Erianne, assistant professor of biology, has always had a love for both
aviation and science. Though science ultimately pulled into first place,
aviation has certainly given his interest a run for its money.
Dr. Erianne began
his career in aviation after graduating high school. He enlisted in the
military and although he was unable to pursue his dream of piloting a
helicopter, he jumped at the chance to train as an air traffic controller
during his three year tour. While serving, he was able to complete his
bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University (ERAU). After his tour, he began working for the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) as an enroute air traffic controller in Long Island. But in the summer of
1981, his career path took an unexpected turn when PATCO (Professional Air
Traffic Controllers Organization) voted to go on strike and the striking
controllers were fired by President Reagan.
From there, his
love of science and aviation played tug-of-war for several years. He spent time
programming software for pharmaceutical companies, worked as a flight
instructor, and began working his way toward a Ph. D. in experimental pathology
at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). While
earning his degree, he was hired to work part-time to teach in the
bioinformatics program, leading to a full-time position.
“I realized the
part I loved most was teaching. I opted to try and find a teaching position at
a community college where teaching comes before research,” says Dr. Erianne. He began teaching at Naugatuck Valley
Community College in Waterbury, Connecticut and taught there for 13 years
before coming to back to New Jersey to be closer to his family.
“I loved the
things I had heard about CCM,” he says. “I haven't been disappointed: The faculty and staff
at CCM have been nothing short of fabulous and the students here are
Along with his B.A. in professional aeronautics, he earned a
B.S. in Zoology from Rutgers University, a certificate in Healthcare
Informatics from UMDNJ, and a Masters and Ph. D. in Experimental Pathology from