von_Thaden_737_sim_cropped.JPGTerry L. von Thaden, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Human Factors Division, with affiliate appointments in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, Psychology, and Information Science. Dr. von Thaden’s research involves the study of information complexity, and safety culture in high risk, safety critical sociotechnical systems including aviation, medical, security, and other transportation systems. Dr. von Thaden has measured the culture of safety and group alignment in numerous domestic and international aviation and medical organizations. She is the current chair of the University of Illinois’ Aviation Safety Committee. She has served as an expert for the GAO and National Academy of Sciences appointed committees on aviation safety issues and makes frequent appearances on international news shows as an aviation human factors expert. She is a past Fellow of Zonta International, The Transportation Research Board, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and is a member of both the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society. In 2005 she received the prestigious Aerospace Human Factors Association's Stanley N. Roscoe Award for the best doctoral dissertation written in research area related to Aerospace Human Factors.

Dr. von Thaden is a member of many professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Association of Aviation Psychologists, the Aerospace Medical Association, American Psychological Society, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Society of Information Science and Technology, the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots (which her grandmother Louise Thaden, co-founded), The Society of Air Racing Historians, and Women in Aviation International.

Education: Dr. von Thaden developed her love of all things aviation growing up in a flying family, but began her career as a clothing designer and holds a degree in Fashion Design. She later returned to her love of aviation earning a B.S. cum laude in Air Traffic Control/Aviation Management/Flight Operations. She earned her M.S. in Safety and Health/Human Factors from the University of Southern California’s Institute of Safety and Systems Management, and her Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. von Thaden holds professional certification in Aviation Safety, Accident Investigation, and Safety Management. She is a pilot and motorcyclist.

Contact Information:
Terry L. von Thaden, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Human Factors Division
Institute of Aviation – MC 394
1 Airport Road
Savoy, IL 61874 USA
217/244.8667 (v)
217/244.8647 (fax)