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Julie Moore – FIT

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TITLE: Assistant Professor of Aviation Science 

UNDERGRADUATE: United States Air Force Academy, Human Factors 

GRADUATE: M.S. – Green Mountain College,
Environmental Studies 

OTHER: Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base

YEARS AT FIT: 2

It was at the age of nine that Julie Moore knew she wanted to be a pilot. Her father was retiring from the New Jersey Air National Guard and she was watching his “fini” flight in the F-106 aircraft. From that inspiration, she enrolled in the Air Force Academy at 17 years old for one reason – to fly.

“I am passionate about aviation in the same way I am passionate about any number of endeavors people take to explore the world and push the limits of what is possible,” Moore commented.

Today, she continues her dream of flying while also being an assistant professor of aviation science in the College of Aeronautics at Florida Institute of Technology. Her goal is to bring her real-life experience in military aviation into the classroom to make courses more engaging and relevant.

Outside of the classroom, Moore pursues several research inquiries related to training and certification in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – a current hot topic in aviation. The FAA has proposed new regulations that will require some UAS operators to have pilot licenses, and to attain special UAS licensing and certification. With the College of Aeronautics’ new UAS Lab, Moore and her team have the ability to conduct research to help inform these policies.

“It’s really great that Florida Tech employs a reservist,” Moore said. “It’s a mutually beneficial relationship. My students are exposed to military aviation, in addition to the exposure they are given to commercial aviation, and I’m very grateful for the support I receive from Florida Tech enabling me to do my reserve duties.”

In October 2014, approximately $60 million worth of aviation technology in the form of two F-16 fighter jets was on display at the Melbourne Air & Space Show thanks to Moore, highlighting the powerful aircraft used by the Air Force.   

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This article appears in the April 2015 issue of i4 Business.
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