Aviation Technology

The BS in Applied Aviation Technology offers a strong applied technology focus for a career that supports many aspects of the aviation/aerospace industry.  Students will learn to operate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) in addition to applying technology solutions to a wide range of management and flight operations issues.  

What You Will Learn

  • An understanding of the impact of aviation and technology within societal and global contexts
  • An ability to apply techniques, skills, and modern aviation tools to a wide range of aviation, aerospace, and flight operations
  • An ability to function on a multi-disciplinary team
  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and aerodynamic principles to ensure safe and efficient aerospace operations
  • An ability to accurately analyze and interpret data to solve a variety of problems
  • An ability to recognize and apply ethical and professional excellence for responsible decision making
  • An ability to communicate effectively with precision and clarity within aviation and related industries
  • An ability to recognize the need for and engage in lifelong learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary aviation/aerospace industry issues
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of business applications relating to the management of technology issues

Program of Study

The Applied Aviation Technology major includes a set of Aviation Core courses, technology courses and program electives.  The Aviation Core and technology courses result in a minimum of 56 credit hours.  Additionally, students must also complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of program electives.  This results in a minimum of 62 semester credit hours. 


Aviation Technology - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter.  Students will meet with their advisors 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 131: Basic Ground School (6)
AVI 145: Safety and Ethics in Aviation (1)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
FLI 131: Flight Training I (3)
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3) 

J-Term
AVI 132: Basic Flight Experience (3)

Spring Semester
CIS 101: Introduction to Computers or CIS 103 – Computer Applications in Business (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
UDMA 112: College Algebra (3)
RES 104: Introduction to Research Writing (3)
AVI 229: UAS and Small Aircraft Systems (3) 

Summer Semester
* To complete certificates and ratings may require additional flight time during the summer semester


Year Two

Fall Semester
AVI 214: Aviation Meteorology (3)
AVI 231: Ground School- Instrument (4)
FLI 231: Flight Training Instrument (3)
Global Awareness Requirement (3)
WVSII 202: World View Seminar II (3) 

J-Term
Open/Elective

Spring Semester
ENG 112: Intro to Literature or ENG 260 – Literature and Culture (3)
Social Development Requirement (3)
UDMA 150: Precalculus (4)
CIS 202: Introduction to Computer Information Systems (3)
AVI 349: Aviation Safety Management (3)

Summer Semester
* To complete certificates and ratings may require additional flight time during the summer semester


Year Three

Fall Semester
AVI Elective (3)
CIS 215: Programming Fundamentals with Java (3)
Aesthetics Requirement (3)
Stewardship Requirement (3)
PHY 151: General Physics I with Lab (4) 

J-Term
Open/Elective

Spring Semester
AVI 401: Applied Aerodynamics (3)
Religion Requirement (3)
AVI 329: UAS Operations (3)
AVI Electives (6) 

Summer Semester
* To complete certificates and ratings may require additional flight time during the summer semester


Year Four

Fall Semester
AVI 429: UAS Flight Simulation (3)
AVI Elective (3)
Elective Courses (6) 

J-Term
Open/Elective 

Spring Semester
AVI 495: Senior Seminar or WVS IV – World View Seminar IV (3)
AVI Elective (3)
EVS 333: Geographical Information Systems Applications (4)
Elective Course  

Summer Semester
* To complete certificates and ratings may require additional flight time during the summer semester


Steven Accinelli
Steven Accinelli
Director of Aviation Programs; Professor of Aviation

MS, Case Western Reserve University
MS, National Defense University
BS, University of Idaho

Office Phone: 563.589.3811
E-mail: saccinel@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179
Biography - Click Here

Over 40 years of experience in the aviation industry with extensive experience in flight operations, financial planning, research,  teaching, safety management, contract negotiations, equipment procurement, and personnel management.   

