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Rankin, William

Associate Professor of Airport Management, College of Aeronautics

Professional Background in Discipline and Field

Prior to my current position as an Associate Professor of Aviation Management at FIT, I was a Professor of Aviation Management and Chair of the Department of Aviation at the University of Central Missouri for 7 years, before stepping down in August of 2012. Prior to this, I was an Assistant Professor of Aviation at Florida Memorial University in Miami, Florida and Deputy Director of Aviation for the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. I joined the Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) in 1998, overseeing the operations, maintenance, and planning and development sections of BCAD. I have 29 years of airport management experience including the Director of Aviation for the El Paso International Airport, Texas; Manager of the Operations Division, Washington National Airport, Washington, DC; Director of the Eastern Iowa Regional Airport, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Manager of Smith-Reynolds Airport, Winston-Salem, Nc.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Northcentral University, Core studies in Business Administration with a specialization in Aviation/Aerospace Management.

M.A.S. Degree in Aeronautical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus.

B.S. Degree in Aviation Management, MiddleTennessee State University.

Teaching and Advising Activity

As an Associate Professor in the College of Aeronautics, I primarily teach nine upper-division and graduate courses directly related to my professional background and education. These include: Airport Operations (graduate ground and online; required in major), Aviation Security (undergraduate ground and graduate online; required in major), Airport Management (undergraduate ground and online; required in major), and Transportation Logistics (undergraduate ground; required in major), Advanced Aviation Research Project (graduate ground and online capstone), Advanced Aviation Management Internship (Graduate and undergraduate ground), Thesis (graduate ground; capstone), and Dissertation (graduate ground capstone). I have also taught AVM 4701 Airport Management and AVM 3303 Transportation Logistics on numerous occasions for the CoA and the University of Technology Panama (UTP), Panama City, Panama.

In addition to FIT, teach at the University of Phoenix, College of Business, and (UOP) both online and on-ground. At UOP I am certified as an Advanced Online Facilitator Certification with a specialization in adult education. Courses taught at UOP include Strategic Management Capstone, Operations Management, and Business Seminar, all at the graduate level.

Scholarly Activity

Highlights of my scholarly activity include over 28 peer reviewed publications and presentations that are cited in Europe, Australia, Asia, South America and North America (U.S. and Canada).  I have been an invited speaker, Chair, and Workshop Leader to numerous organizations, including the Florida Airports Council, the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), and the 2nd Annual Airports Facilities Conference in Southeast Asia. I have served as the Final Program Exam (FPE) Chair, Major Advisor, or Committee member for 55 FPEs and doctoral dissertation committees at FIT; and 13 thesis and doctoral students at the University of Central Missouri, Florida Memorial University, and other universities in the U.S. and Africa. I most recently worked with other FIT faculty to submit a proposal for an Airports Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) grant for a Runway Incursion Study. This proposal was submitted in April 2019. Finally, I serve a peer reviewer and/or Editor (Honorable) for six academic journals in the U.S. and Europe.

Areas of my significant research focus on Multi-Airport Logistics Systems (MLS). This research compares the performance of cargo and passengers transport modes in the U.S. MLSs. My other research focuses on terrorist attacks affecting airports and airlines, and runway incursions in the U.S. airports system.

Service Activity

I am involved in numerous service-related activities. These activities include broad and substantive participation in activities across the College and University, as well as the aviation industry. These activities include but are not limited to:

  • Service on committees in nationally-recognized professional organizations
  • Development of Internships Programs for the College of Aviation
  • Demonstrated leadership within the academic unit, College, University in committee assignments
  • Promotion of FIT as a spokesperson on airport management related topics in various media outlets
  • Chairmanship, on international conferences and/or presentations at local, national and international conferences
  • Chair and committee member of Self-Study Accreditation Visiting Teams, both nationally and internationally.

Accreditation Team Visits as Chair or Team Member include:

  • DEA University; Dubai, UAE 2008, Visiting Team Member for the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Abu Dhabi – UAE.
  • Florida Institute of Technology, Florida 2012, Visiting Team Member for Aviation Accreditation Board International, Auburn, Alabama – USA.
  • Emirates Aviation University, Dubai, UAE 2012, Visiting Team Chair for the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Abu Dhabi – UAE

Note: I am currently a Visiting Team Member of the Aviation Accreditation Association International.

