James E. Witte is a professor of aviation management. A career Army officer and pilot, Witte has over 60 years of experience in military and civilian rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft and holds an Airframe Mechanics Certificate as well as being an FAA Certified Drone pilot. He brings a wealth of experience to the FAA’s Technical Training and Human Performance Center of Excellence with an academic background in workforce development and evaluation, individual learning styles, and learning assessment. He has spent extensive time in industrial training, developing programs of instruction ranging from sexual harassment, loss control management, supervisor's safety development, methods and techniques of training for safety instructors, and Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance training.
His training development client list includes IMC-Agrico, The Port of Tampa, Nissan Corporation, Wonderbread, Coca-Cola, Cargill Fertilizer, Florida Departments of Transportation, Labor and Corrections, and many other private sector and governmental agencies. Witte holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska, a master’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and a PhD from the University of South Florida. He is an avid world traveler having lived and worked in places such as Pakistan, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia. His multi-cultural, multi-lingual background brings a unique perspective to examining how people acquire information and develop their own learning.