Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Lutte is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute. Her degrees include a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; MPA and PhD, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Lutte is a current commercial pilot, CFII, MEI, aircraft owner, and active in the general aviation community. She is an active member of many aviation organizations including the 99s, Women in Aviation International, Experimental Aircraft Association, and serves on the board of the University Aviation Association. She was appointed by the Secretary of the DOT to the FAA Women in Aviation Advisory Board, working to develop recommendations and strategies to the FAA and Congress to encourage women to pursue careers in aviation.
Dr. Lutte conducts research on a variety of topics with a primary focus on aviation workforce development and the outreach, recruitment and retention of women in aviation. Dr. Lutte is the recipient of the University Aviation Association (UAA) Sorenson Award for outstanding achievement of excellence in aviation research and scholarship and the UAA Laursen Award for outstanding contributions to aviation education. She has over 25 publications in a variety of academic journals, magazines, and book submissions. In 2019, she published the Women in Aviation Workforce Report to address the lack of data available on the number of women in aviation careers. Dr. Lutte has given many presentations and interviews including being cited by Forbes, CNN, NPR, Aviation Week & Space Technology, General Aviation News, and Aviation for Women Magazine.