USC Aviation Safety and Security
6033 West Century Blvd. Ste. 920
Los Angeles CA 90045

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Thomas Anthony

Present position as Director of the USC Aviation Safety and Security Program since January 2007. Instructor in Aviation Safety Management Systems, Aircraft Accident Investigations, SMS for Managers, and Aviation Security courses.

Aviation Consultant to DMJM H&N, AECOM Technology Corporation. Serves as a consultant for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Aviation Security. Conducted training in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Auckland, New Zealand for ICAO. Prior to appointment as Director, served as a staff instructor for the U.S.C Safety and Security Program.

Served as the Federal Security Director of the Palm Springs International , Yuma International, and Imperial County Airports. Retired from Federal Service in 2005.

Served as the FAA Regional Division Manager for Civil Aviation Security in the Western Pacific Region. This domestic area of responsibility included the commercial airports in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Territories. Directed the regulatory compliance activities of airports, air carriers, and indirect air carriers to include conducting inspections and tests, the review of inspection records and Enforcement Investigative Reports, and participation in the review of air carrier standard security program amendments.

Directed emergency security response to 9/11 attacks and provided investigative efforts of aviation activities of the hijackers. Served as the FAA point of contact and provided investigative assistance in the al Qaeda, Ahmed Ressam Borderbomb case.

As FAA Division Manager for Civil Aviation Security, managed and directed assessments and inspections of U. S. registered aircraft operators, foreign registered aircraft operators, and international airports throughout the Pacific and Asia areas. I participated in the writing and review of international assessment reports for compliance with federal regulations and ICAO standards and recommended practices.

Served as the Assistant Regional Division Manager of the FAA Civil Aviation Security Division in the Western Pacific Region. Participated in the investigation and security response to the al Qaeda threat against U.S. air carriers throughout Asia known as The Bojinka Plot by Ramzi Yousef. Drafted and implemented emergency aviation security regulations to prevent the transportation of PCP by air (Security Directive 94-07). Implemented emergency regulations throughout the region in response to the Unibomber emergency.

Directed FAA investigative efforts concerning Suspected Unapproved Parts for aircraft. Participated in federal task force investigations and prosecutions. Drafted training material for FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors concerning the investigation of Suspected Unapproved Parts cases.

Served as the Manager of the FAA Investigations Branch in Washington, D.C. This position had the responsibility for investigative program guidance for FAA investigative policy and procedures nationwide. Additionally, this position had the responsibility for the conduct of investigations of headquarters based organizations, individuals, contractors and for national high-profile cases.

Served as the program manager for FAA Civil Aviation Security training in FAA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. Developed standardized training for all FAA agents on investigative procedures and hazardous materials compliance. Developed a common reporting format of investigative results for use in both regulatory compliance cases as well as internal investigative cases.

From 1980 through 1987 served in management, supervisory, and journeyman positions in the Air Traffic Division of the FAA in four facilities throughout the Western Pacific Region. My final position before transferring to FAA security was that of Air Traffic Manager of the Arcata and Crescent City Flight Service Stations in Northern California.

Prior to joining the FAA in 1980, served as a secondary school instructor in Southern California. Graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1970.


"Situational Resource Management", AeroSafety World, July-August 2014

"Right From the Start", AeroSafety World, February 2014

"The IHTAR Model", AeroSafety World, March 2012

"The Need to Notice", AeroSafety World, November 2011

"TEM's Unspoken Language", AeroSafety World, March 2011

"SMS on Wheels" AeroSafety World, September 2009

"Wake Me When My Shift is Over" AeroSafety World, March 2009

"Airport Security Programmes: Revising and Approving", Aviation Security International, April 2006

"Air Cargo Security Rule Changes" Air Cargo World, November 2006

Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Managers Handbook, Chapter 9 Air Cargo Security


Recommended Security Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design and Construction, Transportation Security Administration (third revision)

Federal Aviation Administration Investigations Handbook, FAA Directive 1600.20B

Gregg Bendrick

Dr. Gregg Bendrick is currently the Medical Director of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. He lectures on the aeromedical aspects of aviation safety in the aviation safety management system course at University of Southern California.

He attended the University of Chicago for both his undergraduate and professional education. There he earned the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, the Masters of Science (MS) degree, and his Medical Doctorate (MD). He entered active duty with the U.S. Air Force, initially as an Emergency Medicine Physician at Misawa Air Base in Northern Japan, and then became a Squadron Flight Surgeon at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo. He returned to the United States and accomplished the Residency in Aerospace Medicine, followed by a Residency in Occupational Medicine, at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He assumed his current position at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, where he oversees all aspects of the Occupational Health Program, including Flight Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Fitness Center operations. Additionally, he is the Medical Review Officer for workplace drug testing, and the on-site medical coordinator for Space Shuttle landings at Edwards Air Force Base.

Dr. Krivonos has also been Visiting Professor of Management in the Business Faculty at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand during the winter terms of 1981-1983, and at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) during the winter terms of 1984-1986.

Dr. Bendrick is Board Certified in both Aerospace Medicine and in Occupational Medicine, and is designated by the FAA as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner. Dr. Bendrick has authored several technical papers on various aspects of Aerospace Medicine; and was awarded the Howard R. Unger award in 1997 for outstanding paper of the year. He has also published a novel entitled The Making of a Flight Surgeon and Breaking the Mishap Chain, a NASA Aeronautics Book Series publication.

John Cox

Captain John Cox is an expert in the field of auditing for aviation safety and acts as the lead instructor for the auditing and inspection portion of the aviation safety management systems course. He is currently President for Safety Operating Systems LLC. He is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society Flight Operations Group, a member of the High Altitude Upset Recovery Steering Team, the Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Task Force, the All Weather Operations Harmonization Working Group. He is a International Standard of Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) auditor.

John also maintains a professional editorial aviation blog for USA Today. This blog, entitled "Ask the Captain", runs weekly on the USA Today online newspaper. Until 2004, Captain Cox acted as Executive Air Safety Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association International. As the top safety official for ALPA he had managerial responsibility for over six hundred air safety representatives. In the history of ALPA there have been only seven Executive Air Safety Chairmen who responsible for ALPA’s national and international positions regarding aviation safety. Captain Cox was the point of contact between the ALPA safety structure government, industry, and media on aviation safety matters. During his time in this position he lead the team that determined the ALPA air safety position following September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

Prior to these positions John acted as the Executive Air Safety Vice-Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association International, Central Air Safety Chairman for ALPA US Airways, and Regional Air Safety Chairman for ALPA US Air.

Captain John Cox also has extensive practical accident investigation experience. He served as a NTSB Systems Group Member for the September 1994 US Air 427 accident in Pittsburg, PA. He served as a NTSB Air Traffic Control Group Member during the July 1994 US Air 1016 Accident in Charlotte, NC, and he acted as a NTSB Powerplant Group Member during the March 1992 US Air 405 accident in Flushing, NY.

John Cox, acting as Captain has flown the Airbus A321, A320, and A319. He has also flown the Boeing 737-200, 300, 400. He has spent time as both Pilot and First Officer in the Boeing 737-200, Fokker F28 1000/4000, and Nihon YS11A. In his early years he piloted the IAI 1123 Westwind, Cessna Citation, Cessna 337, Grumman Gulfstream I, Learjet 24D, and Beechcraft King Air.

John is a member of the Fellow Royal Aeronautical Society, Liveryman in the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, and Member International Society of Air Safety Investigators.

Jack Cress

Jack Cress is a lead instructor for the Helicopter Accident Investigation course at University of Southern California. He was a career helicopter pilot in the US Marine Corps, having flown nearly 4000 hours during his 24 years of military service, with international flying assignments in Vietnam, Beirut , Okinawa , South Korea , Philippines and other locations. The majority of his flying experience is in helicopters with the H-46/BV107 accounting for more than 3000 of the hours logged. The UH-1H/B205, UH-1N/B212, OH-58/B206, H-53/S65, AH-1/B209 and TH-55/H268 comprise his remaining helicopter time, while the C-130-/L180, TA-4, TF-9, T-34, OV-10A/D, BE24, AA-5B, C-150/2 and C-172 account for his fixed wing flying experience.

