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Assistant Professor of Graduate Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Scott R. Winter is an Assistant Professor of Graduate Studies in the School of Graduate Studies, College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach. His primary responsibilities involve teaching graduate level courses in research methods, quantitative data analysis, and qualitative data analysis.

Dr. Winter maintains an active research agenda, which focuses on pilot decision-making and consumer perceptions toward automation. He has authored/co-authored over 45 peer-refereed journal articles, over 70 conference proceedings, and conducted more than $700,000 in external funding. He is currently working with 7 Ph.D. students as their dissertation chair, and he serves as a committee member on six other dissertation committees.

Dr. Winter completed his Ph.D. in the Aviation Technology department at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (2013) and his undergraduate and master’s degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His Bachelor’s degree was in professional flight with a minor in geography (2005), and his Master’s degree was in Cross-Disciplinary Studies (2006) with emphasis areas on aviation and education.

For his time in industry, Dr. Winter was employed with Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth, Minnesota from October 2006 until December 2009. While employed with Cirrus, he worked as a member of the Flight Standards and Operations Department. In that role, he served as a company check airman and provided initial and recurrent training to company pilots. Dr. Winter also wrote a monthly website called Pilot’s World that addressed safety and pilot training issues. His time at Cirrus offered him the opportunity to gain experience working for one of the world’s leading general aviation manufacturers and to fly one of the most advanced single-engine piston aircraft. He completed international training at Cirrus where he flew training missions in South Africa, Australia, Brazil, the Caribbean, England, France, Germany, and Poland.


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    Assistant Professor of Graduate Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University