Research Team


Director of Research - Ryan Wallace

Dr. Ryan Wallace is a Professor of Aerospace Science at Polk State College. He holds four academic degrees specializing in aviation. His research focuses on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) safety, security, human factors, and public policy. He is currently an Educator Trustee and Chair of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Committee for the University Aviation Association (UAA). He represents the UAA on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team. He is the Editor of the International Journal of Professional Aviation Training & Testing Research. He previously worked as a Customer Training Specialist for the Boeing Company for the E-7T Airborne Early Warning & Control platform. An Air Force veteran, he was an instructor and evaluator Air Battle Manager on the E-3 AWACS, where he accumulated more than 1,500 flight hours.  


Dr. Jon Loffi

Dr. Jon Loffi is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, Aviation and Space program, at Oklahoma State University. His teaching is centered on Homeland Defense and Aviation Security, and unmanned aerial systems in undergraduate studies and he teaches graduate courses in the Master’s and Doctoral program. His research focus is in the areas of innovation in designs for sustainability in aviation security, a holistic approach to aviation security, introduction of Unmanned Aerial Systems into the National Airspace, and global stakeholder’s perspectives in aviation security. He is the faculty advisor for the OSU Flying Aggies student organization. He has former experience as a law enforcement officer serving 26 years with the Oklahoma City Police Department and 14 years with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. While employed with the OSBI he flew a Cessna 206 on law enforcement missions while working as a criminal intelligence Special Agent. He also served as a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force post September 11, 2001. He retired from the OSBI as Assistant Director in 2012. 


Dr. Matt Vance

Dr. Matt Vance holds a Ph.D. in Aviation Science from Saint Louis University.  He is the Oklahoma State University Professional Pilot faculty representative responsible for academic classes covering human factors, crew resource management, aviation law, ethics, space science and safety. Additionally, Dr. Vance is a Certified Flight Instructor and teaches in our FAR Part 141 flight program.  Research publications and interests include sUAS integration, the propensity for autonomy airliners, crew resource management training and basic human preference. Previous to his posting at OSU, his served as Senior Researcher/Flight Instructor for the Center for Aviation and Space at Saint Louis University, previous industry positions include Boeing Director of Advanced Global Services and Support Business Development at Boeing Defense Space and Security, Secondee (Exchange Officer) – UK Ministry of Defense in London, Director of Washington Studies and Analysis, Future Combat Systems, Air Traffic Management and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Strategy. During his years at McDonnell Douglas, Dr. Vance served as a Principal Engineer for Phantom Works Systems Assessment division and prior to that assignment he was a Lead Engineer for the HARPOON Missile. His flight experience includes 4,800 hours between U.S. Naval Flight Officer, civil Pilot-in-Command / Instructor flying time. His 20 years military career includes more than 3,000 hours of patrol / submarine hunting with extensive operational experience in Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and North Atlantic theaters and service at the United States Transportation Command 


Dr. Jamey Jacob

Jamey D. Jacob is the John Hendrix Chair and Professor in the School Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Unmanned Systems Research Institute at Oklahoma State University with sponsored UAS research from DARPA, AFOSR, AFRL, USN, SOCOM, NASA, General Electric, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and others. He is the author of over 100 papers and technical reports in the areas of unmanned systems, aerodynamics, and system design. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1990 and his M.S and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He currently serves the governor of the State of Oklahoma on the UAS Council and is the co-founder and president of the Unmanned Systems Alliance of Oklahoma, USA-OK. 


Dr. Anthony Rizzo

Colonel (Ret.) Anthony M. Rizzo, M.D. is a retired, dual-trained general surgeon and aerospace medicine physician. He is professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Polk State College. He has 39 ½ years of federal service including the US Public Health Service, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the US Air Force. Dr. Rizzo was an Air Force Senior Flight Surgeon who was the investigating flight surgeon on two F-16 class-A losses.  He has deployed to five armed conflicts. He has logged military flight time in the F-16B, B-1B, KC-135, various C- and KC-130 models, T-37, the HH-60 helicopter.  He was a Space Shuttle Flight Surgeon for seven years. His civilian time includes over 1,000 hours in Velocities, as well as extensive time in multiple Cessnas, Pipers, Beechcrafts, Mooneys, an SGS sailplane, and the Ryan PT-22. Dr. Rizzo was decorated thirty-seven times; his decorations include the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal from the Director of National Intelligence, the Intelligence Star from the Director of the CIA, two Defense Superior Service Medals and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal from two Secretaries of Defense.   


Mrs. Nicole Bier

Nicole Bier is a former USAF intelligence officer for Middle Eastern operations and acquisition program manager for GPS. She is also a doctoral candidate at ERAU, with a research focus on UAS, as well as a worldwide adjunct instructor and course developer for ERAU undergraduate intelligence and aviation security courses. She currently works as a civilian for the US Army Training & Doctrine Command as a UAS life-cycle and threats analyst.


Todd Hubbard

Todd Hubbard is an Associate Professor and serves as the Clarence E. Page Professor. Hubbard earned his BA in History at Oklahoma State University and was commissioned into the USAF in May 1974 and retired from the USAF in 1995. During his USAF career he flew and commanded the KC-135, T-37 trainer, U-2, T1-A aircraft. He served as commander of Loring Maine's T-37 accelerated copilot enrichment program, twice commanded the 4402 reconnaissance squadron (provisional) at King Fahad Air Base, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and commanded the Services Squadron at Beale AFB CA. As a U-2 high altitude reconnaissance pilot he flew 60 missions on behalf of the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the United Nations, foreign customers, and theater commanders in all worldwide regions. Hubbard flight experience includes nearly 2,000 hours in the KC-135 and T-37 and more than 1100 hours in the U-2R, TR-1A, and U-2C models of the high altitude reconnaissance aircraft from worldwide locations. Served as a Reconnaissance Staff Officer for NATO (1989-1992). As a Tactical/Evaluation observer pilot for NATO, flew missions in the RF-4C and F-16. Hubbard earned his MS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (international campus) in 1987. Following USAF retirement he worked as an instructional designer/programmer and E-3 AWACS simulation for the Boeing Company in Midwest City, OK and was a contract instructional systems designer for the University of Oklahoma, building courseware for Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. Hubbard earned his Education doctorate from Oklahoma State University in May 2000. Hubbard served as an Associate Professor and the Clarence E. Page and program coordinator at Oklahoma State University until 2012 when he was selected as an Associate Professor and Clarence E. Page at the University of Oklahoma.