Brent Terwilliger

Associate Professor, College of Aeronautics; Associate Dean of Research
Department of Graduate Studies
Worldwide College of Aeronautics
Worldwide campus

Areas of Expertise

Unmanned system development and application, business integration, robotics, teleoperation, situational awareness, human-machine interface (HMI), modeling and simulation, and human-in-the-loop control


Dr. Brent Terwilliger is a tenured Associate Professor of Aeronautics and the Associate Dean of Research for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)-Worldwide, College of Aeronautics. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University, a Master’s of Aeronautical Science and B.S. in Aerospace Studies from ERAU, and more than a decade of experience in defense contracting. Dr. Terwilliger is an editorial board member of the Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems, lead author of “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Guide: Exploring Designs, Operations, Regulations, and Economics,” has developed twenty-five peer-reviewed published articles and papers, and has appeared as a UAS subject matter expert across televised and print media. He has designed, conducted, and overseen research relating to UAS application and development, sUAS training, and UAS/RPAS operator situational awareness enhancement.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Northcentral University
  • M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Remote Pilot

•    ASCI 410 Unmanned Systems Sensing
•    ASCI 515 Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems
•    ASCI 530 Unmanned Aerospace Systems
•    ASCI 531 Robotics and Control
•    ASCI 637 Unmanned Aerospace Systems Operations and Payloads
•    ASCI 691 Graduate Capstone Course
•    UNSY 601 Unmanned Systems Command, Control, and Communications
•    UNSY 605 Unmanned Systems Sensing, Perception, and Processing
•    UNSY 610 Unmanned Systems Autonomy and Automation
•    UNSY 615 Unmanned Systems Power, Propulsion, and Maneuvering
•    Professional Education UAS Applications, Operations, and Support: Key Topics of Industry, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide (Las Vegas, San Diego, and Berlin)
•    Professional Education Unmanned Aircraft Systems Short-course, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach 
•    Professional Education sUAS 1000: History and Application of sUAS
•    Professional Education sUAS 1100: sUAS Design and Configuration
•    Professional Education sUAS 1200: sUAS Operations and Regulations



2014 ERAU Worldwide Faculty Member of the Year