Applied 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.  Students will understand regulations, industry and social implications, and components for successful UAS operations.  Students will complete hands-on training in UAV design including electrical systems, avionics and optical equipment.  All students will experience actual and simulated hands-on flight of UAV small aircraft systems.

Schedule a visit today! Tour the University campus and Flight Operations Center at the Dubuque Regional Airport. Speak with our professors about career paths in aviation and meet our friendly staff. We can't wait to share our passion for aviation.


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 do 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

Applied Aviation Technology Grad Plan 2019 (US Students)

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.

 

First Year Fall   

First Year Spring   

 
Course #
Course Title 
HRS 
Course # 
Course Title 
HRS 
 

AVI 131

Basic Ground School AVI 214  Aviation Meteorology 
  AVI 145  Safety & Ethics in Aviation  AVI 233  Air Transportation 
  FLI 131  Flight Training I  ENG 101  Compostition & Rhetoric 
  MATH XXX  Mathematics  CIS 166  Data Analysis 
  WVS 101  World View Seminar 1  3 COM 101  Speech Communication 
        HWS XXX  PE Requirement 
             
    First Year Fall Total 16  First Year Spring Total  16
    Cumulative Total 16    Cumulative Total  32 
 

Second Year Fall  

Second Year Spring   

 
Course #
Course Title 
HRS 
Course # 
Course Title 
HRS 
  AVI 229 UAS & Small Aircraft Systems 3 AVI 329 UAS Operations 
  AVI 231  Ground School - Instrument CIS 215 Programming Fundamentals with Java 
  FLI 231 Flight Training - Instrument  RES 104 Introduction to Research Writing 
  PRF 201  Career Development Strategies  XXX XXX Personal/Financial Stewardship (Rec. BAC 262) 
  XXX XXX  Social Development (Rec. COM 210)  XXX XXX Intercultural Engagement 
  WVS 201  World View Seminar 2       
             
     Second Year Fall Total 17    Second Year Spring Total  16 
    Cumulative Total  49    Cumulative Total  65 
 

Third Year Fall   

Third Year Spring 

 
Course #
Course Title 
HRS 
Course # 
Course Title 
HRS 
  AVI 349  Aviation Safety Management  CIS 262 Introduction to Data Analytics 
  AVI XXX AVI Industry Elective  EVS 333/335 GIS Applications/Remote Sensing 
  CIS 225  Intro to Dig. Elec. & Microcontrollers  MATH 230 Introduction to Statistics 
  HWS 248  Wellness & Healthy Lifestyles 2 XXX XXX History/Philosophy/Politics 
  XXX XXX  Natural Science Course  XXX XXX  Fine & Performing Arts 
             
             
    Third Year Fall Total 15    Third Year Spring Total 16 
    Cumulative Total 80    Cumulative Total 96 
 

Fourth Year Fall  

Fourth Year Spring   

 
Course #
Course Title 
HRS 
Course # 
Course Title 
HRS 
  AVI 429 UAS Flight Simulation AVI 459 UAS Applications & Analytics 
  AVI XXX  AVI Elective Course  AVI 495 Aviation Senior Seminar 
  XXX XXX  Literature  XXX XXX  Elective Course 
  XXX XXX  Judeo-Christian Traditions XXX XXX  Elective Course 
  XXX XXX  Environmental Stewardship      
             
             
    Fourth Year Fall Total 15    Fourth Year Spring Total 11 
    Cumulative Total 111    Cumulative Total 122 

 

 

Applied Aviation Technology Grad Plan 2019 (International Students)

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.

 

First Year Fall   

First Year Spring   

 
Course #
Course Title 
HRS 
Course # 
Course Title 
HRS 
 

AVI 132

Basic Flight Experience AVI 131 Basic Ground School 
  AVI 145  Safety & Ethics in Aviation  CIS 103  Computer Applications in Business 
  FLI 131  Flight Training I  COM 101  Speech Communication 
  ENG 090 Introduction to College Writing  ENG 101  Composition & Rhetoric 
  MATH 090 Fundamentals of Algebra 2 HWS XXX  PE Requirement 
  SDV 110  College Success       
  WVS 101 World View Seminar 1       
    First Year Fall Total 16  First Year Spring Total  16
    Cumulative Total 16    Cumulative Total  32 
 

Second Year Fall  

Second Year Spring   

 
Course #
Course Title 
HRS 
Course # 
Course Title 
HRS 
  AVI 214 Aviation Meteorology 3 AVI 231 Ground School - Instrument 
  AVI 229 UAS & Small Aircraft Systems AVI 329 UAS Operations 
  AVI 233 Air Transportation FLI 231 Flight Training - Instrument 
  HWS 248  Wellness & Healthy Lifestyles  CIS 215 Programming Fundamentals with Java
  MATH XXX Mathematics RES 104 Introduction to Research Writing
  WVS 201  World View Seminar 2       
             
