Richard Prazenica

Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus

Richard Prazenica is originally from Cranston, Rhode Island.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering, from the University of Florida.

His research interests include guidance, navigation and control of autonomous flight vehicles, modeling and simulation, nonlinear system identification, aeroelasticity and adaptive materials for UAV flight control.

Prior to joining the Aerospace Engineering Department at Embry-Riddle, Richard held an NRC postdoctoral fellowship at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, research faculty appointments at the University of Florida and Virginia Tech, and worked as a GNC Engineer and Program Manager for a small defense contractor based in Huntsville, Alabama.  



  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania

  • AE 432: Flight Dynamics and Control
  • AE 523: Model & Sim of Linear Dyn Sys
  • AE 700: Thesis
  • AE 800: Dissertation