I have served as an Airport Management Expert Witness in the following litigation:

  • Thomas E. Shultz; Sally Shultz v. City of Los Angeles. Parker Airport Leasing, Parker Aero Development; American Airports Corp. - Cunningham and Swaim, LLP, - (Pasadena, CA).
  • David G, Hata v. NYNJ Port Authority, MSN Air Services Inc, and LOT Polish Airlines – Mahoney and Keane LLP – (New York, NY).
  • Patrick Shultz and Jessica Shultz v. Allanton Landing LLC, Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc; Race Foster - Vernis & Bowling of Northwest Florida, P.A. - (Pensacola, FL) and Murry, Morin, and Herman, PA – (Tampa, FL).
  • Gayle Burch v. Town of Pierson, Florida – Lewis Legal Group PA – (Plantation, FL).

International Programs Review

International Business Programs, Program Reviewer, National Business and Technology Institute, Upper Mount Gravatt Queensland, Australia

Higher Education Advisory Board

Linn State Community College Aviation Advisory Board, Linn Missouri - 2008-2012

Industry Committees

Academic Relations - American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)

Operations/Safety/Planning/Emergency Management - AAAE

Student Chapter Advisors - AAAE

Training - AAAE

Selected Publications

Books include:

Rankin, W. B. (2008). Runway incursions: The effectiveness of airport driver training methods revealed. Berlin, Germany: VDM Verlag Publishing.

Chapters in a Book include:

Rankin, W. B. (2011). Terror attacks: A safety management system training tool for airport and airline managers. In E. Abu-Taieh, A. El Sheikh, & M. Jafari (Eds.), Technology Engineering and Management in Aviation: Advancements and Discoveries(pp. 203-213). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Cokley, J; Rankin, W; McAuliffe, M; Heinrich, P; Hanrick, P. (2015) ‘Media for Future Space Communities’, in Taylor, A, et al [eds]. Settlements at the Edge, Edward Elgar Publishing in the series New Horizons in Regional Science

Referred Publications include:

Rankin, W. B, & Ewald, M. (2005, Spring). AirportNet and the airport industry. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 5, pp. 213-220.

Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2005, Spring). Astronauts as audiences: Characteristics of the first space communities, International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 5, pp. 167-181.

Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2006, Fall). Enhancing life in the hyper-surveillance mini-world of a space station: The role of situational awareness, communication, and reality TV in the life of astronauts. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 6, pp. 283-297.

Rankin, W. B. (2007, Fall). Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 7, pp. 133-156.

Rankin, W. B. (2008, Spring). The significance of demographic characteristics in airport driver programs. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 8(1), pp. 139-155.

Rankin, W. B. (2008, July-September). Waco Regional Airport: A case study for strategic airport planning. Journal of Airport Management, 2, pp. 345-354.

Rankin, W. B. (2008, Fall). King County: A case study model for strategic marketing planning for airport managers. Journal of Aviation Management and Education, 1, pp. 1-14.

Rankin, W. B. (2008, Winter). Runway incursions: An industry examination of FAA initiatives and objectives. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 8(2), pp. 225-240.

Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2009, Spring). Runway incursions: Airport movement area driver training demographics suggest revisions to airport driving training methods. Journal of Management and Marketing Research, 2, pp. 1-17.

Rankin, W. B. (Spring, 2009). King County International Airport case study. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research.

Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2009, Summer). Ethnic and cultural focus in airport driver training. International Journal of Training Research, 7(1), pp. 38-55.

Rankin, W. B. (Spring, 2010). General aviation security: A safety management model for colligate learning. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research.

Rankin, W. B. (2012). Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods. The National Civil Aviation Agency Journal (ANAC) of Brazil with permission of the International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies.

Rankin, W., Cokely, J., Heinrich P., and McAuliffe, W., (2013, Summer). Comparison of Historic Exploration with Contemporary Space Policy Suggests a Retheorisation of Settings. Journal of the British Planetary Society, Vol 66, No 07/08.

Rankin, W. B. (Spring, 2015). Preparing airports for weapons of mass effect. Journal of Airport Management, Henry Stewart Publications, London, UK.

Rankin, W.B. (Summer, 2016). Preparing airports and airlines for terrorist (Industry Perspective). Journal of Air Transport Studies, Hellenic Aviation Society, Athens, Greece.

Rankin, W.B., Shen, D., Le, M. (Fall, 2016), Self-Education of agents in the multi-airport logistics systems: A multiple cases study; Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems, Applications in Engineering and Technology, Beijing, China, Doi: 10.3233/JIFS-169114.

Rankin W, Cokley J, Mc Auliffe M, Heinrich P, Hanrick P (Summer, 2017) Tiny Homes as Logistical Challenges in a Space Colony; Aeronautics and Aerospace Open Access Journal, 1(1): 00002. DOI:10.15406/aaoaj.2017.01.00002

Rankin, W.B., Shen, D., Le. M. (Fall, 2017), Features and mechanisms of multi-airport logistics system, Acta Technica, Institute of Thermomechanics, CAS, v.v.i., 62, No.5A, 989 1002.

