Aviation Management

The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management prepares students for a career in any aspect of business, leadership and managerial roles in the aviation industry.  Students have the opportunity to explore and learn the management and operation of domestic and international airlines, modern airports, corporate aviation, and fixed-base operators (FBO's). 

What You Will Learn

  • Demonstrate the impact of aviation, technology, and business sustainability in a global and societal context.
  • Apply the techniques, skills, and modern aviation management tools to perform business related tasks.
  • Function on a multi-disciplinary and diverse management team which includes technical and management issues.
  • Utilize mathematics, science and/or applied science to ensure safe and efficient operations.
  • Accurately analyze and interpret data to solve a variety of complex problems.
  • Recognize and apply ethical and professional excellence for responsible decision-making.
  • Communicate effectively with precision and clarity within aviation and related industries.
  • Engage in and recognize the need for life-long learning.

A University of Dubuque degree in aviation management prepares students for a career in nearly every aspect of business and management within the aviation industry. Designed with a strong aviation and business core, students will gain an understanding of the various branches of business within the industry from airports, FBO’s, airlines, corporate flight departments, and everywhere in between.

Sample Aviation Management Curriculum

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Program Assessment

The Aviation Department uses an annual (Academic Year) process to look formally at an outcome or set of outcomes. Plans are developed in August, lead faculty for each outcome are assigned, interim reviews are conducted in January, draft reports are due in June, and final reports are due no later than October.

We collect signature data from a minimum of one course per learning outcome. The Aviation Department uses external and internal assessments to identify areas of weakness and where possible areas of interest. When shortcomings are determined, plans are developed and resources are gathered to address these issues.

Minutes are the primary set of evidence indicating future actions. Formal assessments result in plans to address shortcomings as well as to take no action when the process provides validation.

The following departments and committees participate in assessment of outcomes. Identified program recommendations are followed up with syllabi changes, course flow adjustments, and program development to address short comings.

• The Curriculum Committee and Core Committee
• Assessment Committee

AABI 3.4.2 Comprehensive Self-Analysis

AABI 3.4.2 Compliance - Aviation Management


Graduation Rates

 Program
  Enrollment  
 Year/Term 
 Graduates 
 Year/Term 
Aviation Management 59 2017/Fall 9 2018 - May
  66 2016/Fall 11 2017 - December
      4 2017 - August
      13 2017 - May


Graduate Rates and Types of Employment

 Semester  Data Available  Employed  Graduate School  Military  CFI  Airline Pilot Other Types of Employment
2017-May 91% 100% 6% 15% 24% 12% Admission Counselor, Aircraft Mechanic Apprentice, Airport Management, Corporate Pilot, Human Resources, Aerial Photography, Charter Pilot
 2016-Dec 100% 100% 0% 0% 16% 19% Loadmaster, Operations Agent, Corporate Pilot, Charter Pilot

What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Aviation Management Program allows students the opportunity to explore and learn the management and operation of both domestic and international airlines, modern airports, corporate aviation, and fixed-base operators (FBO’s).  Students receive opportunities to get out of the classroom and get hands-on experience in each of these various areas. Additionally, class trips to places such as United Airlines in Chicago, John Deere and Elliott Aviation in Moline, and several different airports enhance the learning expereince. 

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque Aviation Management graduates go all directions. Recent graduates of the University of Dubuque Aviation Management Program have found careers in air traffic control at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), the corporate offices of Republic Airlines, various branches of the military, American Airlines, O’Hare Airport, and many other places. 

News from the Department

University of Dubuque's Fall Aviation Career Days will be held October 25-26, 2018. We begin with a career fair in the Iowa Hangar at the Dubuque Regional Airport on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and finish with interviews on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on campus in the Center for Advising and Vocation.  

The University of Dubuque is striving to bring the best education and flight training available. The University of Dubuque has recently purchased 11 new Cessna 172SP aircraft. This means that UD’s entire fleet of Cessnas will consist of 2014 or newer model aircraft and all have the latest in glass cockpit technology, utilizing the Garmin G-1000 Avionics system. 

Aviation Management - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
AVI 121: Fundamentals of Flight Operations (2) * If Student takes AVI 131 the number of first semester courses may need to be reduced.
AVI 145: Safety and Ethics in Aviation (1)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
MATH 112: College Algebra (3)
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)

J-Term
Elective (3)

Spring Semester
AVI 233: Air Transportation (3)
ECON 102: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
CIS 103: Computer Applications in Business (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)


Year Two

Fall Semester
COM 210: Interpersonal Communication (3)
BAC 201: Principles of Management (3)
AVI 341:  Aviation Law (3)
PRF 201:  Career Development Strategies (3)
WVS 201:  World View Seminar II (3)

J-Term
Open

Spring Semester
AVI Industry Elective (3)
RES 104: Introducation to Research Writing (3)
Aesthetics Requirement (3)
Social Development Requirement (3)
Elective Course (3)


