Matt Savoca portrait

Seven Alumni Honored with 2021 Eagle Alumni Award

Recipients are recognized for their volunteerism, entrepreneurial spirit and achievements distinguishing them in their fields

Barry Hyde, D.B.A. (’07) miraculously survived a 1998 plane crash, but he permanently lost his vision and ability to fly a plane again.

The former pilot and flight instructor embarked on a new career path, studying aviation safety at Embry-Riddle. He went on to earn his doctorate and is now an aviation safety analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Barry is one of seven alumni being honored with a 2021 Eagle Alumni Award for their achievements. The other recipients, who will be recognized in a virtual program, include Phil Rosnik (’86), Matt Savoca (’94), Moriba Jah, Ph.D. (’99), Lisa Anderson Spencer (’99, ’03), Jean Olivier Mbog (’13) and Narendran Muraleedharan (’16, ’17).

Hyde, Spencer and Jah will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Savoca was chosen for the Entrepreneur Alumni Award, while Muraleedharan was selected for the Young Alumni Award, and Mbog and Rosnik received Volunteer Alumni Awards.

“I never dreamt of receiving this award when I came to Embry-Riddle,” Hyde says. “There were many factors that came forward in my life that allowed me to do it.”

Barry Hyde portrait

Barry Hyde, Ph.D. (’07)

Distinguished Alumni Award

“My Embry-Riddle degree really opened the door for me to be able to work for the FAA. It allowed me to pursue my passion for aviation and help make sure what happened to me doesn’t happen to another pilot.”

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Lisa Anderson Spencer (’99, ’03)

Distinguished Alumni Award

“This award was so unexpected and humbling; I’m honored and filled with gratitude. This award demonstrates ERAU’s con‰fidence in me — as a valued alumna. I feel a degree of responsibility to be the best me I can be, as I represent the faith that ERAU has in me, as well.”

Moriba Jah portrait

Moriba Jah, Ph.D. (’99)

Distinguished Alumni Award

“I am extremely honored and pleasantly surprised that the university felt that I was someone who would earn this sort of distinction. It is welcomed and a very moving gesture.”

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Matt Savoca (’94)

Entrepreneur Alumni Award

“I graduated with the confidence to know I could take on life’s challenges. There are many great minds and many great entrepreneurs that have graduated from ERAU, and to be selected for this award is truly an honor.”

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Narendran Muraleedharan (’16, ’17)

Young Alumni Award

“I am honored that I am chosen for an alumni award from my university where a very large number of amazing and successful professionals come from. I loved my experience at Embry-Riddle, from the classes to the independent studies with professors to the research projects.”

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Jean Olivier Mbog (’13)

Volunteer Alumni Award

“I’m in love with all aviation, aerospace dreamers, aircraft and everything that goes into them. Give me a chance to upskill, and I’m as happy as I can be. My life and my career are an endless learning journey, and I’m loving every minute of it. Let’s together pay it forward to the next generation!”

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Phil Rosnik (’86)

Volunteer Alumni Award

“Receiving an award as recognition for my efforts is certainly an honor and always appreciated. However, the real reward for me is observing the actual positive impact that Embry-Riddle and the student population experience from my efforts.”