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Shem Malmquist

Instructor | College of Aeronautics

Contact Information
(321) 674-8387
George M. Skurla Hall

Personal Overview

Captain Shem Malmquist is a visiting instructor at the Florida Institute of Technology and an active current B-777 Captain operating predominantly international routes.  He has been a pilot since 1977, and an international pilot for the bulk of the last 37 years. It addition he has taught aerobatics and instructed in a variety of both general aviation and transport aircraft. Captain Malmquist has published numerous technical and academic articles stemming from his work on flight safety and accident investigation.  His most recent work has involved system safety engineering, risk analysis and accident prevention with a focus on methods based on System Theoretic Accident Models and Processes (STAMP). Captain Malmquist is active working to facilitate the integration of these methods on behalf of several organizations. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a full member of ISASI, and a member of the Resilience Engineering Association, AIAA, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, IEEE, the Flight Safety Foundation and SAE where he also serves as a voting member of the Flight Deck and Handling Quality Standards for Transport Aircraft committee and is a member of the Aerospace Behavior Engineering Technology and the Lithium Battery Packaging Performance Committees.  Captain Malmquist was one of the primary authors of the 7th Edition of Commerical Aviation Safety, as well as working on several other academic projects.

His past work includes Automation and Human Factors lead for the Commercial Aviation Safety Team’s Joint Safety Implementation Team, Loss of Control working group, as well as the Aircraft State Awareness working group and the Joint Implementation Measurement and Data Analysis Team.  He also has either led or been deeply involved in several major aircraft accident investigations, performing operations, human factors, systems and aircraft performance analysis.

In addition to his papers on flight safety and accident investigation topics, he is the co-author (with Roger Rapoport) of the book “Angle of Attack” on the Air France 447 accident and its implications on aviation safety, and the book "Grounded" which explores the issues surrounding aircraft certification and the Boeing Max.   He has been a speaker at numerous events, including InfoShare, FSF BASS, ISASI, WATS, the Mid-South Aviation Weather Symposium and many more.

Captain Malmquist is regularly called upon by major news and media outlets around the world to comment on aircraft accidents, incidents and issues related to flight safety.

Captain Malmquist’s education includes a Masters (MSc) degree in Human Factors in Aeronautics through the Florida Institute of Technology, a Bachelors of Science (BSc) from Embry-Riddle University, and an Associate of Science (ASc) through Mt. San Antonio College. He is currently a PhD student at Florida Tech.


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