Mehdi Zoroufchian

Aviation Analyst

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Master of Science, Safety Science, 2017

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, 2014

Collin College
Associate of Science, General Science, 2008

Certificate of Human Factors in Aviation
Certificate of Aircraft Accident Investigation
Certificate of Aviation Maintenance
FEMA certification for IS–00235.c Emergency Planning
FEMA certification for IS–00830 Introduction to NRF Incident Annexes
FEMA certification for IS–00800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
OSHA 30 Hour for General Industry Safety and Health Certification
Certified Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) from Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Mr. Zoroufchian began his education in aerospace engineering, with a concentration in aeronautics in 2011.  As an aviation analyst at PAI Consulting, he uses his aviation and engineering expertise and analytical skills to analyze and categorize client data.  Mr. Zoroufchian supports aviation directed studies by analyzing data, organizing his findings, and drafting technical studies and other reports, along with other written documentation.  Additionally, he uses his organizational skills and customer service experience to provide meeting support services, including tracking and organizing records and other supplemental information and organizing and facilitating meetings for working groups, aviation rulemaking committees (ARC), and other teams and committees.

Before joining PAI, Mr. Zoroufchian was an Intern for the FAA’s Quality Control Group.  In this capacity, he audited the files for helipads, airports, and other non-Federal sites that hosted Federal equipment.  He analyzed reports and documentation from AWOS, NDB, the ILS localizer, VOR, and other ground-based navigational aids to verify completeness and correctness of all files.  Mr. Zoroufchian also digitized, processed, and stored historic documents and images for recordkeeping purposes. 

Beginning in 2015, Mr. Zoroufchian attended Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) as a graduate student working on a Master of Science degree in Safety Science.  He studied aviation safety and occupational safety.  Mr. Zoroufchian’s coursework included aviation safety, human factors, industrial hygiene, emergency planning, and aircraft survivability in event of crash.  In addition, he studied automation relating to human factors; specifically, Mr. Zoroufchian examined accidents that result from pilot behavior interfering or conflicting with airplane automation rather than a problem in the system itself. 

Mr. Zoroufchian concluded his Master’s Degree by completing a capstone study.  This focused on the safety of fuselage constructed of composite materials, compared to those constructed from aluminum.  He determined that composites do not present the fuselage with better performance and safety.  Therefore, Mr. Zoroufchian compared the benefits and drawbacks of each construction material to demonstrate scenarios in which each would be the preferable material.

While working on his Master’s Degree, Mr. Zoroufchian used his aviation and engineering experience to work for ERAU as a Graduate Assistant.  Mr. Zoroufchian maintained the crash lab.  This entailed setting walking paths through simulated crash sites and ensuring they remained clear and free of debris.  He also moved aircraft and other simulated debris as needed.  Mr. Zoroufchian gave tours to students and other visitors to the lab, describing the crashes and drawing visitors’ attention to important details.  He trained on the Vicon camera system, which identifies specific points on the human body and tracks them in motion.  Mr. Zoroufchian used this system to study human factors in physical lifting scenarios.  Mr. Zoroufchian also assisted in the digitization of audiovisual material, transferring archival footage to CDs.

Beginning in 2011, Mr. Zoroufchian attended ERAU for his undergraduate education, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, with a focus on Aeronautics.  His studies included solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, stability and control, flight dynamics, turbine and rocket engines, materials, and structures.  He completed a junior capstone study, for which he designed theoretical system of aircraft for a surveillance system monitoring the west coast of the United States.  This study was supervised by The Boeing Company for the U.S. Coast Guard.  Mr. Zoroufchian also completed a senior capstone, involving a modification of the Cessna aircraft wing to make the flight more aerodynamic and lighter, along with an increase in airworthiness.