Courses taught at institutions of higher learning:

      Applied Aerodynamics

      Instrument Ground School

      Crew Resource Management

      International Airline Operations

      CFI – Instrument Ground School

      Human Factors

      Aviation Policy Development

      Airport Management

      Contemporary Problems in Air Transportation

                   Multi-Engine Ground School

                   Private Pilot Ground School

                   Corporate Aviation Management

                   Corporate Aviation Management (graduate level)

                   Aviation Business Design (graduate level)

                   Airline Management

                   Fixed Base Operations

                   Safety and Ethics in Aviation

Current Position

Director of Aviation Programs, Aviation Department Head, and Professor (tenured) of Aviation, University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa 

Education

1996 - Master of Science, National Security Strategy, National Defense

University, Washington, DC

1985 - Master of Science, Operations Research, Case Western Reserve

University, Cleveland, Ohio

1974 - Bachelor of Science, Business Management,

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

 

Pertinent Aviation Certificates

                NBAA Certified Aviation Manager

                Initial certification 09/2007

                Recertification 09/2010 and 09/2013

                FAA Pilot Certifications

                Air Transport Pilot, Multi-engine Airplane

                Commercial/Instrument Helicopter

                Certified Flight Instructor, Airplane Single & Multi Engine

                Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane

                Helicopter Instructor (Military)

                Airman Certification Representative (ACR)

                Designated Pilot Examiner (Ground Instructors)

 

Flight Experience

                Total Time 8400 hours

                Turbine 4525 hours

                Multi-engine 4100 hours

                Helicopters 3500 hours

                Instrument 1550 hours (Actual 1125 hours)

                Night 1030 hours

                Dual given 1950 hours

 

Pertinent Experience

1/99 to present Department Head for a University Aviation Department consisting of 240 majors, 21 aircraft and 38 faculty and staff.  Responsible for academic direction and program development.  Manage a budget of over 2.8 million dollars with maintenance, safety, logistics, recruiting, and employee hiring responsibilities. 

9/02 to present Airport Commissioner, Dubuque Regional Airport.  Currently serving as the Chairperson of an autonomous Commission for an airport ranked second busiest in the State with part 139 responsibilities and over 40,000 annual passengers. 

7/83 to present Flight Instructor for single and multi-engine aircraft to include instruments; non-current helicopter flight instructor.

7/98 to 8/99 Adjunct Instructor III, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, qualified to teach 19 graduate courses.

6/96 to 1/99  Principle Adviser to the Adjutant Generals of the Montana and Idaho National Guard for training, operations, personnel, and logistics in support of 7000 National Guard soldiers.  Developed detailed training plans and coordinated the execution of training leading to significantly improved unit readiness.  Developed plans and policies that increased personnel fill to high priority units and increased promotion selection rates.  Developed training and deployment plans for infantry, aviation, public affairs, and fire fighting units participating in Bosnia operations and National Training Center (NTC) rotations.

6/94 to 6/95  Senior Military Analyst in an office led by a Department of Army Civilian in the Senior Executive Service.  Provided oversight and policy guidance to Army Experimentation and Testing programs.  Assigned as lead analyst on the policy committee for the Comanche Helicopter Program.  Project analyst for the integration of all analytical efforts in support of Force XXI digitization experimentation.

6/92 to 6/94  Commander, Aviation Battalion, Fort Rucker, Alabama.  Directly responsible for the Army’s Initial Entry Rotary Wing training program.  Budget authority exceeded 12 million dollars.  Supervised flight activities that achieved over 270,000 accident free flight hours.  Provided quality assurance for over 200 contract flight instructors and 700 maintenance personnel.  Supervised over 320 personnel of which approximately 200 were flight instructors.

1/91 to 5/92  Senior Aviation Advisor to the U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia.  Coordinated 50 aircraft from various U.S. Government agencies and the Bolivian Air Force in our Nation’s efforts against illicit drug activities.  Developed training, logistics, operations, safety education, and aircraft overhaul programs in a country with limited infrastructure.

9/88 to 1/90 Vice-president, Fixed-wing Operations, Air North, Watertown, New York.  A part-135 business integrating two companies with fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

6/88 to 1/90  Executive Officer for an Assault Helicopter Battalion in Fort Drum, New York.  Responsible for the staff integration of maintenance, logistic, administration, personnel, operations, safety, and training for an organization consisting of 325 personnel and 55 helicopters.  Project officer for the formation of this new unit.  Developed and oversaw execution of a plan to consolidate unit split by a distance of over 100 miles two years early.  This resulted in savings of 1.8 million dollars.  Planned and executed transition to the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter with minimum impact on unit readiness.

