Michele Summers Halleran has a rich and varied background in aviation, both as a pilot and as an educator. After graduating from college, she began a 10-year career as a professional pilot accumulating over 5,000 flight hours. She has flown corporate and international airline operations in Lear Jets, DC-10s, and Twin Otters on Floats. Michele holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate - multiengine land and sea, a Lear Jet type rating, Flight Engineer Certificate, Flight Instructor, and Ground Instructor Certificates.
After her second airline furlough in 2003, Michele embarked on an academic career as both an educator and researcher. She attained a Master of Science in Aeronautics Degree in 2004 and later a Master of Business Administration Degree in 2013. Today, Michele is a Professor in the Department of Aeronautical Science and the Director of Diversity Initiatives for the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the Daytona Beach, FL campus. Her research focuses on safety risk management, pilot training, and STEM diversity.