Robert Ernsting

Assistant Professor, College of Business and Assistant Program Chair, BS in Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Department of Undergraduate Studies
Worldwide College of Aeronautics
Worldwide campus

Dr. Ernsting is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Program Chair for the Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide.

Prior to becoming a full time faculty member at Embry-Riddle, Dr. Ernsting taught graduate level adjunct courses for six years at The George Washington University and three years for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for both the COA and COB. The courses taught include Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, Integrated Logistics Management, Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marketing of Technology, Technological Forecasting and Management, Quantitative Models in Systems Engineering, Decision Making with Uncertainty, and Knowledge Management.

Dr. Ernsting’s research interest is in understanding and managing aging marine civil and logistics infrastructures such as aging ports, harbors, shipyards and dry dock facilities. He is published in several peer-reviewed technical publications and has been invited to present his research on Relative Material Loss (RML) theory at international conferences in Singapore and the Netherlands and domestically at University of Notre Dame, Indiana.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering, George Washington University
  • M. - Master in Engineering Management, Old Dominion University

Prior to coming to Embry-Riddle, Dr. Ernsting worked in the marine and shipbuilding industry for 33 years in the areas of facilities engineering, construction and maintenance at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), Virginia. NNS designs and constructs nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines for the US Navy. 


 Dr. Ernsting is a member and co-founder of the Dry Dock Standards Committee for the Coastal, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI), a subcommittee for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is also a licensed Professional Engineering, Commonwealth of Virginia.