1/86 to 6/88 Ad Hoc Member, Graduate School, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Provided counseling to graduate students and served on thesis committee for computer simulation experimental design proposals.

3/85 to 7/88 President, Fort Leavenworth Flying Club, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Directed flight school, supervised maintenance, and managed fuel operations.

9/83 to 1/85 Fixed and rotary wing commercial pilot for Baron Aviation, Cleveland, Ohio.  Established turbine helicopter operation.

6/81 to 6/83 Aviation Company Commander for UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter unit.  Unit consisted of 15 helicopters and 190 personnel.  Responsible for operations, training, safety, maintenance, and logistics.

6/73 to 5/81 Various aviation leadership, maintenance and flight positions in Europe and the United States.

6/73 First paid flight (aviation employment)

 

National and Regional Level Aviation Activities 

National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA)

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)

Access Committee member – Airport Working Group (6/08-9/12)

Co-Chair, CAM Testing Committee

CAM Governing Board member

Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)

Past Secretary

Past Treasurer

Ad Hoc member Outcomes Assessment Committee

2007 Visiting Team Accreditation, SE Oklahoma State University

2008 Visiting Team Accreditation, Southern Illinois University

2009 Elected Trustee, re-elected in 2102

2010 Visiting Team Accreditation, ERAU Prescott and Daytona Beach

2010 Conducted Workshop for SIU on Aviation Accreditation Assessment

2011 Conducted Assessment Workshop, Raising the Standard

2011 Presentation, Safety Programs for Collegiate Aviation

2011 Qualified as Visiting Team Chair

2011 Visiting Team Accreditation, St. Louis University

2012 Visiting Team Accreditation Chair, Westminster College

2013 Visiting Team Accreditation Chair, Mercer County Community College

2014 Visiting Team Accreditation Chair, Purdue University

2015 Visiting Team Accreditation, Kent State University

 

University Aviation Association (UAA)

Aviation Policy Seminar Director (15 seminars to Washington, DC)

Safety Auditor, 2007 ERAU

2009 Presentation on Establishing an Aviation Advisory Board

2013 Presentation on Aviation Policy Development

 

                School of Missionary Aviation (SMAT) Advisory Board Member (2005-2011)

 

Dubuque Regional Airport Commission

 Member, 2002

Treasurer, 2003

Secretary, 2004

Vice-Chair, 2006 – 2007, 2013 - 2014

Chair, 2007- 2010, 2014 – present

 

State of Iowa

Aviation Advisory Committee, 2005 to 2010

Aviation Infrastructure Committee, 2009 to 2011

 

University Service

University of Kansas: Graduate Thesis Advisor

University of Dubuque

Professional Development, Promotion,  and Tenure Committee

Core Curriculum Committee

School of Professional Programs representative to the Board of Trustees

Planning and Finance Committee

Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Enrollment/Student Body Size

Advisor Flight Team/Qualified NIFA Judge

Faculty Search Committees (Aviation/Business/Criminal Justice/Environmental Science)

Faculty Athletic Representative

Chair, Management Council, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC)

Two years on the Executive Management Council, IIAC

Academic Council

Professional Development Committee, past Chair

 

Professional Associations

Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) Institutional Representative, University Aviation Association (UAA) Institutional Representative, Aviation Accreditation Board, International (AABI) Committee Member, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Member, National Air Transportation Association (NATA)


Mitchel Barske
Mitchel Barske
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3838
E-mail: mbarske@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Jeffrey Barta
Jeffrey Barta
CRJ 200 Instructor


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

William Blum
William Blum
Adjunct Faculty


Office Phone: 563.589.3263
E-mail: wblum@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 303 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3177

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

Stephen  Doss
Stephen  Doss
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3805
E-mail: SDoss@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

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

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

Jennifer Greenwood
Jennifer Greenwood
Flight Instructor


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

Tyler Hutchinson
Tyler Hutchinson
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

Kyle Jones
Kyle Jones
Flight Instructor


E-mail: KJones@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 Maintenance Assistant


