Mehta, Rian

Faculty Member
Aeronautics, College of

Personal Overview

Professor Mehta has an extensive background in aviation research. Over the last 5 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. Professor Mehta in addition to past roles involving teaching, has served as the Managing Editor for the International Journal of Aviation Sciences.

Educational Background

  • 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, A.B.D.

Recognition & Awards

  • Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot’s Certification with Instrument Rating
  • Forbes 30 under 30: Science Finalist (Non-Winner), 2017
  • James S. Eaton Award - Outstanding Recent Graduate, 2016
  • National Gold Philanthropy Award, 2016
  • First place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2015, Phoenix, AZ
  • Second place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2016, Phoenix, AZ

Current Courses

  • AVM 1000 – Introduction to Aviation
  • AVT 2303 – Aviation Career Planning
  • AHF 3101 – Introduction to Human Factors
  • AHF 5101 – Human Factors in Man Machine Systems (Grad)
  • AVT 5000 – Airspace Safety (Grad)
  • AVS 5206 – Aviation Security (Grad)

Additional Duties

  • Managing Editor - International Journal of Aviation Sciences
  • UAS Minor Chair
  • Internship Chair - College of Aeronautics
  • University Disciplinary Committee (UDC) Faculty Member
  • Advisor/Division Vice President  - Delta Tau Delta Fraternity

Selected Publications

Professor Mehta’s research has predominantly focused on consumer perceptions as they relate to automation in the aviation industry. Prfoessor 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

Recent Journal Publications (please visit website for a complete list):

Mehta, R., Rice, S., Winter, S.R., & Eudy, M. (In press). Perceptions of Cockpit Configurations: A Culture and Gender Analysis. International Journal of Aerospace Psychology.

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.

Recent Conference Publications (please visit website for a complete list):

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.