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Portrait of Brandon Wild

Brandon Wild

Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor, Aviation

Contact Info

Office Address

Ryan Hall 213E
4251 University Ave Stop 9036
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9036

Biography

Brandon Wild is an Associate Professor in the Aviation Department at the University of North Dakota (UND).  Prior to joining UND, Brandon held Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) analyst positions with both United Airlines and UPS, was an aviation underwriter at USAIG, and FOQA manager in the Flight Safety Department at Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines. He was also previously an adjunct instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation, both from ERAU, and a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research from UND.

AVIT 208: Aviation Safety

AVIT 313: Aviation Insurance

AVIT 405: Airline Operations and Management

AVIT 412: Aviation Safety Analysis

Flight Data Monitoring (FDM)

  • National General Aviation Flight Information Database (NGAFID.org)
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems FDM Integration

PUBLICATIONS 

Books/Book Chapters/Book Articles 

Wild, B., Ullrich, G. (2015). Aviation Safety - The Basics. Bookboon.com.

Wild, B. (2013). Flight Safety Programs. In Aviation Safety: A Balanced Industry Approach (pp. 192 - 204). Delmar Cengage Learning. 

Refereed Journal Articles

ElSaid, A., El Jamiy, F., Higgins, J., Wild, B., & Desell, T. (2018). Optimizing long short-term memory recurrent neural networks using ant colony optimization to predict turbine engine vibration. Applied Soft Computing, 73, 969-991.

ElSaid, A., Jamiy, F. E., Higgins, J., Wild, B., & Desell, T. (2018). Using ant colony optimization to optimize long short-term memory recurrent neural networks. In Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (pp. 13-20). ACM.

Karboviak, K., Clachar, S., Desell, T., Dusenbury, M., Hedrick, W., Higgins, J., Walberg, J., & Wild, B. (2018). Classifying Aircraft Approach Type in the National General Aviation Flight Information Database. In International Conference on Computational Science (pp. 456-469). Springer, Cham.

ElSaid, A., Wild, B., Jamiy, F. E., Higgins, J., & Desell, T. (2017). Optimizing LSTM RNNs using ACO to predict turbine engine vibration. In Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion (pp. 21-22). ACM.

ElSaid, A., Wild, B., Higgins, J., Desell, T. (2016). Using LSTM Recurrent Neural Networks to Predict Excess Vibration Events in Aircraft Engines. The IEEE International Conference on eScience. IEEE.

Desell, T., Clachar, S., Higgins, J., Wild, B. (2015). Evolving Deep Recurrent Neural Networks Using Ant Colony Optimization. The 15th European Conference on Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization.

Desell, T., Clachar, S., Higgins, J., Wild, B. (2014). Evolving Neural Network Weights for Time-Series Prediction of General Aviation Flight Data. Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN 2014).

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Dusenbury, M. (Presenter & Author), Wild, B (Presenter & Author), FAA Infoshare, "NGAFID Updates," Dallas, TX. (April 18, 2019)

Wild, B. (Presenter & Author), University of Southern California, "Flight Data Monitoring in General Aviation," Los Angeles, CA (August, 8-9, 2018).

Wild, B. (Panelist), GE Aviation Waypoint, "Driving Change in an SMS with Data", Dallas, TX. (February 27, 2018).

Wild, B. (Panelist), GE Aviation Waypoint, "How is Gen Z Getting Ready for Aviation Data?," Dallas, TX. (February 26, 2018).

Wild, B. (Presenter & Author), FAA Infoshare, "GAARD / NGAFID Update," FAA, Philadelphia, PA. (March 17, 2016).

Wild, B. (Presenter & Author), FAA Infoshare, "National General Aviation Flight Information Database Update," Federal Aviation Administration, Dallas, TX. (September 17, 2015).

Wild, B. (Presenter & Author), Walberg, J. (Presenter & Author), FAA Infoshare, "FOQA/FDM Findings and Research Initiatives," FAA, Pittsburgh, PA. (April 15, 2015).

Wild, B. (Presenter & Author), FAA Infoshare, "National General Aviation Flight Information Database (NGAFID)," Federal Aviation Administration, Baltimore, MD. (September 25, 2014).

Wild, B. (Presenter & Author), UND Aerospace Spring Safety Seminar, "What is Flight Data Monitoring?," UND Aerospace, Grand Forks, ND. (April 2, 2014).

Wild, B. (Presenter & Author), Safety Short, "Aviation Safety Action Programs (ASAP)," University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. (October 17, 2013).

Higgins, J. (Presenter & Author), Wild, B. (Presenter & Author), Desell, T. (Presenter & Author), InfoShare, "FOQA in University Flight Operations," Federal Aviation Administration, Denver, CO. (March 20, 2013).

Wild, B. (Presenter & Author), Walmart Aviation Safety Standdown, "Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA)," Walmart, Bentonville, AR. (January 30, 2013).

 

Ph.D., Educational Foundations and Research, University of North Dakota

M.B.A., Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

B.S., Aerospace Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Associate Professor, UND, 2018 - Present

Assistant Professor, UND, 2012 - 2018

Manager – Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA), Delta Air Lines / Northwest Airlines, 2004 – 2012

Adjunct Instructor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2005 - 2012

Aviation Underwriter, United States Aircraft Insurance Group, 2002 - 2004

Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) Analyst, United Parcel Service (UPS) Airlines, 2000-2002.

Flight Safety Analyst, United Airlines, 1997-2000