Faculty Spotlight: Gajapriya Tamilselvan, Ph.D.
Dr. Gajapriya Tamilselvan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aviation Science at SLU’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology. Gajapriya received her B. Eng. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University, India in 2007, her M.Eng. degree in Avionics Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology, Anna University, India in 2013 and her Ph.D. in Aviation Sciences from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne in 2018.
Gajapriya’s research focuses on three foundational areas: pilots’ training, selection and retention; aviation physiology; and aviation safety. In her career, she has primarily collaborated with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other federal agencies to research several ongoing concerns like airport movement area (AMA) layout dependent Air Traffic Control (ATC) procedures, general aviation runway incursions, human factors associated with runway safety, human performance in extreme environments like hypoxia and training implications for operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
Her recent research helped the FAA to identify the ATC facilities potentially affected by the proposed changes of airport movement area (AMA) layout dependent air traffic control (ATC) procedures in FAA JO 7110.65X and to assess the change impact to National Airspace System (NAS). Her research findings will play a key role in formulating the Safety Risk Management (SRM) within the Air Traffic Organization (ATO). She is an active member of professional organizations like Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Women in Aviation International (WAI) and the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA).