Brian Leathers

Health & Safety Engineer / Harris Corp.
Embry-Riddle Class of 2008
B.S. Safety Science

GOING TO EMBRY-RIDDLE

I first decided to go to Embry-Riddle because I wanted to be a commercial pilot, I had already obtained my pilot’s license in Tennessee while still in high school. I visited the campus and knew it was the place for me. I decided my sophomore year that I only wanted to fly for fun, and not as my ultimate career. At that turning point I changed majors and focused on engineering. I ultimately wanted to work at NASA, and after switching majors, I got a job at United Space Alliance at Kennedy Space Center working as a Safety Engineer for the Space Shuttle Program. It was my ultimate dream job and the degree from ERAU helped me obtain that position. I met so many ERAU alumni during my time at KSC.

I was honored to be a Founding Father of the prestigious Pi Kappa Alpha Lambda Mu chapter at ERAU. I made life-long friendships during my time in the fraternity and it also helped me develop time management skills. Between classes and the many philanthropy events that the fraternity hosted to raise money for charity, it helped me keep everything organized. I also was a campus tour guide and enjoyed showing prospective students the university that I loved to attend.

AFTER GRADUATION

  • Worked at United Space Alliance at Kennedy Space Center as a Saftey Engineer for the Space Shuttle Program.
  • During his time at United Space Alliance, Brian was selected to be a panelist at the International Astronautical Congress in Prague. It was a panel of young professionals working in the field of Astronautics. Only 6 professionals under the age of 30 were selected to present, he was the only candidate selected from the USA. “It was a great honor to represent this country’s Space Program on such an international stage.”
  • Began working at Harris Corporation 3 years ago as a Systems Engineer, after the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.
  • Transistioned into Environmental, Safety and Health Engineering for Harris Corp.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

  • “I am responsible to ensure that Harris and it’s 7000 local employees are in compliance with OSHA and all other applicable state and government regulations. This has allowed me to take on more management level responsibilities. The broad education that I received from ERAU allowed me to take on such diverse career paths.”

ADVICE TO FUTURE STUDENTS

“I would tell any current or future student to enjoy their time at ERAU and try everything that they can while they are in school. Those memories will live on forever and the friendships developed in college will last a life time. The time in college will fly by and the knowledge, relationships, and connections we make while in school will last forever. Don’t take the college experience for granted, it’ll be over before you realize it.”  — Brian Leathers