Assistant Professor, College of Aeronautics
Dr. Mehta has an extensive background in aviation research. Over the last 6 years, he was been involved in several aspects of the aviation industry, from airport operations and management, to Safety Management System (SMS) implementation, as well as future airline cockpit design research. He is also a commercial rated pilot. Dr. Mehta in addition to past roles involving teaching, has served as the Assistant Managing Editor for the International Journal of Aviation Sciences.
FAA Commercial Multi/Single Pilot’s certification with instrument rating
FAA Certified Small Unmanned Aerial System Remote Pilot (Part 107)
Best Faculty of the Year Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 (ISSS) 2019
National Gold Philanthropy Award 2019, 2016
National Silver Philanthropy Award 2014,2017,2018
Forbes 30 Under 30: Science Finalist (Non-Winner) 2017
James S. Eaton Award – Outstanding Recent Graduate 2016
Alumnus of the Year - Delta Tau Delta 2016
Second place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2016, Phoenix, AZ 2016
Third place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2016, Phoenix, AZ 2016
Excellence in Graduate Presentation Award at the HFAP 2015, Daytona Beach, FL 2015
First place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2015, Phoenix, AZ 2015
Reviewing panelist Department of Defense’s SMART Scholarship
Dr. Mehta’s research has predominantly focused on consumer perceptions as they relate to automation in the aviation industry. Dr. Mehta has also been involved in several other research endeavorers that span approximately 60 publications in the field of future cockpit design, pilot configurations, and space travel. He also has a specific expertise in System Wide Trust Theory, scale development, regression analyses and mediation analyses. A full list of all publications can be found on his website:
Select Journal Publications (please visit website for a complete list):
Mehta, R. (Accepted) The Graduate Advisor-Advisee Relationship: What Both Parties Should Expect. International Journal of Aviation Research.
Mehta, R., Rao, N.A., Labonte, E., Rice, S., Carstens, D. and Gaenicke, S. (2019) Consumers from India and the USA have differing views of flight attendants. International Journal of Aviation Management, 4(3), 147–162.
Rice, S., Winter, S. R., Mehta, R., Keebler, J. R., Baugh, B. S., Anania, E. C., & Milner, M. N. (2019). Does length of ride, gender or nationality affect willingness to ride in a driverless ambulance. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, 7, 39-55.
Mehta, R., Chauhan, B., Edwards, M., Rosser, T., Dunbar, V., & Rice, S. (2019). Does a SWT Reverse Contagion Effect Exist from Humans to Automation. Collegiate Aviation Review International, 37(1), 90-106.
Rice, S., Winter, S. R., Mehta, R., & Ragbir, N. K. (2019). What factors predict the type of person who is willing to fly in an autonomous commercial airplane? Journal of Air Transport Management, 75, 131-138.
Marte, D. A., Anania, E. C., Rice, S., Mehta, R., Milner, M. N., Winter, S. R., Walters, N., Capps, J., & Ragbir, N. (2018). What type of person supports 24/7 police drones over neighborhoods? A regression analysis. Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems, 4(1), 61-70.
Winter, S. R., Rice, S., Mehta, R., Walters, N. W., Pierce, M. B., Anania, E. C., Milner, M. N., & Rao, N. (2018). Do Americans differ in their willingness to ride in a driverless bus? Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems. 6(4), 267-278.
Winter, S.R., Keebler, J. R., Rice, S., Mehta, R., & Baugh, B.S. (2018). Patient perceptions on the use of an autonomous emergency medical transport: An affective perspective. Transportation Research Part F. 58, 431-441.
Select Conference Publications (please visit website for a complete list):
Mehta, R., Rice, S., Winter, S. R., Spence, T. B., Edwards, M., Candelaria-Oquendo, K. & Baugh, B.S. (Accepted). Are Convenience Samples Generalizable Within the Aviation Industry? Poster accepted to the 20th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, Ohio.
Rice, S., Mehta, R., Winter, S. R., Anania, E., Milner, M. N., & Ragbir, N. (Accepted). What type of person is willing to undergo a teeth cleaning with a dental robot? Poster accepted to the 2019 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, Chicago, IL.
Winter, S.R., Keebler, J. R., Rice, S., Mehta, R., & Baugh, B.S. (2018, October). Driverless ambulances: A possibility, but will patients ride? Paper presented at the 62nd International Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Philadelphia, PA.