Dr. Robert Materna is a Professor of Business Administration and Director of the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide. Dr. Materna was a Command Pilot in Untied States Air Force, has an Airline Transport Pilot rating, and served in a number of increasingly responsible positions in the areas of logistics management, acquisition logistics, and international logistics during his Air Force career. Dr Materna is also a Certified Professional Logistician (CPL). Prior to teaching for Embry-Riddle, he was an Officer Scholar and Associate Professor in the School of Systems and Logistics at the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Dr. Materna’s teaching and research interests focus on logistics and supply chain management; international business; and leadership. He has been a frequent speaker at conferences all over the U.S., Europe, and Asia and has authored a number of white papers and professional articles in publications such as the Air Force Journal of Logistics, the International Society of Logistics’ Spectrum, and the Academy of International Business (SE) Journal on Research, Teaching and Practice. Most recently, he wrote a chapter on Air Cargo Transportation for a widely used college text on International Logistics.
Dr. Materna is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Air Force Institute of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. in Business Administration, with a major in International Business, from Georgia State University.
Welcome to Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL).
The aviation and aerospace industry has a rich heritage of leaders – from the early civilian and military pioneers in aviation and space, to the entrepreneurs and captains of the aviation and aerospace industry today.
But the world is changing, and one of the primary roles of the Center is to explore what it means to be a leader in aviation and aerospace today, examine how that role may be changing, and document what current and aspiring leaders can do to be more effective in the years to come.
We have a terrific staff and an extraordinary Industry Advisory Board, so please join us on our journey, and do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you in any way.