Magnus C. V. Bergman (’17, PC) authored a novel, Oort Rising, published in December 2015 by Stonehenge Circle Press. Bergman, who uses the pen name, Magnus Victor, is expected to graduate in May 2017 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus.
Al DeFilippo (’83, DB) self-published Black Country, the first book of a planned historical trilogy: The Asbury Triptych Series, which details the life and times of Francis Asbury. The namesake of Asbury Park, New Jersey, DeFilippo considers Asbury, an itinerant preacher who immigrated to America in 1771, the George Washington of American Christianity. Black Country describes the first 26 years of Asbury’s life in the West-Midlands of England.
Professor Emeritus James K. Libbey authored Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics, a biography published in 2016 by the University Press of Kentucky. Barkley was Senate Majority Leader during the New Deal and was vice president under President Harry Truman. Libbey formerly taught aviation history and diplomatic history for Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. He was the university’s teacher of the year in 2005. He retired in 2014.
Former Embry-Riddle protestant chaplain (1996-2007) Jack Ottoson authored a memoir, Just Plain Sense: Reflections of a Plains Pastor, published in April 2016 by Westbow Press. Ottoson served as a pastor, counselor, teacher and fisherman for over 35 years. He retired in 2009. The book includes his personal insights on work, leisure and life priorities. Questions for reflection are included at the end of each chapter.
P. Michael Politano and Robert “Bob” O. Walton (’08, WW) coauthored the textbook Statistics and Research Methodology: A Gentle Conversation, published in 2016 by Lulu Press. Walton is executive director of campus operations and associate professor in the College of Business at Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus, European Region, and Politano is an adjunct professor for the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus.
Bijan Vasigh, professor of economics and finance at Embry-Riddle’s College of Business at the Daytona Beach Campus and managing director at Aviation Consulting Group LLC, Kenneth Fleming, adjunct faculty at Embry-Riddle, and Barry Humphreys coauthored Foundations of Airline Finance Methodology and Practice, 2nd edition, published in November 2014 by Routledge Publishing, England. The textbook provides an introduction to both the basics of finance and the intricacies of airline finance.
Brandon Wild (’97 PC; ’04 WW) and Gary Ullrich (’89 WW) coauthored Aviation Safety; The Basics. Published in November 2015, the textbook offers a detailed introduction into the current important issues affecting aviation safety. Wild and Ullrich are both faculty members in the aviation department at the University of North Dakota. The book is available as a free download.
Allan J. Williams (’07, WW) published his memoir, I Dance in the Sky – Flying and Other Stories, which includes his experiences flying for five years in the Alaskan bush and throughout the United States.