Shawn Pruchnicki

Lecturer, Center for Aviation Studies


  • PhD in progress, Ohio State University, Integrate Systems Engineering – Cognitive Engineering
  • MS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aeronautical Science/Human Factors, 2006
  • BS, Ohio State University, Pharmacy, 1989

Former pilot and aviation safety expert Shawn Pruchnicki teaches courses in aviation safety, human factors, accident investigation and complex aircraft operation at Ohio State. He previously spent 10 years as a captain with Comair Airlines and was extensively involved with both local and national safety work for the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA). Pruchnicki participated in numerous accident investigations with the NTSB, including the Comair 5191 Lexington, KY accident where he was ALPA’s principle human factors investigator. He has been featured on CNN, USA Today, CNBC and CBC News, among others, and was an assistant producer and on-screen participant in CNN Films’ documentary "Sole Survivor."

Pruchnicki received specific human factors training at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the National Transportation Safety Board Training Center in Washington D.C. and with Dr. Sidney Dekker at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. He is a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), the Associationfor Aviation Psychology (APA) and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).

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