Robert Allen, a Line Pilot for American Airlines, previously served the United States Navy as a Fighter/Test Pilot. After his tenure in the Navy, he served five years in the Illinois Air National Guard as a Squadron Commander and six years as a Staff Officer for the United Air Force Reserves.
Sabrina Woods separated from the Air Force after 12 years of service as an aircraft maintenance officer and aviation mishap investigator. During this time she completed a Masters of Arts degree in Professional and Technical Writing, as well as a Masters of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with an emphasis in Aviation Safety. She currently works full time for the Federal Aviation Administration in the General Aviation and Commercial Division, and part time as an adjunct Professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. She is pursuing a Human Factors emphasis in her doctoral program studying the dynamics of risk-based decision-making. In her spare time, Sabrina likes to snow ski, long distance cycle, and plays defense on a women’s recreational ice hockey team. She is “mom” to two fur-baby miniature dachshunds; Pepper and Coco.
David Burgess is an airport engineering consultant for his own company Burgess Engineering, PLLC in Richmond, VA. He specializes in the planning, design and construction of airfield lighting, navigational aid and high reliability power systems for commercial and military airfields worldwide.
David graduated from Virginia Tech in 1989 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He served eight years active duty as a USAF Civil Engineer. From 1998-2005 David worked with a large construction contractor, an airport design consultant, a large management consulting firm, and earned a M.Eng. in Construction Management from the University of Maryland. In 2006, David started his own consulting business providing electrical engineering services.
In 2000, he joined the 235th Civil Engineer Flight of the Maryland Air National Guard as a traditional part-time guardsman, providing extensive design & construction management support to HQ USEUCOM Exercise-Related Construction and Humanitarian Assistance program, the Air National Guard Annual Training Program, and multiple Persian Gulf deployments. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2012.
David is a registered professional engineer in multiple states and D.C, is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the Illuminating Engineering Society, Airfield Lighting Committee (IESNA-ALC), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Susan Archer earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida after completing her MAS in Aviation Management at Embry-Riddle. She is a Lead Teacher at First Coast High School Aerospace Technology Career Academy, where she teachers Aerospace Technology, AP Statistics, Probability and Statistics, and Dual Enrollment Algebra and Introductory Statistics.
Erik Baker is a U.S. Navy Active-Duty Officer and Executive Transport Pilot. He joined the Ph.D. program in 2010 after earning his MAS from Embry-Riddle and is pursuing research in the area of pilot fatigue. In cooperation with two of his Ph.D. colleagues, he recently published an article titled Assessing safety culture within a flight training organization in the Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research.
Nicole Bier, was active duty in the Air Force, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy and her Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During her time in the Air Force, Nicole worked on information operations and satellite programs.
Heidi Brewer began her research career working with the Mars Desert Research Station before becoming an Aircraft Liaison Engineer for Delta Air Lines Technical Operations. In 2006, she joined NASA Johnson Space Center Mission Operations Directorate where she served as a Space Shuttle Instrumentation and Communications Flight Controller and currently, an Integrated Systems Engineer Flight Controller.
Chris Broyhill is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and served in the USAF for more than 20 years flying the A-10 and F-16. After retiring, he joined the field of business aviation and held many leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas. Chris earned his M.A. in National Security Studies from California State University, San Bernardino. He is interested in researching business aviation operations, leadership, and safety. He has published a number of articles and is the author of a successful aviation thriller series which includes The Viper Contract and The Cabo Contract. His third book, book, The Satan Contract, will be finished this fall. Chris is currently the Transportation (Aviation) Director for Exelon Corporation, based at the DuPage Airport in West Chicago, IL.
A Major in the United States Marine Corps, Michael Brunnschweiler currently serves Pratt & Whitney as a Site Manager. He earned two master degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: a Master of Business Administration in Aviation and a Master of Science, Air Science - Aviation Safety.
Bob Brents is a consultant based in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. where he has worked with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics (USD (AT&L)), DoD Modeling and Simulation Coordination Office, DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Secretary of the Air Force (A-3/5), the Naval Air Systems Command, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Some career high points include working on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor and CH-47 Chinook at Boeing and the A-12 Avenger II aircraft, AN/ARC-210 radio, and AIM-9 Sidewinder missile at NAVAIR. He is currently helping DoD plan for improved GPS capabilities and other position, navigation, and timing technologies.
