Nicoletta Fala is an Assistant Professor at the Oklahoma State University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Dr. Fala received her Ph.D. from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. Her current research is on General Aviation safety, where she tries to prevent accidents by analyzing and communicating pilot behaviors in flight data. Dr. Fala's research aims to improve risk understanding and communication in engineering systems. Dr. Nicoletta Fala is also an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor.

2020 Human Systems Integration Summit

I will be giving a talk at this year's Human Systems Integration Summit, hosted by the FAA. This year's HSI summit focuses on "Maximizing Human Potential."

NASA names OSU lead institution for strategic research initiative

I'm excited to be part of this team researching ways to improve safety for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flying in Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) operations.

Off to Oklahoma!

After spending close to a decade at Purdue, I am trading in my old gold and black for some bright orange! I am moving to Oklahoma State University, where I will be an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Purdue Pilots Inc. Private Pilot Ground School

Eleven PPI student pilot members spent an entire weekend learning about the fundamentals of flight, aerodynamics, cross country planning, aircraft systems, and others. The fast-paced learning did not stop them from retaining the information and doing wonderfully on their practice tests.

Certified Flight Instructor

After a long time spent writing lesson plans and a quick checkride, I am now a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). I am looking forward to sharing my passion for aviation with others!

Summer Conferences

I will be presenting my research at two conferences this summer. I am attending the 20th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology in Dayton, OH, to present my paper "Communicating Data-Driven Risk Information to Pilots" and participate in the Stanley Nelson Roscoe Best Student Paper Award Finals. I am presenting two papers at the 19th AIAA AVIATION Forum in Dallas, TX: "Assessing Potential Biases in Risk Perception for General Aviation Pilots" and "Investigation of Feasibility of Using Low-Cost AHRS Devices to Detect General Aviation Hazardous States."

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  • Resume

    For education details, publications, work experience, awards, and a downloadable CV.

  • Research

    For a research statement and details on different research projects I have undertaken.

  • Teaching

    I have taught two classes at the college level; you can find out more about them and download instructor evaluations for each and my teaching philosophy here.

  • Flying

    I have almost 500 hours of experience in different general aviation airplanes--you can read more about my flying adventures here.

"Adventure is worthwhile in itself."

Amelia Earhart