De Vere - Michael Kiss, M.S.

Research Assistant, Human-Centered Design Institute
Ph.D. Student, School of Human Centered Design, Innovation, and Art



Personal Overview

De Vere - Michael Kiss, M.S., is a specialist in human factors, crew resource management, and leadership and organizational design by education, and a current Ph.D. student and Research Assistant at the Human-Centered Design Institute. His master’s degree is an aviation and space sciences from Oklahoma State University where he was Adjunct faculty teaching undergraduate students’ human factors, crew resource management, and aviation law.

He was responsible for creating the associated course curriculum and instrumental in creating mock cockpit procedural trainers. Using scenario-based design incorporated with simulation and modeling, the procedure trainers enhanced normal, abnormal, and emergency procedure situational awareness for the students. This afforded natural cognitive resources for the students who transitioned to the CRJ 200 MATRIX simulator. With the scenario-based training, 40 of 41 students successfully passed the rigorous procedural training, which enhanced robust resilience for potential threat and error risk associated with flying complex transport category aircraft.

He has more than three decades of experience in the aviation industry as a flight attendant, first officer, captain, and instructor. He currently holds a position on the seniority list at US Airways/American Airlines as an A320 captain. He is an expert in his field and consultants with various corporations developing curriculum specific to an organization’s needs for developing a safety culture. He is qualified in multiple commercial transport category aircraft. He has trained domestic and foreign pilots in: crew/team concepts to mitigate errors in transport category aircraft during normal, abnormal, and emergency flight realms.

He has extensive knowledge of human anatomy/physiology and related characteristics in human factors accident causations. Further, he has a very thorough knowledge base of aviation accidents and the associated causal and latent causal elements involved. He has incorporated aviation accidents in his teaching methods since 2001. Recently, he was awarded a seat with the SAE G-10G Realistic Training Committee making vital recommendations to the FAA in regards to pilot procedural training. He is a space advocate.

He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Astronautical Society, and the Planetary Society. Additionally, he is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Aviation Psychology, the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology, the Flight Safety Foundation, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and eight other aviation safety related organizations. His academics have been recognized with the inclusion of nine honor societies including: Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology; Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars; Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and the Bloomsbury International Society with highest honor. Additionally, he was awarded International Scholar Laureate status at Pasco Hernando Community College and graduated Suma Cum Laude from Liberty University with a B.S. in Aeronautics. He has also studied several space related accidents including: Apollo 1, Apollo 13, and the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia.

His current projects include developing a warning system to enhance pilot situational awareness of slow cabin decompression, and seminal work in the field of acceleration forces imprinting negative memory on the vestibular nuclear complex, causing inverse peripheral neural stimulation of muscular proprioceptors, which may be causal in pilot flight control input. Additionally, he is specifically interested in the complexity of Life Critical Systems such as aeronautics, space flight, medicine, extreme environments, and the nuclear industry. He wants to utilize his aviation, human-centered design, medical, and educational expertise to create warning systems, procedural training, organizational structures, and other robust and resilient artifacts to enhance operator situational awareness and decision making, affording natural responses which will mitigate the risk and the consequences of that risk with associated Life Critical Systems. Finally, his main goal is to work in the space industry and develop a master caution warning system for the extreme environments of spacecraft with the intent of providing the earliest possible detection on the part of the operators. This is important because early detection will significantly increase the probability of a positive outcome when an emergent anomoly is expressed, re-establishing stability before instability reaches a magnitude that prevents recovery.



Educational Background

M.S. Aviation and Space Sciences
Oklahoma State University 

B.S. Aeronautics
Liberty University