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About Ryan Wallace

Dr. Ryan Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He holds an Ed.D. in Applied Education Studies (Aviation Sciences option), a M.S. in Aviation, and a B.S. in Aeronautics. His research focuses on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) safety, security, human factors, and public policy. Dr. Wallace co-chairs the UAS-Enabled Security Operations Team for the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC), UAS Security Working Group. He is also a representative on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST).  He was elected as an Educator Trustee for the University Aviation Association, and serves as Editor for the organization’s journal, theCollegiate Aviation Review International. He previously worked as a Customer Training Specialist at the Boeing Company on the E-7T Airborne Early Warning & Control program. An Air Force veteran, he was a rated Air Battle Manager on the E-3 AWACS, where he accumulated more than 1,500 flight hours.


Present Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Aeronautical Science
2014 - 2017 Professor of Aerospace Science, Polk State College ‐ Aerospace Science
2011 - 2014 Adjunct Instructor I & Adjunct Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2017 President’s Award, University Aviation Association
  • Honorable Discharge, United States Armed Forces
  • Distinguished Graduate & Top Academic Award, Air Battle Manager Training (#1 of 9 students)
  • Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (#1 of 50 cadets)
  • Golden Key Honor Society Nominee (top 20% of Academic Field)
  • Federal Aviation Administration Internship, Flight Systems Standards Division
  • 2010 Squadron Instructor of the Year (#1 of 58 unit Instructors)
  • 2010 Squadron Air Weapons Officer of the Year (#1 of 46 unit aircrew members)
  • Squadron Annual “Order of the Phoenix” Award (recognition for exemplary leadership)
  • Two-time USAF Air Training Exercise Superior Performer (top 10% of exercise participants)
  • Three-time squadron “Aircrew of the Quarter” winner (for superior airmanship)
  • Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster (for meritorious service in combat flying operations)
  • Air Force Commendation Medal & Air Force Achievement Medal (for distinguished service)
  • University of North Dakota Outstanding Student Leadership Award
  • Civil Air Patrol Carl A. Spaatz Award (for Professional Development, earned by <1% of members)
  • Reserve Officer Training Corps: Undergraduate 4-Year Scholarship
  • Carl A. Spaatz Association Flight Scholarship


2011 - 2013 Ed.D., Oklahoma State University ‐ Applied Educational Studies
2011 - 2013 Graduate Certificate, Oklahoma State University ‐ Aerospace Security
2003 - 2004 M.S., University of North Dakota ‐ Aviation
2000 - 2003 B.S., University of North Dakota ‐ Air Traffic Control

Peer Reviewed Articles (16)

Position Papers (4)

Book Chapters (1)

Trade Journal Articles (1)