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Associate Professor

Office: Engr. II Room 415
Phone: (407) 823-4746
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Primary research interest involves human-in-the-loop control and decision systems. Dr. Vela has worked on projects involving modeling, simulation, and analysis of air transportation systems. Efforts include coupled pilot-control-aircraft models; aircraft blunder and anomaly detection systems; next-generation collision avoidance systems; safety analysis of NextGen concepts; and agent-based simulations of air transportation systems.


  • Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011
  • M.S. – Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2006
  • B.S. – Mechanical Engineering, University of Berkeley, 2003