He received his undergraduate degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech and followed that with an MBA from the University of Richmond. He has co-authored a paper in the DoD Modeling and Simulation Journal and has made presentations at a number of Systems Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) Systems Interoperability Workshops.
Bob is an instrument rated pilot (ASEL) with a keen interest in aviation safety. He hopes to use his PhD to expand the aviation safety body of knowledge through a combination of teaching and consulting.
Dave Carroll is the Director of Training Programs for Aviation Performance Solutions in Mesa, Arizona, where he provides on-aircraft, simulator, and integrated Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. He retired from the US Air Force with 25 years of experience as a fighter pilot and instructor pilot, as well as numerous staff and leadership positions. He completed a Bachelor of Applied Studies in Aviation Leadership and Management from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Aeronautical Science with an Operations Specialization from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and is currently in the PhD in Aviation program with an emphasis in Safety and Human Factors. His FAA certificates include Advanced Ground Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, B-737 type rating, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic, and, formerly, an Inspection Authorization. In addition, he is one of fewer than 20 CFIs worldwide currently accredited as a Master CFI – Aerobatic.
Dave and his wife live in Scottsdale, Arizona where he enjoys restoring his 1947 North American NAvion.
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Stephen Curran resides in Jamaica, where he is the Network Design Director for Digicel Group. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University in Ireland. He is also a member of Engineers Without Boarders.
Stacie L. Fain is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Torch Technologies, Inc. where she supports the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Express Contract for U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) System Simulation and Development Directorate (SSDD) in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to joining Torch, Ms. Fain was the Director of Aviation Safety at ARES Corporation where she led establishment and performance of Aviation Safety business area for the company. She also led business development of Safety Management Systems (SMS) Line of Business including developing the Business Plans, proposals, marketing strategy, and materials. Ms. Fain is Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard and currently serves as the Deputy Senior Reserve Officer at U. S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston in Houston, TX where she is responsible for the readiness and training of 250 Reserve personnel at the Sector, three Marine Safety Units, a Sector Field Office, and four Small Boat Stations. She mentors Reserve leaders; including sub-unit Senior Reserve Officers, Reserve Department Chiefs, and Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisors. Ms. Fain is Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She is an Unrestricted Naval Aviator and holds a FAA Commercial Pilot License in Single and Multi-engine Land and Helicopter as well as a FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) license. She has over 2000 accident free hours in various military and civilian aircraft.
Member, professional organizations and societies:
Samson Fatokun 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.
Mike Goldfein is a First Officer for Southwest Airlines. He received his BS from USAFA ('84) and his MAS from ERAU (’95). He served 23 years in the USAF flying T-38s as an instructor at Laughlin AFB and flying F-16s as an instructor in Asia, Europe, and the USA. His FAA certificates include single-engine CFI, CFII and ATP, B-737 type rating.
Mike and his wife, Carole, live in Phoenix in the winter and Salt Lake City in the summer.
Ray Flores has worked in a variety of positions with the Department of the Air Force as a Federal Government civilian for over thirty years. He has held assignments working in Program Management, Test & Evaluation, Information Technology, and Research and Development. He has held positions at the Pentagon, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Edwards Air Force Base and he has worked in a Joint Program Office in a previous assignment in the DC area. Ray is a Certified Manager with the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, and holds Level III Acquisition Professional Development Program Certification in Program Management, Test & Evaluation, and Science & Engineering. He has taught undergraduate engineering as an adjunct instructor at Wright State University near Dayton, Ohio. Early in his engineering career, Ray was employed as an automotive engineer working with General Motors and Chrysler.
Member, professional organizations and societies:
American Institute of Avionics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Senior Member, Technical Committee on Management
Industry and government awards
“50 Most Powerful Hispanics in Business and Technology”, Hispanic Engineer Magazine, 2003
Top Ten Federal Engineers of the Year, 1993, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
USAF Civilian Engineer of the Year, 1993, NSPE
Federal Employee of the Year, Runner-up, Scientific/Engineering/Medical/Legal, 1993, Institute of Personnel Managers Association (IPMA), Dayton area.
PhD Aviation, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL (in progress)
MS National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, DC (2001)
MS Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, (1987)
MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, (1981)
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, (1979)
Mr. Cole is a command pilot and subject matter expert (SME) in operational implementation of military and civilian satellite-based technology applications, including Search and Rescue, Glob-al Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and the associated augmentation systems. Mr. Cole speaks English and Spanish. He holds a Secret Clearance. In addition, Mr. Cole is co-holder of patented technology for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of aeronautical infor-mation related to implementation of satellite navigation.