     Second Year Fall Total 17    Second Year Spring Total 17 
    Cumulative Total 49    Cumulative Total 66 
 

Third Year Fall   

Third Year Spring 

 
Course #
Course Title 
HRS 
Course # 
Course Title 
HRS 
  AVI 349  Aviation Safety Management  3 CIS 262 Introduction to Data Analytics  3
  AVI XXX AVI Industry Elective  3 EVS 333/335 GIS Applications/Remote Sensing  4
  CIS 225  Intro to Dig. Elec. & Microcontrollers  3 XXX XXX Environment Stewardship 3
  MATH 230 Introduction to Statistics 3 XXX XXX Natural Science Course 4
  PRF 201 Career Development Strategies 1 XXX XXX Literature 3
  XXX XXX  Social Development (Rec. COM 210) 3      
             
    Third Year Fall Total 16   Third Year Spring Total 17 
    Cumulative Total 82   Cumulative Total 99 
 

Fourth Year Fall  

Fourth Year Spring   

 
Course #
Course Title 
HRS 
Course # 
Course Title 
HRS 
  AVI 429 UAS Flight Simulation 3 AVI 459 UAS Applications & Analytics  3
  AVI XXX  AVI Elective Course  3 AVI 495 Aviation Senior Seminar  2
  XXX XXX Judeo-Christian Traditions 3 XXX XXX History/Philisophy/Politics 3
  XXX XXX  Personal/Financial Stewardship (Rec. BAC 262) 3 XXX XXX  Fine & Performing Arts  3
  XXX XXX Intercultural Engagement 3      
             
             
    Fourth Year Fall Total 15    Fourth Year Spring Total 11 
    Cumulative Total 114    Cumulative Total 125 

 

Travis Amezquita
Travis Amezquita
Flight Instructor - Fixed Wing (Part-time)


Email: TAmezquita@dbq.edu 

Jo Lynn Bentz
Jo Lynn Bentz
Application Support Manager - Aviation Department

BS, Mount Mercy College



Office Phone: 563.589.3928
Email: JBentz@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Skylar Bernhardt
Skylar Bernhardt
Flight Instructor



Kyle Booth
Kyle Booth
Flight Instructor (Part-time)


Email: KBooth@dbq.edu 

Tyler Carlson
Tyler Carlson
Flight Instructor


Email: TCarlson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Ben Cashman
Ben Cashman
Flight Instructor


Email: BCashman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Jennifer Chance
Jennifer Chance
Flight Instructor


Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Alex Cleven
Alex Cleven
Flight Instructor - Fixed Wing


Email: Acleven@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 119 Babka Aviation Learning Center

Mike Contino
Mike Contino
Flight Instructor


Email: JContino@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Candace Dalsing
Candace Dalsing
Aviation Dispatch


Office Phone: 563.589.3820
Email: cdalsing@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Cooper Diedrich
Cooper Diedrich
Flight Instructor


Email: CDiedrich@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

James Drury
James Drury
Flight and Aviation Specialist

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, University of Dubuque
AGI-I; CFI



Office Phone: 563.589.3679
Email: JDrury@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center
Fax: 563.589.3722

Bryan Eggers
Bryan Eggers
Assistant Chief - Rotor Wing


Office Phone: 563.589.3805
Email: beggers@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

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
Email: 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. 


Jack Erickson
Jack Erickson
Flight Instructor


Email: jerickson@dbq.edu 

Efren Fonseca
Efren Fonseca
Flight Instructor


Email: Efonseca@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Tony Foster, Ph.D.
Tony Foster, Ph.D.
Aviation Department - Head of Academics

Ph.D., University of North Dakota
MAS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3815
Email: TFoster@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 111 Babka Aviation Learning Center (BFC)

Trey Franks
Trey Franks
Aviation Maintenance Assistant


Email: TFranks@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Michael Glynn
Michael Glynn
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3277
Email: mglynn@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Nick Glynn
Nick Glynn
Certified Flight Instructor


Email: 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
Email: kgodwin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Severance Hall
Fax: 563.589.3177

Robert Grierson
Robert Grierson
Adjunct Faculty

MPA
BA



Email: 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.


Bryan Gutraj
Bryan Gutraj
Flight Instructor - Fixed-Wing

J.D., UIC John Marshall Law School
BS, Eastern Illinois University



Email: BGutraj@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center
Biography - Click Here

Following a career in accounting and law, Bryan has joined the University of Dubuque Aviation Department to share his passion for flying with students at UD. Originally from the Chicago area, Bryan enjoys golfing, traveling, hiking, and exploring the Dubuque area with his dog Shelby in his free time.


