Manoj S. Patankar, MBA, Ph.D., FRAeS, is the Executive Director of the Center for Aviation Safety Research and Professor of Aviation at Saint Louis University.
Previously, he served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Louis University and was responsible for the oversight of schools/colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Law, Philosophy and Letters, Professional Studies, Nursing, Public Health and Social Justice, and Health Sciences; Division of Enrollment and Retention Management; Division of Information Technology Services; University Libraries; and multiple interdisciplinary academic/research centers.
Dr. Patankar has also served as the Dean of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, and Chair of the Department of Aviation Science.
Dr. Patankar has extensive personnel, fiscal and strategic management experience. He has been responsible for about 2,000 faculty and staff members, managed an operating budget of $300M, and developed strategic plans across all levels of the University. His physical plant responsibility has included buildings on three campuses, capital equipment, and a fleet of 25 airplanes. His academic oversight has included programs in Missouri and Illinois, as well as global initiatives networks in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Dr. Patankar has authored four books and over 50 articles/papers; he has directed over $6M of funded research. His most recent book, Safety Culture, is widely used in aviation safety as well as patient safety domains around the world. Dr. Patankar’s scholarship has secured national awards including the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Book Award, the Sorenson Best Paper Award, and Research Excellence awards from the University Aviation Association, the FAA, and Saint Louis University. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
For the past 20 years, his academic and experiential education have intertwined in a unique blend of public and private education systems, domestic and multinational corporations, as well as local, state, and federal governments. In the higher education sector, his teams have enhanced academic reputation, strengthened research productivity, produced exponential increase in alumni and industry donations, built financial viability of academic department and college/schools, won international marketing awards, and enhanced many individual careers. Dr. Patankar and his teams have implemented successful innovations such as the Center for Aviation Safety Research, the Center for Sustainability, the Center for Global Citizenship, the Center for Intercultural Studies, a series of Safety Across High-Consequence Industries conferences, a social networking approach to fundraising and alumni relations, the College for Public Health and Social Justice, the Center for Workforce and Organizational Development, and the Global Initiatives Network.
Dr. Patankar holds a B.S. in Aeronautics from Saint Louis University, an M.S. in Aviation Safety from University of Central Missouri, a Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School, and a Ph.D. in Education from Nova Southeastern University. He is a pilot, aircraft mechanic, and a NAUI and PADI certificated SCUBA diver. His professional memberships include the Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Life Member of the Aeronautical Society of India, and member of multiple technical societies. His community memberships include the American Cancer Society, the Humane Society of Missouri, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Science Center, Symphony, and Art Museum.