Robert Dionne

Robert Dionne
Associate Professor Aviation

Dr. Dionne is an Associate Professor in Aviation in OU Extended Campus. He holds a B.S. in Society and Technology (Transportation Management) from the State University of New York, a master's in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Doctor of Education (EdD) from Oklahoma State University in Applied Educational Studies (Aviation and Space Science), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education from Oklahoma State University in Occupational Education.

Dr. Dionne has instructed graduate and undergraduate students in aviation for many years. He currently is teaching courses concerning airline management, research techniques, and aerospace contract administration, where active, student-centered learning is emphasized. During the final undergraduate semester, students participate in a culminating class called senior capstone, taught by Dr. Dionne. In this class, students must demonstrate self-directed, active learning and research skills. Because research in emphasized in all courses, Dr. Dionne brings his own research and professional experience to the learners.

His experience includes owning a small business, managing in large organizations, and dealing with complex customer service issues. Dr. Dionne spent many years working for commuter airlines before moving to a major U.S. air carrier. He then transitioned to major aerospace electronics manufacturing organizations where he worked in the program management office on airborne and ocean electronic systems design, development, and manufacturing. He went on to manage and operate a contract aircrew training center for a major airline (121 carrier). Working for an aircrew simulator manufacturer, he was responsible for managing various aspects of commercial aircrew training systems, military aircrew training systems, and logistics support of aircrew training systems. He was assigned responsibility for managing the implementation of wide-area networked voice and data communications systems and managed the program management office with responsibility for contracts and customers in the western half of the United States.

Dr. Dionne holds a pilot’s license and an airframe and powerplant license (A and P). As an experienced technician, he is also a long-time member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. His research interests include program management, organizational and adult learning, and knowledge management in the aerospace industry. 

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