I came to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University after more than a 17-year career with United Airlines. I brought a wealth of knowledge and experience from many facets of the aviation industry. I hold grass-roots experience in various areas of aviation. I began my aviation career with Midway Airlines in White Plains, NY as an aircraft cleaner while pursuing my FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificates, associate, and baccalaureate degrees. I was transferred and promoted to several positions within Midway Airlines including Operations Agent, Security Agent, Baggage Handler, Deicing Agent, and Ramp Supervisor.
Pan Am then employed me as an Operations Coordinator where I gained valuable experience in airport operations where my primary job was Airport Crash, Fire, and Rescue (currently Aircraft, Rescue, and Fire Fighting -ARFF). I also became proficient in hourly and special weather observations, airport security, airport snow removal, as well as many other facets of airport operations.
After several years, I was offered a position as an Aviation Maintenance Technician with United Airlines in San Francisco at United’s overhaul and heavy maintenance facility. After several years of accumulating experience, I was offered a position in the Line Maintenance Operation at Washington-Dulles International Airport.
My career with United Airlines consisted of many facets of the maintenance realm. I ran the gamut from technician, to instructor, to engineer, to leadership/management. I was part of the elite Aircraft Recovery Team at United Airlines which consisted of constant readiness to travel anywhere in the world to recover any of United’s aircraft that may have been incapacitated. Unfortunately, due to the training I received being part of the Aircraft Recovery Team, I was dispatched to Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 to view the wreckage of United 93.
Notably, during my tenure at United Airlines, when I was based at Washington-Dulles International Airport, I had the honor of volunteering at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum - Udvar-Hazy Center located in Chantilly, Virginia. I had the privilege to work on historic aircraft such as, but not limited to, the Enola Gay (B-29) and the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
- M.S. - Master of Science in Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Ratings and Certificates
- AMS 365: Transport Category A/C Systems
- AMSA 490: Aviation Technical Operations
AMS 111 Regulations
AMS 118 General Familiarization / Regulations
AMS 132 Aircraft Systems I
AMS 133 Aircraft Systems II
AMS 263 General Aviation Aircraft Systems
AMS 365 Transport Category Aircraft Systems
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations (Aircraft Maintenance Leadership / Management)
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations (Study-abroad in Greece with Aegean Airlines)
AS 120 Principles of Aeronautical Knowledge
BA 419 Aviation Maintenance Management
Enhancing Virtual Reality Training within Trans-Atlantic Aviation Basic Maintenance Training. The European Commission and the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), November 2013
Associate Professor (August 2006-present) -Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor / Technical Maintenance Coordinator (1999-2006) -United Airlines, Washington-Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.
Aircraft Maintenance Technician (1988-1999) -United Airlines, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA
Airport Operations Coordinator (1987-1988) - Pan Am World Services, Westchester County Airport, White Plains, NY
Ramp Supervisor (1985-1987) Ground Handling Inc/Pan Am World Services - Westchester County Airport, White Plains, NY
Customer Service Agent (1985-1985) Midway Airlines -Westchester County Airport, White Plains, NY