Patrick Ford

Title
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department
Department of Graduate Studies
College
College of Aviation

Office Hours

As needed (contact via email/phone)
Patrick Ford

In addition to being an adjunct professor at ERAU, Dr. Pat Ford is Director, Science & Technology, for Atkinson Aeronautics & Technology. His work includes being a science advisor supporting US Navy tactical airborne electromagnetic warfare (EW) efforts, as well as developing advanced commercial applications for both manned and unmanned commercial aerospace systems. His past academic work includes establishing the first ever 'from the ground up' unmanned systems associates degree program; program director of space and intelligence studies at a major online university; and, past full-time teaching efforts with ERAU. He also presents unmanned systems and EW professional training courses (online and in person) around the globe. His PhD is in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, with a Specialization in Naval Warfare Operations Analysis, where his research culminated in the first use of a commercial off-the-shelf radar system on a Group 3 or smaller unmanned aircraft system (UAS). His Master of Science degree is in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, with a research focus on microgravity countermeasures. Pat is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve cryptologic officer, and is also a graduate of both the National Intelligence University Post Graduate Intelligence Program and the Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program. He holds FAA Advanced Ground Instructor, Private Pilot (ASEL/tail wheel endorsement), and Part 107 Remote Pilot certificates. Along with flying, his hobbies include ham (amateur) radio, astronomy and sailing.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Management and Decision Science: General, Walden University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Space Studies, University of North Dakota
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, Regents College of the University of the State of New York

  • UNSY 205: Applied Physics Unmanned Sys
  • ASCI 530: Unmanned Aerospace Systems

ASCI 410

ASCI 530

ASCI 531

ASCI 637

UNSY 501