Our Research Focus
The Environmental Physiology Research Team conducts research into environmental factors that influence human physiology and performance in aviation environments. The primary focus for this team is the study of protective breathing equipment for use in emergency situations aboard aircraft. Equipment for both passenger and aircrew safety is covered. In addition to investigating means of providing effective respiratory protection, a number of other environmental factors fall under the domain of this team. Work includes topics related to the medical certifiability of aircrew and crew performance impact of drugs (prescription, nonprescription, and illicit), alcohol, and tobacco products.

Environmental Challenges
The Environmental Physiology Research Team conducts research into environmental factors that influence human physiology and performance in aviation environments. The primary focus for this team is the study of protective breathing equipment for use in emergency situations aboard aircraft. Equipment for both passenger and aircrew safety is covered. In addition to investigation means of providing effective respiratory protection, a number of other environmental factors fall under the domain of this team. Work includes topics related to the medical certifiability of aircrew and crew performance impact of drug (prescription, non prescription, and illicit), alcohol, and tobacco products. We utilize altitude chambers in an environment where hypoxia and decompression can be controlled to research the many possibilities of equipment failure.