Meet the Team

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Zoltan Rado, Chief Scientist

Dr. Zoltan Rado is the director of the Vehicle Surface Interaction research Center and the Crash Safety Research Center at the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute. His research interests include vehicle dynamics: vehicle surface interaction, dynamic frictional characteristics and braking; road surface characteristics; automotive-aviation safety: dynamic vehicle modeling and simulation, finite element analysis; and vehicle crash safety research; advanced vehicle technologies among many others.

Dr. Rado’s applied research initiatives include real-time prediction of aircraft landing dynamics, braking friction and stopping distance from flight data recorder information; winter runway friction measurement research (sponsored by NASA, FAA, Transport Canada, EU); investigation of the braking and frictional behavior of a several different aircraft types involved in runway overrun accidents (Norway, USA, Canada, Japan) worked with different organizations on aircraft braking and aircraft friction modeling and analysis (NASA, NTSB, JAA); a multiphase project to research, define and develop the next-generation highway maintenance vehicle (sponsored by Iowa DOT, Minnesota DOT and Michigan DOT); and the development of one-of-a-kind variable slip friction measurement research equipment; the research and design of special digital algorithms and filtering for inertial accelerometer and inclinometer systems for use in braking and vehicle dynamics research, design and development of ultrasonic and special “Light Slicing” measurement of surface texture for friction research; development of an integrated truck-based surface characteristics measurement system (for The Ministry of Transportation and Water Management, The Netherlands). Dr. Rado presently serves as the chair of:

  • Vice-Chairman of ASTM Committee E17 on Vehicle – Pavement Systems; Group II
  • Member of the ASTM E17 committee on Vehicle – Pavement Systems
  • Member of the ASTM F9 committee on Tires

Arthur Rubin, Chief Technology Officer

Arthur brings more than 25 years of experience in IT architecture, design, development, and testing. After receiving his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Arthur took an engineering position at Motorola where he helped design Motorola’s first commercial digital radio for the public service sector (police, fire, and other government agencies). Arthur received his MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and then moved into the financial industry working on real-time derivative pricing and risk management systems at Chicago Research and Trading Group (a leading Chicago-based derivatives firm sold to Nations Bank). At Nations Bank and then Bank of America, Arthur architected Bank of America’s first web-based check image delivery system for the “Bank of America Direct” commercial cash management system. Arthur was one of the six founding consultants of STA Group. Arthur currently leads STA’s Big Data Practice, and in 2011 became Director of Technology Consulting. As CTO of Aviation Safety Technologies, Arthur developed AST’s SafeLand network and reporting system.


Kevin Dooley, Chief Technology Architect

Kevin is the Chief IT Architect for Aviation Safety Technologies with more than 26 years of experience as a Director, Manager, Consultant, Architect and Developer. Relying on his extensive years of experience providing technology solutions, he developed the Application, Technical and Data architecture for their flagship product, Safeland. Additionally, Kevin serves as Director of Technology Consulting for STA Group, LLC, a sister company, managing an advanced development center to support a leading P&C insurance company. Based in downtown Chicago, the development center provides premium resources and services to accelerate delivery of quality solutions enabling the client to meet its business goals.

Previously, Kevin was a Manager and Senior IT Architect for a project to develop a next-generation claims system for a leading P&C insurance company. Prior to his involvement in the claims project, Kevin helped jump-start their Enterprise Architecture program. At his previous client, Kevin was Manager and Senior IT Architect working to customize STA Group’s Application Security Architecture (ASA) framework for the client’s Enterprise Entitlement solution to support their Internet based treasury management system.

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Mike Dahl, Senior Managing Director

Michael started his business career in the chemicals and plastics industry and began participating in a series of entrepreneurial ventures beginning in 1984. Dahl lead growth businesses in paints and coatings, building materials, plastic recycling, synthetic lumber manufacturing, and pipe extrusion. He has directed the diverse efforts of start-up organizations with no revenue and a handful of employees, as well as entities with hundreds of employees and hundreds of million dollars in revenue. In addition to his role at AST and Friction Sciences, Mr. Dahl serves as Director of WL Plastics Corporation, Rotating Equipment Specialists and Critical Process Systems. He is Chairman of the trade association The Alliance For Polyethylene Pipe, and is the past Chairman and Director of community cancer support organization Wellness House Foundation. Mr. Dahl holds a BS in Business Administration degree from Kansas State University.

Don Kane, Senior Managing Director

Don has been involved with AST since its inception in 2008. Don is a founder and Senior Managing Director of the Dillon Kane Group (“DKG”), an advisory firm and business incubator based in Chicago. Don drove the evaluation of the market opportunity to commercialize Dr. Rado’s intellectual property. Working with Bob Francis, a former Vice Chairman of the NTSB, Dr. Rado and Mike Dahl, he met with Air Carriers, Pilots, FAA and other aviation industry participants over several years. The process lead to the development of a business model which included industry and FAA validation and the introduction of the SafeScan technology at airports. Don helps coordinate a wide set of resources within DKG supporting AST.

