Dr. Scott Shappell joined Clemson University as a tenured professor of industrial engineering in 2005. Before joining the faculty at Clemson, Dr. Shappell was the Human Factors Research Branch Manager at the Civil Aeropsace Medical Institute of the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There, he managed research programs on advanced air traffic control systems, behavioral stressors, and aircrew performance. In addition, he continued to conduct studies of both civil and military aviation accidents using the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) that he co-authored with Dr. Douglas Wiegmann at the Mayo Clinic. HFACS provides a systematic approach to the identification and reduction of human causal factors. Originally developed for use within aviation, HFACS has been modified for use in a variety of industries, including patient safety.
Before joining the Civil Aeromedical Insitute, Dr. Shappell, presently a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves, served with the rank of Lieutenant Commander as the Human Factors Branch Chief at the U.S. Naval Safety Center and as a human factors accident investigation consultant for the Joint Service Safety Chiefs. Prior to the Naval Safety Center, he served as the force aerospace psychologist for the commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. His adventures in the U.S. Navy and in the civilian sector have given him a well-rounded past in aviation psychology and aeromedical safety. Consequently, he has published over 60 papers and one book in the fields of aviation accident investigation, spatial disorientation, sustained operations, flight deck injuries, and air crew fatigue.
Prior to his commissioning in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Shappell received a B.S. in psychology in 1983 from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, graduating summa cum laude with honors in psychology. He followed with a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1990.
Dr. Shappell is a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association; fellow and past president of the Aerospace Human Factors Association; member of the American Psychological Association, and secretary-treasurer of Division 19-Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology; and member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Association of Aerospace Psychologists, the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, and the University Aviation Association. In addition, he serves as a consulting / associate editor for the International Journal of Aviation Psychology and Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, and is a regular peer reviewer for the journal Human Factors.
Dr. Shappell was the recipient of the 2011 Raymond F. Longacre Award by the Aerospace Medical Association. He was recognized as an educator and leader who has made significant contributions to our understanding of aviation human factors.