Jack's non-flying duties were predominantly maintenance oriented during the first half of his military career, in which he served in the areas of maintenance administration, quality assurance and maintenance control. He was also formally trained as a Maintenance Test Pilot in the H-46 and supported numerous squadron maintenance programs in the test piloting role. Other non-flying duties included that of NAVAIR Program Manager (H-46, C-130, OV-10), Depot Engineering and Quality Officer (several helicopters, AV-8B/C, F-4J/S, C-130) and IMA Maintenance Officer (UH-IN, AH-IT, CH-53E, C-130F, CH-46E). He also was twice assigned to the US Navy's Aviation Safety School, where he initiated the course in Helicopter Aerodynamics and also taught elemental Structural Failure Analysis, in support of that institution's accident investigation and mishap prevention programs.

Jack's teaching experience also includes numerous courses for the International Center for Aviation Safety (ICAS), the International Center for Safety Education (ICSE), Sun Safety Institute, and several short courses/guest lectures with various units within the USAF, USN , USA , USMC, USCG, RSAF, SAAF and others. He has been teaching within USC's Helicopter Accident Investigation (HAI) course since 1979.

Jack has earned a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University (1967), has completed course work for the MS in Aeronautical Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School (1979) and earned the Program Manager credential from the Defense Systems Management College (1991).

For twelve years, Jack was employed as the Product Manager by Simula Safety Systems, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, where he has been closely involved in the development of crashworthy, energy absorbing and high strength seating systems for the RAH-66, UH-60, OH-X, EH101, CH-149, UH-1Y, AH-1Z, V-22, WAH/AH-64, C-17, EC145, MH-60K/R/S, H-46, H-47F/G, VH-71 and other evolving aircraft. His work at Simula involved helicopter cockpit air bags and armor systems, as well.

He is currently proprietor of Vortechs Helicopter Analytics where he serves in investigational, instructional and consultancy roles relating to various domestic and international civil and military helicopter operators.

Adam Cybanski

Adam Cybanski is a tactical helicopter pilot with over 20 years and 2500 hours on fixed and rotary wing aircraft including the CT114 Tutor, CH139 Jet Ranger, CH135 Twin Huey and CH146 Griffon. He completed a tour in Haiti as Night Vision Goggle Specialist and Maintenance Test Pilot, and has managed the CH146 Griffon Full Flight Simulator. He is a graduate of the Aerospace Systems Course and holds a BSc in Computer Mathematics from Carleton University.

An experienced investigator at the Royal Canadian Air Force Directorate of Flight Safety, Adam has been leading the way in video analysis and crash site photogrammetry. He has presented three times at the International Society of Air Safety Investigators seminar, and continues to brief safety professionals around the world. His analysis has been employed by both military and civilian accident investigation boards.

Adam is currently the Canadian Flight Safety representative to NATO. He is also responsible for all helicopter accident investigation in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and oversees the CH146 (Bell 412), CH139 (Jet Ranger), CH124 (Sea King), CH149 (EH101/Cormorant), CH148 (S92), and CH147F (Chinook) fleet investigations, as well as UAVs. He has been received several commendations by the Chief of the Air Force for his work in simulation & visualization, and was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) by the Governor General of Canada for his work in flight safety.

John DeLeeuw

Safety background

John DeLeeuw was the Senior Manager of Flight Safety at American Airlines (AA) for five years. He addressed safety data systems such as Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), and Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) as integral elements within the safety management system.

He was responsible for the Flight, Cabin, Maintenance, and Dispatch ASAP, as well as the FOQA program at American Airlines. He planned and managed the Corporate Safety Department's efforts to support American Airlines' commitment to be the world leader in airline safety. While working most closely with the Flight department, he interfaced with all AA departments to proactively identify and develop strategies and practices to prevent accidents and incidents. He also acted as the Party Coordinator in the event of a NTSB investigation of an American Airlines incident or accident.

Prior to his management position at American Airlines, John was the Deputy Chairman of the National Safety Committee at the Allied Pilots Association (APA). He was actively involved as the APA Acting Safety Chairman, Lead Accident Investigator for APA, ASAP participant, FOQA participant, and Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) member. He implemented several safety initiatives benefitting the 10,000 American Airlines pilots, and secured assistance during incidents and accidents for AA crew members throughout the world. He participated in several NTSB investigations, and was the designated APA Party Coordinator in four of them. He developed and prepared the joint AA/APA Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) for FAA certification. He was also involved with FAA Runway Safety Assessment Team (RSAT), and the aviation industry FAA Joint Implementation Measurement and Data Analysis Team (JIMDAT.)

John also currently works with Ascend Coaching. Ascend Coaching is involved in the oil and gas industry, and uses a comprehensive approach to improve safety, and therefore reliability. They also assist rig crewmembers on the fundamentals of operating safely in a high risk / high reliability environment.

Flying Experience

John is a current and qualified pilot on the 787 Dreamliner. Previously, John was a Captain on the MD-80, and accumulated over 12000 hours experience on this aircraft. During his 25 year flying career at American Airlines, he has flown both Domestic and International operations; flying the Boeing 787, the MD80, and the 727. His total flying time at AA is over 15000 hours.

Prior to flying at American Airlines, John was a C-130 Evaluator and Instructor Pilot in the United States Air Force. He participated in Desert Storm and numerous classified Special Operations throughout the world. John worked directly with US Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS flying HALO airdrops, and flying insertions/extractions in combat and covert operations.


University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering

Aviation Safety and Security Certificate

University of Arkansas

Masters in Operations Management, graduating summa cum laude

University of Arizona

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, graduating cum laude

Tony Gasbarro

An instructor with USC for over 25 years, Tony Gasbarro, a graduate of Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada in the Science Technician (Photographic) Program specializes in all branches of imaging.

Mr. Gasbarro's interests in aviation and photography began with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets where he took flight training and his first photography courses.

Mr. Gasbarro has traveled around the world as a freelance aviation photographer and filmmaker flying with Canada's RCAF, the United States' Customs Service, USN and USAF, Australia's RAAF, Germany's Luftwaffe and Sweden's Flygvapnet to name a few.

For the past 30 years, Mr. Gasbarro has been the Senior Multi-Media Investigations Specialist with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Tony is responsible for the image documentation of major aircraft, rail, marine and pipeline accidents that occur across Canada.

Bob Gould

Bob started his aviation career at age 16, both as a pilot and a technician. Following graduation from college, he was commissioned in 1975 into the U.S. Navy at Pensacola, Florida and served 5 years active duty as a Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer stationed at the Naval Air Test Center – Patuxent River MD. Following active duty, he remained in the U.S. Navy Reserves with numerous technical, safety, and leadership positions until 2002, retiring with the rank of Captain.

Bob has been employed in the aircraft maintenance industry serving with various business/corporate aviation maintenance repair centers in the operations, sales, and marketing capacities since 1968. During the later years, he was been engaged developing and teaching multiple aviation safety classes throughout the world involving Human Factors, Aviation Safety Management System, Federal Air Regulations, OSHA/EPA for aviation personnel, and Maintenance Resource Management.

Formal education includes a BBA in Transportation Management from Kent State University and later a Master of Arts in Business Policy from the Empire State College (State University of New York). Additionally, he has attended numerous military schools including the Naval War College and several technical schools. He is a graduate from Spartan School of Aeronautics with his FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificates and a graduate of the University of Southern California Aviation Safety and Security Program. He also holds a FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with numerous ratings, including Certificated Flight, Ground, and Instrument Ground Instructor ratings. Bob has approximately 2500 hours and has flown over 30 types of aircraft.

Bob has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, former president of the Hartford-Springfield PAMA Chapter, and currently is a member of the NBAA Maintenance Committee. Hobbies include aviation, skiing, rowing, travelling, reading, and enjoying the company of his wife since 1974.

