Michelle P. Hight


Professor Michelle P. Hight was born on 21 April 1979 in San Diego, CA. In 2001, she began a career as a C-130 pilot in the United States Air Force, deploying eight times in support of U.S. led coalition operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. In 2010, she received a M.A.S. in Aviation Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Currently, as a candidate for a PhD-BA at Northcentral University, she is studying the business side of airline operations. As a full-time faculty member in the Aeronautical Science Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, she has taught and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students. Her main courses include Domestic & International Navigation, Jet Systems (CRJ-700/900), and Turbine Powerplant Mechanics. As co-Principal Investigator, she recently contributed to a major Pilot Source Study, originally commissioned in 2010 by the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Regional Airline Association (RAA). This was the fourth iteration of a large national population study performed on newly hired regional pilots. She was also nominated to serve as the college representative board member of the Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) at ERAU, which encompasses all STEM fields at ERAU.

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Her research interests focus on NextGen Technology/ Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), Jet Systems & Innovation, Supersonic Technology, Pilot Sourcing/ Shortage, Autonomous aerial vehicles & drones.

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