Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Flight Deck Human Factors

Dr. Kathy Abbott has over 30 years of experience specializing in aviation human factors. Dr. Abbott came to the FAA from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). At NASA she led analytical, simulation, and flight studies with the specific objective of improving aviation safety and operational efficiency. She also co-chaired the FAA Human Factors Study Team that was chartered to address safety issues associated with crew interfaces with modern "glass" flight decks.

Member, professional organizations and societies:
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Fellow, Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Liveryman, Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators
Industry and government awards:
  • R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine
  • NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal
  • Aerospace Laurel from Aviation Week and Space Technology
  • Engineer of the Year, AIAA - Hampton Roads Chapter
  • Christopher Newport University Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators Cumberbach Trophy for Outstanding Contributions to Aviation Safety
Academic achievements:
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Rutgers University
  • MS in Computer Science, George Washington University
  • BS in Mathematics and Information Science, Christopher Newport College