Advancing Technology-interaction & Learning in Aviation Systems

ATLAS Lab Team


The ATLAS Lab was founded in 2018 by Dr. Meredith Carroll to study, and develop solutions to optimize, human performance, cognition, and learning in aviation systems and beyond.  Through systematic and applied research methods, the ATLAS Lab studies how humans process information, interact with technology and teammates, and gain skills and expertise, in a range of complex systems.  The ATLAS Lab also evaluates current technology solutions to make recommendations for streamlining human performance, and designs unique training and education tools grounded in human factors theory.

Dr. Meredith Bell Carroll


Dr. Meredith Carroll is an Associate Professor of Aviation Human Factors at Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Aeronautics. She has over 15 years of experience studying human/team performance and training in complex systems. Her research focuses on decision making in complex systems, cognition and learning, performance assessment and adaptive training, including utilizing physiological sensor technology to gain access to previously unobservable aspects of performance. She received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia, her Masters 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 Shem 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.   




Summer Rebensky

Lab Lead/Team Lead

Summer Rebensky received her B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Aviation Human Factors, and is currently an Aviation Sciences PhD student at the Florida Institute of Technology.  She has five years experience in studying interfaces, training, and team research. In addition, she has experience in developing research environments for aviation simulations, team simulations, and virtual environments. Her research focuses on training and usability in modern and augmented/virtual environments and UAS operations.




Warren Pittorie

Phd Graduate Research Assistant

Warren Pittorie is a Graduate Student Assistant and a PhD student in Aviation Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Aeronautics. He is a certified commercial pilot and flight instructor. His research focuses involve combining his experience as a licensed pilot with research in aviation human factors, decision making, and automation.  He received his B.S. in Aeronautical Science with Flight in 2015 and his Masters in Aviation Human Factors in 2018, both from Florida Tech.




Maria Chaparro

Phd Graduate Research Assistant

Maria Chaparro received a B.S. in Technical Communication and New Media from the University of South Florida, an M.S. in Aviation Human Factorsand is currently an Aviation Sciences Ph.D. student at the Florida Institute of Technology.  Her research interests include sustained attention and performer/learner engagement in complex monitoring tasks in both operational and training contexts.




Paige Sanchez

Master's Graduate Research Assistant

Paige Sanchez is a recent graduate from the Florida Institute of Technology's College of Aeronautics. She received her Masters in Aviation Human Factors, proceeding her Masters in Mechaniacal Engineering from FIT and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Paige has experience in research focusing on the crashworthiness of high performance vehicles, including accident reconstruction, 3D simulations and stress analysis, understanding the physical interaction between the human body and a racecar, as well as the fabrication and build of a dragster. Her human factors research focuses on pilot decision making on the flight deck and the usability and design of information-heavy mobile applications used in safety critical industries.


Leonia Hunt

Master's Graduate Research Assistant

Leonia Hunt is a graduate student in Aviation Human Factors at Florida Institute of Technology’s 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 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.




 Tomas Scott

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tomas Scott is an undergraduate research assistant at Florida Institute of Technology and is expected to graduate with a B.S in Human Factors in Fall of 2019. Tomas is a FAA certificated private pilot, ground instructor, and remote pilot. He is currently training for his commercial pilot certificate. During his junior year, he worked as a flight operations and safety intern at Embraer Executive Jets.  Upon graduation he intends to pursue a PhD in Aviation Human Factors and become a professional pilot. Tomas spent his formative years in both Spain and the United States and is bilingual.  His research interests include ab-initio pilot selection and training.