Jeff Guzzetti

Jeff has over 30 years of experience in aviation safety. He began his career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1985 as an aerospace engineer at the FAA Technical Center's Aviation Safety Division in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He later held positions in systems safety engineering for the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, and as
an air safety investigator with the Cessna Aircraft Company. While at Cessna, Jeff travelled across the United States (U.S) to assist FAA inspectors and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) with technical expertise on Cessna airplanes.

Jeff was then recruited by the NTSB in 1992 and worked in the agency's Office of Aviation Safety for 17 years, first as a field investigator, then as an aerospace engineer for the NTSB "go-team," and later as an investigator-in-charge of major investigations. He led key aspects of many notable investigations including Alaska Airlines Flight 261 in California, the John F. Kennedy Jr. Piper accident, and numerous fatal business jet accidents in the U.S. and abroad. Jeff was then promoted to the position of Deputy Director for Regional Operations in 2002, a position responsible for the executive-level oversight of the NTSB's investigation, analysis and probable cause determination of nearly 1,600 general aviation accidents each year, and the management of all of the NTSB's aviation regional offices.

In August 2010, Jeff left the NTSB to accept an appointment as the Assistant Inspector General of Aviation Audits at the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG). Jeff was responsible for the timely issuance of numerous audit reports regarding major FAA programs, and he personally testified before Congress on several occasions regarding aviation safety topics. In 2014, Jeff left the DOT OIG to serve as the Director of FAA's Accident Investigation Division (AVP-100). This division is responsible for ensuring the integrity of FAA's policies and practices for FAA aviation safety inspectors assigned to investigate aircraft accidents and incidents. The division also serves as the primary FAA liaison with the NTSB, and it employs a small group of senior aviation accident investigators to represent the agency as the FAA investigator-in-charge for major aviation accident investigations domestic and abroad.

Jeff graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He is also a commercial-rated pilot with multiengine instrument ratings in airplanes, seaplanes, and gliders. He lives in Burke, Virginia with his wife and two sons. Jeff's brother is a Boeing 777 first officer for Delta Air Lines, and his father served as a navigator in the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II.

Juergen Holzner

Gerardo Hueto

R. Johnson

RD was commissioned in the US Air Force (AF) in 1978 and served proudly for 31 years both on active duty and in the AF Reserves. Following pilot training at Reese AFB, TX, he flew the RF-4C, F-5A, F-4D, F-4E, F-16A, and the T-38. Favorite flying assignments were as an F-5 Instructor Pilot at Korat Royal Thai Air Base (83), in the Reserves at Bergstrom AFB, TX (85-93), and his last flying assignment as a T-38 Instructor Pilot in the prestigious Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard AFB, TX. RD was also a two time flying squadron commander in the AETC Reserve Associate Instructor force. Post 9/11, Colonel Johnson served in several Battle Staff HQs retiring from the Air Force in June 2009 as the 701st Combat Operations Squadron Commander, March ARB, CA, where he was as an Air and Space Operations Director specializing in the Korean Theater of Operations.

RD started with American Airlines (AA) in October 1984. He is currently an International Captain on the Boeing 737-800 serving as a Check Airman instructing both in the simulator and out on the line. He has flown the Boeing 727, 737, 757, and 767 and has 20+ years flying experience as a Captain on the MD-80. While at AA almost 30 years, Captain Johnson has held the positions of Check Airman (B737 & MD-80), Human Factors Instructor and Program Developer, MD-80 Fleet Captain and MD-80 Fleet Training Manager. He has been on the Go Team to assist in the event of an accident, served on the High Altitude Upset Committee, ran industry seminars, and served on several incident/accident investigations for the airline.

Captain Johnson has extensive relations within the FAA from his six plus year’s management background at AA and from serving over two years as a part time consultant for Higher Power Aviation (HPA), a Part 142 Aviation Training School in the Dallas Ft-Worth area. While at HPA, RD served simultaneously as their Director of Safety Management Systems and Director of Operations responsible for five aircraft types: Airbus 320, DC-9/MD-80, B-727, B-757/767, and the B-737. Clients at HPA included private individuals, Part 121, Part 125, Domestic and Foreign Government entities, and multiple Corporate Clients.

RD has flown over 15,000+ accident free hours in over 30+ aircraft. His education includes a BS from the United States Air Force Academy and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. RD is a former USAF Safety Board President and a 2013 graduate of the USC Viterbi Aviation Safety and Security Certificate Program. He is a member of ISASI, The International Society of Air Safety Investigators.

Phillip Kolczynski

Prior to his recent retirement, Phillip Kolczynski managed his own law firm in southern California. Mr. Kolczynski has over 35 years of experience as an aviation lawyer, and a national practice, representing aviation businesses, pilots and other aviation professionals. Mr. Kolczynski is not only an experienced air crash lawyer but he is also a recognized expert in FAA certificate enforcement cases. He has also represented aviation clients in contract and regulatory compliance matters.

Prior to moving into private practice in California in 1983, he was a trial attorney in the Aviation Unit, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., and prior to that, the Litigation Division, Office of the Chief Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, D.C. While at the Justice Department, Phil received the Justice Department's Special Achievement Award for Trial Performance and was a regular lecturer and instructor at the Attorney General's Civil Trial Advocacy Institute. In private practice, Mr. Kolczynski has worked as an associate and partner in large law firms in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

Mr. Kolczynski graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, in December 1976, where he was the Law Review Notes Editor of the Journal of International Law. He graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1969, where he held a Navy ROTC Full Scholarship. After college but before entering law school, Phil Kolczynski was a Marine Corps Captain and F-4 Phantom Pilot. He holds an FAA Commercial Pilot's License with Single Engine, Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings.

For over 10 years, Mr. Kolczynski has taught Aviation Law and the Technical Witness Course at the University of Southern California School of Engineering, Aviation Safety and Accident Investigation Institute. He was the Chairman of the 1990 American Bar Association National Institute of Aviation Litigation in Washington, D.C. and for three years Chairman of the Orange County Bar Association Aviation Section. Phil was the Aviation Law Editor for "AVWEB", the Internet Aviation News Service & Magazine - - where his articles on Aviation Law have been archived.

As an experienced federal trial lawyer, Mr. Kolczynski was selected by James Publishing Company, to author and annually update until his retirement, the Second Edition of "Preparing For Trial in Federal Court," a practitioner's trial practice handbook.

In 2005, Mr. Kolczynski was selected as a Los Angeles "Super Lawyer" in the fields of transportation (aviation) and business by an independent research panel and peer review. He retained this annual distinction each year until his retirement from the private practice of law. On a national level, while in private practice, Mr. Kolczynski was recognized with a biographical summary in the Martindale Hubbell Directory of Pre-eminent attorneys.

George Kondreck

George E. Kondreck, Jr., a System Safety Engineer and Section Manager at Raytheon, Space and Airborne Systems (SAS), has extensive experience in hazard analysis and accident investigation.

At Raytheon, he is responsible for managing a section of system safety and reliability engineers performing reliability predictions, FMECAs, FRACAS, hazard analyses, fault tree Analyses and incident investigations on airborne and space radars and electro-optical systems.

Mr. Kondreck served with the U.S. Marine Corps for ten years as a helicopter pilot, aviation safety officer and advanced weapons tactics instructor. As Aviation Safety Officer, HMM-265 he investigated and authored the final reports for approximately 150 mishaps, including two major accidents with follow-up corrective action recommendations and implementations. His last post was Aviation Safety Officer and Search and Rescue Pilot at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Previous positions include Pilot Training Officer, Classified Materials Custodian and Analysis Officer.

Mr. Kondreck is a Certified Safety Professional and Professional Engineer. He is a former Chairman of the Southern California Chapter of the System Safety Society and was Chairman of the 9th International System Safety Conference. He is a member of the American Helicopter Society, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Marines’ Memorial Club and the Wyland Foundation.

Mr. Kondreck earned a B.S. in general engineering and mathematics at the United States Naval Academy and an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC. He also holds an Aviation Safety Officer Certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Paul Krivonos

Professor Krivonos has participated in the Aviation Safety and Security Program at USC, presenting Communication in Aviation Safety for over thirty-five years, including helping to conduct Aviation Safety and Systems Management courses in Korea, New Zealand, Trinidad, Morocco, South Africa, and Dubai.

