Dr. Aaron Clevenger serves as Executive Director of Experiential Learning and Undergraduate Research at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. Before joining the Academic Support team, Dr. Clevenger spent eight years working in Embry-Riddle Student Affairs. Prior to joining the Embry-Riddle team, Aaron was the Training & Development Consultant for Disney Sports & Recreation where he gained practical skills in the areas of instructional design, organizational development, and internship management. Dr. Clevenger is an adjunct professor for the colleges of Arts and Science and Business having taught courses in Organizational Behavior, Ethics and Social Responsibility, and Business Skills for Homeland Security.
Aaron graduated with a BA in Interpersonal Communication and a MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida and an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.
Aaron’s areas of research interest include pedagogy, andragogy, motivation theories, and experiential learning including study abroad, internships/co-ops, and service learning experiences.
Ms. Catherine M. Grandizio serves as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Research for the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to joining the Undergraduate Research team in January of 2013, Catherine served as a Research Psychologist at the US Army Aeromedical Research Lab in Fort Rucker, Alabama. 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. Catherine’s areas of research interest include motion sickness, spatial disorientation, and statistics.
Miss Caroline E. Day serves as the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Prior to joining the Undergraduate Research team in October 2012, Caroline served as the Office Coordinator for the Student Government Association at ERAU. Caroline earned her BA in English from University of South Florida, and is currently working on her MS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Central Florida.
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.
Melanie A. Wetzel is a Program Manager for Embry-Riddle’s Undergraduate Research Institute. She received her PhD (1990) in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University, MS (1980) in Atmospheric Sciences from University of Washington and BA in Physical Geography (1978) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She held an appointment as a Research Faculty member (and Graduate Program faculty member) during 1990-2007 at the Desert Research Institute / University of Nevada prior to moving to Prescott.
Dr. Wetzel has served as principal investigator/program director on 49 grants and contracts, many of which provided direct support to graduate and undergraduate students and faculty for atmospheric research and instructional programs. During the past three years, her grant support from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Arizona Department of Education and Arizona Board of Regents has blended education and research in science, applied mathematics and technological fields.
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.