Dr. Stephen Rice was born and raised in Indonesia. He is currently a professor in the Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology Department at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology (Aviation Human Factors) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. Dr. Rice began his academic career at the University of Illinois, working under Dr. Christopher Wickens on research involving unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The primary focus was trust in automation, largely from the perspective of the UAS operator.
Following that, he was faculty at New Mexico State University, where he continued his work on UAS. While at NSMU, he also became interested in the intersections between aviation and social psychology, and began researching consumer perceptions of autonomous aircraft.
In 2013, Dr. Rice moved to the Florida Institute of Technology, where he continued his research in consumer perceptions, focusing on both manned and unmanned aircraft. An additional line of research was developed concerning aviation sustainability, biofuels and green airports. In 2016, Dr. Rice moved to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he continues his research. He has also expanded his research to include the public’s willingness to interact with a variety of autonomous vehicles, as well as into medical and dental robotics. Dr. Rice has completed over $2 million in funded research as the Principal Investigator or Co- Principal Investigator.
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. His recent focus has been dealing with urban air mobility (UAM) and autonomous air taxis. He has authored/co-authored over 50 peer-refereed journal articles, over 80 conference proceedings, and conducted more than $700,000 in external funding. He is currently the dissertation chair for eight Ph.D. students 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 degrees at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His Bachelor’s degree is in professional flight with a minor in geography (2005), and his Master’s degree is 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 addressing 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 with Cirrus flying training missions in South Africa, Australia, Brazil, the Caribbean, England, France, Germany, and Poland.
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