Carolina Anderson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle, where she also earned her MBA in Aviation. In cooperation with two of her Ph.D. colleagues, she recently published an article titled Assessing safety culture within a flight training organization in the Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research.
She is the first woman to ever earn the Ph.D. in Aviation degree, for which she completed her dissertation entitled "ANALYSIS OF GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT DATA BY AIRCRAFT CERTIFICATION BASIS.”
James H. “Jim” Cistone, Ph.D. has worked in aviation over the past 30-years, having begun Ph.D. studies in 1970 at Drexel University. After deciding to accept a job offer in 1974, his intention was to finish his dissertation while gainfully employed; however, his Drexel dissertation was never completed. While at Drexel, he acquired a Private Pilot License and later obtained a Commercial License and an Instrument Rating, and also began CFI training. Due to the poor economic conditions for aviation in the mid-1970s, his CFI training lapsed. In 1977, he was hired by Lockheed Electronics Company, a subsidiary of the Lockheed Corporation, and began a career in air traffic control system development as a software engineer. He held several positions of increasing importance culminating as the Chief Engineer for Air Traffic Control Systems at the time that Lockheed closed the Plainfield, NJ plant in 1990. Subsequently, he moved to GE Aerospace in Valley Forge, PA as the Technical Director for Aviation Information Systems, where he provided technical leadership for GE Aerospace in their emerging pursuit of the air traffic control market. In 1993, GE Aerospace was merged with Martin Marietta and in 1995, Martin Marietta was merged with Lockheed to form Lockheed Martin. He continued in a technical and management role in the new company and in 2000, transferred to Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management (ATM) Company in Rockville, MD, which was later renamed Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Systems (TSS). While at Lockheed Martin ATM, he was assigned to help the Joint Planning Office (later called Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO)) in developing the National Plan for the Next Generation Air Transportation System, where he led the weather strategy as well as being a key contributor to the air traffic management section. Having enjoyed working on the future of aviation, in 2004, he took early retirement from Lockheed Martin and went to work directly for the JPDO, through Crown Consulting. He has worked for the JPDO, NASA, and the FAA in the development of NextGen since his retirement from Lockheed Martin.
Jim completed his Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and CFI-Instrument (CFII) training in 2009 and 2010, respectively. In addition, he entered the ERAU Ph.D. in Aviation program became a Ph.D. Candidate in August 2012, and successfully defended his dissertation, entitled: Analysis of Airport Surface Deviations using the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS), on June 26, 2014.
In 2010, he established an aviation consulting company, Sullivan Aviation Services, LLC, named after his father, to conduct flight training and perform aviation consulting. He currently is employed by Concepts Beyond, LLC, and supports the FAA in managing the NextGen Florida Test Bed operated by ERAU in Daytona.
David Freiwald, Ph.D. is an A320/A321 Pilot Instructor with JetBlue Airways and Associate Professor, Graduate Studies in Aviation and Transportation at Lewis University. Prior to his current roles, he spent more than two decades in civil aviation, flying for several airlines as a Captain as well as a Check Airman. Currently designated Master CFI, David has also been the Chief Flight Instructor at three flight schools. He is an Embry-Riddle alumnus, earning his M.A.S. in Human Factors and Space Studies. David has a number of research interests, including investigation of safety cultures within aviation organizations.
One of the programs first graduates, his is titled dissertation, "THE EFFECTS OF ETHICAL LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL SAFETY CULTURE ON SAFETY OUTCOMES."
Benjamin "B.J." Goodheart, Ph.D. is an Aviation Claims, Risk Management, and Safety professional with experience in creating and streamlining Safety Management Systems and OSHA compliance management systems with a focus on providing innovative training and solutions to aviation operators. He is also an experience auditor for the IS-BAO, ACSF IAS, and NATA Ground Audit standards. Benjamin earned his M.S. in Safety Science from Embry-Riddle where he is now an adjunct professor. He completed his dissertation, “IDENTIFICATION OF CAUSAL PATHS AND PREDICTION OF RUNWAY INCURSION RISK USING BAYESIAN BELIEF NETWORKS.”
