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arl Newman (’11, WW) has a
wide variety of accomplishments
to his credit: playing college
football, working for the Phoenix
Police Department and coaching
women’s fast-pitch softball for the
Junior Olympics, to name a few.
But he ranks earning a Master of
Aeronautical Science degree from
Embry-Riddle at the top of his
“It’s one of the best things I ever did,
he reflects enthusiastically. “It was hard
work—really hard—but so worth it.
Newman attended classes at the
Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus at
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,
where he worked in facilities and airside
operations before being promoted to
assistant aviation director of the city’s
multi-airport aviation department.
“Getting a master’s degree is something I always knew I should do, and
something I wanted to do, he notes.
“But life gets in the way. Embry-Riddle
made it convenient to fit [postgraduate work] into
everything else I had going on with my family and job.
After more than 30 years at Sky Harbor, Newman
ascended in 2012 to an even bigger job: general
manager at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston
(IAH). “I left one wonderful airport for another wonderful airport, he explains. His graduate work at
Embry-Riddle, he adds, was invaluable for the transition. IAH is among the top 10 busiest airports in
North America, based on passenger enplanements,
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serving more than 19 million
passengers per year. Newman’s
responsibilities span five terminals,
five runways, 17 passenger airlines,
11 cargo airlines and more than 700
daily departures. And just as it did at
Sky Harbor, his graduate degree is
proving its worth at IAH.
“The curriculum translates very well into the ‘real
world,’” he relates. “Asset management is a big focus
here in Houston: determining life cycles for facilities,
establishing replacement intervals for major systems.
I wouldn’t have had a clue about it, if we hadn’t covered the subject so well at Embry-Riddle.
Coursework addressing reliability maintenance—
balancing standard manufacturer guidelines with
field data about actual usage and conditions—has
Photos by nathan lindstrom
Carl Newman (’11, WW) expands Embry-Riddle’s
reach through airport-based campus
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