Year Three

Fall Semester 
AVI 341: Aviation Law  (3)
AVI Industry Elective (3)
AVI 333: Aviation Security and Crisis Management (3)
BAC 241: Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
ENG 112/260:  Literature (3)
Science Lab Requirement (4)

J-Term
Open

Spring Semester
Elective Course (3)
AVI 349: Aviation Safety Management (3)
BAC 242: Principles of Managerial Accounting (3)
MATH 230:  Introduction to Statistics (3)
Fine and Performing Arts Requirement (3)


Year Four

Fall Semester
Elective Course (3)
AVI 322: Human Capital and Employee Management  (3)
Stewardship Requirement (3)
Global Awareness B Requirement (3)
AVI 444: Air Transport Economics and Finance

J-Term
AVI 496: Aviation Policy Seminar (3)

Spring Semester
AVI 495: Senior Seminar (3) or Wolrd View Seminar IV
AVI Industry Elective (3)
Elective Course (3)
Elective Course (3)

Chaminda Prelis
Chaminda Prelis
Head of Aviation Programs
Associate Professor of Aviation

MS, Aviation
BBA, Aviation Management

Office Phone: 563.589.3835
E-mail: cprelis@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 304 Severance Hall and Airport Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3177

Jared Bennett
Jared Bennett
Flight Instructor


E-mail: JBennett@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Jo Lynn Bentz
Jo Lynn Bentz
Aviation Business Office Assistant

BS - Computer Science, Mount Mercy College

Office Phone: 563.589.3928
E-mail: JBentz@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Kim Bruggenwirth
Kim Bruggenwirth
Aviation Business Manager


Office Phone: 563.589.3180
E-mail: kbruggen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Candace Dalsing
Candace Dalsing
Aviation Dispatch


Office Phone: 563.589.3820
E-mail: cdalsing@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Adam Eggerman
Adam Eggerman
Flight Instructor - Helicopter


E-mail: AEggerman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Bryan Eggers
Bryan Eggers
Helicopter Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3805
E-mail: beggers@dbq.edu 

Sara Ellert-Beck
Sara Ellert-Beck
Assistant Professor of Aviation

MSA, Central Michigan University
BS, United States Air Force Academy



Office Phone: 563.589.3315
E-mail: sellert@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 308 Severance Hall
Biography - Click Here

Sara began flying airplanes at the age of 15.  By 17 she had a pilot's license and appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.  Sara served in the United States Air Force from 1981 until 1991, primarily as an Air Traffic Control Officer. 

After leaving the Air Force, Sara received a master's level certification in environmental management from West Coast University in Los Angeles and worked as an environmental airspace consultant.

Sara began working for the University of Dubuque as an adjunct professor in both business and aviation for several years before becoming a full-time faculty member in the Department of Aviation. 


Michael Evans
Michael Evans
Flight Instructor


E-mail: MEvans@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Michael Ferrero
Michael Ferrero
Adjunct Professor - Aviation

MS, Predictive Analytics, Northwestern University
MBA, Colorado State University
BS, Secondary Education, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign ATP, CFII, MEI, FE



E-mail: Mferrero@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Brian Forsberg
Brian Forsberg
Assistant Chief


E-mail: BForsberg@dbq.edu 

Tony Foster
Tony Foster
Assistant Professor

MAS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Safety Systems
BS, University of Dubuque; Flight Operations/Aviation Management

Office Phone: 563.589.3815
E-mail: tfoster@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Daniel Gashangi
Daniel Gashangi
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: TGashangi@dbq.edu 

Michael Glynn
Michael Glynn
Chief Flight Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3277
E-mail: mglynn@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Nick Glynn
Nick Glynn
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: NGlynn@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Kenneth Godwin
Kenneth Godwin
Assistant Professor

MBA, University of Dubuque; Business Administration
BS, University of Dubuque; Aviation Management

Office Phone: 563.589.3761
E-mail: kgodwin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3177

Ramon Gonzalez
Ramon Gonzalez
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3832
E-mail: RGonzalez@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Robert Grierson
Robert Grierson
Adjunct Faculty

MPA
BA



E-mail: Rgrierson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Biography - Click Here

Robert A. Grierson, AAE, is currently serving as the manager of the Dubuque Regional Airport. He previously managed the Chico Municipal Airport and served as assistant director for the Fresno Airport System. Robert Managed the operating and capital budgets for O’Hare, Midway & Meigs for the City of Chicago, and served as Commissioner on the DuPage Airport Authority.

Robert holds a master and bachelor degrees in public administration. He is an Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives. He served second term as president of the Iowa Public Airports Association. Robert has 30 years of experience in airport management, has been teaching undergraduate and graduate classes since 1996, and is an active pilot with commercial, instrument, multi-engine, and helicopter ratings.

Robert retired as full Colonel with over 38 years of military service, and he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Master Army Aviator Badge.

Robert is married with two sons, one at University of Missouri, the other at University of Iowa.