Rankin, W.B., Dinler, N. (Fall, 2018), Assessment of the Evolving Low-Cost Business Model for the Future Importance of U.S. Secondary Airports, Manuscript 1267, Journals at Scholarly Commons, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Article has been accepted for inclusion in International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace by an authorized administrator of Scholarly Commons.

Other Refereed Publications include:

Rankin, W. B. (2007). Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods (Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 2007): UMI Dissertation Abstracts 3243180.

University Research Publications include:

February 2008, The significance of demographic characteristics on airport driver training programs, Faculty Research Days 2008 submission, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

Workshop Publications include:

March 2019, 2nd Annual Airport Facilities Management Conference, Chair and workshop Presenter, Bangkok Thailand

April 2007, What is the future of commercial space travel? Aviation Roundtable, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Presentations-Referred include:

March 2019, Runway Incursions: Best practices and an analysis of computer-based training, 2nd Annual Airport Facilities Conference, Bangkok Thailand

March 2019, Preparing airports for terrorist attacks, 2nd Annual Airport Facilities Conference, Bangkok Thailand

February 2008, Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods, New Learning Technologies Conference, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Orlando, Florida.

August 2008, Waco Regional Airport: A case study model for colligate distant learning, Washington Interactive Technologies Conference, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Washington, DC.

February 2009, General aviation security: A safety management system model for distant learning, New Learning Technologies Conference, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Orlando, Florida.

September 2011, Comparison of historic exploration with contemporary space policy suggests a re-theorisation of settings, 100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium, Orlando, Florida.

January 2015, Tiny Habitats (on Mars), FIT Buzz Aldrin Space Institute Workshop, Melbourne, Florida.

Presentations-Non Referred include:

March 2004, Waco Regional Airport case study, FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial College, Miami, FL.

March 2005, The PLO and aviation terrorism, FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial, Miami, FL.

March 2006, Security at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL.

March 2004, King County International Airport case study, FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL.

April 2007, Runway incursions a critical examination, The Faculty of the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

October 2008, Overview of the Department of Aviation, 40thAnnual Aviation Department Alumni Homecoming Reception and Dinner, Aviation Department Alumni of the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

July 2015, The Millennial Age – The Next Generation of Aviation Employees, Florida Airports Council, 46th Annual Conference, Boca Raton, Florida.

Other Creative Works include:

December 2008. Latest thinking in airport marketing - Modern marketing planning at US airports. Henry Stuart Talks (audio presentation series). Series Editor: Dr. Anne Graham, Senior Lecturer in Air Transport and Tourism. University of Westminster, London, UK.

March 29,2015, Aviation Assaults, Linkedin Pulse. Published by request of Linkedin Editorial Staff at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/aviation-safety-assaults-william-rankin/edit

May 2016, Building Small Observatories (Contributor), Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto ON M9A 1B7

May 25, 2016, EgyptAir - Would the Adoption of a Security Management System (SeMS) avoided this Event? Is Employee Training Lacking? Linkedin Pulse. Published at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/egyptair-would-adoption-security-management-system-sesm-rankin/edit

Editor

Aeronautics and Aerospace Open Access Journal

Peer Reviewer

  • The Aeronautical Journal, Royal Aeronautical Society, London, England
  • International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies - FAA, USA
  • International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, USA
  • International Journal of Aviation Management, Olney, Bucks, UK
  • Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research (JAAER)

Dissertation and Thesis Committees

Sanjai Rahul, (Forthcoming), Aviation Security with the Implementation of Airport Body Scanners, DBA in Business Administration, Open University of Mauritius, Réduit – Chair of Committee.

Umut Oztekin, (2018), Employees Attitudes toward Safety Risk Management and Safety Performance at U.S. Airports, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida – Committee Member.

Nurettin Dinler, (2018), Assessment of the Evolving Low-Costs Business Models for the Future Importance of U.S. Secondary Airports, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida - Chair of Committee. 

Safak Aktemur (2015), Review of Aviation Research: A Content Analysis of Articles Published in the Collegiate Aviation Review, 2007–2012, Florida Institute of Technology - Committee Member.

Ulreen Jones, (2015, November), Causal Factors Related to the Incidence of Pilot Deviation Runway Incursions, Ph.D. in Aviation Sciences, College of Aeronautics, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida – Committee Member.

Hussain Alhallaf, (2016, February), Examining the Relationship between Factors Affecting the Aviation Profession and the Concept of Aviation Professionalism, Ph.D. in Aviation Sciences, College of Aeronautics, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida – Committee Member.

Brodenick Sharp (2009, November), Assessing Flight Safety Differences between US Major and Regional Airlines, Ph.D. in Business Administration, Department of Business Administration, Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, Arizona – External Committee Member.