Aviation Pioneers

Dr. James W. Gregory, the Dean of the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle

When we are talking about people who have contributed to the development of the aviation industry, pilots immediately come to mind. Because throughout the history of aviation, courageous aviators took scary risks and accomplished great feats. But we can’t attribute the development of the aviation industry solely to these brave aviators. For the growth of this industry, many people have worked together and there are still many people who keep working for this. And as the dean of the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, Dr. James W. Gregory is among these people. Here on this blog post we are going to learn about the education and career of Dr. Gregory. Since he is a very competent academic, there may be a few things that we can learn from him. So, let’s discuss his education history and career.

Dr. James W. Gregory’s Education

Right now, Dr. James W. Gregory is considered to be a fairly successful academic with solid credentials. And his higher education started with him becoming a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which is in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1994. After 5 years of studying, Gregory graduated from this school with highest honors and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1999. During this time period, he worked as an engineering co-op at Delta Air Lines, from March 1995 to June 1998.

After getting his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, Gregory started his Ph.D. on Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University in 1999. He received his master’s degree on this subject in 2002 and his Ph.D. in 2005. He did his internship during this time period at NASA Glenn Research Center from June 2002 to August 2002 and at Tohoku University in Japan from July 2004 to August 2004.

Dr. James W. Gregory’s Career

James W. Gregory
source: erau.edu

Following his education in Georgia Tech and Purdue University, Dr. James Gregory worked as a visiting research scientist at US Air Force Academy for two years, from December 2005 to December 2007. Before this he served as a policy fellow at the National Academy of Engineering for four months, from September 2005 to December 2005.

Then in January 2008, Gregory joined The Ohio State University as an assistant professor. He worked in this role for over five years until September 2013, when he became an associate professor in the same university. After working as an associate professor for a little more than four years, he became the director of the Aerospace Research Center at The Ohio State University in November 2017. Following his work as the director of the Aerospace Research Center, he then worked as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering until leaving The Ohio State University in 2021.

Right now he is the dean of the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle, a prestigious college providing aviation and aerospace education. Throughout his career, Dr. James W. Gregory conducted research on many areas and he is also an instrument-rated private pilot with over 400 flight hours.


Ginger Pinholster (July 13 2021), Dr. James W. Gregory Named Dean of the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, EMBRY-RIDDLE Aeronautical University News, Retrieved 26 March 2022

< https://news.erau.edu/headlines/dr-james-w-gregory-named-dean-of-the-college-of-engineering-at-embry-riddles-daytona-beach-campus >

Jim Gregory LinkedIn Page, Retrieved 26 March 2022

< https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-gregory-7072944 >

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