Tyler Hutchinson
Tyler Hutchinson
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: THutchinson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

James S. Jenkins
James S. Jenkins
Director of Aviation Maintenance

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3812
E-mail: jjenkins@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Maxwell Judnic
Maxwell Judnic
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: MJudnic@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Polly Kadolph
Polly Kadolph
Associate Professor of Aviation

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3120
E-mail: pkadolph@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 314 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3177


Joan Kariuki
Joan Kariuki
Aircraft Mechanic
AAT Faculty


Office Phone: 563.589.3812
E-mail: jkariuki@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Zarick Kuehl
Zarick Kuehl
Helicopter Flight Instructor


E-mail: ZKuehl@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Trevor Lee
Trevor Lee
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3836
E-mail: TLee@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Emmanuel Munoz
Emmanuel Munoz
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3813
E-mail: Emunoz@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Blaze Murfin
Blaze Murfin
Flight Instructor


E-mail: BMurfin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Kyle Neisius
Kyle Neisius
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: KNeisius@dbq.edu 

Duy Nguyen
Duy Nguyen
Flight Instructor


E-mail: DNguyen@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Michael Nickeson
Michael Nickeson
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3817
E-mail: MNickeson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Suzanne Peterson
Suzanne Peterson
Assistant Chief

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3828
E-mail: speterson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179


Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Director of Operations: University Flight Center

BA, MA; Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3732
E-mail: mphillips@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179


Brian Quade
Brian Quade
CRJ 200 Instructor


E-mail: BQuade@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Cameron Rowenhorst
Cameron Rowenhorst
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: CRowenhorst@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Tad Schoeny
Tad Schoeny
Certified Flight Instructor - Check Instructor


E-mail: TSchoeny@dbq.edu 

Nicholas Schwab
Nicholas Schwab
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: NSchwab@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Ching-Kuan Su
Ching-Kuan Su
Stage Check Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3807
E-mail: csu@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Dallas Syverson
Dallas Syverson
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: Dsyverson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Randy Tolley
Randy Tolley
CRJ 200 Instructor


E-mail: RTolley@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Colin Waldorf
Colin Waldorf
Stage Check Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3823
E-mail: cwaldorf@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Roger Wickman
Roger Wickman
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3829
E-mail: rwickman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

G. Mark Woodhouse
G. Mark Woodhouse
Assistant Professor

MSCTE, Nova Southeastern University
BSEE, New Jersey Institute of Technology



Office Phone: 563.589.3233
E-mail: gwoodhouse@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 226 Dunlap Technology Center
Fax: 563.589.3410
Biography - Click Here

Mark is a Bible teacher and conference speaker with 20+ years of higher education teaching experience. Commercial Pilot, Multi-engine, Instrument, Advanced Ground Instructor Ratings;  Chief Firearms Instructor, Proficient Defense Training;  Chaplain with Dubuque Police Department and Sheriff's Office; Advisor, UD Computer Club;  Advisor, UD RC Pilots Club


Edwin Zenke
Edwin Zenke
Certified Flight Instructor


E-mail: EZenke@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Jeremiah Ziebert
Jeremiah Ziebert
CRJ 200 Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque



E-mail: jziebert@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Careers in Aviation Management

Aviation is a profession filled with limitless personal and professional reward; where the sky is not the limit when it comes to the type of careers students can pursue in the industry. The University of Dubuque’s aviation management graduates can choose from a vast array of areas when they begin their careers. UD’s aviation management students have gone on to work in the area of operations, finance, IT and a number of other opportunities at airports, airlines, air traffic control facilities, and fixed based operations (FBOs). 

Bachelor of Science Opportunities

An aviation student with a bachelor of science in aviation management is prepared to enter almost any position within flight management and flight operations within the aviation industry. The aviation department provides students with the professional skills that allow for success in all segments of the aviation industry while enhancing their critical thinking and decision making skills. Accordingly, an aviation student is well-qualified and comes with the experiences to enter most entry level positions within the aviation industry. 

Post-graduate Opportunities

The Aviation Program provides the educational and experiential base not only for entry-level management but also as a foundation to build a career through graduate level study in the aviation industry. The University of Dubuque Aviation Department encourages all of our graduates to strive for higher levels of experience and education, to advance the students capacity to enhance the quality of their education and experience in serving the aviation industry. Most of our graduates have gone on to complete advanced level training in flight operations, and for some this has included pursuing post-graduate degrees. 

Successful Outcomes

Michele Phalen BS, 2014 Aviation Management

I can't imagine where I would be without my education from the University of Dubuque. Four years of hard work really paid off when I accepted a summer internship with Delta Air Lines in their Flight Operations Department.  It was a dream come true to be able to work for a major airline, and without the University of Dubuque I would never have thought it was possible. I maintained a high GPA throughout college because of the hard work I put into my classes, but I also know that my success had a lot to do with my professors.  Professors who care and who are always there to lend a helping hand are what helped me to get to this point in my career - I thank them for my success.  Not only did I have the opportunity to work for Delta, but I was the first student from the University of Dubuque to gain that internship. I hope that Delta recognizes the quality students the University of Dubuque provides, and in the future more students will have the same amazing opportunity I had.