world. The nation’s largest educator of aerospace engineers, Embry-Riddle is also a premier hands-on educator for other engineering disciplines. 

Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Software, Systems — regardless of which discipline you choose, you’ll learn from world-renowned faculty in state-of-the-art facilities to prepare you for the field. 

Undergraduate students at Embry-Riddle are introduced to the foundation of engineering in their very first semester. Graduate students are immersed into their research and projects right from the beginning of their program.

Embry-Riddle College of Engineering

All engineering students are schooled in the latest methodologies and are taught far beyond the fundamentals. 

Here, students are challenged to design solutions from the seminal brainstorming of ideas, refining design, building and troubleshooting, final testing, and ultimately presenting a project. Engineers thrive being immersed in this environment.

Our faculty has substantial real-world experience. So we prepare you for workplace success.

Degrees & Programs

Embry-Riddle has degree programs suited to all types of students — from aspiring engineers to those already in the profession.

As one of the nation’s top undergraduate engineering schools, Embry-Riddle offers innovative bachelor’s programs — some of which can be combined with graduate programs for an accelerated degree.

We also offer master’s and doctoral programs for those who wish to take their engineering careers to a higher level. Discover what makes our programs unique.

Career Outlook

The potential for a fulfilling and rewarding career in engineering can be no greater than it is at Embry-Riddle. The level to which your career can reach is dependent upon you.

Within the discipline you choose, you will have every opportunity to excel under the mentorship of dedicated faculty and in the culture that comes from the team-driven, collegial atmosphere created by your fellow engineering students.

Once you take your place in the workforce as part of the vast Embry-Riddle alumni network, you will be recognized as one of the best, among the best, contributing the best.

Mechanical engineering is the broadest of these disciplines because of the breadth of opportunity open to its graduates. Employment forecasts remain strong even during times of economic downturn.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts increases in electrical engineering job opportunities through 2018. Demand for computer and software engineering careers remain at the highest levels globally.

While some students continue to pursue research and advanced studies in engineering and science, many go right to work after graduating from Embry-Riddle. In fact, approximately two-thirds of each Engineering Physics graduation class enters the workforce upon graduation, with the remainder of that group destined to pursue higher degrees.

Engineering Career Outlook graphic

22% projected growth for Software Engineers

(2012-22, U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics)

As our modern infrastructures age, Civil Engineers become sought-after candidates in diverse fields such as airport development, highway transportation, and municipal planning. Electrical engineers establish careers in a tremendously wide range of options including clean energy, robotics, and instrumentation, among many others. 

Of course, the aerospace industry employs engineers in every discipline offered at Embry-Riddle.


Engineering faculty perform important research with real-world implications. This research could not be conducted without the assistance from students, both undergraduate and graduate. And engineering students are involved in research as part of their own coursework, as well as within interest groups, and for student competitions. Read about some featured projects below, or search for more at

Solar power at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach College of Engineering

Maritime RobotX Challenge

The Maritime RobotX Challenge entails the development and demonstration of an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV). Embry-Riddle is one of three U.S. schools selected to compete in the challenge, which is co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation. The ERAU platform, named Minion, is a 16-foot fully-autonomous Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V) platform and is registered as an autonomous boat in the state of Florida. 

Land speed record dragster at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach College of Engineering

Robotics Redundant Manipulation and Space Robotics

The research focus of Dr. Isenberg and Dr. Gentilini in the Robotics Laboratory revolves around the modeling and control of industrial and mobile robotics system. In particular our current effort is directed toward the investigation of novel optimization techniques for energy optimal trajectory generation in redundant manipulation systems, system identification procedures for robotics systems, and the design of control systems for space robots.

Autonomous Patrol and Surveillance system at Embry-Riddle.

Autonomous Patrol and Surveillance system

As part of this project, students design, develop, and test various components of the Autonomous Patrol and Surveillance System (APSS). APSS is intended to be an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system. The mission of APSS is to assist the university campus police by patrolling the campus, capturing aerial imagery of the campus and relaying that information live to a ground station at the police department.

Learning Environments

Its state-of-the-art labs, most advanced flight training devices available, an unparalleled fleet of aircraft, and renowned faculty leading the way, demonstrate Embry-Riddle’s commitment to providing unmatched aviation facilities to support your academic experience.

Lehman Building houses the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach.

Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Research Programs at this campus

  • On the Daytona Beach Campus, the labs and facilities in the Lehman Engineering and Technology Center and the College of Arts & Sciences feature open workspaces that facilitate collaborative development for interdisciplinary student teams. Here, students are immersed in the entire design-build-test project cycle. Each engineering discipline at Embry-Riddle features a lab component that enables its students to get as much hands-on experience as possible.
  • The Civil Engineering Infrastructure Lab is used for applied research in civil transportation systems and structural health monitoring.
  • In the Clean Energy Systems Lab, students develop environmentally friendly and efficient energy systems.
  • The Circuits and Electronics Engineering Lab, the Control Design Lab, and the Aircraft Design Lab are dedicated to problem solving and analysis.
  • The Advanced Vehicles Green Garage, which houses the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored EcoCAR competition vehicle, allows students to model, integrate, and test advanced hybrid and electric vehicle technology.

College of Engineering AXFAB Building at Embry-Riddle Prescott.

Prescott, AZ Campus

Research Programs at this campus

  • Engineering students at the Prescott Campus have a unique opportunity to work on projects and research in labs dedicated solely to them. Students operate remote and autonomous robots in the Aerial Robotics Lab or fabricate and assemble innovative projects in the Aerospace Experimentation and Fabrication Building, better known as AXFAB. In the AXFAB labs, students conduct prototyping using 3-D technology, test physical material specimens used in aerospace platforms, and heat-treat materials to prepare specimens for analysis.
  • Beyond the AXFAB labs, students also use the Wind Tunnel Lab, Robotics Lab, Propulsions Lab, Materials Testing Lab, and Structures Lab.
  • In addition, students are using the Advanced Vehicle Lab to design and construct an electric Land Speed Record car to run at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
  • The STEM Education Center is Prescott’s new two-story building covers 52,000 square feet of space and contains over 20 industry-grade laboratories, replete with innovative technological equipment unique to each STEM program the university offers. In addition to the top-ranked undergraduate aeronautical and aerospace engineering programs in the country, the STEM Center's facilities support degrees in astronomy, forensic biology, space physics, wildlife science, and the new bachelor's degree in Simulation Science, Gaming and Animation.
  • Embry-Riddle Worldwide operates more than 135 campus locations across the globe and delivers a quality academic experience with expert faculty with a wide variety of real-world experience in government and private sector engineering. Flexible scheduling and locations close to home are specifically suited for busy working professionals, active-duty military and veterans, and students with families.
  • EagleVision, a virtual classroom, combines the power of web video conferencing and learning management system software to maximize the benefits of synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning environments.
  • An ERAU Worldwide Engineering education integrates general education courses, core technical skills and several concentration areas such as Aeronautical Science, Helicopter Operations and Safety, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Transportation, Quality Assurance, Safety, Human Factors, and other fields in science and technology.