> Ph.D. Student, Aviation, Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, FL (2014)
> M.S., Aeronautical Sciences, Embry-Riddle University, Prescott, AZ (1985)
> B.S. + (36 Hours) Spanish (bilingual), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (1975)
> B.S. Recreation and Parks, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (1974)
Tanya Gatlin is currently an assistant professor in the Aviation and Aerospace Science Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She also is the head coach of the university precision flight team which competes in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) against more than 70 other universities across the nation. Her flight team won the coveted Loening trophy for the 2010-2011 season. She serves as the faculty advisor for many other student organizations such as the student Ninety-Nine's, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, and Commercial Spaceflight Federation student organization. Gatlin holds an airline transport pilot certificate with a Lear jet 45 type rating and a seaplane rating, in addition to her instrument and multi engine flight instructor certificate. Her many other duties include serving as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Spaceport Colorado, serving as the vice president on the board of directors for the Colorado General Aviation Alliance, as well as serving as the Deputy Commander for the Parker Cadet Squadron in Civil Air Patrol. She also actively serves with the women's air race classic organization and has competed in the women's air race classic for the past two years. She won sixth place in the 2014 race. With a passion for both aviation and aerospace, and an interest to see these career fields blended even more so, Tanya is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in aviation and aerospace sciences through Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She completed her master’s degree in physics from the University of Houston while working for NASA at Johnson Space Center as an instructor on the space shuttle.
Lakshmi Vempati currently works full-time as an Operations Research Analyst in the NextGen NAS Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate in Washington D.C. She has a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Aviation with a focus in Operations. Her research interests include performance based navigation, modeling and simulation and metrics. She is an instrument rated private pilot working on her commercial license. In her spare time, in addition to flying, she likes photography, traveling and hiking.
Jennifer Edwards is a former Army MEDEVAC (UH-60) helicopter pilot with 8.5 years of service, including 22 months in Iraq. Edwards earned a BS from the United States Military Academy, West Point in 2000 and her MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2011. Currently she teaches undergraduate business classes for ERAU Worldwide. Edwards is pursuing a Human Factors emphasis in her program coursework and is interested in conducting research on pilot memory and cognitive functions in the cockpit.
James Hartman earned his M.S. in Technology in Aviation Human Factors from Arizona State University, where he also began his studies in the Ph.D. in Public Administration program before transferring to the Ph.D. in Aviation. He is currently a Federal Aviation Administration/National Ceiling and Visibility Program Manager.
Donald Jackson earned his M.A. in International Relations from Webster University. He is an AFLCMC Tanker Directorate System Safety Manager for PESystems, Inc., and his research interest is autonomous automation.
Annmarie Greer is the Director of Operations for the Aviation & Government Services division of HSS, Inc. HSS is the industry leader in specialized security services providing over 1,000 officers at twelve airport facilities and four government locations. Greer's current clients include the airports in Portland (OR), Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Detroit, as well as the City of Scottsdale and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. She manages the strategic direction and security processes for each of these clients; ensures compliance with all TSA regulations; and travels to each location at least quarterly in support of each account and the local site managers. In addition to holding Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, she is also a Certified Member (C.M.) and Airport Certified Employee (ACE) in Security through the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Recently, Greer was selected to be a part of the Airfield Safety, Operations, and Security committee for the annual AAAE conference held each spring. Prior to HSS, Greer was the Airport Operations Manager and Airport Security Coordinator (ASC) for the Pensacola International Airport from 2007-2014.
Greer is interested in researching aviation security particularly in its application to airports and their badged employees.
BA, Interpersonal Communications The Ohio State University, 1994
MS, Aviation Administration Middle Tennessee State University, 2003
Kristy Kiernan is a former Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon pilot. While on active duty, she served as an Aviation Safety Officer, Standardization Pilot for the Falcon community, and Crew Resource Management instructor. A 1990 graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Kristy has long been interested in human performance, especially in challenging environments. Her research interests also include machine ethics and workforce issues. Her dissertation will explore the effects of gender and generation on field exits in the engineering profession. She lives near Mobile Alabama with her husband and four children.
