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Maura Lohrenz

Director of Safety Management and Human Factors

Maura LohrenzMaura Lohrenz, director of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Center for Safety Management and Human Factors, has more than 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, she oversees Safety Information Systems, Aviation Safety Management Systems, Safety Measurement and Analysis, and Transportation 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 the U.S. DOT Volpe Center 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 seven patents related to her work. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology (minor in anthropology) from Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT) and a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics (emphasis on humans and automation) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA).

Last updated: Friday, April 29, 2022