Dreher, Matt

Matt Dreher

Lecturer, Center for Aviation Studies
Lecturer, The Ohio State University
Bolz Hall2036 Neil Ave Mall Columbus, OH 43210-1226


Matt Dreher is a program manager with the Center for Aviation Studies at Ohio State University. In this position, he is responsible for a wide range of projects including learning technology initiatives, international engagement and partnerships,  youth STEM outreach, outreach research, and recruitment strategy development. He also acts as the Center's industry liaison and representative to the University Aviation Association and Regional Airline Association. He holds a part time, reoccurring lecture appointment to teach aviation ground schools and classes within the University.

Matt Started with Ohio State in March 2015 as a flight instructor in the University’s Flight Education Division. More recently he held the position of Assistant Chief Flight instructor and was tasked with managing students within the University's Flight Training Clinic. In November 2016, Matt made the move to the Center for Aviation Studies where he has held multiple positions culminating in his current role. 

Prior to joining the Ohio State University's aviation programs. Matt worked in both the airline and fixed base operator sectors while building a wide base of experience and understanding of the aviation industry.

Matt holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument privileges. He is additionally qualified as a Certified Flight Instructor and ground school instructor within the University's FAR Part 141 curriculum. Matt holds a Bachelor's Degree from St. Cloud State University in Aviation Management and is currently in his final semester of The Ohio State University's Master's of Learning Technology Program.

Current projects include the creation and implementation of the Center's first study abroad program. This is currently slated to be offered initially during Spring Semester 2021 and will include weekly meetings and travel to the United Kingdom over spring break. Throughout the semester, students will collaborate with peers at Universities located in Canada and Thailand on group projects. Iterations of this class in the future will include travel to both of these, and additional countries.

He is also working on developing content and systems to implement classroom scale virtual reality for students within the Center for Aviation studies.


  • Flight Instruction and Education
  • Aviation Based STEM Outreach
  • Airline Operations
  • International Engagement and Partnerships
  • Learning Technology in Aviation
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education