Olivia Sisk

 OliviaD. Sisk

Olivia D. Sisk

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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Arts Sciences


  • 2014


    I was a member of the club volleyball team

    president of Engineers Without Borders club at ERAU

    and treasurer of Baptist Collegiate Ministries as an undergraduate. I was also a tutor and mentor for middle schoolers studying math and science.

    Human Factors

    Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; American Psychology Association

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • 2012

    Master’s Degree

    Human Factors and Systems Engineering

    Human Factors and Ergonomics Society;\nAmerican Psychology Association

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • 2008


    Bachelor’s Degree

    Concentration in transportation and airport design.

    Civil Engineering

    American Society of Civil Engineering;\nEngineers without Boarders

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • 2002

    Helicopter Private Pilot

    I began my formal training at the age of 14

    soloed at 16 and received my private pilots license at 17 years old. I have also begun my Instrument and Commercial pilot training.


    Palm Beach Helicopters

    Airport Design II


    Sensation and Perception

    Research Design and Analysis II

    Principles of Neural Science I

    Advanced Airport Modeling

    Materials I

    Occupational Biomechanics

    Research Design and Analysis III

    Principles of Neural Science II

    Soil Mechanics

    Materials II

    Accident Investigation

    Human Factors in Systems

    Airport Design I

    Memory and Cognition

    Foundations and Geotechnical Engineering

    Structural Analysis

    Airport Planning and Design

    Research Design and Analysis I

    Federal Aviation Administration

    Helicopter Private Pilot

    Associate HFACS Professional Level

  • The Girls Get it Club was founded at a local middle school to help encourage young girls to get excited about math


    and engineering. We worked with the girls to help them design and build a water aeration device for a pond behind the school.

    Girls Get It Club


    Although I have participated in Relay for Life multiple times as a walker/runner

    for this event I volunteered to take photos of the event and to photograph participants as they crossed the finish line.

    Relay for Life


    Habitat for Humanity

    Statistical Data Analysis

    Microsoft Word

    HFACS certified

    Public Speaking

    User Experience

    Data Analysis

    Helicopter Pilot

    Microsoft Office

    Quantitative Research

    Technical Writing


    Microsoft Excel


    Qualitative Research

    Microsoft Access


    Evaluating the use of Night Vision Goggles

    The project was for a group submission in the 2013 FAA Design Competition. We conducted user interviews with helicopter pilots who used NVG's

    gained hands on knowledge/experience with the device

    assessed the limitations of the device based on SME interviews and an extensive literature review

    and provided recommendations for a lighting system upgrade area wide.

    Bicycle Facility Design for East Volusia County

    The purpose of this project was to evaluate the current bicycle facility in East Volusia County with the goal of designing a new facility

    specifically targeting bike lanes. We conducted a cost/benefit analysis and developed a plan to implement the new bicycle facility.

    Airport Drafting Project

    The purpose of this project was to evaluate operations at Honolulu International Airport using the Total Airspace and Airport Modeler (TAAM) software. The goal was to identify the best design of the airport in regards to the number of operations.

    NASA Baseline Project

    This project used Total Airspace and Airport Modeler (TAAM) to develop a simulation for the NASA Kennedy Space Center shuttle landing facility. The purpose was to create a baseline scenario of operations to utilize and compare for future development initiatives.

    CORE OPS Research Team

    This team has collected data in the cardiovascular operating room and in the trauma bay/emergency department of multiple hospitals. We have collected and analyzed flow disruption and inefficiency data using HFACS and RIPCHORD taxonomies. Results and findings have been presented at multiple academic and professional venues.

    Tara Cohen

    Jennifer Cabrera

    Erin Pohl

    Kristen Welsh




    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University



    Sebring Regional Airport FBO

    Human Factors Department/ Medical Human Factors Lab

    Currently in this position I have analyzed an archival data set looking at flow disruptions in the cardiovascular operating room

    observed cardiovascular surgeries and trauma patients

    assisted in developing/modifying a taxonomy called RIPCHORD to categorize flow disruptions

    used HFACS to analyze helicopter EMS accident data and used HFACS to analyze general/commercial aircraft runway incursion data.

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    Dean of Students Office

    In this position I managed office documentation

    greeted and directed parents and students to their destination

    and provided general information. I also assisted my supervisor with special projects

    helped conduct background checks

    and trained new hires.

    Student Assistant

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University



    My responsibilities included greeting and assisting pilots/visitors seeking airport information. In addition I assisted my supervisors with special projects

    including an airport survey and fundraising event.


    Sebring Regional Airport FBO


    Florida Area

    Systems Engineer



    American Psychology Association

    Human Factors and Ergonomics Society