Robert Joslin, Ph.D. joined the FAA in 2005 after completing 30 years of military aviation service where he was a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and a military experimental test pilot in jet, propeller, helicopter, and tilt-rotor aircraft at the Naval Air Test Centers in Patuxent River and China Lake, where he was involved in the early research and development of new flight deck technologies, many of which were subsequently adopted for civil use. He was the Commander of Defense Contract Management Agency-Bell Helicopter responsible for the initial production, acceptance, and delivery of the V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft. Prior to being selected in 2010 as the Chief Scientist and Technical Advisor-Flight Deck Technology Integration, he served as an FAA Flight Test pilot, with the Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office and the Fort Worth Special Certification Office, involved in the certification of some of the latest flight deck systems. He also was a “Marine One” pilot for the President of the United States under the Bush Sr. administration, a 1994 NASA Astronaut Candidate finalist, an Assistant Professor of Aerodynamics and Aviation Safety at the Naval Postgraduate School, and is completely bilingual English-Spanish having been raised in Latin America. Robert Joslin has served on various national/international committees involved in developing certification standards for new technology and has extensive international experience living and working in aviation and aviation flight test centers worldwide, to include 3 years in Japan, and has over 60 published manuscripts in various aviation periodicals. He has over 7000 accident free flight hours in over 100 aircraft and is qualified in AMEL, ASEL, AMES, ASES, Powered-Lift and Rotorcraft-Helicopter with type ratings in the A-320, B-737, BE-200, BV-107, DA-2Easy, EMB-500, G-V, N-265, S-70, SA-227, and SK-61 as well CFI , CFII for Airplane and Rotorcraft and a qualified RQ-12 WASP sUAS Operator.
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William (“Bill”) Tuccio, Ph.D. joined the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2010 after gaining experience as a regional airline pilot, software engineer, flight instructor, aircraft owner, and resident of a private airpark. At the NTSB, he is an Aerospace Engineer working in the Vehicle Recorders Division in the Office of Research and Engineering. Bill has contributed technical expertise to over 200 aviation accident investigations as well as railroad and highway investigations. Bill’s primary responsibilities are in the area of cockpit voice recorders (CVR) where he serves as group chairman. He also contributes forensic expertise related to flight data recorders, video/image recorders, flight deck and portable GPS devices, and mobile device information recovery. He has worked on domestic investigations and assisted countries such as Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Congo, Liberia, Pakistan, and Thailand.
After earning his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986, Bill flew on-demand charters in a Beechcraft Baron and then flew for eight years for a regional airline in Shorts and ATR turboprop aircraft, while also teaching software applications to small businesses. After regional flying, he pursued opportunities associated with the “dot com” boom of the late 1990s, working as the Chief Technology Officer leading the launch of the first real-time, internet movie ticketing site, MovieTickets.com, in 2000. Other software engineering areas included the creation of datamarts, knowledge bases, customer relationship management systems, accounting, datamining systems, multi-channel marketing systems, Microsoft® SharePoint® implementation, and institutional scheduling applications for industries spanning aviation, automotive, health care, defense, and education.
Bill has been a flight instructor for over 25 years and has owned a number of aircraft. In 2003 he built a hangar and house on a private airport in Florida where actively contributed to the property owner’s association. He earned his Master of Aviation Science from Embry-Riddle in 2009 with his thesis, A Comparison of Turf Management Practices at Turf Runway Airports in the Southeast. Bill has taught his son to fly, his wife to fly a tailwheel plane, and he has contributed to his community serving as a volunteer teacher for prison re-entry training and church outreach through the Knights of Columbus.
