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Episode 2: 5%, 1%, 3%, 2.8%: Improving Representation of Women in Aviation with Dr. Rebecca Lutte, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha
Would it surprise you to know that the percentages in the episode title represent the share of female professional pilots, airline captains, airline C-Suite executives, or A&P mechanics, respectively, in the United States?
In a world where the regular workforce is close to near-parity in terms of males and females, the aviation industry has long lagged behind achieving equity for women across many career paths. Fresh off the heels of an incredibly successful Girls in Aviation Day from Women in Aviation, Dr. Rebecca Lutte, Assistant Professor from the University of Nebraska Omaha Aviation Institute, joins the podcast to discuss her in-depth research on the demographics of various work groups in aviation, what motivates prospective young women and those women established in their careers, as well as research into what makes good policy for companies looking to be more intentional and inclusive in the makeup of their work groups. Additionally, we'll discuss the effects of the recent economic downturn on this segment of the workforce and Dr. Lutte will share some initial insights from beginning service as an appointed member of the Federal Aviation Administration's Women in Aviation Advisory Board.
Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Lutte is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute. Her degrees include a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; MPA and PhD, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Lutte is a current commercial pilot, CFII, MEI, aircraft owner (experimental RV7 with RV10 in progress), and active in the general aviation community. She is an active member of many aviation organizations including the 99s, Women in Aviation International, Experimental Aircraft Association, and serves on the board of the University Aviation Association. She is also an appointed board member to the FAA Women in Aviation Advisory Board. More information for Dr. Lutte can be found on her UNO profile page.