Brent A. Terwilliger

Associate Professor, College of Aviation
Department of Graduate Studies
College of Aviation

Office Hours

9-4PM ET, M-F (by appointment)

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
Brent A. Terwilliger

Brent A. Terwilliger Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and the Program Coordinator of the MS in Unmanned Systems degree at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Worldwide campus, College of Aeronautics. Dr. Terwilliger earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration in Aviation from Northcentral University (2012), as well as a Master’s of Aeronautical Science (2005) and B.S. in Aerospace Studies (2000) from ERAU. He has more than a decade of experience in defense contracting, supporting several federal-level customers, including the U.S. Postal Service for automated sortation technologies and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy on a wide variety of simulation training systems. As a tenured faculty member at ERAU, Dr. Terwilliger has has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, presented research findings at international venues, and provided unmanned system expertise across televised, print, and digital media. He previously served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Aeronautics and as the Program Chair for the launch of the online MS in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering program at ERAU-Worldwide. He currently represents ERAU as a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)’s Emerging Technologies committee, a Director of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)’s Florida Peninsula Chapter, a Co-PI on a National Science Foundation-funded IUSE project, and member of the Federal Aviation Administration-funded ASSURE UAS A50 research project. 

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Northcentral University
  • M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Space Studies and Aviation Aerospace Operations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies: Professional Communications, Humanities, and Space Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Amateur Radio License - Federal Communications Commission
  • Part 107 Small Uas Recurrent, Course Number ALC-677 - Federal Aviation Administration
  • Remote Pilot - Federal Aviation Administration

  • UNSY 501: Application of Unmanned Sys
  • UNSY 502: Current Issues in Unmanned Sys
  • ASCI 693: Current Rsch Prob in Avia/Aero
  • UNSY 603: Unmanned Systems Oper'l Config

  • ASCI 410 Unmanned Systems Sensing
  • ASCI 515 Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems
  • ASCI 530 Unmanned Aerospace Systems
  • ASCI 531 Robotics and Control,p
  • ASCI 637 Unmanned Aerospace Systems Operations and Payloads
  • ASCI 691 Graduate Capstone Course
  • UNSY 501 Application of Unmanned Systems
  • UNSY 502 Current Topics in Unmanned Systems
  • UNSY 601 Unmanned Systems Command, Control, and Communications
  • UNSY 603 Unmanned Systems Operational Configuration
  • 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
  • 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

Technical Writer/Editor, ENSCO Inc, Binghamton, NY (2001-2003)

Technical Writer/Editor, Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions, Binghamton, NY (2003-2004)

Software Engineer, Rockwell Collins STS, Binghamton, NY and Orlando, FL (2004-2012)

· National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Business Aviation Management Committee (BAMC; formerly CAMC) member (January 2015-August 2019); UAS Subcommittee Chair (February 2015-November 2018) and member (November 2018-August 2019); Innovative Technologies Committee member (August 2019-present)

· Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Florida Peninsula Chapter, Board of Directors member (June 2020-present)

2014 ERAU Worldwide Faculty Member of the Year


  • Federal Aviation Association, A50 Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Traffic Analysis. $1.89M granted to Primary Investigator, R. Wallace (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Aviation), with B. Terwilliger providing support.
  • National Science Foundation, IUSE, Undergraduate Research in a Fully Online Engineering Program: Effects on Retention, Persistence, Performance, STEM Attitudes and Identity. $295,966 granted to Primary Investigator, E. Faulconer (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Arts and Sciences), with B.Terwilliger and R. Deters (College of Aeronautics) serving as Co-PIs [period of performance: August 2020-July 2023]
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Airports and UAS (ACRP 03-42). (2016). $1M granted by Transportation Research Board to Primary Investigator, C. Fernando (Booz Allen Hamilton), with B. Terwilliger, leading Task B (Engaging Stakeholders in UAS)
  • Unmanned Aerial System and Airport Master Plans. (2013). Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, Faculty Development [internal funding]: Worrells, D., Witcher, K., Ison, D., & Terwilliger, B. 
  • Low cost two-person supervisory small unmanned aerial system control. (2012). Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, Faculty Development [internal funding; $1,500]: Terwilliger, B., & Ison, D.