Alan R. Bender

Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Social Sciences & Economics
Worldwide College of Arts & Sciences
Worldwide campus

Areas of Expertise

Transportation policy, planning, and economics; airline and airport operations and management; research methods; history of technology

Dr. Bender, originally a California native, lives in Ashland, Oregon, and is a Professor of Aeronautics for Embry-Riddle Worldwide. Dr. Bender has been with Embry-Riddle Worldwide for over 30 years, the longest of any current full-time faculty.  Dr. Bender was among the very first full-time faculty hired by Worldwide in the 1980s, the faculty group responsible for writing the Worldwide Faculty Constitution and Faculty Handbook (Part IV), as well as for organizing a Worldwide Faculty Assembly and Faculty Senate.   In his many years with Worldwide, Dr. Bender has served as a Faculty Senate Speaker and Vice Speaker as well as a department chair and research chair.  

Dr. Bender has numerous research publications in a variety of aviation, transportation, and environmental journals. His perspectives on the airline and airport businesses have appeared in every major news publication in the United States over the last 25 years.

Dr. Bender's hobbies are world travel, American history, rare/unusual tropical fish and plants, and home restoration.  Dr. Bender's historic 1909 Oregon home has been featured in local and regional newspapers and magazines; it is also on the National Register of Historic Places.  



  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Geography, University of California System : Berkeley
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Transportation Engineering (civil), University of California System : Berkeley
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Geography, University of California System : Los Angeles
  • B.A. - Bachelor of Arts in Geography, University of California System : Los Angeles

  • Certificate - Member of the Association of American Geographers

  • ASCI 691: Graduate Capstone Course
  • ASCI 691C: Graduate Capstone Course
  • RSCH 202: Intro to Research Methods


Dr. Bender ​has been a transportation researcher for various private consulting firms as well as for the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Bender has worked on funded research projects for the FAA, NASA, and the California Dept. of Transportation.

Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Forum, Association of American Geographers, American Aviation Historical Society

Dr. Bender was named the Alfred Verville Fellow in Aeronautics by the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in 2001.  Dr. Bender was appointed a Smithsonian Research Associate in 2002 and he continues to serve in that capacity after multiple reappointments.