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Biography: Bill Johnson, PhD

Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance Systems

Dr. Bill Johnson advises on the identification of practical ways to ensure continuing effective, efficient, and safe human performance in maintenance and engineering.

Dr. Johnson has over 40 years applied research and development experience with a focus on human performance in maintenance and repair of complex systems. His research efforts concentrated on every day solutions that affect human behavior and performance. He has conducted research and development in training, job aiding, safety and additional human factors in a variety of domains including, but not limited to, Navy helicopters, civil aircraft, the NASA orbiter, Army electronics, and the electric power industry. Additionally, Dr. Johnson has managed the development of advanced technology maintenance human factors training for Lufthansa Technik, a system widely adopted throughout the world. Since joining the FAA in 2006, Dr. Johnson has guided the identification, specification, and applied research related to the primary human factors challenges in aviation maintenance. As a prolific writer and public speaker he has influenced safety programs in the US and throughout the world.

Dr. Johnson has held a pilot's certificate for over 50 years. He has been a certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic for nearly 50 years and has served as a FAA designated Mechanical Examiner.

Member, professional organizations and societies:

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Royal Aeronautical Society
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators
  • The Flight Safety Foundation
Industry and government awards:
  • 2013 Transportation Safety Award from DOT Secretary's 46th Annual Awards
  • 2011 Sir Francis Whittle Safety Award for the International Federation of Airworthiness
Academic achievement:
  • Ph.D. and Ed.M. in Education, University of Illinois
  • BS in Industrial Education, University of Illinois.

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