Daniel Kinn retired as an Army aviator and acquisition officer in 2006 and is currently employed by the Army as a Military Analyst in the Army’s Brigade Modernization Command at Fort Bliss, TX. He is also an Adjunct Instructor for Embry-Riddle, where he has taught Human Factors in Aviation Safety and Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Operations. Daniel earned both his B.S. in Professional Aeronautics and his M.A.S. in Aerospace Safety Systems through Embry-Riddle.
A highly accomplished leader with over twenty years of distinguished service as a military officer and senior civil servant, Chris Lee commanded operational squadrons, directed large aircraft maintenance organizations, and led acquisition logistics integrated product teams. He currently serves as an Acquisition Logistician for the United States Navy. He earned his Master of Science in Aeronautical Science/Aviation Management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
John Maris is the President of Marivent Corporation. He received his B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London and his MAS and MAM from Embry-Riddle. After graduating, John plans to continue his ongoing research projects with NASA and the FAA, as well as lecturing in the areas of Systems Safety and Human Factors.
Robert Maxson is the Director of the NOAA Aviation Weather Center. He completed his M.S. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Robert is interested in researching weather impacts on the National Airspace System and applied numerical aviation weather prediction.
Greg Mellema is a Project Manager with Yulista Management Services, Inc. He earned his M.A.S. with dual specializations in Aviation Safety and Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle. In addition to articles, he has published the book Essentials of Composite Fabrication and Repair.
Jeffrey Miller earned his MS in Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he was a distinguished graduate. He is currently the Vice President of Flight Operations for AirTran Airways.
Isaac Munene is a Senior System Safety Engineer with Bell Helicopter Textron International. He is an Embry-Riddle alumnus, having earned his M.A.S. with a dual concentration in safety and management.
Kevin O’Leary began his aviation career in 1996 when he joined Hawker Beechcraft, where he was a Trade Analyst. After his time at Hawker Beechcraft, he was asked to join a start-up venture, Flight Options. He is now the President/Founder of Jet Advisors, LLC. He earned his MBA from Bentley University.
Bud is a retired Air Force pilot with a rather diverse flying career, having assignments in the B-52, T-37, T-41, KC-10, and C-21. Following retirement, he joined the C-17 Training System primarily as a simulator instructor first with the Boeing Company and subsequently L-3 Communications. In that position he also worked extensively in simulator certification/modification and courseware development, specializing in CRM.
Bud lives in New Jersey with his wife of 34 years, has 2 grown children, and a delightful young grandson, Cooper. His hobbies include sailing, camping and hiking, and skiing.
Jane Pan completed her master’s degree in Adult Education at the University of British Columbia, as well as an MBA from Concordia University. Her research interests include air transport in China focusing on areas such as air hub development, low -cost airlines, and competition structures.
Allen Peck, a United States Air Force Lieutenant General (retired), earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy and his Master of Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Before retiring, he served with distinction as Commander of the Air University, the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force.
The Executive Program Manager of Northrop Grumman Corporation, Scott Raetzman has extensive experience in project management. Previously, he served the Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation and the Northrop Grumman Corporation as International Engineering Project Manager. In addition to a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Management from Albertus Magnus College, Raeztman completed all but his dissertation for his Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering at Northwestern University before joining the Ph.D. in Aviation program.
Casey Richardson is a fighter pilot for the 391st Fighter Squadron in the United States Air Force. He is a combat warrior and officer and professional pilot. He earned his B.S. in physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his MAS in Safety Systems from Embry-Riddle.
Matthew Grunenwald currently serves as the Director of Project Development for Junior Achievement USA in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to this role, Matt was the Aviation Business Analyst for Intel Corporation overseeing the daily operational and financial activities of a seven-aircraft, five city-pair, 146-weekly scheduled flight program serving over 180,000 passengers annually.
He served in the US Navy stationed aboard aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) earning his Enlisted Air Warfare Specialty. Matt is also a former mission pilot for Civil Air Patrol, and was the President/Vice President-Business of the Texas A&M University Flying Club. Matt holds a commercial single-engine rating with instruments, and is an advanced/instrument ground instructor. His previous education includes a BBA in Management from Texas A&M University and an MBA from University of Phoenix.
Matt’s research focuses on the use of corporate air shuttles for businesses domestically and worldwide, and identifying the factors that ensure their success. He is a current member of the National Business Aviation Association corporate shuttle working group.
Daniel Ronneberg earned both his MBA in Aviation and his M.S. in Aeronautical Science Operations from Embry-Riddle. He completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of Denver College of Law. He is currently an Aviation Safety Inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Arun Saini is a Strategy/Operations/Cost Specialist, Preliminary Design & Flight Services, for Gulfstream Aerospace. He earned his MBA in Strategic Management and Finance from Mercer University.
