Embry-Riddle creates its first endowed professorship with Raisbeck Engineering gift

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will establish its first-ever Endowed Distinguished Professorship, thanks to a $1 million gift from Raisbeck Engineering in Seattle and its foundation.

To be located on the Prescott Campus, the Raisbeck Engineering Design/Build/Test Endowed Distinguished Chair will emphasize the critical hands-on aspects of engineering applications for junior and senior students at the university. The position will reside in the campus’ new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center.

“The chair will supervise the project-based efforts of our engineering students in the Raisbeck Aero Design studio,” said Frank Ayers, chancellor at Embry-Riddle Prescott. “This synergy of effort will ensure Embry-Riddle aerospace engineers are the best prepared to create the innovative designs of the future.”

Embry-Riddle Prescott’s new STEM Building will allow the campus to open its doors on a weekly basis to middle and high school students from around the Prescott area who are interested in pursuing STEM-related careers. The building will provide labs and classrooms, as well as house a planetarium under its domed roof for the university and the community.

James Raisbeck, founder and CEO of Raisbeck Engineering, said: “It is very gratifying to see the fruits of our labors over the years allow for these and other allied programs in education. These are the young and motivated students who will graduate and apply their advanced education to keeping the United States at the forefront of aviation and aerospace technology worldwide.”

Raisbeck Engineering, Embry-Riddle and Raisbeck Aviation High School have enjoyed a long-standing relationship, with STEM education being the primary goal. Each year, Raisbeck Legacy Scholarships, a fund already in place at the high school, sends 10 or more students to engineering summer camps at Embry-Riddle's Prescott Campus. Many of the students who attend ultimately apply for entry into Embry-Riddle engineering programs. Raisbeck Engineering also offers internship opportunities for Embry-Riddle students at the company’s headquarters in Seattle.

Questions? Contact:
Melanie Stawicki Azam
Development & Alumni Relations

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