MEA’s aviation accident expert Vickie Norton was interviewed by Charlotte Thomas, from the Society of Women Engineers, for an article in their magazine featuring women in accident reconstruction.
The article recounts how women engineers from different backgrounds got introduced to the unique field of accident reconstruction, and why they decided to make it their career.
Today, Vickie is both a project engineer at MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists and a full-time airline transport pilot. While she describes herself as a mechanical engineer first and foremost, her 30+ years of experience as a pilot make her a human factor and aviation accident expert. During the interview, she recalls how she got interested in aviation accidents in the first place, and the accident reconstruction skills necessary to tackle these unique cases often involving various human, machine and environment factors.
“Accidents involve not only small, general aviation aircraft with less-experienced pilots, but also very sophisticated aircraft piloted by professional flight crews with thousands of hours. To ultimately uncover the contributing and causal factors of the accident is vital from a safety perspective,” she said.
To find out more about the field of accident reconstruction, and how Vickie uses her engineering expertise to lead her industry forward, find the full article here: Engineering Solves the Puzzle. You might also be interested in this Insight post where Vickie shares more details about her specific role as an aviation accident expert and a human factors specialist in cases involving an aircraft: Pilot duty of care and the role of the human factors expert.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has been a champion of women engineers for nearly 70 years. The society’s mission is to empower women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.