Timothy Sestak is an instructor at Embry-Riddle, where he teaches Aeronautical Sciences to undergraduate students and serves as an advisor to student clubs and organizations. He earned his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and his MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Stephanie Smith is a long-time aviation enthusiast who dreamed of becoming a pilot long before she could drive. She chose to put her education first, earning a BS in mechanical engineering in 2003, followed by a private pilot certificate in January 2005. She is the proud co-owner of a 1979 Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, which she has owned with her husband, Dennis, since 2004. They fly their Tomahawk all over the Northwest, the area they consider home. She and her husband enjoy building aircraft and have experience with a variety of models including an Avid Flyer and a Van’s RV-10. In the future, they would like to build a Glasair Sportsman 2+2 to enjoy the great backcountry flying the Northwest has to offer.
In 2003, Smith began working for Garmin, International, at their Salem, Oregon facility. Originally hired as a mechanical engineer, she has been involved in numerous aircraft certification programs, from make/model-specific G1000 installations to AML STCs, including the G500, G600, GTN Navigators, and GDL 88. In addition, she supports various projects at the project management level. She also represents Garmin as co-chair for SG-5 FIS-B UAT Minimum Operational Performance Standard (RTCA SC‑206 Aeronautical Information and Meteorological Data Link Services).
Smith is interested in researching aviation safety and human factors as well as advanced technology, avionics, and general aviation aircraft. After graduating, she plans to continue research in aviation, including accident prevention.
BS, Mechanical Engineering Oregon State University, 2003
MBA, Applied Aviation Management Daniel Webster College, 2008
Ross Stephenson is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at Jacksonville University where he teaches courses in aviation science and aviation weather. Prior to becoming a professor, Stephenson was a Program Operations Manager for L-3 Communications as well as a pilot with L-3 and Avenge, Inc. His background also includes many positions in the United States Marine Corp where he served as a Master Instructor, Executive Officer, Operations Manager, Director of Flight Operations, and Director of Aviation Safety and Standardization.
Robert Thomas has served the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2007 as a Flight Instructor and the Flight Media Coordinator. Previously, he was a Flight Instructor with Central Illinois Air, Precision Aviation, and University of Illinois. He earned his Master of Science n Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle.
Harold Townsend is a student in the Ph.D. in Aviation program with Embry-Riddle, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science, Harold also earned an MBA from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Harold has been an airline pilot, aircraft mechanic, flight operations training manager, financial analyst, and financial controller. His academic interest is airline finance and operations.
Scott is a flight systems engineer in the Experimental Systems Group at Boeing Defense, Space and Security in Seal Beach, CA as well as an adjunct faculty member teaching physics lab at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Prior to that, Scott worked as a mission analyst at DigitalGlobe, a graduate research assistant in the High Precision GPS Applications Lab at University of Colorado at Boulder and a systems engineer in the rotation program at Boeing Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, CA. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Engineering Physics with a minor in mathematics in 2007 and his Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2009.
Jonathan Velázquez 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.
Gregory Woo worked as a software engineer for more than 25 years, building his career in project management before shifting to his lifelong passion of aviation. He works for the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in the Aviation Facilities division. Gregory graduated from Fielding Graduate University with an M.A. in Organizational Management and Development after completing his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Yale University.
David Hunter is the Deputy Chief Pilot, Flight Standards and Regulatory Affairs, for Flight Services, Commercial Airplane Services, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA, where he oversees the standardization of over 400 instructors worldwide. He received a B.S. in Operations Research from the United States Air Force Academy and an M.S. in Engineering Management from California State University, Northridge. He is a graduate of the Empire Test Pilots’ School, RAF Boscombe Down, U.K., former instructor at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, and held various flight test and command staff positions in the Air Force culminating in Joint Test Force Director, AWACS Systems Program Office, Seattle, WA. Upon retirement, David went to work for FlightSafety Boeing as a simulator instructor and taught in the B-737, B-747-4, B-757, B-767, and B-777 programs. He is currently qualified as a Training Center Evaluator in the B-777, authorized to give FAA type ratings on behalf of the FAA. David has over 3,200 flight hours in 60+ airplane types, and is type rated in 10 airplane models. His hobbies include soaring, piano, amateur radio, and the shooting sports.