Paul D. Krivonos is Director of the Public Service Management Program and Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN); from 1999-2002 he was Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Media, and Communication. He came to CSUN from Purdue University where he received his Ph.D. in Communication in 1975.

Dr. Krivonos has also been Visiting Professor of Management in the Business Faculty at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand during the winter terms of 1981-1983, and at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) during the winter terms of 1984-1986.

Dr. Krivonos is author or five books and over a dozen articles in the communication and management fields, including several articles about communication in aviation safety. In addition to his teaching and writing activities, Dr. Krivonos is a communication and management consultant. His consulting activities focus on Team Building, Conflict Management, Listening, and Managerial Communication.

Carl Martin

Archibald McKinlay

Archibald McKinlay has extensive experience at the leading edge of software safety specification, development and engineering in real time safety-critical systems and systems of systems, with related work in system safety and product assurance.

Among his more recent software safety projects are the Denver TREX and Los Angeles Exposition Line specifications (rail transit) regarding system safety and software safety in various control systems, work on the St. Louis Light Rail Extensions and the JFK people mover, and international versions of the NASA Space Station Software Safety Specification. He also developed the software safety program for the Canadian Automated Air Traffic Control System. He has assessed and improved software safety processes and testing on Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle for the US Marine Corps.

McKinlay previously led Software Safety activities at the McDonnell Aircraft Company, contributing to such projects as development/test on the F-15E Strike Eagle weapons systems, the F/A – 18 E/F Hornet flight controls, the Navy T-45A jet trainer and the Advanced Tactical Fighter. He has also provided software safety training to Wright-Patterson AFB Engineering Center, the Naval Air Development Center, the Naval Air Test Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Security Agency.

McKinlay earned his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He participated in the writing of the FAA’s DO-178B Standard for Airborne Software and the IEEE standard for Software Safety Programs Plans.

Najmedin Meshkati

Dr. Najmedin (Najm) Meshkati is a tenured Professor of Civil/Environmental Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California (USC).  He was a Jefferson Science Fellow and Senior Science and Engineering Advisor, Office of Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (2009-2010).  He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering/National Research Council’s Committee on the Analysis of Causes of the BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future (2010-2011).

Dr. Meshkati is an elected Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, an AT&T Faculty Fellow in Industrial Ecology, a two-times NASA Faculty Fellow (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2003 and 2004), and a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1989.  He is the 2007 recipient of the Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and was honored by the HFES for his “scholarly efforts on human factors of complex, large-scale technological systems...[and] efforts to enhance public awareness of critical human factors issue [and] the benefits it brings to humankind.”
Dr. Meshkati is the only full-time USC faculty member who has continuously been conducting research on human factors and aviation safety-related issues (e.g., cockpit design, pilot error, and runway incursions) and teaching in the USC 60-year old internationally renowned Aviation Safety and Security Program, for the past twenty-two years.  During this period, he has taught in the “Human Factors in Aviation Safety” and “System Safety” short courses.  From 1992 to 1999, he also was the Director and had administrative and academic responsibility for the USC Aviation Safety, as well as for the Transportation Safety, and Process Safety Management programs.  For the last two decades, he has worked with numerous aviation safety professionals from all over the world, taught aviation safety short courses for private and public sector organizations, including the US Navy and US Air Force.
In response to a formal request by the Chief of Aviation Risk Management and Training Systems of the U.S. Forest Service from USC for Dr. Meshkati’s advisement, he became the primary Human Factors and Safety Culture Technical Advisor for the agency’s Center for Aviation Risk Management (November 2007).  A major area of Dr. Meshkati’s research since the tragic accident in Tenerife in 1977, for which he has been considered a world’s expert, deals with runway incursions.  He has been studying the (common) causes of the runway incursion accidents at Tenerife and the Milan Linate airport and lecturing about major contributing human factors causes of runway incursions at other major airports.  His research on runway safety at USC have been prominently featured multiple times in the “Face to Face, Eye to Eye”, which is the latest training video production by the FAA Runway Safety Office.  It is the latest video in the “Runway Safety Collection” DVD which contains four movies to “provide a close look at what the risk is and how to avoid a runway incursion and ultimately an accident.”  He was one of the 25 “experts” who participated in the Government Accountability Office’s study entitled, “Aviation Runway and Ramp Safety: Sustained Efforts to Address Leadership, Technology, and Other Challenges Needed to Reduce Accidents and Incidents” (GAO-08-29, November 2007).

Dr. Meshkati has consulted for many domestic and international technological organizations on aviation (and other four modes of transportation), petrochemical, and nuclear safety; design, evaluation, human factors, and safety culture-related matters.  His views on aviation safety have been cited and referred to in many major national newspapers and major international trade magazines, such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Anchorage Daily News, Wall Street Journal, Australian, and Air Transport World.

Dr. Meshkati simultaneously received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Political Science in 1976, from Sharif (Arya-Meher) University of Technology in Iran and Shahid Beheshti University (National University of Iran), respectively; a M.S. in Engineering Management in 1978; and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1983 from USC.  He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE # 650).

Majid Motamed

Chris Nutter

Chris Nutter is an airline Captain with Alaska Airlines and an instructor pilot on the Boeing 737-400, 737-700, and 737-900 aircraft. He served as the Director of Flight Safety for Alaska Airlines, senior accident investigator, and served as a member of several corporate planning teams. Chris joined Alaska Airlines in 1997.

Chris is retired from the US Navy where he served as a Naval Aviator, flying carrier-based tactical aircraft including the A-7 and FA-18 strike fighter. Chris has 34 years flying experience in more than 70 civilian aircraft types, including the MD83, a wide variety of military jet, turboprop and helicopter aircraft. He was qualified as a US Air Force E-3 AWACS Mission Commander. Among his operational and staff assignments, he served as a Safety Officer in several commands, and as senior safety officer while commanding an FA-18 Hornet squadron.

A graduate of Purdue University with an undergraduate major in Industrial Management, Chris earned an MA degree in Business Administration, and MS degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and is a graduate of the USC Aviation Safety Certificate program. He is Chairman of the Aviation Advisory Committee for three local school district high school aviation programs, a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a member of the AIAA Aviation Transport Systems Technical Committee.

Chris began teaching in 1989 for Chapman College. He taught undergraduate Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus, statistics, aviation courses including Crash Analysis and Design, and Airline Maintenance Management. He designed and taught a course in Aircraft Design for Non-Engineers.

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Allen Parmet

Dr. Allen Parmet has a lengthy, distinguished record in the field of aerospace medicine as a flight surgeon, educator, and medical consultant. He was the last medical director of TransWorld Airlines.

While a career officer in the United States Air Force, he served five years as Professor of Aerospace Medicine, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas. He served on over 20 accident investigation boards while in the USAF and has worked as a consultant on dozens of aircraft, motor vehicle and railroad accidents.

Dr. Parmet has been a member of the USAF Astronaut Nomination Panel and the Manned Space Flight Engineer Selection Panel, as well as chairman of the Aerospace Medical Passenger Safety Committee.

He also serves as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and as a consultant to the National Transportation Safety Board and NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.

Dr. Parmet is a fellow of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, the Aerospace Medical Association and the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is also a winner of the Civil Aerospace Medical Association’s John Tamisea Award for aviation safety. He is the past President of the American Association of Specialists in Aerospace Medicine.

He has taught courses at the University of Health Sciences (Bethesda), Wright State University and Chapman College, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and University of Texas Medical Branch. He is the coauthor of 12 medical textbooks and also authored chapters in the 5 major textbooks of Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Medicine.

Dr. Parmet holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was awarded his M.D. by the University of Kansas, M.P.H. from the University of Texas, completed residencies in Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Medicine and has completed toxicology training at the University of Kansas and a fellowship in Space Medicine at the Johnson Space Center. He holds board certification diplomas in Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Forensic Medicine and as a U.S. Federal Medical Review Officer in forensic toxicology.

