Professor, Integrated Systems Engineering
PhD, Purdue University, Cognitive Psychology, 1979
MS, Purdue University, Experimental Psychology, 1977
BA, Canisius College, Psychology, 1974
David Woods is an award winning expert in human interaction with technology and past-president of the Resilience Engineering Association and of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society. He studies how people cope with complexity in time pressured situations such as critical care medicine, aviation, space missions, intelligence analysis and crisis management. His latest work involves modeling and measuring the resilience of organizations and distributed systems. Professor Woods has investigated accidents in nuclear power, aviation, space and anesthesiology, and was an advisor to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He served on the Flight Deck Automation Working Group that authored the 2013 U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Report on the Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems. The report addresses the safety and efficiency of modern flight deck systems for flight path management. Professor Woods is the author or editor of eight books and is currently working on a ninth, Outmaneuvering Complexity. He holds five patents for computerized decision aids, has served on National Academy of Science (Engineering the Delivery of Health Care - 2005, Dependable Software - 2006, and Autonomy in Civil Aviation -2014), and on other advisory committees (Defense Science Board Task Force on Autonomy - 2012), and testified to U.S. Congress on safety at NASA and on election reform. His research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business Week.