Dr. Paula Sind-Prunier

National Transportation Safety Board

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Dr. Paula Sind-Prunier, Director, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center

Dr. Paula Sind-Prunier is currently the Director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center, in Ashburn, Virginia. She has over 20 years’ experience at the NTSB as a senior investigator and Acting Deputy Director of Investigations, and former Chief of Safety Recommendations. Her current responsibilities include the delivery of a comprehensive training curriculum for NTSB employees, including leadership development, accident investigation methods and protocols, and an array of technical support disciplines, as well as customized training curricula for other federal, state, and industry organizations. She is also responsible for an open-enrollment curriculum that trains transportation professionals from around the globe in accident and mishap investigation and related disciplines, to prepare them to work together as parties to domestic and international investigations conducted under Annex 13 (Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation) to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Dr. Sind-Prunier is a former university professor and worked as a safety researcher in the transportation industry and US Federal Government before joining the NTSB, conducting and/or managing research in human fatigue, modeling and simulation, artificial intelligence, and decision support systems. She earned her Doctorate in Engineering with a specialization in Human Factors from Virginia Tech, and an MS in Engineering Psychology (Human Factors), where she later assumed responsibility as Chairman of the Graduate Program. She is a charter member of the Florida Institute of Technology School of Aeronautics Alumni Association.