Alan Stolzer

Professor and Dean
School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
College of Aviation

Areas of Expertise

Aviation Safety

Safety Management Systems

Aviation/Flight Training & Education

Quality Engineering

Strategic Management

Flight Operations Quality Assurance

Voluntary Safety Programs

Alan Stolzer

Dr. Stolzer is the Dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL.  In this position he is responsible for the academic and administrative oversight of the college.  He is Professor of Doctoral Studies and teaches Safety Management Systems (SMS) in ERAU’s Ph.D. in Aviation program. 

Stolzer is an active researcher and was the principal investigator on several recent federally-funded grants related to aviation safety.  He has authored or edited three books on SMS.  Stolzer holds ATP and A&P certificates from the FAA and has more than 8,000 hours pilot-in-command.  He also holds multiple certifications from the American Society for Quality and the Project Management Institute.  In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.  

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management: Quality Systems, Indiana State University
  • M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Aviation Aerospace Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Airline Transport Pilot - Federal Aviation Administration
  • Mechanic - Federal Aviation Administration
  • Ground Instructor - Federal Aviation Administration
  • Flight Instructor - Federal Aviation Administration

  • DAV 910: Dissertation Research 10
  • DAV 911: Dissertation Research 11
  • DAV 904: Dissertation Research 4
  • DAV 905: Dissertation Research 5
  • DAV 906: Dissertation Research 6
  • DAV 909: Dissertation Research 9
  • DAV 737: Topics in Safety Mgmt Systems

DAV 712  Aviation Safety Management Systems

DAV 737 Topics in Safety Management Systems

Refereed Publications:

Baugh, B., Stolzer, A. (2018).   Language-Related Communications Challenges in General Aviation Operations and Pilot Training.  International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 5(4). 

Stolzer, A., Friend, M., Truong, D., Tuccio, W., Aguiar, M. (2018). Measuring and evaluating safety management system effectiveness using data envelopment analysis. Safety Science, 104, pp. 55-69.  DOI: 10/1016/j.ssci.2017.12.037

Brady, T., Stolzer, A. (2017).  The evolution of air traffic controller training in the United States, ICICTE 2017 Proceedings. 

Anderson, C., Boyd, D., Stolzer, A. (2017).  A comparison of special category light-sport and corresponding type-certificated aircraft safety.  Journal of Safety Research, 66(2018), pp. 95-99.

Friend, M., Stolzer, A., O’Toole, M. (2017).  Air transportation: actions to improve employee safety.  Professional Safety, 62(2), pp. 28-31.

Aguiar, M., Stolzer, A., Boyd, D. (2017).  Rates and causes of general aviation accident related to operations in mountainous and high elevation terrain.  Accident Analysis & Prevention 107(2017), pp. 195-201.   DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2017.03.017

Brady, T., Stolzer, A. (2016). Emerging tools for evaluating safety management system effectiveness.  Journal of Safety and Security Engineering, 6(2), pp. 310-320.

Boyd, D., Stolzer, A. (2016).  Accident-precipitating factors for fatal accidents in turbine-powered general aviation aircraft.  Accident Analysis & Prevention (86) 2016, pp. 209-216.

Brady, T., Stolzer, A., Brickhouse A., Cortés, A., McCune, D., Raghavan, J., and Freiwald, D., (2015).  Marbles: The application of Input-Output concepts to Safety Management Systems.  Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 6.

Boyd, D., Stolzer, A. (2015).  Causes and trends in maintenance-related accidents in FAA-certified single engine piston aircraft.  Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering, 5(1), 17-24.    

Books and Book Chapters:

Friend, M., Stolzer, A., Aguiar, M. (Eds.) (2020). Safety Management Systems: Applications for the Aerospace Industry. Rowman & Littlefield.  ISBN: 978-1-64143-361-7.

Stolzer, A. (2018).  Safety Systems and Practices.  In Landry, S., Handbook of Human Factors in Air Transportation Systems.  Taylor & Francis. 

Stolzer, A., Goglia, J.  (2015). Safety Management Systems in Aviation (2nd ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate Publications.  ISBN: 978-1-4724-3175-2.  

Stolzer, A., Halford, C., Goglia, J. (Eds.) (2011). Implementing Safety Management Systems in Aviation. Aldershot: Ashgate Publications.  ISBN: 978-1-4094-0165-0.  Available electronically.  Translated into Chinese.

Stolzer, A. (2009). Data Mining for Aviation Safety. In Nisbet, R., Elder, J. & Miner, G., Handbook of Statistical Analysis & Data Mining Applications. Burlington, MA: Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-12-374765-5.

Stolzer, A., Halford, C., Goglia, J. (2008). Safety Management Systems in Aviation, Aldershot: Ashgate Publications. ISBN: 978-1-4094-0165-0.  Available in electronic format.  Translated into Portuguese and Chinese. 


Brady, T., Stolzer, A. (2017, July).  The Evolution of Air Traffic Controller Training in the United States.  Presentation delivered at the 12th International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education, Rhodes, Greece.

Stolzer, A., Friend, M. (2017, June).  Measuring and Evaluating Safety Management System Effectiveness Using Data Envelopment Analysis.  Poster presented at the American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Conference and Expo in Denver, CO. 

Stolzer, A.  (2017, May).  Determining the Effectiveness of Safety Management Systems in Aviation.  Presentation delivered at Nanjing University of Aviation and Astronautics (invited), Nanjing, China.

Brady, T., Stolzer, A. (2016, May).  Emerging Tools for Evaluating Safety Management System Effectiveness.  Presentation delivered at the 10th International Conference on Risk Analysis, Crete, Greece. 

Brady, T., Stolzer, A.  (2015, March). Toward Developing an Academic Discipline. Presentation delivered at the International Conference on Doctoral Education, Orlando, FL.

Technical Reports:

Stolzer, A. (lead author). (2017). Determining the Effectiveness of Safety Management Systems: A Research Investigation, 2016.  DOT/FAA/TC-17/24.  Washington DC: Federal Aviation Administration.  

Stolzer, A. (lead author). (2013). Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing – General Aviation (ASIAS-GA): GA – Systems Safety Management Research, 2013.  Washington, DC: Federal Aviation Administration.

Stolzer, A. (lead author).  (2013). Enhanced General Aviation Pilot Study.  Washington, DC: Federal Aviation Administration.

Stolzer, A. (lead author).  (2012). Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing – General Aviation (ASIAS-GA): GA – Systems Safety Management Research. Washington, DC: Federal Aviation Administration.

Stolzer, A. (lead author). (2010). Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing – General Aviation (ASIAS-GA): GA – Systems Safety Management Research (Technical Report).  Washington, DC: Federal Aviation Administration.

Prior to his academic career, Stolzer held positions as a Pilot and Chief Pilot at multiple Part 135 companies flying passengers, cargo, and air ambulance.

Stolzer also served as a Designated Pilot Examiner, issuing more than 100 certificates and ratings on behalf of the FAA.  He served as FAR Part 141 Chief Instructor for ground and flight courses through Certificated Flight Instructor.

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) – Fellow

University Aviation Association (UAA) – Active Member

Women in Aviation International (WAI) – Active Member


Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) – Active Member

The National Aviation Hall of Fame, Active Member

Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), Active Member

Meritorious Award, College of the Ozarks – Distinguished Achievement

Federal Aviation Administration Air Transportation Center of Excellence Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award

Paul A. Whalen Award, Aviation Accreditation Board International

President’s Award, Aviation Accreditation Board International