ATLAS LabAdvancing Technology-interaction & Learning in Aviation Systems

ATLAS Lab Team

Dr. Meredith Carroll


Dr. Meredith Carroll is an Associate Professor of Aviation Human Factors at Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Aeronautics and Founder/Director of the ATLAS Lab. She has over 15 years of experience studying human/team performance and training in complex systems. Her research focuses on cognition and learning, decision making in complex systems, human-machine teaming, training system design and evaluation, performance assessment, and adaptive training, including utilizing physiological sensor technology to gain access to previously unobservable aspects of performance and learning. She has been funded by the the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to study different facets of these areas. She also worked at the Kennedy Space Center conducting user-centered design of International Space Station payloads, processing facilities and ground support equipment. She received her Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia, her Master’s degree in Aviation Science from Florida Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology and Human Factors from the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Donna Wilt

Faculty Researcher

Dr. Donna Forsyth Wilt has over thirty years of experience as a pilot, educator, and researcher in the general aviation industry. She has served as a subject matter expert in general aviation flight operations, ab-initio flight training, and avionics systems. With a background in aviation, education, and engineering, Dr. Wilt has a unique combination of learning cognition, human factors, pilot, and avionics engineering and applies it to improving aviation and increasing aviation safety.      


Captain Shem Malmquist

Faculty Researcher

Captain Malmquist is a visiting professor at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and an active current B-777 Captain operating predominantly international routes.  He has been an international pilot for the bulk of the last 32 years, instructed in a variety of both general aviation and transport aircraft, and has experience with automation and human factors, pilot loss of control, aircraft state awareness, several major aircraft accident investigations, and aircraft performance analysis. He has an MS in Human Factors in Aeronautics from FIT and a BS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University.   

Dr. Summer Rebensky

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Summer Rebensky is a post doctoral research fellow funded by the Air Force Research Lab and an ATLAS lab lead. She received her B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Aviation Human Factors, and Ph.D. in Aviation Sciences with a focus in Human Factors from Florida Tech.  Her research focuses on virtual environment development for UAS training and operations. She has five years experience in studying interfaces, training, team research, and is Part 107 certified. In addition, she has experience in virtual environment development for aviation, interface, and team simulations. 

Maria Chaparro

Graduate Research Assistant

Maria Chaparro is a Ph.D. candidate in Aviation Sciences with a focus in Human Factors in Florida Tech's College of Aeronautics, and an ATLAS Lab lead. She received a B.S. in Technical Communication and New Media from the University of South Florida and an M.S. in Aviation Human Factors from Florida Tech.  Her research interests include sustained attention and performer/learner engagement in complex monitoring tasks in operational and training contexts, and usability of mobile applications.

Warren Pittorie

Graduate Research Assistant

Warren is a two-time College of Aeronautics graduate, receiving a B.S. in 2015 and a M.S. in 2018. He is a PhD candidate pursing a degree in Aviation Sciences from Florida Tech. Warren started teaching undergraduate aviation courses at the COA in 2019, and currently works as a part-time flight instructor. The courses he has taught include pilot technology classes that serve as Part 141 ground school for private and commercial pilot FAA certification and a graduate-level human factors course.


Vivek Sharma

Graduate Research Assistant

Vivek Sharma is a Ph.D. student in Aviation Sciences with a focus in Human Factors and Aviation Safety in Florida Tech's College of Aeronautics. He received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and M.S. in Applied Aviation Safety. Vivek has researched with Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety and Sustainability (PEGASAS) on the FAA's bird avian threat project. His research interests include: human factors, safety behaviors, the role of socio-cognitive theories in the aviation environment, pilot personality, and pilot selection.


Bhoomin Chauhan

Graduate Research Assistant

Bhoomin B Chauhan is currently a Ph.D. student in Aviation Sciences, focusing on Human Factors in Florida Tech's College of Aeronautics. He has completed his undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering from India and completed his master's in applied aviation safety from Florida Tech. He holds a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate. Currently, he works part-time as an aviation research analyst studying emerging aviation technologies with Skymantics, LLC. His research interest includes aviation safety & human factors, unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations & safety, urban air mobility, airport operations, and safety.


Leonia Hunt

Graduate Research Assistant

Leonia Hunt is a Masters student in Aviation Human Factors in the College of Aeronautics. She received her bachelor's degree in Aviation Management with Flight at FIT in 2018. She is a certified flight instructor and also is a commercially rated single- and multi-engine rated pilot. She has conducted aviation research and system analysis projects including evaluation and design solutions for cockpit display technology and analysis of the effect of time of day on bird strike frequencies.

Kendall Carmody

Graduate Research Assistant

Kendall Carmody is a Masters student in Aviation Human Factors in the College of Aeronautics. She has a B.S in Aeronautical Science, and a Minor in Aviation Environmental Science. Kendall has worked as an Airport Operations Specialist intern at RockHill-York County airport. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Aviation Human Factors, and continue performing research in areas such as aviation automation, augmented reality, and virtual reality. 

Andrew Nakushian

Graduate Research Assistant

Andrew Nakushian is a Masters student in Aviation Human Factors in the College of Aeronautics. He received his B.S. in Human Factors and Safety from Florida Tech in Spring 2020 and is currently on the path working towards his commercial pilot certificate. In the summer between his sophomore and junior year, he interned at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. His research interests include: pilot training, decision making, and use of technology in regard to general aviation. 

Buse Dayioglu

Graduate Research Assistant

Buse Dayioglu is a Masters student in Applied Aviation Safety in Florida Tech's College of Aeronautics who aspires to be a professional pilot in the near future. She has a B.S. in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Unmanned Aerial Systems from Florida Tech. She has won awards such as Outstanding Student of Year as well as many awards from extracurricular activities on campus. 

Michaela Satter

Graduate Research Assistant

Michaela Satter is a Masters student in Human Factors in Florida Tech's College of Aeronautics.  She is also a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor, currently working at Warbird Adventures in Kissimmee, FL. She specializes in tailwheel aircraft, warbirds, and aerobatics/upset recovery training. Michaela currently volunteers with the Loss of Control Inflight (LOC-I) task-force of NBAA and has an interest in investigating the degradation of “stick and rudder skills” in general and commercial aviation. 


Cherrise Ficke

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Cherrise Ficke is an undergraduate student in Aviation Management with a minor in Unmanned Aerial Systems in Florida Tech's College of Aeronautics. She is currently pursuing a Private Pilot License  and intends to become a professional commercial pilot. Her research interests include Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations and aviation human factors, decision making, and automation. 

Tricia Prior

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tricia Prior is an undergraduate student in Forensic Psychology and in Florida Tech’s ROTC program. She intends on commissioning into the U.S. army and later become a JAG officer. Her research interests include human factors, decision making, and memory retrieval.