ISAP Honorary Fellows
Dr. Earl L. Wiener
On June 14, 2013, the field of aviation psychology lost a renowned aviation human factors researchers when Dr. Earl Wiener passed away after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Wiener was Professor Emeritus of management science and industrial engineering at the University of Miami. He received his B.A. in psychology from Duke University and his Ph.D. in psychology and industrial engineering from The Ohio State University. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army and was rated in fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Dr. Wiener conducted research in the areas of human vigilance, automobile and aviation safety, and accidents occurring to the elderly. He made extensive contribution to aviation human factors research, including pioneering studies of flight deck automation and crew resource management. Through field studies with various airlines, he contributed scientific insight to pilot training for automated aircraft, and he identified potential pitfalls of advanced flight-deck technology that could result in pilot error. Dr. Wiener served on the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Human Factors, the NRC Study Panel on Air Traffic Control Automation, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Council. He was a fellow of the Human Factors Society and the American Psychological Society, president of the Human Factors Society, associate editor of Human Factors, and was on the editorial board of Accident Analysis and Prevention and Journal of Safety Research. He published numerous papers and co-edited two books: Human Factors in Aviation (1988) and Cockpit Resource Management (1993). According to his family, one of Dr. Wiener’s proudest moments was riding across the Golden Gate Bridge on his unicycle to celebrate his 40th birthday. Dr. Wiener was an extremely influential aviation psychologist and a great credit to our profession. He will be profoundly missed.
Dr. Dismukes has recently retired from being the Chief Scientist for Aerospace Human Factors in the Human Systems Integration Division at NASA Ames Research Center. His research addresses cognitive issues involved in the skilled performance of pilots and other experts, their ability to manage challenging situations, and their vulnerability to error. Current research topics include prospective memory (remembering to perform deferred intentions), management of attention in concurrent task performance, pilots' use of checklists and monitoring, and training crews to analyze their own performance. Previously, Dr. Dismukes was Director of Life Sciences at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He received his PhD in biophysics from Pennsylvania State University and conducted postdoctoral research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. He has published several books and numerous scientific papers in basic and applied psychology and neuroscience, and has written on the implications of science and social policy for the public. He holds airline transport pilot, B737 and Citation type, and glider instructor ratings. He won the 2010 national championships for the 1-26 sailplane.
Dr. Richard Jensen is the founder of the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology and the force behind its growth over the many years the Symposium was hosted by the Ohio State University. He also founded and has edited The International Journal of Aviation Psychology since 1991, a leading publication in the field of Aviation Psychology. Dr. Jensen is Emeritus Professor of Aviation Psychology at Ohio State University. He's also the owner of Flying J. Farm, a commercial farm of organic produce and beef in Central Ohio.
Dr. Richard Pew has over 50 years of experience in human factors and human performance as they relate to systems design and development. After starting his Air Force service as an Epee fencer at the 1956 Olympic Games (he finished 4th!), Dr. Pew was assigned to the Psychology Branch of the Aero-Medical Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB. He was hired by J. C. R. Licklider at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (now BBN) in 1958. In 1960 he went to the University of Michigan to earn his PhD under Paul Fitts and eventually became a Professor there. He has been Principal Scientist at BBN since 1974.
Dr. Malcom Ritchie started his illustrious career in Aviation Psychology in 1956 as one of the co-authors (with Alex Williams and Marvin Adelson) of the influential report, A Program of Human Engineering Research on the Design of Aircraft Instrument Displays and Controls. He went on to a long career with his own research and consulting company in Dayton, and is now an Emeritus Professor of Engineering at Wright State University.
Dr. Thomas Sheridan is a champion in experimentation, modeling, and design of human-machine systems in air, highway and rail transportation, space and undersea robotics, process control, arms control, telemedicine, and virtual reality. He coauthored the classic text, Man-Machine Systems: Information, Control, and Decision Models of Human Performance that served as the introduction to the field of Human Factors for a generation of scientists and practitioners. He is currently Emeritus Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.
Dr. Henry L. Taylor is Professor and Director Emeritus of the Institute of Aviation, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (2001-present). He was Professor of Aviation and Psychology and Director of the Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois from 1980-2001. He is a certified flight instructor. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Florida State University in 1965. He is a Colonel (Retired) in the United States Air Force serving from1957-1980 including a tour as a combat aircrew member on a C-130E aircraft in Vietnam.
Dr. Taylor’s research interests are concerned with the design and instructional use of flight training devices, simulators and personal computers. He has published over 100 research reports and presented over 125 research and scholarly papers. Dr. Taylor is Past President of Division 19, Society of Military Psychologist and Division 21, Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA); past president of the Aerospace Human Factors Association (AsHFA); the Illinois Public Airport Association; and the of the University Aviation Association (UAA). He is a Fellow of APA, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Psychological Society, the Aerospace Medical Association, and AsHFA.
Dr. Taylor was a member of the Governor of Illinois Board of Aeronautical Advisors from 1986-1988. He has served as a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board (1993-1997). He has consulted with the Institute for Defense Analysis, the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences and the San Jacinto Community College. He has received numerous civilian and military awards for his work including the Longacre Award in 1992, the Franklin V. Taylor Award in 1994, the Paul T. Hansen Award in 1997, the John C..Flanagan Award 2000, The Aerospace Human Factors Association Presidential Award in 2001 and the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation in 2009.