Dr. Thompson has been affiliated with aviation and aerospace education since 1981, specifically aircraft technical education, advanced composite materials, and airline maintenance management. Currently, Dr. Thompson is associate dean of the College of Aviation at Western Michigan University (WMU). Primary responsibilities include curriculum, development of graduate programs, increasing college research, assessment, accreditation and strategic planning. Dr. Thompson is the WMU lead for two Federal Aviation Centers of Excellence: SOAR and PEGASAS. Prior to joining WMU in November 2009, Dr. Thompson was Program Manager of Aerospace at Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research (KUSTAR), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. During the 2007-2008 academic year, he was Founding Dean of the College of Aero & Astro Sciences at Dubai Aerospace Enterprise University (DAEU) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Thompson chaired the 2007-2008 FAA Part 147 Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) and chairs the current FAA Part 147 Working Group. Dr. Thompson is currently serving as an Educator Board of Trustee member for Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and served as ATEC President 2010 – 2014.