Adult ed doctoral student Mary Riley recognized by national research board

February 28, 2019


Mary Riley, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s adult education program, was recently recognized by the United States Department of Transportation Research Board at its 98th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Riley has two degrees in German Languages and Literature, including one from the United States Military Academy. She is also an accomplished helicopter pilot and serves as an adjunct in Auburn’s aviation program. Her first career was in Army aviation.

Riley’s research focuses on gamification in virtual and mixed reality environments. Her research is sponsored by the FAA.

“Mary is very bright and we in Auburn’s Adult Ed program really enjoy working with her,” said Riley’s major professor, Jim Witte. “Her professionalism, intelligence, and strong work ethic were evident early on in her studies and it’s nice to have these traits recognized on a national level.”

“I look forward to working with Mary on future projects, including a grant to establish virtual reality training programs for aviators.”

Congratulations Mary!