On September 5, 2013, Bill satisfied the final requirement for his Ph.D. in Aviation, defending his dissertation,Collaborative Audio Transcription and Repair as a Method for Novice Pilots to Learn Approach Briefing Crew Resource Management (CRM) Skills. Tuccio’s doctoral research expanded the aviation body of knowledge through the definition and experimental evaluation of a theory-based structured learning technique for aviation. The structured learning technique, called collaborative transcription and repair based learning (CTRBL), paired pilots together to listen to audio of a contrived aviation scenario, partially transcribe the audio, and then repair errors in the transcript to create an ideal, textbook scenario. The experimental evaluation of CTRBL supported its efficacy. The CTRBL method may provide a way for pilots to work independent of an instructor to learn and practice cockpit resource management (CRM) skills.
Harold Townsend, Ph.D. earned his Ph.D. in Aviation from Embry-Riddle where he also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science. Harold earned an MBA from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has been an airline pilot, aircraft mechanic, flight operations training manager, financial analyst, and financial controller. His academic interest is airline finance and operations. He completed his dissertation "EFFECT OF AIR CARRIER RESTRUCTURING STRATEGIES ON POST-BANKRUPTCY PERFORMANCE."
Shareef Al-Romaithi. Ph.D. is an Embry-Riddle alumnus, having earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Aeronautics Aviation/Aerospace Management and Aerospace Safety. He entered the program as a First Officer with Etihad Airways. His dissertation is "NATIONAL CULTURE: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF CROSS-CULTURE ON AIRLINE PILOTS' SAFETY PERFORMANCE IN THE MIDDLE-EAST AND NORTH AFRICA (MENA) REGION."
Kelly Whealan George, Ph.D. serves as Executive Director of Research Administration and the Discipline Chair of the Social Sciences and Economics Program in the Department of Arts and Science at Embry-Riddle, where she also teaches economics and statistics courses. Kelly completed her Master’s in Economics at Southern Methodist University and has published her research prolifically. She is most interested in aviation economics and completed her dissertation, "ECONOMIC INTERRELATIONSHIPS AND IMPACTS OF THE AVIATION/AEROSPACE INDUSTRY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA USING INPUT-OUTPUT ANALYSIS," in this area.
Thapanat “Mond” Buaphiban, Ph.D. was recognized at the Daytona Beach commencement ceremony in December 2015 following the successful defense of his dissertation in April. His defense, “DETERMINATION OF FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE PASSENGERS’ AIRLINE SELECTION: A STUDY OF LOW COST CARRIERS IN THAILAND," examined how passengers arrive at the decision to choose a low cost carrier from a “multi-dimensional point of view.” Mond is an Embry-Riddle alumnus, having earned his M.S. in Aeronautics after completing his BE in Industrial Engineering from the Royal Thai Air Force Academy, where his is now employed as an Air Force Officer.
Samson Fatokun, Ph.D. is an Aviation Solutions Manager, Western Africa, for International Air Transport Association. He earned his M.Sc. in Air Transport Management at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, U.K. He previously worked for Virgin Nigeria Airways and Bellview Airlines. He completed his dissertation "PREDICTING THE MARKET SHARE OF A NEW AIRPORT IN MULTI-AIRPORT CITIES: THE CASE OF LAGOS" in March 2016.
Jonathan Velázquez, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator for the entire aviation program at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. He recently led the aviation department's efforts towards achieving accreditation from the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) for the Professional Pilot Program, making his school the first Latin American aviation program to achieve such recognition. He is also part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Team. In 2013, he won the FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year Award for the San Juan/Caribbean region. He has published in professional journals on topics that range from aviation education, aviation safety, and aviation law and aeromedical factors. He holds a Master in Educational Arts degree in University Teaching from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico - Metropolitan Campus and a B.S. in Professional Pilot and a B.S. in Aviation Management, both from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico - Bayamon Campus. He is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI) and Commercial Pilot with category ratings in airplane single engine and multiengine land instrument.