Safety Conference: Hosted by the College of Aeronautics and Engineering - The Safety Conference will tentatively take place on April 8, 2021

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 3:45pm

Kent Student Center

The Safety Conference connects students and aeronautics industry experts in an all-day networking event field with lectures and Q & A Sessions

50 years of flight training

The Safety Conference connects students and aeronautics industry experts in an all-day networking event field with lectures and Q & A Sessions The Safety Conference offers students the opportunity to interact with pilots, air traffic controllers, military professionals, aerospace engineers and others professionals affiliated with Kent State University's (KSU) College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Students from KSU and other universities learn about aeronautics and engineering job safety from industry professionals recanting their real-life experiences. The event is managed by KSU's Precision Flight Team with a special interest in collaborating with national student chapter organizations including Women in Aviation and OBAP. This is a great opportunity for networking and is free to attend.

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Keynote Speaker

Aeronautics Safety Conference Keynote Speaker 2020
Steve Swauger

Climbing Higher by Digging Deeper

5:00pm to 6:00pm in the KIVA Auditorium

Steve Swauger is a career pilot with more than 18,000 hours of airline and military flight time in Boeing 737, F-16, OV-10, F-4 and trainer aircraft. He served as a Boeing 737 Captain for more than 22 years and has 25 years of experience in aviation human factors as a Pilots’ Union safety chairman, accident/incident investigator and human factors analyst.

Spanning a 20-year appointment, he authored more than 200 articles under his column The Human Factor and has presented at numerous domestic and international conferences.

Currently Swauger is performing contract work as a human factors’ consultant with Southwest Airlines Flight Operations and pursuing contracting work. He remained active in safety committee work from 1996 until 2019.

He served on the Southwest Airlines Pilot Association (SWAPA)’s member of the Normal Operations Review Team which overhauled the checklists and flight deck procedures for all line operations.

Swauger is currently writing a book designed to bridge the gap between academic Human Factors and practical airline operations Human Factors.

He earned a B.A. in Human Factors from the USAF Academy and a M.A. in National Security Studies from CSU San Bernardino.


Kent State University Aeronautics and Engineering students

Kent State University Aeronautics and Engineering students

Women in Aviation Logo

Women in Aviation

National Intercollegiate Flying Association - NIFA Logo

NIFA Members


Organization Of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)


Alpha Eta Rho


American Association of Airport Executives

American Institute Of Aeronautics And Astronautics Logo

American Institute Of Aeronautics And Astronautics (KSU-AIAA)

Air Traffic Control Logo

Air Traffic Control Student Organizations

Business Aviation Association

Business Aviation Association

National Gay Pilots Association Logo

National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA-KSU)

LIFTED Church Logo


Safety Conference Speakers

Jim Sebastian Profile Pic

Jim SebastianB-737 Captain and Adjunct Professor KSU,

John Dye Profile Pic

John DyeOwner: Bad Attitude-Aviator Training Company. Designated Pilot Examiner,

Whitney Dix Profile Pic

Whitney DixManager of Dispatch Training/ Network Operations Control,

Robert Kraus

Robert KrausAssociate Dean, Flight and Operations, Kent State University,

photo Jason Lorenzon headshot

Jason LorenzonCoordinator, Aeronautics Program, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, Kent State University,

Robert Eckman Profile Pic

Robert EckmanChief Information Security Officer and Adjunct Professor Kent State University,

Mike Smith Profile Pic

Mike SmithVice President, Lender, Scope Aircraft Finance,

Kyle Jones Profile

Kyle JonesChair and Associate Professor of the Computer Science and Information Technology, Sinclair College

Tyler Hudak Profile

Tyler HudakPractice Lead, Incident Response, TrustedSec,

Kevin Fetsko Profile

Kevin FetskoDirector-Global Flight Operations, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company,

Duane Kinney Profile

Duane KinneyQuality Control Specialist at Cleveland Center, Federal Aviation Administration,

Michael Wilson Profile

Michael WilsonAir Traffic Manager Mansfield ATCT, FAA,

Tim Palcho Profile

Tim PalchoChief Instructor, DPE, Professor, Kent State University,

Judith F. Van Zante

Dr. Judith F. Van ZanteTech Lead: Icing Engineering, NASA,

Andrea Deyling Profile Photo

Andrea DeylingPilot, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company,

Captain Stephanie Johnson Profile Pic

Captain Stephanie JohnsonBase Chief Pilot, Delta Air Lines,

Mark Zuranski Profile Pic

Mark ZuranskiChief Pilot, Corporate Flight Department, Eaton Corporation

Greg Cardis Profile Pic

Greg CardisRegional Director and Chief Pilot, Delta Air Lines,

Kelsen LaBerge Profile Pic

Kelsen LaBergeAssociate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Kent State University,

Shawn Taylor Profile Pic Update

Shawn TaylorSenior Research Associate at NASA Glenn Research Center,



George Armann, B.S.Profile

George Armann, B.S.Safety Conference Committee Chair

Head shot of Liz Porter

Liz PorterEvent Coordinator

Jim Sebastian Profile Pic

Jim SebastianCFI / Alumnus

Kris Palcho Profile Pic

Kris PalchoAlumnus

Kevin Fetsko Profile

Kevin FetskoAlumnus

Mackenzie Mauller Profile Pic

Mackenzie MaullerKSU Flight Team / Student

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