Michael E. Wiggins, Ed.D.

Chair, Aeronautical Science Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Mike has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for 41 years and is currently  tenured professor and department chair of the Aeronautical Science Department serving 1,750 students in three degree programs with 33 faculty members. He holds an Ed.D. from Oklahoma State University along with an MBA and a BS in Aeronautical Science from ERAU. He holds an airline transport pilot certificate, a flight instructor certificate, and a ground instructor certificate. Mike has completed several funded projects focused on general aviation flight training. He is currently one of the principal investigators on a project looking at weather dissemination between controllers and pilots. He was a member of the NIFA council for 11 years and served as chair for several of those years. Mike started and hosted a Flight Instructor workshop from 1998 to 2000 and has made presentations and conducted workshops in a number of venues. Mike’s professional interests focus on teaching, learning, and faculty development in aviation education.


Millennials in Aviation: Who Are They and Why Should We Care?

The so-called “millennial generation”, those who entered adulthood in the early 21st Century, is the largest generation ever and is entering the aviation industry in droves. This discussion will explore the myths, legends, and truths about this generation. This generation is the future of the industry and as such, how the industry perceives and assimilates them is crucial. This fact, coupled with the rapidly increasing change in technology, means that we need to consider how we select and train the next generation of aviation professionals.