Don works closely with Joe Vickers to support the commercial rollout of AST’s service offering. AST is evolving from a shared services to a dedicated resource model. He will continue to support efforts to build both domestic and international networks of connected fleets and airports. In addition, he is focused on the longer term strategy of AST’s business model. AST will remain focused on developing new technologies and service offerings which are transformational for network participants.

Don founded DKG with David Dillon in 2001. Prior to founding DKG, he worked at Goldman Sachs for 14 years, leaving the firm as a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division. He specialized in Financial Services and established the firm’s Financial Institution’s Technology Practice. He worked closely with senior management of major financial institutions evaluating strategic and financial options during a time of tremendous industry change.

Don is married with 4 children and graduated from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern and the University of Illinois.

David Dillon, Senior Managing Director

David has more than 30 years of experience in the application of advanced technology concepts and solutions for the financial services industry. As the CIO at CRT (a leading Chicago-based derivatives firm sold to Nations Bank), David led a global technology organization that built and supported real-time pricing, trade execution, and risk management capabilities that were instrumental in CRT’s success and ultimate sale. At Nations Bank and then Bank of America, David was a leader in the Global Corporate and Investment Bank in finding innovative technology solutions for complex corporate banking problems. David then ran the New Ventures Group for Citadel Investment Group in Chicago before forming the Dillon Kane Group in 2001.

David’s work in Dillon Kane Group includes:

  • Identifying, sourcing and communicating with clients about innovative technology solutions to complex insurance and financial services problems
  • Providing independent industry expertise to advise on the merits of various technology solutions without any financial stake in the result
  • Advising clients on various process and organizational issues to help them optimize relationships, capabilities and results produced by the Business/IT partnership
  • Conducting due diligence for clients on various technical considerations within potential partnerships or M & A candidates
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Joe Vickers, Managing Director

Joe oversees the authorization, technical development and commercialization processes of the SafeLand and SafeScan reporting systems.

Previously, Joe’s career centered on airline operation control centers. In addition to being responsible for United Airlines Operations Control Center (OCC), Joe was responsible for business process redesign and consolidation of UAL’s OCC structure prior to and including the Continental Airlines merger. Joe developed the design requirements of the UAL Network Operations Control Center and has consulted internationally on OCC projects since he retired from UAL.

A career spanning deregulation, Joe held leadership roles in the OCC’s of Midway and Altair Airlines. A CFI with multi-engine/instrument ratings, Joe remains active in general aviation and has served as a FAA Designated Examiner for almost 20 years. Joe has an MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago and his undergrad was at Florida Institute of Technology.



Richard Rado, Consulting Software Engineer

Richard Rado graduated from Penn State University in 2016 with his B.S. in Security Risk Analysis and minors in Telecommunications and Information Sciences. As an intern at IBM, he developed technical auditing web applications for internal company use. Prior to joining AST, Richard worked on SafeScan™ technology for Friction Sciences, LLC. He made significant contributions to the database architecture of the runway condition measurement website using automated sensor data and implementing full graphical user and program interfaces. The site takes sensor data transmitted via GPRS telephone network and displays it geospatially using state-of-the-art mapping technology.

Richard has experience in a range of programming languages, database architecture, and design. He has a passion for programming and continuously looks for challenges to broaden and deepen his knowledge of Security Risk Analysis.


Whitney Brown, Business Analyst – Carriers

Whitney received her B.A. in English, Mathematics, and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. After graduating, she worked as an investment banking analyst for Wells Fargo Securities’ Aerospace and Defense Group. In that role, she provided financial and strategic advisory services for aerospace, defense, and government services companies by monitoring market and industry trends, evaluating competitive dynamics, and assessing the intrinsic value, pro forma valuation, and credit impact associated with various M&A and capital markets transactions. Whitney went on to pursue her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Duke University, where she wrote her dissertation on the influence of emotion on judgment and taught undergraduate courses on logic and applied ethics.

At Aviation Safety Technologies, Whitney focuses on business development and carrier client service, working with airlines to ensure that they receive the maximum value from the SafeLand and SafeScan reporting systems. She supports new clients throughout the implementation process and helps established clients reduce costs and inefficiencies by leveraging airport surface condition data to its fullest potential.

Charlie Kane, Marketing Designer & Producer

Charlie received his B.A. in Film Studies and Philosophy with an emphasis on Music Theory at Vanderbilt University, and has since developed a breadth of experience in the entertainment, insurance, aviation, and information systems industries.

After a stint at Sonic Fuel Studios, where he assisted Hollywood film composers with recording sessions and helped to coordinate studio operations, Charlie took a marketing research position at Step Solutions, an innovative company using technology to help insurance carriers transform the issuance and management of insurance policies. Here, he evaluated the industry’s largest life, health, and medigap providers across a variety of metrics to determine business needs and market opportunities. While working at Step Solutions, Charlie enrolled in the Design Certificate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is learning industry standard production software.

