Dean and Professor, College of Engineering
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department
Prescott College of Engineering
Prescott campus


Professional Interests: Engineering Education Orbital Debris Astrodynamics Spacecraft Design Space Exploration Planetary Science

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado System : Boulder
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado System : Boulder

  • ME 200: Machine Shop Laboratory
  • UNIV 101: College Success


Spencer, D.B. and R.A. Madler, “Orbital Debris – A Space Hazard,” in Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD, eds. J.R. Wertz, D.F. Everett, and J.J. Puschell, Microcosm Press, 2011.Helbling, J. and Beck, A., “Configuration of Senior Capstone Course using Team-Teaching to Maximize Communication Skills and Minimize Team Conflicts”, 2011 ASEE/PSW Conference, March 2011.


Dean of College of Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 2010 - present

Associate Professor in College of Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 1994-2010

OceanIT, Inc., Senior Scientist, Visiting scientist.2007

NASA JSC, Senior Scientist, Visiting scientist. 2006

NASA JPL, Faculty Fellow, Summer Faculty Fellow. 2005

Boeing Faculty Fellow, Summer Faculty Fellow. 2004

AFOSR Faculty Fellow, Summer Faculty Fellow. 1995-1998


American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

American Astronautical Society (AAS)


ASEE CIEC Executive Board Chair 2015

ASEE College-Industry Partnerships Division (CIPD) Chair 2013-2014

ASEE CIPD Director/Officer 2011-2016

Associate Director for Arizona Space Grant Consortium 2000-2016

Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD) Superindentent’s Advisory Committee 2015-2016

Invited speaker for High School and Middle School AZ Science Bowls in 2016