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Amy Pritchett

Department Head of Aerospace Engineering


  • Aerospace Engineering

225 Hammond Building


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  • SB, Joint program in Avionics with EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992
  • SM, Instrumentation, Control and Estimation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994
  • Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997


Book, Chapters

  • Amy Pritchett, 2017, Work and the Expertise of Workers, Taylor & Francis
  • Amy Pritchett, 2013, Simulation to Assess Safety in Complex Work Environments, Oxford University Press, pp. 352
  • Amy Pritchett, 2010, The system safety perspective, Academic Press London, UK
  • Amy Pritchett and R John Hansman, 2000, Use of testable responses for performance-based measurement of situation awareness, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc, pp. 189–209

Journal Articles

  • Amy Pritchett, Raunak P Bhattacharyya and Martijn IJtsma, 2016, "Computational Assessment of Authority and Responsibility in Air Traffic Concepts of Operation", Journal of Air Transportation
  • Elizabeth S Fleming and Amy Pritchett, 2015, "Training pilots for collision avoidance within a realistic operating context", Journal of aerospace information systems
  • Karen M Feigh, Amy Pritchett, Sebastien Mamessier and Gabriel Gelman, 2014, "Generic agent models for simulations of concepts of operation: part 2", Journal of Aerospace Information Systems
  • Amy Pritchett, So Young Kim and Karen M Feigh, 2014, "Measuring human-automation function allocation", Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 8, (1), pp. 52–77
  • Amy Pritchett, So Young Kim and Karen M Feigh, 2014, "Modeling human–automation function allocation", Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 8, (1), pp. 33–51
  • Karen M Feigh and Amy Pritchett, 2014, "Requirements for effective function allocation: A critical review", Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 8, (1), pp. 23–32
  • Amy Pritchett, Karen M Feigh, So Young Kim and Suresh K Kannan, 2014, "Work models that compute to describe multiagent concepts of operation: Part 1", Journal of Aerospace Information Systems
  • Vlad Popescu, William P Cleveland, Emmanuel Boidot, Amy Pritchett, Eric Feron and Jonathan J Zoetrum, 2013, "Reliably creating collision avoidance advisories in piloted simulations", IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 43, (4), pp. 416–420
  • Karen M Feigh and Amy Pritchett, 2010, "Modeling work for cognitive work support system design in operational control centers", Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 4, (1), pp. 1–26
  • Amy Pritchett, 2009, "Aviation automation: General perspectives and specific guidance for the design of modes and alerts", Reviews of human factors and ergonomics, 5, (1), pp. 82–113
  • Keumjin Lee, Eric Feron and Amy Pritchett, 2009, "Describing airspace complexity: Airspace response to disturbances", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 32, (1), pp. 210
  • Ellen J Bass and Amy Pritchett, 2008, "Human-automated judge learning: A methodology for examining human interaction with information analysis automation", IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part A: Systems and Humans, 38, (4), pp. 759–776
  • Seung Man Lee and Amy Pritchett, 2008, "Predicting interactions between agents in agent-based modeling and simulation of sociotechnical systems", IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part A: Systems and Humans, 38, (6), pp. 1210–1220
  • Anuj P Shaw and Amy Pritchett, 2005, "Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation of Socio-Technical Systems", Organizational simulation, pp. 323–367
  • Ann M Bisantz and Amy Pritchett, 2003, "Measuring the fit between human judgments and automated alerting algorithms: A study of collision detection", Human Factors, 45, (2), pp. 266–280
  • George Nickles and Amy Pritchett, 2002, "Software for the Automated Evaluation of Web-Delivered Instruction", age, 7, pp. 1
  • Amy Pritchett, Balazs Vandor and Kimberly Edwards, 2002, "Testing and implementing cockpit alerting systems", Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 75, (2), pp. 193–206
  • Ted L Chen and Amy Pritchett, 2001, "Development and evaluation of a cockpit decision-aid for emergency trajectory generation", Journal of Aircraft, 38, (5), pp. 935–943
  • Amy Pritchett, SM Lee and D Goldsman, 2001, "Hybrid-system simulation for national airspace system safety analysis", Journal of aircraft, 38, (5), pp. 835–840
  • Amy Pritchett, 2001, "Reviewing the role of cockpit alerting systems", Human Factors and Aerospace Safety, 1, (1)
  • Jennifer Ockerman and Amy Pritchett, 2000, "A review and reappraisal of task guidance: Aiding workers in procedure following", International Journal of Cognitive Ergonomics, 4, (3), pp. 191–212
  • Amy Pritchett, 1999, "Pilot performance at collision avoidance during closely spaced parallel approaches", Air Traffic Control Quarterly, 7, (1), pp. 47–75