He currently serves as Marketing Designer and Producer at Aviation Safety Technologies and Conuity Software, a sister company. Working in tandem with the Marketing Director, Charlie integrates market research with product messaging to produce low-budget, high-value marketing materials that demonstrate a product’s impact for clients in a clear, engaging, and informative manner.


Bob Francis

Bob is the former Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, a position to which he was appointed by President Clinton in January 1995 and confirmed by the United States Senate. After joining the Safety Board, Bob was the senior NTSB official at a number of transportation accident investigations, including the explosion and crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, New York and the crash of ValuJet Flight 592 in the Florida Everglades.

In addition to his accident investigation work, he is actively involved as a member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel and of the Flight Safety Foundation’s ICARUS Committee, a group composed of worldwide aviation experts who gather informally to share ideas on reducing human error in the cockpit.

Prior to his appointment to the Safety Board, Bob served as Senior Representative for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Western Europe and North Africa and was based in Paris, France. Representing the FAA Administrator, he worked extensively on aviation safety and security issues with U.S. and foreign air carriers, transportation governmental authorities, aircraft manufacturers, and airports.

Bob currently works out of Farragut International, LLC, a broad-based advocacy consultancy specializing in transportation and related issues.

Mike Glawe

Mike Glawe has over 40 years experience in the aviation industry. Mike graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1970 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. Mike joined United Airlines in 1978 as a flight officer and has been a Captain since 1990. He also graduated from Law School and was admitted to the Illinois and DC bars in 1990. Mike was elected Chairman of the Air Line Pilots Association at United in 1996, representing over 10,000 pilots, and served on the United Airlines Board of Directors during the Employee Ownership of United (ESOP). He represented 26% of the voting stock of United and had responsibility for all aspects of airline operations. During this time United:

  • Achieved the highest growth and greatest productivity and profitability in company history, successfully adding the equivalent of a new airline to its operations each year.
  • Successfully negotiateda labor agreement ratified by over 98% of voting pilots, while retaining superior levels of service and operational integrity. Operational integrity produced superior year over year results.
  • Participated in creation of the Star Alliance, the first major international airline alliance.
  • Represented United and ALPA with governmental offices, local, state, national and international legislative bodies, and agencies including the FAA, NTSB and ICAO. He effectively redrafted national legislation impacting airline safety.

In 2000, Mike was elected as a Director Emeritus of United Airlines, and has continued to serve as a senior B-777 international Captain with extensive experience in worldwide operations. Mike also served as an engineering test pilot and configuration manager for Texas Instruments from 1981-1985. He was a member of the development team for the first Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigation system, and was part of the development team for the forward looking infrared (FLIR) systems and terrain following aircraft radar systems.


Hank Krakowski

Captain Hank Krakowski is CEO of the Conure Aviation Group, a global aviation consultancy service. Hank previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As COO, he was responsible for all aspects of the US air traffic control system – operations, maintenance, financial performance, research, acquisition of new systems & equipment and planning for NEXTGEN, the air traffic control system of the future. 

Hank came to the FAA from United Airlines where he spent nearly 30 years in a variety of flight and senior management positions.  His last position was Vice President of Flight Operations, and he was previously United’s Vice President of Corporate Safety, Security & Quality assurance. Hank has flown the Boeing 727, 737, 747 and Douglas DC-8, DC-9, and DC-10, as well as a variety of commuter and corporate turboprop and jet aircraft.  He is also an experienced aircraft dispatcher and certified Airframe & Powerplant mechanic. He has a Master’s degree in Business & Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. Hank has served as co-chair of the Collier Trophy winning Commercial Aviation Safety Team, chair of the Star Alliance Safety Committee, and a member of the Airlines 4 America Safety and Operations Council. 

Brian Chapman

Brian Chapman, Principle Engineer at ChapAero has joined AST to lead aircraft performance engineering solutions for compliance, development, and efficiency-related programs. Retired United Airlines Engineer, Brian was responsible for the development and application of aircraft performance programs for takeoff and landing gross weights, weight and balance, flight planning performance, mission analysis, and new airplane evaluations. 

After earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Brian joined Douglas Aircraft Co. in 1970 and served in various design support roles. He found a home in the Aerodynamics Department, where he helped obtain FAA Certification for new versions of DC airplanes. During his airline career, Brian was responsible for airplane performance and weight & balance at Southern Airways, North Central Airways, and Republic Airlines. Joining United Airlines in 1984, he led the development of an updated, more robust system to compute takeoff and landing gross weights. Prior to retiring from United in 2011, Brian served as Chairman of the IATA Standard Computerized Airplane Performance (SCAP) Committee and he helped organize and served as Vice President of the Society of Aircraft Performance and Operations Engineers (SAPOE).