Graduate Research Assistantship

The Polytechnic Institute is one of the colleges at Purdue University, home of the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology (SATT) in West Lafayette, Indiana. SATT is located at the Purdue University Airport and is focused on world class aviation education. We are seeking applications for a graduate research assistantship to pursue a Ph.D. in Technology focused on Aviation Technology starting in the fall of 2021.

The research assistant will work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team with expertise in education assessment, aviation and aerospace technologies, system design, and lexicon and computer application development. The goal of the research team is to design, develop, and test specialized applications of cutting-edge computing technologies to transform the aviation workforce to be more inclusive, sustainable, and productive.

The research assistant will participate on a research project that aims to build a specialized aviation lexicon to be used to develop and test speech recognition software Application Programming Interfaces (API). The research assistant will assist the research team in the development, data collection, analysis, and assessment development of the API.

Accepted as a PhD student in Technology focused on Aviation Technology for the Fall 2021 semester.

An intense interest in aviation and API development.  Prior experience in voice API use and app development is plus.

Diversity candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply at  Please include a separate letter describing your interest and applicable background and upload the letter with your application.

Graduate School Application deadline: April 1, 2021

Contact Information

Research Related Questions

Tracy Yother, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Aeronautical Engineering Technology
School of Aviation and Transportation Technology
O: (765) 496-6048


Application Related Questions

Mary E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Programs
School of Aviation and Transportation Technology