Adam Hart
Adam Hart
Flight Instructor - Fixed-Wing


Email: AHart@dbq.edu 

Lane Hawkins
Lane Hawkins
Flight Instructor


Email: LHawkins@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Jane Heming
Jane Heming
Administrative Services and Stakeholder Relations Manager


Office Phone: 563.589.3180
Email: jheming@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 113 Babka Aviation Learning Center
Fax: 563.589.3352

Chris Huston
Chris Huston
Aviation Shuttle Driver



Verlyn Isaac
Verlyn Isaac
Aviation Shuttle Driver



Eric Jannusch
Eric Jannusch
Fixed-Wing Check Instructor


Email: EJannusch@dbq.edu 

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

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3812
Email: jjenkins@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Kyle  Jones
Kyle  Jones
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor


Email: KJones@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Polly Kadolph
Polly Kadolph
Associate Professor of Aviation

MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3120
Email: 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
Email: jkariuki@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Derek Krohnke
Derek Krohnke
Flight Instructor - Fixed Wing


Email: Dkrohnke@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 119 Babka Aviation Learning Center

Zarick Kuehl
Zarick Kuehl
Chief Flight Instructor - Rotor Wing


Email: ZKuehl@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Derek Kunkle
Derek Kunkle
Flight Instructor


Email: DKunkle@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Trevor Lee
Trevor Lee
Flight Instructor


Email: TLee@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Rich Lindenberg
Rich Lindenberg
Aviation Shuttle Driver



Jamin Lorch
Jamin Lorch
Aviation Maintenance Assistant


Email: JLorch@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Sandra Lorenz
Sandra Lorenz
Aviation Shuttle Driver



Cathy Munoz
Cathy Munoz
Check Instructor


Email: CMunoz@dbq.edu 

Chance Newcomer
Chance Newcomer
Flight Instructor - Rotor Wing



Tevin Pangelinan
Tevin Pangelinan
Flight Instructor - Fixed Wing (Part-time)


Email: TPangelinan@dbq.edu 

Suzanne Peterson
Suzanne Peterson
Chief Flight Instructor

BS, University of Dubuque



Office Phone: 563.589.3828
Email: speterson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 116 Babka Aviation Learning Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Director of Flight Operations

BA, MA; Loras College



Office Phone: 563.589.3732
Email: mphillips@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center
Fax: 563.589.3179

Chaminda Prelis
Chaminda Prelis
Director of Aviation Programs

MS, Aviation
BBA, Aviation Management



Office Phone: 563.589.3835
Email: CPrelis@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 118 Babka Aviation Learning Center
Fax: 563.589.3177

Jorge Rangel
Jorge Rangel
Aviation Dispatch and Operations Assistant


Email: JRangel@dbq.edu 

Matt Reuter
Matt Reuter
Flight Instructor


Email: MReuter@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Jonathan Salaun
Jonathan Salaun
Flight Instructor


Email: JSalaun@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Grant Sanders
Grant Sanders
Flight Instructor - Fixed-Wing


Email: GSanders@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Eric Savage
Eric Savage
Assistant Professor of Aviation


Office Phone: 563.589.3386
Email: ESavage@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 306 Severance Hall

Tad Schoeny
Tad Schoeny
CRJ Sim Instructor


Email: TSchoeny@dbq.edu 

Ching-Kuan Su
Ching-Kuan Su
Stage Check Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3807
Email: csu@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Randy Tolley
Randy Tolley
CRJ 200 Instructor


Email: RTolley@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Matthew Vander Ploeg
Matthew Vander Ploeg
Certified Flight Instructor

BS, Flight Operations

Email: mvanderploeg@dbq.edu 

Tim Voss
Tim Voss
Aviation Shuttle Driver



Randy Warm
Randy Warm
Director of Aviation Operations and Safety

MS, United States Army
BA, University of Northern Iowa



Office Phone: 563.589.3514
Email: RWarm@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Babka Aviation Learning Center

Neil Weston
Neil Weston
CRJ Sim Instructor


Email: NWeston@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Roger Wickman
Roger Wickman
Flight Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3829
Email: rwickman@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Brett Wimberly
Brett Wimberly
CRJ Simulator Instructor / Fixed-Wing Check Instructor


Office Phone: 563.589.3833
Email: BWimberly@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Flight Operations Center

Gregory Mark Woodhouse
Gregory Mark Woodhouse
Assistant Professor

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



Office Phone: 563.589.3233
Email: GWoodhouse@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 226 Dunlap Technology Center
Fax: 563.589.563.589.3410
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


Kelley Wright
Kelley Wright
Flight Instructor (Part-time)


Email: KelleyWright@dbq.edu 

Edwin Zenke
Edwin Zenke
Certified Flight Instructor


Email: EZenke@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. 

Successful Outcomes

Applied Aviation is a new major choice and the University of Dubuque.