Conference Proceedings

  • Amy Pritchett and Raunak P Bhattacharyya, 2016, "Modeling the monitoring inherent within aviation function allocations", pp. 20
  • Martijn IJtsma, Jacco Hoekstra, Raunak P Bhattacharyya and Amy Pritchett, 2015, "Computational assessment of different air-ground function allocations"
  • Amy Pritchett, Elizabeth S Fleming, William P Cleveland, Jonathan J Zoetrum, Vlad M Popescu and Dhruv A Thakkar, 2012, "Pilot interaction with TCAS and air traffic control", pp. 117–126
  • Amy Pritchett, H Claus Christmann and Matthew S Bigelow, 2011, "A simulation engine to predict multi-agent work in complex, dynamic, heterogeneous systems", pp. 136–143
  • Amy Pritchett, So Young Kim, Suresh K Kannan and Karen Feigh, 2011, "Simulating situated work", pp. 66–73
  • Keumjin Lee, Eric Feron and Amy Pritchett, 2007, "Air traffic complexity: an input-output approach", pp. 474–479
  • AP Shah, AR Pritchett, KM Feigh, SA Kalarev, A Jadhav, KM Corker, DM Holl and RC Bea, 2005, "Analyzing air traffic management systems using agentbased modeling and simulation"
  • Kirk C Benson, David Goldsman and Amy Pritchett, 2004, "Applying statistical control techniques to air traffic simulations", 2, pp. 1330–1338
  • Eric Johnson and Amy Pritchett, 2002, "Generic pilot and flight control model for use in simulation studies", pp. 4694
  • Amy Pritchett, 2002, "Human-computer interaction in aerospace", pp. 861–882
  • Ted Chen and Amy Pritchett, 2000, "On-the-fly procedure development for flight re-planning following system failures", pp. 300
  • Amy Pritchett and LJ Yankosky, 2000, "Pilot performance at new ATM operations: maintaining in-trail separation and arrival sequencing"
  • C Ippolito and Amy Pritchett, 2000, "Software architecture for a reconfigurable flight simulator", pp. 4501
  • AR Pritchett and C Ippolito, 2000, "Software architecture for a reconfigurable flight simulator"
  • Amy Pritchett, 1997, "Pilot non-conformance to alerting system commands", 3, pp. 2125–2130
  • Eric Johnson and Amy Pritchett, 1995, "Experimental study of vertical flight path mode awareness", IFAC Proceedings Volumes, Elsevier, 28, (15), pp. 153–158


  • Amy Pritchett, Elizabeth S Fleming, Jonathan J Zoetrum, William P Cleveland, Vlad M Popescu and Dhruv A Thakkar, 2012, "Examining pilot compliance to collision avoidance advisories", Advances in Human Aspects of Aviation, pp. 214–223

Research Projects

  • August 2017 - October 2019, "OBJECTIVE FUNCTION ALLOCATION METHOD FOR HUMAN-AUTOMATION/ROBOTIC INTERACTION," (Sponsor: Georgia Tech Research Corporation).
  • August 2017 - July 2018, "Research and Technology Development to Enable Human-Autonomy Teams," (Sponsor: Georgia Tech Research Corporation).

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2016
  • Institute Teaching Award for Innovation, Georgia Tech, 2014
  • AIAA Dr. Amy Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2009
  • 2008 Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST)., National Aeronautics Association, 2009
  • Lawrence Sperry Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2007
  • Excellence Faculty Award, Georgia Tech, 2003
  • Top Young Alumni, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2001
  • William E. Jackson Award, RTCA Inc., 1999
  • Laya Y Weisner Award for Contribution to Public Life, MIT, 1992
  • Unified Engineering Teaching Award, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1992


Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service to Governmental Agencies, Committee Member, National Research Council Committee on Assessing the Risks of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration, 2017 - 2018
  • Service to Governmental Agencies, Coordinator, National Research Council Committee examining FAA Air Traffic Controller Staffing Levels and Implications for FAA Budget, and for Implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, 2013 - 2016
  • Service to Governmental Agencies, Committee Member, National Research Council Committee on Human Spaceflight, 2010 - 2011
  • Committee Member, FAA Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC), 2010 - 2014
  • Service to Governmental Agencies, Chairperson, FAA REDAC Subcommittee on Human Factors, 2010 - 2014
  • Service to Public and Private Organizations, Committee Member, Executive Committee, Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), 2008 - 2009



The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as one of the top aerospace engineering departments in the nation, and is also an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Our undergraduate program is ranked 15th and our graduate programs are ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, while one in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State. Our students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry. Through an innovative curriculum and world-class instruction that reflects current industry practice and embraces future trends, Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduates emerge as broadly educated, technically sound aerospace engineers who will become future leaders in a critical industry

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569