Study Committee Biographical Information

Amy R. Pritchett, Chair, is the David S. Lewis Associate Professor of Cognitive Engineering in the School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dr. Pritchett received bachelor’s, master’s, and ScD degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has led numerous research projects sponsored by industry, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She has served as Director of NASA’s Aviation Safety Program. Dr. Pritchett was responsible for planning and execution of the program ($75 million to $82 million per year), which was conducted at four NASA research centers and sponsored about 200 research agreements. In that role, she served on the Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and on the executive committees of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team and the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing program. She has published more than 170 papers in conference proceedings and in scholarly journals such as Human Factors, Journal of Aircraft, and Air Traffic Control Quarterly. She has won the William H. Jackson Award of the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) and, as part of Commercial Aviation Safety Team, the Collier Trophy, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aviation has named a scholarship for her. Dr. Pritchett is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. She is a member of FAA’s Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) and chairs REDAC’s Human Factors Subcommittee. She is a licensed pilot.

Mathias Basner is an Assistant Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Basner received a degree in medicine and a PhD in research from the University of Bochum, Germany, and a master of science degree in epidemiology from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. He trained at the Institute for Applied Physiology at the University of Bochum and worked as a Research Associate at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Flight Physiology Division from 1999 until 2006 before moving to the United States to pursue his research interests in the neurobehavioral consequences of sleep loss as a research associate. He returned to DLR in 2008 to head the Flight Physiology Division for 2 years. At that time, he was coinvestigator on a Deutsche Flugsicherung (German Air Traffic Control) study investigating workload effects in Croatian air traffic controllers. In January 2010, Dr. Basner assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded the German Aerospace Center Science Award in 2007 and the Science Award of the German Academy for Aviation and Travel Medicine in 2010. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and its sleep deprivation steering committee. He is also a member of the Sleep Research Society and the German Sleep Research Society. Dr. Basner is Deputy Editor of the journal Sleep, on the editorial boards of Noise and Health and PLOS ONE, and ad hoc reviewer for 40 scientific journals. He has reviewed proposals for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the European Space Agency, the Australian Antarctic Science Program, and the German Research Foundation.

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