Robert Sumwalt

Executive Director of the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Former Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board

Robert L. Sumwalt is Executive Director of the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he is Distinguished Fellow in Aviation Safety. Previously, Sumwalt served as Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), where he served from August 2006 to June 2021, after being appointed by Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald J. Trump. While serving on the NTSB, Sumwalt was involved in the deliberation and determination of probable cause for over 250 transportation accidents, across all modes of transportation – highway, pipeline, rail, aviation, hazardous materials, and marine. A 24-year veteran pilot for a major airline, Sumwalt has published more than 100 articles on transportation safety and accident investigation. Sumwalt earned an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Aeronautical Science (with Distinction) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with concentrations in aviation/aerospace safety systems and human factors aviation systems.