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Mehta, Rian

Assistant Professor, College of Aeronautics

Personal Overview

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.

Educational Background

  • FAA Commercial Multi/Single Pilot’s certification with instrument rating

  • FAA Certified Small Unmanned Aerial System Remote Pilot (Part 107)

  • B.S., Aviation Management with Flight, Florida Institute of Technology
  • M.S.A., Applied Aviation Safety, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Aviation Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology

Recognition & Awards

  • 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

Courses Taught

  • AVM 1000 – Introduction to Aviation
  • AHF 1101 – Introduction to Aviation Psychology
  • AVT 2303 – Aviation Career Planning
  • AHF 3101 – Introduction to Human Factors
  • AVT 4002 – Aviation Research
  • AVS 4304 – Aviation Security
  • AHF 5101 – Human Factors in Man Machine Systems (Grad)
  • AVT 5000 – Airspace Safety (Grad)
  • AVS 5206 – Aviation Security (Grad)
  • AHF 5991 – Sensation and Perception (Grad)

Additional Duties

  • Faculty Senator
  • Greek Alumni Advisory Board
  • Reviewing panelist Department of Defense’s SMART Scholarship

  • Assistant Managing Editor - International Journal of Aviation Sciences
  • Reviewing Editorial Board Member  - International Journal of Professional Aviation Training & Testing Research 
  • Chairman ACITC - Academic Information Technology Committee 
  • Academic Information Technology Committee (ACITC) Mini grant Chair  
  • UAS Minor Chair
  • Internship Chair - College of Aeronautics
  • University Disciplinary Committee (UDC) Faculty Member
  • Advising Training Committee - College of Aeronautics
  • Publications Committee - College of Aeronautics
  • Advisor/Division Vice President  - Delta Tau Delta Fraternity

Selected Publications & Research

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:

www.rianmehta.com

Funded Research:

  •  Rice, S. & Mehta, R. (2015). A Design Projection for Future Flight Decks: The 2040 Cockpit. Research consulting contract – Jeppesen, A Boeing Company. $10,000.

Textbooks:

  •  Rice, S. & Mehta, R. (2017). Automation in Sociotechnical Systems. In Cuevas, H., Velazquez, J., & Dattel, A. (Eds). Human Factors in Practice: Concepts and Applications. CRC Press.

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.

  • Mehta, R., Rice, S., Winter, S.R., & Eudy, M. (2017). Perceptions of Cockpit Configurations: A Culture and Gender Analysis. International Journal of Aviation Psychology, 27(1-2), 57-63.
  • Mehta, R., Rice, S., Winter, S.R., & Buza, P. (2017). Cabin Depressurization as a Hijacking Mitigation Tactic: A Consumer Perceptions Study. Collegiate Aviation Review International, 35(1), 13.
  • Mehta, R. & Rice, S. (2016). System Wide Trust: A Possible Contagion Effect. Collegiate Aviation Review International, 34(1), 12.
  • Mehta, R. & Rice, S. (2016). Creating a Short Scale for In-Flight Experience Quality. International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, 6(12), 970-974.
  • Mehta, R., Rice, S., & Rao, N. (2016). Traveler Perceptions of Trust in Air Traffic Controllers: A Cultural Comparison between India and The United States. International Journal of Social Science Research, 4(1), 98-114.
  • Mehta, R., Rice, S., Carstens, D., Cremer, I. & Oyman, K. (2015). A brief intermodal rail network (IRN) scale: Establishing validity and reliability. Journal of Sustainable Development, 8(6), 243.
  • Rice, S., Kraemer, K., Winter, S. R., Mehta, R., Dunbar, V., Rosser, T. G., & Moore, J. C. (2014). Passengers from India and the United States Have Differential Opinions about Autonomous Auto-Pilots for Commercial Flights. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 1(1), 3.

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.

  • Anania, E. C., Mehta, R., Marte, D., Rice, S., & Winter, S. R. (2018). Which factors predict consumer willingness to ride in driverless vehicles? Paper accepted for the Proceedings of the 62nd International Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Anania, E., Rice, S., Winter, S., Mehta, R., & Vaden, E. (2018). Potential predictors of ability to sleep during commercial air travel. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2018 Institute of Industrial & System Engineers Conference & Expo, Orlando, FL.
  • Mehta, R., Rice, S., & Winter, S.R. (2017, March). How many planes can one remote control co-pilot handle? Presentation at the 2017 Industry, Engineering, & Management Systems Conference, Cocoa Beach, Florida.
  • Winter, S. R., Rice, S., Keebler, J. R., & Mehta, R. (2017, March). Patient perceptions on the use of an auto- piloted emergency medical transport: An affective perspective. 2017 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Hart, M., Mehta, R., & Rice, S. (2016). Consumer Perceptions of Controlled Rest in Position During Long Distance Flights. Poster presented at the 9th annual Human Factors and Applied Psychology Student Conference, Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Mehta, R., Rice, S., Winter, S. R. & Oyman, K. (2015, April). Is There a Stigma Associated with Pilots Taking Medication? Poster presented at the 8th annual Human Factors and Applied Psychology Student Conference, Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Mehta, R., Rice, S. Oni, M.A., Oni, M.D., Ghosal, S. & Oyman, K. (2015). Consumer willingness to fly on sub- orbital flights: A regression analysis. Proceedings of the 2015 Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research Conference.
  • Rice, S., Mehta, R., Dunbar, V., Oyman, K., Ghosal, S., Oni, M.D. & Oni, M.A. (2015). A valid and reliable scale for consumer willingness to fly. Proceedings of the 2015 Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research Conference.
  • Mehta, R., Rice, S., Winter, S.R. & Oyman, K. (2014). Consumers' perceptions about autopilots and remote- controlled commercial aircraft. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Chicago, IL.

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