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Professor Doug Drury

Professor - Aviation-638361
School of Engineering and Technology
(07) 4037 5174
Tom McDonald, Cairns Airport - 1.11
About Me

My passion is all things aviation and helping students learn how to apply the knowledge that we provide to make them better problem solvers and critical thinkers throughout their careers. I have been in aviation for 40 years with my most recent career path in academia where I completed a PhD in Aviation Human Factors and Safety Management Systems in 2012 conducting research in emotional responses to perceived threats in high-risk industries. Thesis titled "Controlled Flight into Emotional Terrain". I hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) fixed wing rating, and a Commercial Instrument rating in helicopters with over 20 years of experience flying military, commercial, private charter, and emergency medical operations. I began my aviation career as a military paratrooper with 34 takeoffs and only one landing in the aircraft that I took off in.


Military, Commercial Aviation, Emergency Medical Systems pilot

Universities Studied At

University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Bachelor of Science with a dual degree in Management Information Systems and Industrial Operations Management with a Minor in Japanese. 

Appalachian State University. Masters of Arts in Higher Education.

University of South Australia. PhD

Universities Worked At

University of South Australia


ITEE Teacher of the Year 2015

Teaching Excellence Award 2018

Media Citations

Several to include all major Australian media outlets and 47 international publications to include the most recent being the Washington Post article on "Air Rage".

Previous teaching

11 years at University of South Australia

Professional Experience

US Military Aviation, US Airlines, Private Charter Flight Company and Emergency Medical Service flight program

Professional Memberships

Royal Aeronautical Society


Head of Aviation

Professional Interests

All things aviation

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4001 Aerospace Engineering
  • 5109 Space sciences
  • 5299 Other psychology

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
No Supervisions to display.
Research Interests

Other psychology - Other psychology not elsewhere classified
Human Factors


Other psychology - Other psychology not elsewhere classified
Risk and Safety Management Systems

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