Mark Pestana

Mark Pestana (Colonel, USAF ret.) has served as a reconnaissance pilot, NASA research pilot, aerospace engineer, and project manager. He is currently a research pilot/consultant for Flight Research Associates, Inc. He is assigned to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA, to support research, test, and evaluation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and provides subject matter expertise to the FAA, DOD, other agencies, industry, and academia. Mark earned a BS in Natural Sciences from Loyola University, Los Angeles, where he received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC Program. He also earned an MS in Systems Management/Research & Development from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of USAF Air Command & Staff College and Air War College; NASA Systems Engineering, and International Project Management courses. Mark attended the Defense Language Institute Russian language course and Rice University Russian Culture course. He served 28 years in the USAF (14 years active duty, 14 years USAF reserve) as a reconnaissance pilot, test operations safety pilot, NORAD space systems analyst, intelligence analyst, research & development engineer, and operations director of the DOD Space Shuttle Program and the DOD Space Test Program.

His initial NASA assignment was in the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, as a flight crew operations engineer. He developed crew systems and assembly operations for the International Space Station (ISS) and led the technical assessments and negotiations for modification of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft as an ISS "lifeboat". Mark also served as the Earth & Space Science Discipline Manager, developing resource allocation and integration plans for U.S. and foreign partner experiments on the ISS. Mark was subsequently assigned to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, CA, and served as a NASA Airborne Science Mission Director, Research Pilot, and Flight Test Engineer. He flew extensive worldwide Earth Science missions in the DC-8 "Flying Laboratory", directing expeditions and collecting data on ozone depletion, atmospheric chemistry, tropical rainfall measurement, hurricane development, ice pack moisture content, rain forest health, tectonic activity, and agricultural health. He piloted the B200 (C-12) King Air research aircraft in various aeronautics, avionics, and Earth Science research projects, serving as manager and project pilot for the Hi-rate Wireless Airborne Network Demonstration. He flew the B200 with the Space Integrated Inertial Navigation Global Positioning System experiment, designed for the X-38 prototype Space Station Crew Return Vehicle. Mark also flew F-18 and F-15 supersonic flight research projects as a Co-Pilot and Flight Test Engineer.

Mark led the development of NASA's unmanned aircraft research program in collaboration with the FAA, NTSB, DOD, DHS, and the U.S. Congress. Mark led UAS mission development, crew training, and flight operations for NASA's MQ-9 Predator-B and RQ-4 Global Hawk. He flew NASA's MQ-9 Predator-B "Ikhana" unmanned aircraft on various aeronautics and sensor research projects. For the Western States Fire Missions, he developed unprecedented flight operations plans, clearances, and access to the national airspace. This provided real-time geo-location and movement data on wildfires directly to fire incident commanders throughout the western U.S. With extensive "hands-on" flight operations of UAS in the National Airspace, he was designated by NASA a Subject Matter Expert in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations, research, and human factors engineering.

Mark has logged over 5000 hours in various types, from heavy transport to supersonic jet, turboprop, general aviation, sail plane, ultra-light, and remotely piloted aircraft. These include KC-135 (B-707), DC-8, C-12, T-38, T-34, F-18, F-15, F-16, MQ-9, RQ-4, and the RC-135, in which he logged 213 combat reconnaissance sorties. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Air Medal (9), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Mark has published several technical papers and presentations on aviation and space research topics for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the International Test & Evaluation Association, USAF, DOD, and NASA. Mark is an award-winning published artist, with membership in the American Society of Aviation Artists and the USAF Art Program. His paintings are in corporate, academic, and private collections, and in the Pentagon collection.

Greg Phillips

Greg Phillips has over 30 years of aviation experience. He has been involved in designing general aviation and military aircraft and has 20 years experience in aircraft accident investigation, accident prevention, communication with domestic and international governmental agencies, aircraft and component manufacturers, airports, and aircraft operators.

Greg serves as a National Aviation Safety Consultant for Willis insurance brockerage and acts as an aviation safety and emergeny response program advisor for airlines, corporate flight departments, airports, and aviation industry leaders.

Greg was an Aerospace Engineer, Senior Air Safety Investigator, Investigator-in-Charge (IIC), and United States Accredited Representative for the National Transportation Safety Board from 1988 to 2004. He was involved in many major accident investigations including US Air Flight 427, United Airlines Flights 232 and 585, and Egypt Air Flight 990.

Prior to joining the NTSB, Greg held engineering positions with Northrop Aircraft (now Northrop Grumman) in Los Angeles, CA and Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, KS.

He is a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and Experimental Aircraft Association. Greg holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument, multi-engine, and seaplane ratings.

Greg is a graduate of the University of Evansville (Indiana) School of Engineering (1979) and holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Management (1985). He completed the George Washington University/Brookings Institution joint certificate program in Advanced Public Policy Leadership.

Greg Placencia

Greg Placencia is an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Southern California (USC). He specializes in human factors engineering, human-technology integration, and haptic (touch-based) interaction. Last year he co-developed / delivered a first of its kind, railroad safety course at USC, for Metrolink, designed to foster safety consciousness at all levels of operations within rail organizations. The 2-day course received much positive attention within the rail industry, after 50 senior Metrolink supervisors, operators, and experts attended. He has also taught and developed courses in human factors, stressing aviation and medical safety; lean manufacturing; the integration of work-technology-organization factors; human computer interaction; organizational management, and simulation modeling. This year, he was invited to speak at the National Air Traffic Controllers Association's (NATCA) Annual: Communicating for Safety conference in Atlanta, Georgia about organizational learning and was interviewed by Spanish television about safety concerns along the MTA's new Exposition Line in Los Angeles.

Greg is currently investigating the impacts of implementing positive train control (PTC) for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) at the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA/Metrolink), the application of system engineering processes in health care at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and the impact of computerized patient health records in various health care settings.

Greg actively uses his experience and investigates methods of developing and sustaining organizations that continually strive toward safe, effective, and efficient operations. In 2011, he received a Mellon Grant from USC to develop a course using movies to teach engineering concepts to undergraduate students. He is a member of the Association for Computational Machinery (ACM) and the Human Factor and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and the author of two book in spirituality.

Greg received a B.S. in Computer Science (1998) at USC. He also worked towards an M.S. in Computer Science / Computational Linguistics (2000) before receiving his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering (2009) from USC.

Mark Pottinger

Mark graduated from the University Of Kansas in 1984 with a Bachelor Of Science. After a stint with a business turn-around consulting firm, Mark attended the University of Colorado School Of Law, earning his Juris Doctor in 1988. Flying lessons came soon thereafter, with Mark eventually earning a private pilot certificate and an instrument rating. Mark has accumulated the majority of his flight hours in various high performance singles, using his pilot privileges for both business and pleasure, including volunteer medical transport through Angel Flight.

Professionally, Mark worked for a Federal trial judge right out of law school, followed by associate and partner positions in specialist litigation firms. From 2003 to 2013, Mark was a partner in a Denver based law firm where he specialized in aviation litigation, particularly cases involving accidents. It was during this time that Mark became interested in and began learning aviation accident investigation and reconstruction. In 2013 Mark started his own consulting firm specializing in accident investigations and reconstructions. Mark develops trial exhibits for parties involved in complex aviation litigation. Mark also consults with clients who are or expect to be parties to litigation as a result of aircraft accidents or aviation activities.

Mark is a graduate of the Aircraft Accident Investigation course at the USC Viterbi School Of Engineering, and is an Affiliate in the International Society Of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).

Dave Prewitt

Dave Prewitt is President of Dave Prewitt Consulting, LLC in Melbourne, Florida specializing in safety management system development, improving safety culture, auditing and accident investigation. Dave served as Vice-President Flight Operations at AAR Airlift in Palm Bay, Florida. AAR operates both fixed and rotary wing aircraft on contract around the world.

Dave was named Chief Operating Officer for Rotorcraft Leasing Company, LLC, 9 March 2009. He was responsible for all aspects of the company’s safety, flight, ground, maintenance, and supply chain programs in support of oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Rotorcraft operated 125 helicopters over seven states and is the largest privately held Helicopter Company in the world. Before joining Rotorcraft, Dave was Managing Director, Air Safety and Regulatory Compliance at FedEx Express in Memphis. He managed the flight, ground and maintenance safety programs along with Emergency Response Planning for FedEx’s worldwide aviation operations.

