Brent Bowen

Professor Safety Science
Safety Science Department
Prescott College of Aviation

Dr. Brent Bowen is currently Professor of Aeronautical Science, College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. He is the former Dean of the College of Aviation. 

Previously, Dr. Bowen was Professor and Head, Department of Aviation Technology within the Purdue University College of Technology. Dr. Bowen has also served as Professor and Chair, Aviation Science, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, directed the office of Air Transportation Policy and served as Senior Fellow for the National Center for Aviation Safety Research at Saint Louis University. 

Dr. Bowen's research interests focus on enhancing collegiate aviation and technology higher education, as well as integrating higher education and technology industries.

His Federal Aviation Administration certifications include Airline Transport Pilot (Type-rated Douglas DC-3 SIC), Certified Flight Instructor (SEL, MEL, Instrument) with Gold Seal, Advanced-Instrument Ground Instructor, Aviation Safety Counselor, and Aerospace Education Counselor.

Specialties: Dr. Bowen's research on the development of the national Airline Quality Rating is regularly viewed by more than 75 million people each year and is annually featured on national newscasts including ABC's Good Morning America, The Cable News Network (CNN), USA Today, The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, network evening news shows, and in numerous other national and international media.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education, Oklahoma State University
  • M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration in Business Administration, Oklahoma City University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Oklahoma State University

  • AS 480: Applied Aviation Research Meth
  • UNIV 101: College Success
  • CEA 396: Coop Education - Aeronautics
  • MSF 691: Graduate Capstone Course
  • AS 207: Intro Aviation Research Meth
  • MSF 612: Research Methods

Additional Professional Experience:

Executive Editor - Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering, Recent professional affiliations include the University Aviation Association (past Board Member), Aviation Accreditation Board International (Committee Chair), World Aerospace Education Organization (Past-President), International Air Transportation Research Society (Network Committee Member), Aerospace States Association (Governor's Delegate), Alpha Eta Rho International Aviation Fraternity, and the Missouri Academy of Sciences.

United States Air Force Auxiliary

Civil Air Patrol, January 1990 Education

Aerospace Education Member and Aviation Education Counselor with hundreds of speaking events on aviation topics in schools, colleges, and professional settings.

Aviation Safety Councelor, Federal Aviation Administration from January 1990 – Present (26 years 5 months) Education

Provide Aviation Safety Programs and Individual Safety Counseling to Airmen


Airline Transport Pilot

Federal Aviation Administration, License Douglas DC-3 (SIC) type rating starting January 1989

Certified Flight Instructor

Federal Aviation Administration, License SEL, MEL, Instrument starting May 1989

Dr. Bowen has been recognized with awards of achievement and commendation from the American Marketing Association, the American Society of Public Administration, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Federal Aviation Administration, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the W. Frank Barton School of Business, the Travel and Transportation Research Association, University Aviation Association, World Aerospace Education Organization, the Scientific Board of Latvia, and others.