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Hello, my name is William Rankin PhD. I am currently an Associate Professor of Aviation Management at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Prior to this position I was a Professor and Chair of the Department of Aviation at the University of Central Missouri, and a Assistant Professor of Aviation at Florida Memorial University in Miami, Florida. Before entering higher education, I was the Deputy Director of Aviation for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. I joined the Broward County Aviation Department in 1998, overseeing the operations, maintenance, planning and development sections of BCAD. I have 29 years of airport management experience including the Director of Aviation for the El Paso International Airport, Texas; the Director of Operations, Washington National Airport, Washington, DC; Director of the Eastern Iowa Regional Airport, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Manager of Smith-Reynolds Airport, Winston-Salem, NC. I have a PhD in Business Administration from Northcentral University, Prescott, AZ. In addition, I am an Accredited Airport Executive in the American Association of Airport Executives, have a Commercial Pilot and Advanced Ground Instructor License. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have about my Web site. Your suggestions are welcomed and expected. I look forward to hearing from you. Formal introductions aside, let me share some of my personal background with you as well. As a young man I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, the Rocket City and home of NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. It was in Huntsville that I met some of the greatest scientist of our era, including Dr. Werner von Braun, the head of NASA's manned space flight program. It was also in Huntsville that I was introduced to flying and astronomy. As a result of my interest in astronomy, astrophotography has become more than a hobby to me. It is a passion, the way I capture the universe we live in.

Published Papers, Presentations, Scholarly Works

Referred Publications include:

Rankin, W. B, & Ewald, M. (2005, Spring). AirportNet and the airport industry. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 5, pp. 213-220.

Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2005, Spring). Astronauts as audiences: Characteristics of the first space communities, International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 5, pp. 167-181.

Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2006, Fall). Enhancing life in the hyper-surveillance mini-world of a space station: The role of situational awareness, communication, and reality TV in the life of astronaunts. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 6, pp. 283-297.

Rankin, W. B. (2007, Fall). Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 7, pp. 133-156.

Rankin, W. B. (2008, Spring). The significance of demographic characteristics in airport driver programs. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 8(1), pp. 139-155.

Rankin, W. B. (2008, July-September). Waco Regional Airport: A case study for strategic airport planning. Journal of Airport Management, 2, pp. 345-354.

Rankin, W. B. (2008, Fall). King County: A case study model for strategic marketing planning for airport managers. Journal of Aviation Management and Education, 1, pp. 1-14.

Rankin, W. B. (2008, Winter). Runway incursions: An industry examination of FAA initiatives and objectives. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 8(2), pp. 225-240.

Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2009, Spring). Runway incursions: Airport movement area driver training demographics suggest revisions to airport driving training methods. Journal of Management and Marketing Research, 2, pp. 1-17.

Rankin, W. B. (Spring, 2009). King County International Airport case study. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research.

Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2009, Summer). Ethnic and cultural focus in airport driver training. International Journal of Training Research, 7(1), pp. 38-55.

Rankin, W. B. (Spring, 2010). General aviation security: A safety management model for colligate learning. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research.

Rankin, W. B. (2012). Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods. The National Civil Aviation Agency Journal (ANAC) of Brazil with permission of the  International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies.

Rankin, W., Cokely, J., Heinrich P., and McAuliffe, W., (2013, Summer). Comparison of Historic Exploration with Contemporary Space Policy Suggests a Retheorisation of Settings. Journal of the British Planetary Society, Vol 66, No 07/08.

Non-Referred Publications include:

Rankin, W. B. (1978, July). Losing service? The airport manager can make a difference. Airport Business Magazine, pp.78-79.

Rankin, W. B. (2000, July/August). Runway incursions-no silver beebees. Airport Magazine, pp. 38-39.

Rankin, W. B. (2007, July). Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods. Airport Magazine, (Annual Conference Issue), pp.100-108.

Rankin, W. B. (2008, June/July). Study findings underscore need to refine airport driver training. Airport Magazine, pp. 35-38.

Rankin, W.B. (2008, August). Waco Regional Airport: A case study model for colligate distant learning. Proceedings of the Society for Advanced Learning Technology, Washington, DC.

Books include:

Rankin, W. B. (2008). Runway incursions: The effectiveness of airport driver training methods revealed. Berlin, Germany: VDM Verlag Publishing.

Chapters in a Book include:

Rankin, W. B. (2011). Terror attacks: A safety management system training tool for airport and airline managers. In E. Abu-Taieh, A. El Sheikh, & M. Jafari (Eds.), Technology Engineering and Management in Aviation: Advancements and Discoveries(pp. 203-213). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Other Refereed Publications include - Dissertation:

Rankin, W. B. (2007). Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods (Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 2007): UMI Dissertation Abstracts 3243180.

Works in Progress (Referred) include:

None at the present time.

University Research Publications include:

February 2008, The significance of demographic characteristics on airport driver training programs, Faculty Research Days 2008 submission, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

Workshop Publications include:

April 2007, What is the future of commercial space travel? Aviation Roundtable, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Presentations-Referred:

February 2008, Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods, New Learning Technologies Conference, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Orlando, Florida.

August 2008, Waco Regional Airport: Acase study model for colligate distant learning, Washington Interactive Technologies Conference, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Washington, DC.

February 2009, General aviation security: A safety management system model for distant learning, New Learning Technologies Conference, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Orlando, Florida.

September 2011, Comparison of historic exploration with contemporary space policy suggests a retheorisation of settings, 100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium, Orlando, Florida 

Presentations-Non Referred:

March 2004, Waco Regional Airport case study, FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial College, Miami, FL.

March 2005, The PLO and aviation terrorism, FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial , Miami, FL.

March 2006, Security at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL.

March 2004, King County International Airport case study, FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL.

April 2007, Runway incursions a critical examination, The Faculty of the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

October 2008, Overview of the Department of Aviation, 40thAnnual Aviation Department Alumni Homecoming Reception and Dinner, Aviation Department Alumni of the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

Other Creative Works:

December 2008. Latest thinking in airport marketing - Modern marketing planning at US airports. Henry Stuart Talks (audio presentation series). Series Editor: Dr. Anne Graham, Senior Lecturer in Air Transport and Tourism. University of Westminster, London, UK.

Accreditation Team Visits Include:

DEA University; Dubai, UAE 2008, Visiting Team Member for the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Abu Dhabi - UAE

Florida Institute of Technology, Florida 2012, Visiting Team Member for AABI International, Auburn, Alabama - USA

Emirates Aviation College, Dubai, UAE 2012, Visiting Team Chair for the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Abu Dhabi - UAE

Peer Reviewer

International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, FAA Journal, USA 

The Aeronautical Journal, The Royal Aeronautical Society, London England

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