College of Education grad students’ work recognized by Federal Aviation Agency

April 26, 2018


At a recent conference in Philadelphia, the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) recognized the contribution of two Auburn Graduate Students: Mary Riley and Ben Lepper. Both are Doctoral students in the Adult Education Program.

The FAA Office of Safety and Technical Training specifically recognized Mary Riley with a Certificate of Appreciation for her research involving the introduction of Gaming Theory in the training of Air Traffic Control personnel throughout the FAA. Working under the supervision of Dr. Joellen Seffton, Kinesiology, and Dr. James E. Witte, Adult Education, Riley has made a significant contribution to the overall efforts in incorporating gaming theory and virtual reality in both the basic and advanced air traffic controllers’ course of study.

Ben Lepper working under the supervision of Dr. Witte has produced and analyzed an extensive collection of materials related to hiring for FAA safety personnel. The final product of his efforts will result in a Best Practices Recommendation for both hiring and retention of FAA Safety candidates.

Congratulations to these two outstanding scholars in the College of Education.