Mrs. Catherine M. Wrobel serves as the Executive Director of Undergraduate Research for the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She joined the Undergraduate Research team in January 2013 as the Associate Director. Previously, she was a Research Psychologist at the US Army Aeromedical Research Lab in Fort Rucker, Alabama from 2007-2012.Catherine earned her BA in Psychology from Flagler College and her MS in Human Factors and Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.
Wes Lewis serves as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Research for the Daytona Beach campus. He joined the Undergraduate Research team in February 2016. Wes started working for ERAU in 2012 as Assistant Director for Student Activities and Campus Events in Daytona Beach. Wes earned his BS in History from Northwest Missouri State University and his MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University.
Mrs. Natalie Downey serves as the Office Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Research at the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to joining the Undergraduate Research team in February 2016, Natalie worked in San Diego, CA as an Administrative Secretary at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Natalie earned her BA in Psychology from the University of South Florida and is interested in pursuing an MS in Human Factors Psychology.
Anne A. Boettcher is the Director of the Undergraduate Research Institute and Honors Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus. She received her Ph.D. in 1996 and MS in 1992 from the University of Delaware, College of Marine Studies, Marine Biology-Biochemistry Program. She received her AB with honors from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME in Neurobiology.
She is currently Chair of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Undergraduate Research Program Director Division and serves on CUR’s executive board.
Prior to joining ERAU, she was a Professor of Biology and Director of the University Undergraduate Research Program at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. More than 40 undergraduates and 13 graduate students participated in funded and directed research in her laboratory resulting in numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations with undergraduate co-authors.
Kelly Whealan George — executive director of Research Advancement and discipline chair of the Social Sciences and Economics Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle — is instrumental in the development and implementation of Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Ignite Program. She currently teaches Economics and Statistics courses for Embry-Riddle and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Whealan George started teaching as a favor to a colleague. When the U.S. Navy transferred her spouse to China Lake, Calif., she discovered Embry-Riddle and was able to continue to teach. She now lives in Northern Virginia and has been with Embry-Riddle Worldwide since 1997.
Whealan George received a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University. She was a banking officer at Bank of America (formerly NCNB Texas) for two years. While completing her master’s degree in Economics at Southern Methodist University, she worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. Her areas of research include aviation economics; international trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); corporate banking finance; the aviation, agriculture, petroleum, and services industries; national income distribution; and educational economics. Whealan George has published several articles in professional journals and is currently enrolled in Embry-Riddle’s new Ph.D. in Aviation program.