- Academic Program Coordinator, Center for Aviation Studies
2036 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Melanie is a two-time graduate from The Ohio State University with degrees in both Psychology and Aviation, where she attended the OSU Flight School. She holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument ratings, and holds an Advanced Ground Instructor certificate. She is also currently a graduate student in the College of Education and Human Ecology, where she studies and research is focused on motivational factors in aviation training. She came to The Center for Aviation Studies from private industry where she worked as a marketing & advertising professional and freelance writer, and has served on the board of the Columbus chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
When she’s not watching airplanes or working at CAS, Melanie is the president and founder of the non-profit Girls in Science and Technology, where she shares her passion for aviation and STEM with elementary school-aged girls in the central Ohio area. Melanie also currently serves on the board of Youth Aviation Adventure and is one of two Squadron One commanders for YAA’s twice-yearly event at the OSU Airport.
In her personal life, Melanie is an avid runner (4 marathons, 3 ultra-marathons, several half-marathons, and a grueling race to the top of Pikes Peak), a yoga and meditation instructor, Girl Scout leader, and writer. She lives with her husband, an air traffic controller at The Ohio State University Airport, and is the mother of three children, one cat (Piper), and three house rabbits.