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John Goglia is a former Professor of Aviation Science and Director of the Center for Integrated Emergency Management at Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. As such, he was responsible for creating a world-class program for preventing and preparing for disasters, from natural disasters such as forest fires to man-made ones such as aircraft accidents. Prior to this, Mr. Goglia served as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board from August 1995 to June 2004. With more than 40 years experience in the aviation industry, he was the first Board Member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic’s certificate.
As a Board Member, Mr. Goglia distinguished himself in numerous areas of transportation safety. In particular, he was instrumental in raising awareness of airport safety issues, including the importance of airport crash fire and rescue operations and the dangers of wildlife at airports. He played a key role in focusing international attention on the increasing significance of aircraft maintenance in aviation accidents. He pressed successfully for greater integration of civilian and military safety information, becoming a featured speaker at national aviation symposiums attended by military leaders and major defense contractors.
Mr. Goglia was an outspoken advocate for greater compassion and sensitivity in dealing with surviving family members of victims of transportation accidents. He worked diligently to ensure that families received timely and forthright information following transportation accidents. In recognition of his dedication to helping grieving families, the National Air Disaster Alliance awarded him its 2001 Aviation Safety Award.
Numerous prestigious groups have recognized Mr. Goglia’s contributions to aviation safety. Aviation Week & Space Technology awarded him a coveted 2004 Laurel for his outstanding service as an NTSB Board member. The Society of Automotive Engineers presented him with the Aerospace Chair Award for outstanding leadership in 2003 and the Marvin Whitlock Award for outstanding management accomplishment in 2002. In 2006, he was awarded the annual Air Transport Association (ATA) Nuts and Bolts award. This award is the highest award given by the ATA and honors those with outstanding service and contributions to the airline industry over an extended period.
John Goglia is recognized across the world as an expert in aviation safety. He frequently serves as a keynote speaker at various events across the world including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul conference, Society of Automotive Engineers, and other various panels and meetings. John’s extensive experience is also often quoted in numerous news articles and on-air interviews.
Mr. Goglia has served on a number of Boards, including the Aviation Technical Training College in
Singapore, and advises a number of organizations, including the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association. transportation and safety issues. Mr. Goglia writes a regular column for Aviation International News.
Mr. Goglia has held numerous positions in the airline industry and was involved for more than 20 years as a union flight safety representative on accident investigation teams. For twelve years, he operated his own aircraft service company. Mr. Goglia served as the Governor’s appointee to the Boston Area Second Airport Site Selection Board and the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Review Commission