Dave was Alaska Airline’s Vice-President for safety in beginning in May 2000. Security was added to his division in the third quarter of 2004 making him responsible for all aspects of the airline’s safety and security programs. Prior to joining Alaska, Dave was Staff Vice President of corporate safety and security at TWA. He oversaw all safety and security activities at TWA’s domestic and international stations and developed an internal audit system for TWA operating departments, including: flight operations, maintenance, inflight and airport operations. He was also involved in the Flight Operations Quality Assurance program with the FAA and TWA management and developed TWA’s accident and incident reporting system, safety information system and database. Dave joined TWA in 1995 after 28 years in the U.S. Army – He retired as a CW5. He was promoted to director of operational safety in at TWA in 1996; became acting director of flight operations safety in 1997 and was promoted to staff vice president of corporate safety and security that same year. Dave is also a pilot and has flown both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. He was an Instrument Flight Examiner and Instructor Pilot in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft. In addition to his other duties at TWA he was a first officer on DC-9 aircraft.

Dave served as a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Medallion foundation in 2002 where he remains a Board member and is a past Chairman of the Global Aviation Information Network (GAIN). He also served as the first Industry Co-Chair of the FAA’s Safety Management System Focus Group. Dave was Operations Team Lead on the FAA’s recent SMS ARC. Dave holds a MS in Education from Troy State University and his BS in Aviation Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He serves as the lead instructor at the USC School of Engineering where he teaches SMS. He holds current ATP, CFI, and Ground Instructor Certificates.

Doug Pridemore

Mr. Pridemore is currently employed by General Electric-Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Consulting Engineer in the Materials and Processing Engineering Department and has over 28 years of experience working in the field of gas turbine engine Failure Analysis. Mr. Pridemore has split his professional career between GE (21 years) and Rolls-Royce (7 years), serving primarily as a senior metallurgist and investigator. Mr. Pridemore has conducted over 900 investigations on a wide variety of engine hardware including uncontained rotating disk components, turbine and compressor airfoils, shafts, gears, bearings and composite structures leading to a thorough understanding of the failure mechanisms affecting materials used in today’s gas turbine engines. Mr. Pridemore has led numerous high profile commercial and military investigations including involvement in the fracture analysis of the Sioux City fan disk separation event. Investigations have involved both domestic and foreign government agencies such as the NTSB, USAF, Canadian TSB, French BEA and Brazilian authorities.

Mr. Pridemore started instructing Gas Turbine Accident Investigation at USC-Aviation Safety in 2003 as well as instructing Failure Analysis courses throughout GE and around the world. Other duties include consultation across the GE business line plus mentoring and development of other Failure Analysis engineers. Mr. Pridemore has also been involved in several litigation and deposition inquiries involving engine events plus several shared years working as a Materials Application Engineer.

Mr. Pridemore holds a B.S and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati completing his graduate work on "Delayed Cracking of Deep-Drawn Metastable Austenitic Stainless Steels". Mr. Pridemore also holds an Aviation Safety Certificate from the University of Southern California. Mr. Pridemore has published several papers on various failure analysis mechanisms and is a chapter co-editor for new 3rd edition of “Understanding How Components Fail”. Mr. Pridemore is also a current member of the ASM Failure Analysis committee.

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Mark Randol

A senior official with a significant record of achievement and a deep understanding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), its components, and the legislative issues and operational challenges in counterterrorism, intelligence, and aviation security - focused on advancing an organization's success by applying his effective leadership and management skills and policy expertise.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) : 2008 - Present
Specialist in Domestic Intelligence and Counterterrorism; Washington, D.C.

Senior CRS expert on counterterrorism, domestic intelligence, and homeland security. Provides timely, objective, and non-partisan policy analysis. Integrates multiple disciplines and research methodologies in order to help Congress address complex public policy issues. Approaches complex topics from a variety of perspectives and examines all sides of an issue.


  • In view of the recent uptick in homegrown terrorism, co-authored a major report widely read in policymaking circles: American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat, CRS Report R41416, December 2010.
  • Authored an in-depth study of the intelligence organization and activities of DHS and its components: Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Enterprise: Operational Overview and Oversight Challenges for Congress. CRS Report R40602. March 2010.
  • Authored a detailed analysis of an important domestic intelligence initiative: Terrorism Information Sharing and the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Report Initiative: Background and Issues for Congress, CRS Report R40901, November 2009.
  • Authored a policy primer on homeland security intelligence: Homeland Security Intelligence: Perceptions, Statutory Definitions, and Approaches, CRS Report RL33616, January 2009.
  • Contributing author on two additional reports of Congressional interest: Southwest Border Violence: Issues in Identifying and Measuring Spillover Violence, CRS R41075, February 2010; and Homeland Security Department: FY2010 Appropriations, CRS R40642, December 2009.


  • Organized and moderated panel on counterterrorism for the CRS New Member Seminar in Williamsburg, Virginia attended by 62 new members of the 112th Congress.
  • Advised the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during its investigation and final report into the 2009 terrorist shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Organized and moderated panel on the impact of globalization on transnational Threats and border security for 35 staffers from various Congressional committees.
  • Advised relevant Congressional committees on customs and cargo security issues.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS): 2004 - 2008
Director of Counterterrorism Policy; Washington, D.C.

Advised Secretary and senior DHS officials on counterterrorism (CT) plans and policies. Represented DHS at the National Security Council-chaired Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG) which oversees the overall U.S. Government CT effort. Ensured the department's priorities are reflected in interagency CT plans.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA): 2002 - 2004
Federal Security Director; Missoula, Montana.

Responsible for the leadership and coordination of TSA security activities at four airports in Western Montana. Activities included day-to-day security screening operations for passengers and baggage, the security of the airports and air carriers that serve them, and ensuring compliance by airports and air carriers with relevant laws and transportation security regulations.

Univeristy Instructor: Spring 2011
Adjunct Faculty Member, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU); Richmond, Kentucky.

Currently teaching an online undergraduate course, HLS-402, "Counterintelligence," in EKU's Department of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.

Other Professional Experience: 1972 - 1996

     Manager, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Civil Aviation Security Field Office
     Dulles, Virginia, 1998 - 2002

     Team Leader, FAA Covert Assessment Team
     Washington, DC 1993 - 1998

     Senior Aviation Security Officer, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
     Montréal, Canada, 1992 - 1993

     International Liaison Officer, FAA
     Washington, DC, 1991 - 1992

     International Civil Aviation Security Inspector and Internal Security Officer
     FAA Europe, Africa, and Middle East Office; Brussels, Belgium, 1989 - 1991

     Intelligence Operations Specialist, FAA
     Washington, DC, 1988 - 1989

     Intelligence Analyst; Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence
     The Pentagon, 1984 - 1988

     Manager, Medical Copy Services
     Baltimore, Maryland, 1983 - 1984

Military Service

     Signals Intelligence Officer, U.S. Air Force: 1978 - 1982
     National Security Agency. Fort Meade, Maryland, 1980 - 1982
     Osan Air Base, Korea, 1978 - 1980

     Personnel Specialist, U.S. Air Force: 1972 - 1976
     Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany, 1974 - 1976
     Taipei Air Station, Taiwan, 1972 - 1974

William Rankin

Bill Rankin is a Retired Boeing Technical Fellow and Lead of the Maintenance Human Factors Group in Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1976 from Washington State University in the areas of human learning and cognitive psychology. From 1976 to 1986 he worked for the Battelle Seattle Research Centers carrying out human factors engineering work in the nuclear, liquefied natural gas, and chemical processing industries.

Bill joined Boeing in 1986 and moved to Boeing Customer Support in 1995. His responsibilities included the development of maintenance Human Factors processes and training relevant to Boeing customer airlines. This included support for helping customer airlines implement:

  • The Maintenance Error Decision Aid (MEDA) process,
  • The Ramp Error Decision Aid (REDA) process,
  • A Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) for Maintenance,
  • Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) for Maintenance,
  • Ramp LOSA, and
  • A Safety Management System (SMS) in Maintenance & Engineering and in Ramp Operations.

