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Paul Pillar


Advisor/Mentor: Terrence K. Kelly
Sponsor/Grant: Boeing
Program Start: Spring 2014



Paul is retired from the USAF and currently works for Boeing as a lead flight test engineer for several legacy systems, including executive transport, bombers, and tankers. He just finished a 4-month trip to Seattle to help with the KC-46 as the boom. In the USAF, he was a boom operator on KC-135s and KC-10s. His BS and MS are from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he also served as adjunct faculty. In his free time, he enjoys flying as a private pilot with single engine land and sea and has tailwheel, complex, and high-performance endorsements. He also has a motorcycle and a 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback. He has one son, special needs, who lives with him. He is active in Civil Air Patrol and the Commemorative Air Force, among other professional and aerospace-related groups. He is also a FAA Safety Team representative.


Paul’s research interest revolves around human error production and resolution with respect to large, tightly-coupled flight test teams. In particular, he is interested in how test teams identify, communicate, prioritize, and manage situations that are the result of an error or system/environmental perturbation, and how hazards related to those errors are mitigated.