Debbie M. Schaum is a professional in the field of aviation sciences known for opening the door for other women to succeed in a male-dominated industry. Today, she is the associate chair of applied aviation sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she oversees four majors in the department, including commercial space operations, air traffic management, aerospace, and occupational safety and meteorology. Ms. Schaum has worked at the university for 22 years, during which time she has not only established her expertise in meteorology and aviation, but she has developed programs for elementary, middle and high school students to introduce them to meteorology as a career. In recognition of her professional excellence, Ms. Schaum was recognized as a Professional of the Year by Worldwide Branding in 2016. This distinction adds to a long list of professional accolades achieved over the last three decades, including being honored by the University Aviation Association.