He also developed a two-day Maintenance Human Factors training seminar that meets the requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency part 145. In 2000, Bill and the Boeing MEDA Team received the International Federation of Airworthiness’ Whittle Safety Award for the MEDA process. In March 2010 Bill received the Flight Safety Foundation/Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award.

Bill retired from Boeing in March 2014. He is now President of Wm L Rankin Consulting, Inc.

Robert Rendzio

Mr. Rendzio entered the US Army in 1972 retiring in 1993 having obtained over 5,000 hours in both rotary and fixed wing. He is rated in various helicopters to include the AH-1, UH-1 and OH-58 series aircraft. During his tenure with the service, he specialized in safety culminating his career at the US Army Safety Center. In total, Mr. Rendzio had investigated over 120 major accidents of which the majority were rotary wing. Mr. Rendzio distinguished himself as an expert in halogenated fire extinguishment technology and was considered an expert in wire strikes. Mr. Rendzio has published in both areas.

After leaving the service, Mr. Rendzio provided aircraft accident reconstruction services to the various customers to include the Department of Justice. In the conduct of his work, he has also developed educational programs to include the development of a Crew Resource Management Program and programs related to decision-making.

Mr. Rendzio has conducted analysis of various systems to include wire detection systems, turbine engines, Hughes 269 tail boom failures. UH-60 stabilator failure analysis, and King Air lightening strikes. He has also provided, for the U.S. Army Safety Center, flight data recorder analysis for three key Black Hawk mishaps.

Mr. Rendzio had worked as manager in support of the US Army Aviation and Troop Command for safety related matters to include safety assessments of products and programs developed by one of the Program Managers’ Office. He conducted assessments in diverse areas such as an assessment of the global positioning system (GPS) to include its impact upon the currently used avionics, a bottom to top review of an engine trend monitoring programs, and assessed the AH-64 fire detection system to ascertain high failure rates of its sensors.

Stephen Robertson

Steve Robertson is currently a lieutenant and area commander for the Glendale Police Department in Southern California. Throughout his 28 year law enforcement career, he has flown police helicopters as a line pilot, supervisor and chief pilot and ultimately as the manager of their regional air support program. Steve authored their Safety Management System (SMS) and their current safety and training program and is a long-time member of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association.

Steve is also a corporate captain (AW109) and director of flight safety for an international corporation and consults in aviation safety and crash/incident investigation. He is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California's Aviation Safety and Security Program where he now is an instructor. Steve is also a public safety aviation program auditor for the Airborne Law Enforcement Association.

Steve earned his undergraduate degree in Management from Union Institute and University and his master’s degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California. He is currently working toward his doctoral degree in Planning, Policy and Development also from the University of Southern California. He is conducting his research for his final project/dissertation in “The Role that Organizational Culture Plays in Aviation Safety.” Steve holds a commercial certificate and is dual-rated in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft and enjoys flying his Beechcraft Bonanza in his free time.

David Royo

David Royo is a Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent for US Customs & Border Protection Mission Commander responsible for both MQ-9 Predator and P-3 aircraft. He is a member of the Office of Air and Marine, Strategic Policy Advisory Committee. He is the acting Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance, Head of Strategic Communications, and Head of Strategic Policy and Planning for the National Air Security Operations Center at Corpus Christi, Texas. David has held the position of Commanding Officer for the 28th Training Squadron (Naval Reserve), and the USC Navy P?3 Mission Commander for the Naval Air Station at Barber's Point, HI. David received his BS in Nuclear Engineering from Iowa State University in 1991 and attended US Navy Aviation School in 1994. He was the Distinguished Graduate from Federal Law Enforcement Training in 2003, and became a National Test Pilot in 2008.

Tom Salmon
  • Respected authority in human factors training with twenty-nine years of experience, designing and presenting human factors training programs for pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, dispatchers, ramp personnel and aviation inspectors in the United States and Canada
  • Thirty-eight year operational career in military and commercial aviation as a captain, instructor pilot, flight examiner, line check airman, simulator instructor and simulator check airman
  • Co-designed in 1987, the initial human factors training program for maintenance in the US airline industry, specifically designed for the mechanics at Continental Airlines
  • Co-designed and facilitated in 1994, the initial error management human factors training program for pilots in the US airline industry
  • Former Director, National Board of Directors, United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates
  • Outstanding Instructor Award, United States Air Force Academy Faculty, Department of Economics and Management
  • Owner, Crew Dynamics International, an aviation safety consulting firm specializing in human factors training
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in engineering management from the United States Air Force Academy
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management

Doug Stimpson

Doug Stimpson is a vital member of the instruction staff for Safety Management Systems for Maintenance at the University of Southern California. Doug is currently the Chief Aviation Accident Investigator for A.I.R., Inc. of Denver, Colorado and Ko Olina, Hawaii.He has investigated and performed accident reconstructions on more than 1,550 aviation accidents.

Doug began his aviation career with the USAF in the capacity of helicopter mechanic, helicopter flight engineer and flight engineer instructor/examiner. He maintained helicopters and served as a helicopter crewmember in Vietnam and other areas of Southeast Asia. He received the Air Force Commendation Medal as a member of the 20th Special Operations Squadron.

Doug currently holds FAA maintenance certificates for A&P and IA and is ATP rated for both multi-engine and single engine airplanes and commercial rotorcraft. Doug also holds Certified Flight Instructor ratings for single, multi-engine, instrument and seaplane. He is a Certified Aircraft Dispatcher for both part 135 and 121 aircraft operations and holds an advanced ground instructor certificate.

Dougworked for Piper Aircraft Corp. in Lakeland, Florida and Lock Haven, Pennsylvania in the areas of production, R&D, experimental and as a maintenance and flight instructor in Pipers training division. While at Piper he participated in building prototype development aircraft as well as flight testing including obtaining FAA certification.

Doug was responsible for the start-up operations of two large FBO’s obtaining FAA certification for their part 145 Certified Repair Station, part 135 on demand charter and part 141 Approved Flight School. He has received FAA STC approval for aircraft system designs and PMA approval for aircraft parts manufacturing. He was also responsible for establishing, staffing and managing departments in avionics, turbine and piston engine overhaul shops, line and fuel operations and 24 hour aircraft service departments.

He has been continuously employed in the aviation industry for over 41 years and continues to maintain currency in both fixed-wing and helicopters. Doug has attended a number of USC courses including Helicopter Accident Investigation, Human factors in Aviation Safety, Role of the Technical Witness in Litigation and Safety Management for Aviation Maintenance.

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Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor is a lead instructor in the Gas Turbine Accident Investigation course with the University of Southern California. Mr. Taylor has been employed by General Electric Aicraft Engines for 34 years, holding engineering and management positions in Materials Engineering, Service Engineering, Project, Manufacturing Programs, Commercial Flight Safety, and Environmental, Health and Safety. He investigated accidents and major incidents as a Service Engineer and as a Commercial Flight Safety Investigator for a total of 18 years.

As a Materials Engineer in GE Aviation's Thomson Laboratory (1979-1983), Mr. Taylor designed and completed materials testing programs in support of Design Engineering initiatives. He provided advice and counsel on materials structures and properties to numerous organizations, and conducted detailed analyses on failed or damaged engine components returned from service. As a Service Engineer (1983-1988), Mr. Taylor was responsible for the resolution of problems encountered by engines in service. In this capacity, Mr. Taylor investigated 3 incidents and accidents of A10 aircraft, 13 incidents and accidents of F18 aircraft, and 1 accident of an A4 aircraft. He worked with military investigation organizations in the United States, Canada, Spain, and Singapore. Subsequent positions in Project and Manufacturing Programs (1988-1993) rounded out Mr. Taylor's overall knowledge of the aircraft engines business. He continued investigating accidents during this time. His expertise in accident investigation required that he be "borrowed" for selected investigations.

