Safety Symposium hosted by the College of Aeronautics and Engineering

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 7:00pm to Friday, April 9, 2021 - 8:45pm


This Safety Symposium will be held in place of the annual Safety Conference hosted by Kent State University's College of Aeronautics and Engineering and the Kent State University's Precision Flight Team. The nature of this aviation safety event will maintain the integrity of Safety Conference by connecting students and aeronautics industry experts in an evening event of lecture, discussion, and Q&A.  

Please join us for a Safety Symposium, connecting students and aeronautics industry experts in an evening event featuring a keynote address delivered by Bruce Landsberg, Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion is constructed to bring together varying experiences with aviation safety to provide many perspectives on the importance of aviation safety. 

The focus of the keynote will be on aviation safety and automation; Vice Chairman Landsberg will be discussing the Air Canada Incident at SFO and how a combination of fatigue, automation, and human factors almost amounted to being the biggest crash in World History. He will also describe his perspective of how can we avoid this - and speak generally about texting and driving, the Tesla crash, and what he does as a Vice Chair of the NTSB. 

The panel discussion will be moderated by Gary Allen, attorney and consultant specializing in aviation matters. 

The panel will include: 

  • Kris Palcho, Leadership Coach and Team Development Consultant, Federal Aviation Association 
  • Ben Satyschur, Aviation Safety Program Manager, Kent State University 
  • Nick Malachowski, Current Student and Precision Flight Team Member, Kent State University 
  • Ed Booth, Complex Litigation Expert and Partner, Marks Gray 

This event is free and open to the public. 

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50 years of flight training

Historically, the purpose of Safety Conference is to connect students and aeronautics industry experts in an all-day networking event field with lectures and Q & A sessions. The Safety Conference offered students the opportunity to interact with pilots, air traffic controllers, military professionals, aerospace engineers, and other professionals affiliated with Kent State University's (KSU) College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Students from KSU and other universities had the opportunity to 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. We are looking forward to resuming this model in Spring 2022. 


Keynote Speaker

Bruce Landsberg Headshot

Bruce Landsberg 

Fatigue, Automation, and Human Factors

7:00 - 9:00 PM EST | Zoom

Bruce Landsberg was sworn in as Vice Chairman of the  National Transportation Safety Board on August 7, 2018, to become its 43rd Member.

Before the NTSB, Vice Chairman Landsberg was with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association from 1992 to 2014 where he served as executive director of the Air Safety Foundation until 2010, and then as president of the AOPA Foundation and Air Safety Institute until he retired in 2014.  Under his leadership, the organization received international recognition and numerous awards for promoting light aircraft safety. During his AOPA tenure, he conducted countless safety seminars and wrote a monthly column on aviation safety for its magazine, AOPA Pilot.

Early in his aviation career, Vice Chairman Landsberg worked for Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, where he promoted general aviation through the management of their Air Age Education Department. He also worked as an associate editor for Flying magazine before moving to FlightSafety International as their first product marketing manager. In addition to promoting the benefits of simulator training there, he developed an airline pilot transition program for first officer candidates through close collaboration with numerous regional airlines.


Kent State University Aeronautics and Engineering students

Kent State University Aeronautics and Engineering students

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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)

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Air Traffic Control Student Organizations

Business Aviation Association

Business Aviation Association

National Gay Pilots Association Logo

National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA-KSU)

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Past 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,


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