Office Phone: 563.589.3812
E-mail: jkariuki@dbq.edu 

Zarick Kuehl
Zarick Kuehl
Helicopter Flight Instructor


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

Jack Lindsay
Jack Lindsay
Flight Instructor


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

Kevin Michalski
Kevin Michalski
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3819
E-mail: kmichals@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Matthew Mohr
Matthew Mohr
CRJ 200 Instructor


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

Nicholas Morrison
Nicholas Morrison
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3836
E-mail: NMorrison@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

Sean O'Meara
Sean O'Meara
Flight Instructor


Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Mark Perez de Tejada
Mark Perez de Tejada
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3844
E-mail: mperez@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


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

Brian Quade
Brian Quade
CRJ 200 Instructor


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

Brett Ray
Brett Ray
Assistant Professor of Aviation

MA, Drake University
BS, Embry-Riddle University

Office Phone: 563.589.3880
E-mail: bray@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 312 Severance Hall
Biography - Click Here

Education:

  • MA Degree from Drake University in Business Education
  • BS Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Professional Aeronautics
  • AA Degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in Aviation & Airport Management

Work Experience (Aviation):

  • Five year experience in teaching at post-secondary level
  • Five year knowledge of Curriculum, Advising, Accreditation
  • 2 years as a First Officer for a part 121 Airline Operation in a Boeing 737
  • 7 years as a Captain in Executive Transport operating a Hawker Jet
  • 6 months as a First Officer flying a Fokker 27 for a part 121 night freight operation
  • 5 years as a Captain for a part 135 Night Freight Operation in a Cessna (208) Caravan
  • 2 years as a Captain for a part 135 Charter Operation flying Piper twin engine aircraft
  • 2 years as a Flight Instructor training utilizing the Piper Tomahawk

Courses Taught:

  • Private Ground School
  • Commercial Ground School
  • Instrument Ground School
  • Flight Instructor Ground School
  • Air Transportation
  • Meteorology
  • FBO Management
  • Airline Management

Ratings and Certificates:

  • Airline Transport Certificate: Airplane MEL
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate: Airplane SEL
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane-Instrument-Multi-Engine Land
  • Type Rating: Hawker Jet (HS-125)
  • FAA Second Class Medical

Flight Experience:

  • Pilot in Command

5823

  • Jet Total Time

3267

  • Pilot in Command (JET)

1003

  • Turboprop

2979

  • Second in Command

2280

  • Instructor

1175

  • Multi-Engine

3724

  • Actual Instrument

458

  • Single Engine

4491

  • Simulator

203

  • TOTAL TIME

 

 

8215


Ken Rizer
Ken Rizer
Assistant Professor of Aviation

MPA, Harvard University MBA, University of Iowa MS, Air War College BS, U.S. Air Force Academy



Office Phone: 563.589.3315
E-mail: krizer@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 308 Severance/Flight Operations Center
Biography - Click Here

Ken served 25 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot and commander, culminating as the Base Commander for Andrews Air Force Base, the home of Air Force One.  He serves as an Iowa State Representative for Marion, Bertram, Ely and the surrounding parts of Linn County.


Nolan Schneider
Nolan Schneider
CRJ 200 Instructor


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

Jayden Shatek
Jayden Shatek
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3833
E-mail: JShatek@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

Robbie Thier
Robbie Thier
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3834
E-mail: rthier@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Austin Todd
Austin Todd
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3824
E-mail: ATodd@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

Jeremiah Ziebert
Jeremiah Ziebert
CRJ 200 Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque



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

Careers in Aviation Technology

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is an emerging and dynamic field in the aviation industry.  Their primary use is in military applications however there is growing demand in areas of agriculture, first response and law enforcement, delivery services, real estate, oil and gas, and telecommunications.  Segments of the military have switched to the RPA (remotely piloted aircraft) platform, utilizing operational skills of flight from outside the cockpit.  The FAA passed Part 107 regulations for UAS operations which will integrate UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) into the NAS (National Airspace).  In the next decade, we should see 70,000 new jobs according to a AUVSI economic impact study conducted in 2013.  

Bachelor of Science Opportunities

An aviation student with a bachelor of science in applied aviation technology 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.