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Daniel H. Siao


Advisor/Mentor: Stephen M. Belt
Sponsor/Grant: Parks College
Program Start: Fall 2015



Daniel is currently a faculty member in the Aerospace Department at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where he teaches professional pilot and maintenance courses. Daniel holds an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate and a Commercial Pilot certificate (ASEL) with an Instrument rating. Daniel graduated summa cum laude from MTSU with a BS in Aerospace Maintenance Management (2013). He also earned an MS in Aviation Administration, Aviation Safety and Security Management from MTSU (2015), and starting in fall of 2015, he is working on his PhD in Aviation at Saint Louis University. Daniel lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Jennifer, and their dog, Scout. Outside of school, Daniel serves as a bi-vocational youth minister at Nashville Chinese Baptist Church, where his primary responsibility is the expository teaching of the Bible.


Daniel primary research interests lie in aviation maintenance, specifically the safety and security aspects of aircraft maintenance. His thesis, The Implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) in Maintenance Operations, explored Aviation Maintenance Technicians’ (AMT) perceptions regarding SMS. Furthermore, he studied the hindrances to successful SMS implementation, which include the cost of implementation and the lack of consistency between written policies and actual practice, stemming from a lack of management support. He has presented topics in maintenance safety at academic and professional conferences, and he has submitted a paper to Collegiate Aviation Review, a peer-reviewed journal. At Saint Louis University, Daniel hopes to continue his research in aviation maintenance, with a slight shift of focus toward maintenance security.