Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Director, Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC)
Aerospace Engineering Department
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus

Dr. Anderson is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Central Florida.  His undergraduate and masters degrees are from Penn State University in Aerospace Engineering.  He holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate and is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) in airplanes, multi-engine airplanes, instrument airplanes and gliders.  He is an FAA certified aircraft mechanic (A&P) with Inspection Authorization (IA). In 2012 Dr. Anderson was awarded the Florida State University Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and is the first person within the University to be granted tenure in the College of Aviation and the College of Engineering.​  He is currently the Director of the University's Eagle Flight Research Center, where he supervises several students and staff.

Funded Research Activities:

  • Hybrid and Electric Aircraft Propulsion
  • Alternative aviation fuel certification and testing
  • Hybrid tailsitter UAV development - Airframe/propulsion/controls
  • Agricultural UAV research and development
  • Manned aircraft Fly-by-Wire systems
  • Aircraft Parameter Identification (PID) for simulation, math modeling and controls



  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

  • AE 432: Flight Dynamics and Control
  • AE 700: Thesis
  • AE 800: Dissertation


Anderson, Richard P., 'UCAV Backwards Engine Configuration', Advances in Aviation Safety Conference & Exposition, Daytona Beach, FL, 1999.

Anderson, Richard P., Hubert, Smith C., 'Use of GPS for Airspeed Calibrations on Light Aircraft', Proceedings of the AIAA/FAA/MSU 3rd Joint Symposium on General Aviation Systems, 1994.

  • Gulfstream Aerospace; Engineer, Summers 2004 and 2005

  • AIAA
  • EAA
  • IAC
  • SSA

Credentials

  • Airline Transport Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Certified Flight Instructor in Airplanes, multi, instrument and glider
  • Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
  • Inspection Autorization
  • Basic Ground Instructor

  • 2012 Florida State University Professor of the Year, The Carnegie Foundation
  • Researcher of the Year ERAU, 2006
  • Unsung Eagle Service Award, 2006
  • President’s Safety Award, 2010
  • Runner up to the Teach of the Year, 2007