Director of Safety Management and Human Factors
Maura Lohrenz, director of Volpe’s Center for Safety Management and Human Factors, has over 15 years of experience in human factors and human-system interaction, specializing in flight deck displays, mission planning systems, and tactical decision aids.
In her role as center director for Safety Management and Human Factors, Lohrenz oversees five technical areas: Safety Information Systems, Aviation Safety Management Systems, Safety Measurement and Analysis, Surface Transportation Human Factors, and Aviation Human Factors. The Center for Safety Management and Human Factors improves transportation safety by developing and applying innovative safety management and human factors processes and principles to our sponsors’ research and demonstration projects.
Before joining Volpe in 2011, Lohrenz worked at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for 25 years, most recently as manager of the Geospatial Human-Computer Interaction section. She directed and conducted human factors research related to military aircraft mission planning, cockpit moving-map display design, visual search, target detection, and change detection.
Lohrenz has authored or co-authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and holds 7 patents related to her work. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology (minor in anthropology) from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics (emphasis on humans and automation) from MIT.