Tracy L. Yother, Phd, is an Assistant Professor in Aeronautical Engineering Technology (AET) in the School of Aviation Transportation and Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Yother currently teaches an undergraduate AET course in Powerplant Systems and a graduate course in process improvement. She possesses a B.S. and M.S. in Aviation Technology. Her doctorate is in Curriculum Studies in Education. She also holds an airframe and powerplant certificate. Dr. Yother has over 18 years’ experience in the aerospace and defense industry working for companies such as Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and Pratt and Whitney. She has held positions in product support, program management, and new business development.
Dr. Yother's research interests include consensus standards in aviation maintenance curriculum, challenges and credentials of aviation maintenance faculty, and the use of APIs and natural language processing in aviation maintenance records. She has received a cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for Standards Curricula Development Program to develop curriculum on electric propulsion standards in aviation.
Ph.D. in Career and Technical Education from Purdue University
M.S. in Technology, Aviation Logistics from Purdue University
B.S. in Aviation Technology from Purdue University
FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certification
February 2021 - School of Aviation and Transportation Technology’s Outstanding Faculty in Learning
Refereed Journal Articles
Dubikovsky, S., Yother, T. L., Thom, J. M., Dozier, J. C., Garcia, A., Agler, T., Friedl, J., Koehler, K., & Hagan, C. (2017). Expectations of fundamental knowledge in a commercial space education program by space industry professionals and aeronautical engineering technology students. Collegiate Aviation Review International, 35(2), 68-81.
Thom, J. M., & Gerbracht*, T. L. (Winter 2008). Study of an aviation design supportability course for engineering and technology. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, 17(2), 33-49. *Tracy Yother née Gerbracht.
Refereed Conference Proceedings
Johnson, M. E., & Yother, T. L. (2020). Lifelong learning in an engineering technology laboratory course. Proceedings of the 2020 ASEE Annual Virtual Conference & Exposition
Johnson, M. E., Holtaway. L., & Yother, T. L. (2020). Assessment of Self-Efficacy in an Aviation and Aerospace Course on Critical Systems Thinking. Abstract accepted, manuscript in preparation.
Yother, T. L., Burleson, C. G., Thom, J. M., & Kozak, B. (2019, June). The search for the commercial space technologist: A comparison of aviation and commercial space-related postsecondary programs. Proceedings of the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33423. Aerospace Division Best Student Paper.
Borgen, K., & Weldon, W. T., & Kozak, B., & Yother, T. L. (2019, June). Airworthiness assurance and component tracking of small unmanned aerial systems Proceedings of the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32051
Yother, T. L., Johnson, M. E., & Thom, J. M. (2018, June). A course improvement strategy that works: The improvement of student satisfaction scores in a lecture and laboratory course using a structured course modification methodology. Proceedings of the 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29671
Yother, T. L., Johnson, M. E., Kozak, B., & Thom, J. M. (2017, June). Developing an aeronautical engineering technology course for commercial space operations. Proceedings of the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27914