Ryan Johnston

Delta Air Line

Ryan is responsible for evaluating physical to digital and extended reality (PDER) technologies for Delta Air Line's aircraft maintenance operation. Applications of these technologies include novel ways of generating aircraft maintenance data, applications to compile and consume these data sources, and assistive technology to lower the barrier to remote support for a workforce spanning multiple generations and experiences.

Ryan has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and began his career as a flight controller for the International Space Station with NASA in Houston, TX. He then worked in translating research into lifesaving commercially available medical devices for low-resource settings at Rice University’s Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360) initiative. At Delta Air Lines, Ryan began working in the crew resources technology space before joining Delta’s aircraft maintenance division.

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