Roger Lee is the Director of People, Safety, and Quality for Metrojet Limited in Hong Kong where he previously served as the Director of Corporate Safety and Quality. He is also an adjunct lecturer for HKU SPACE Aviation Studies. Lee earned his MA and MEng degrees in Electronics and Information Sciences Tripos from Cambridge University UK and his professional development revolved around avionics deisgn, ATM systems engineering and safety management in Europe and Asia.
He hopes to become an aviation safety expert and educator helping to build a sustainable and competent workforce in aviation specifically within the Asia region.
Paul lives in Abilene Texas and works as a contract B-1 Bomber Instructor Pilot SME (Subject Matter Expert). In that capacity since 2006 when retiring from the Air Force, he teaches Air Force pilots coming into and/or returning to the B-1 weapon system the aircraft systems academics and provides required simulator training prior to flying training. Prior to that, he was in the Air Force for 25 years having flown the KC-135 for 5 years and the B-1 for 20 years.
He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for ERAU Worldwide, having taught aviation related courses, but for now that’s on hold to allow time to focus on the Ph.D. program.
Paul’s hobbies include anything to do with his family, playing the drums and working on his old car. He has been married 34 years to his college sweetheart and they have a 15 year old son who keeps them young.
Karlene Petitt is an international airline pilot currently flying the Airbus A330 for Delta Air Lines. She's type-rated on the B747-400, B747-200, B767, B757, B737, B727 and A330 aircraft. She holds MBA and MHS degrees, and has flown for Coastal Airways, Evergreen, Braniff, Guyana, Tower Air and Northwest Airlines. In addition to flying she has spent 21 years training pilots and instrumental in training program development, instructed at Premair, America West Airlines, and helped to a put Guyana Airways 757 into service. She is a mother of three grown daughters and grandmother of seven. She has written two aviation thrillers, Flight For Control and Flight For Safety.
Michael McNabb is a Naval Flight Officer and Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves on full time status. His current position is Tactics Development and Continuity Support for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. His prior achievements include being an instructor at the Hawkeye Weapons School and a TOPGUN graduate. Prior to being in the Navy, Michael served in the U.S. Air Force as an active duty officer for over 9 years. He earned his M.A. in Military Studies in Air Warfare from American Military University, graduating with honors. His goal is to become a university professor.
Anima is a Senior Principal Software Engineer working on the Kepler Mission at NASA. I have a MS Aerospace Engineering, MS Computer Science and a BS Physics. She has worked for 14 years in the Software Industry before coming to work for NASA more than 2 years. Apart from work, she is in the process of earning her Private Pilot's license. She is also a Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Den Leader and coaches a 6th grade Lego Robotics Team.
She is a voluntary speaker for the NASA Speakers Bureau. In this role, she talks to students of all ages about Kepler, NASA, how she came to work for NASA, etc. - all topics related to NASA.
Lindsay Stevenson is currently a Flight Manager in Crew Support at NetJets Aviation. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Russian Area Studies from Wittenberg University in 2010 and has a M.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2013. Lindsay is interested in studying safety attitudes of experimental home builders. She and her husband are currently building a World War I replica Sopwith Pup.
Troy Techau provided human intelligence and counterintelligence support to the Department of Defense as a career Army officer, serving in over 60 countries around the world. Transitioning to industry, Troy specializes in developing strategies to implement advanced technologies to improve operational processes. He held senior positions in several technology companies, and is currently providing consulting services through his own firm, Windrose Aviation. Troy earned an M.S. in International Management from Troy State University, and plans to focus his research on extending current practices in safety and human factors to civil and commercial operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
Jennifer Hunt joined Boeing as a 787 Propulsion Flight Test Engineer in 2006; and followed the airplane into service as a 787 Field Service Intro Rep and provides on-site technical support to airline customers worldwide. She has prior airline employment: Alaska Airlines and Northwest Airlines while attending undergrad, and American Airlines upon graduation from Washington State University. Jennifer has an MBA from Seattle University, Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle, and enjoys the benefits of having earned a Private Pilot Glider License.
Travis Whittemore is a Captain in the US Air Force, currently stationed in Charleston, SC flying C-17s, and is an Air Force Safety Officer. In his spare time, Travis enjoys teaching on the civilian side, holds an ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, CFI-G, and actively teaches gliders in the Civil Air Patrol. Travis is interested in researching in aviation safety and how it relates to automation in the cockpit.