Christopher DeSalvo is a Staff Human Factors Engineer at Collins Aerospace and has held management and engineering roles in Human Factors and Systems Engineering while there. Prior to Collins, he was with Motorola working in automotive electronics. His current focus is on Part 25 Human Factors certification process and execution in support of both OEM aircraft and primary applicant programs. His interests pertain to Human Factors in engineering development and its growth and integration into corporate culture. Aircraft avionics programs he has been involved with include Textron King-Air, Airbus A220 and C295, Mitsubishi SpaceJet, and Bombardier Challengers and Globals, among others.
He was a member of the RTCA SC-233, “Addressing Human Factors/Pilot Interface Issues for Avionics” and is participating in the RTCA steering committee for a training program on “The Role of Human Factors in Flight Deck Design and Certification Process.”
He earned a M.S. in Human Factors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Commercial Pilot and holds a Certified Flight Instructor certificate.