Combining his passions for aviation and supporting the pilots of tomorrow, Kurtis Ludwig (’94) has helped countless Embry-Riddle students navigate their way to offices in the sky. The airline captain was named to the Prescott Campus Chancellor’s Alumni Hall of Fame in October 2019, in recognition of his service to Embry-Riddle students and the aviation industry.
“Since 2011, Kurtis has connected with close to 6,000 students about piloting careers,” says Bill Thompson (’87), executive director of alumni engagement. These connections were largely fostered through his involvement with the education committee for the Prescott Air Line Pilots Association ACE Club.
Ludwig started volunteering as the ALPA liaison for the club eight years ago. The club exposes students to the aviation industry through presentations, tours and workshops, and often leads to student internships and employment opportunities.
Several Embry-Riddle graduates credit Ludwig for helping them achieve career success. Capt. Scott Singleton (’14) is one. “I wouldn’t be where I am without Kurtis. His guidance and insight into this industry allowed me to grow into the airline pilot I am today,” Singleton says.
An Airbus A220 captain for Delta Air Lines, based in New York City, Ludwig graduated with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science from the Prescott Campus. He worked as a flight instructor at the Daytona Beach Campus, before starting his career as a commercial pilot for cargo, corporate and passenger operators.
Ludwig met his wife, Alicia, as a student at Embry-Riddle. The couple have two daughters, Shelby and Kailey.
Editor’s Note: The Chancellor’s Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 2012 to honor the significant contributions of alumni to their profession, the community, the campus and the university. Since that time, 23 awardees have been recognized.