As a Commercial Flight Safety Investigator (1993-2003), Mr. Taylor was responsible for investigation of incidents and accidents involving any GE small commercial engine. He investigated accidents and incidents involving S-61, UH-60, S-70, and V-107 helicopters, and Canadair Challenger, Canadair Regional Jet, Learjet 25, SAAB 340, Aerocommander 1121, Falcon 20, Sabreliner, Falcon 2000, and DC10 fixed-wing aircraft. He worked with the government agencies of the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Argentina, France, China, Mexico and England.

Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Metallurgy, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his primary focus was in the field of structures and properties of materials. He has completed a course in Jet Engine Accident Investigation at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois, and holds an Aviation Safety Certificate from the University of Southern California.

For four years, Mr. Taylor broadened the scope of his Safety career as Environmental, Health, and Safety Leader for GE’s Lynn Product Development and Delivery organization. This organization consists of approximately 600 employees and is responsible for assembly and test of all GE’s small engines, both development and production. six years ago, Mr. Taylor accepted a Senior Staff Engineer position in GE Aviation’s Materials and Process Engineering Department. He continues to be "borrowed" for selected investigations, as dictated by the needs of the business.

Andrew Thurling

Mr. Andrew J. "Andy" Thurling is currently Chief Test Pilot at AeroVironment in Simi Valley, California. Originally from Rochester, New York, he graduated from MIT and was commissioned as an Air Force officer in June 1987. Over the next decade, Mr. Thurling served in various positions as an F-15 fighter pilot, including Chief of Programming and Flight Commander, before being selected for Test Pilot School.

Andy is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Institute of Technology and the USAF Test Pilot School. He has held several positions as a test pilot including Chief of Test and Evaluation in the F-22 Program Office and as an instructor at the Test Pilot School. His career in the Air Force culminated as Commander of the 452d Flight Test Squadron and Director of the Global Vigilance Combined Test Force, a unit responsible for the flight test of the nation's newest unmanned aircraft including the Global Hawk, Predator, and X-47 Navy UAS aircraft. Andy has over 2300 hours of flight time in more than 35 types of aircraft.

At AeroVironment, Mr. Thurling has been responsible for all phases of testing on AeroVironment's revolutionary hydrogen-powered unmanned aircraft, the Global Observer, from strategic test concept development to acting as initial cadre instructor pilot. He was awarded the 2011 AUVSI Foundation "Operations Award" for this work.

Mr. Thurling has served on RTCA SC-203 and is now a member of SC-228 working with the FAA UAS Integration Office, major UAS Stakeholders, and the wider the UAS community to develop the Minimum Operational Performance Standards for UAS integration into the National Airspace.

Andy is currently working on Global Observer and other AeroVironment UAS airworthiness, certification, and airspace access strategic efforts for both military and commercial customers.

Jack Veth

John J. "Jack" Veth, Esq., practices aviation law in Southern California. He graduated from New York University's School of Education in 1963 and began pilot training with the United States Air Force that same year.

During his twenty-year military career Jack flew jet fighters, interceptors and culminated his military flying career as an Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot in the record-setting supersonic SR-71, Blackbird, strategic reconnaissance aircraft. Mr. Veth accumulated over four thousand flying hours as a USAF Command Pilot. Following military service, Mr. Veth joined the Northrop Corporation's Development and Production Team for the Advanced Technology (Stealth) Bomber, the B-2, at Northrop's Advanced Systems Division.

A 1987 graduate of Western State University College of Law, Mr. Veth was admitted to the California Bar the same year. Mr. Veth is a past president of the Orange County Barristers and past president of the Orange County Trial Lawyers. In addition, Mr. Veth served on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in litigation arising out of the August 6, 1997, crash of Korean Airlines Flight 801 on Guam and the January 31, 2000, Alaska Airlines crash off the coast of Southern California. He has litigated cases against the Boeing Company, McDonnell Douglas Helicopters, Inc., Robinson Helicopters Inc., Cessna Aircraft, Inc., and was lead plaintiffs' counsel in the litigation stemming from the crash of a Brazilian TAM Fokker 100, in San Paulo, Brazil, which occurred in October of 1996.

Mr. Veth combines his experience in aviation with his legal education in a practice that includes aviation and complex tort law, personal injury, and product liability litigation. He was the managing partner of the California Office of the national law firm of Speiser Krause and has been of Counsel to the aviation law firm of Kreindler & Kreindler. He was inducted into the Western State University College of Law Hall of Fame in 2004; was selected as the OCTLA Product Liability Top Gun Trial Attorney for 2005; and, was selected as a "Super Lawyer" in Southern California in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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Sue Warner-Bean

Sue Warner-Bean is an emergency response planning consultant with twenty years of airline experience. She founded the Emergency Response Planning department for Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and served as its first director, developing and implementing the company's emergency response plans, training, procedures, facilities and exercises. Sue has first-hand experience responding to a major aircraft accident: she coordinated with company executives and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board officials following the crash of Alaska Flight 261 (January 2000, 88 fatalities) to ensure an effective, immediate and compassionate response. She continued to liaise with company officers, the family association, agencies, vendors and employees through all phases of the three-year response process.

An experienced speaker and trainer, Sue has presented widely both on lessons learned during the Alaska response and emergency response planning. Audiences and venues have included the U.S. NTSB Academy, aircraft accident investigators, risk management professionals, aviation insurers, IATA crisis management conferences, and executives and team members for numerous airlines.

Sue co-chaired the 2004 International Crisis Management Conference for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and served on the IATA Emergency Response Planners Working Group steering committee from 2002 until her retirement. She is an associate member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.

Sue began her career with Alaska Air Group (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air) in 1985. She has been involved in emergency response planning since 1997; previously she held management positions in customer relations and public affairs. A native of Seattle, she holds bachelor's degrees in Russian Language & Literature and Russian & East European Studies from the University of Washington.

You can visit her personal website HERE.

Sue Warner-Bean
Sue Warner-Bean LLC, Emergency Response Planning
Seattle, Washington

Glen Winn

Aviation Security Specialist joins the U.S.C. Aviation Security program from 29 years of active counter-terrorism and anti-hijacking experience. Mr. Winn is a 1962 graduate of Pennsylvania Military Collegewith a BA in International relations (Law). He is a former U.S. marine officer, with combat experience in Vietnam and special operations in Thailand.

He has post graduate studies in numerous extended counter-terrorism courses at the U.S. Marine Corps Schools at Quantico, Va. Mr. Winn also has studied at the University of California Los Angeles.

He has completed numerous FAA Security Programs and he has lectured at the FAA Academy at Oklahoma City, OK. Mr. Winn has been a guest lecturer at Purdue University and Oklahoma State University School of Aviation Science.

Mr Winn graduated from the U.S. Treasury Dept. Law Enforcement Academy and the Special Agent Training Academy of the U.S. Secret Service.

Mr. Winn also completed several other U.S. Secret Service advanced training schools.

He was a primary aviation security expert requested to testify at the Pan American flight #103 investigation.

Mr. Winn is a co-author of a recently published security college level text book. He is currently employed in the civil aviation industry as a security expert. He is a member of the Assoc . of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service, IACP, U.S. Marine Corps. Assoc, NSA, and the Royal Marine Assoc.

Harrision Wolf

Harrison Wolf, B.A., M.P.P is currently the lead course manager, researcher, and liaison for Unmanned Aircraft Systems for the USC Aviation Safety & Security Program within Viterbi School of Engineering. He sat on the RTCA SC-203 Safety Work group and the Human Factors sub-work group. Currently, he is developing courses for Safety Management Systems for RPAs. He has presented Human Factors for UAS Paper for CASI Aerospace Conference April 2013 in Toronto, Canada, UAS Integration into the NAS papers for IEEE Aerospace, and an analysis of recent FAA Activities through Regulation and Economics. Harrison has published previous work on UAS Integration Regulation Framework, International Trafficking in Arms Regulation Reforms and Safety Management Systems for Aerospace all with IEEE Aerospace. His research interests are government regulations, technology policy framework, and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Integration efforts into the National Airspace.