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Dr. Kristy Kiernan graduated from Brown University with a bachelor of science in neuroscience, then served for 13 years in the United States Coast Guard. After earning her wings, she flew Falcon 20s on search and rescue, drug interdiction, and maritime law enforcement missions in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. While in the Coast Guard, she graduated from the Navy's Aviation Safety Officer School and USC's Accident Investigation course, and served as an Aviation Safety Officer. She also taught Crew Resource Management and became an instructor pilot. Her last assignment in the Coast Guard was as the Standardization Pilot for the Falcon community. She earned her Ph.D. in Aviation from Embry-Riddle in July 2016 with a dissertation entitled "The Effect of Generation on Retention of Women in Aerospace and Industry". She is now a full time faculty member at ERAU Worldwide, and the associate chair of the Master of Science in Unmanned Systems program. Her research interests include humanitarian applications of unmanned systems, human factors in unmanned systems, and diversity in the aerospace workforce. She lives in Fairhope, Alabama with her husband and four children.