José Raul Ruiz Ph.D. | Aviation Management | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Applied Sciences and Arts

José Raul Ruiz Ph.D.



Office: TEC 286G
Phone: (618) 453-8885 

José R. Ruiz has been a faculty member with SIU for over 23 years. He is a former department chairman, and has also served as the department internship coordinator for the last 22 years. In addition, José served as the 2012-2013 President of the University Aviation Association (UAA). The UAA is an international professional association representing collegiate aviation. José is also the recipient of 2009 John K. Lauber National Aviation Safety Award and the 2015 V.L. Laursen National Teaching Award.

At SIU since 1995


Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) Overview Training Course, MITRE Aviation Institute, Washington D.C., 2008

Ph.D. in Education, Workforce Education and Development, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 2003

Developing a Crew Resource Management Training Course, Institute of Safety and Systems Management – University of Southern California, CA, 1998

Human Factors in Aviation Safety Course, Institute of Safety and Systems Management – University of Southern California, CA, 1997

Masters of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, 1986

Associate in Applied Science, Air Traffic Control, Community College of the Air Force, 1985

Bachelor of Science, Human Resource Management, Summa Cum Laude, Park University, Parkville, MO, 1983

Associate of Science, Organizational Behavior, Park University, 1983


Commercial Pilot/Instrument/Multi-Engine Land, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 1982

Commercial Pilot/Instrument/Single-Engine Land, FAA, 1981

Air Traffic Control Tower Operator, FAA, 1979

Courses Taught

Air Traffic Control (AVM 360)
Aviation Safety Management (AVM 377)
Aviation Career Development (AVM 402)
The National Airspace System (AVM 460)
Advanced Aviation Safety Administration (POLS 553)