Aerospace Physiology Certification

January 04, 2022

Aerospace Physiology Certification

The Aerospace Physiology Certification Board test was held on Sunday, August 29, 2021, in the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel. There were four members who sat for the exam and all four passed.

Dennis Madden
LT Dennis Madden, MSC, USN, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., began his education majoring in Medical Dietetics at the Ohio State University. He continued by earning a Master’s in Exercise Physiology from St. Cloud State University and a Ph.D. in Evidence-Based Medicine from the University of Split School of Medicine in Croatia, where he studied decompression sickness in divers. After returning to the United States, he was accepted into the U.S. Navy’s Aerospace and Operational Physiology program in the Medical Service Corps and completed his initial flight and physiology training in Pensacola, FL. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Aviation Survival Training Center in Jacksonville, FL.
   In Jacksonville, LT Madden served as an instructor and training safety officer, where he qualified to instruct Navy aircrew on a complete physiological classroom syllabus as well as a variety of dynamic training devices. He helped develop curricula and participated in the testing and validation of the Navy’s first normobaric hypoxia trainer and qualified as a Master Training Specialist. After leaving Jacksonville, he completed Aviation Safety Officer School and is now the Aeromedical Safety Officer for Training Air Wing One in Meridian, MS, serving T-45C instructors and educating the next generation of carrier-qualified aviators on physiological threats. He also serves as the Physiologic Event Rapid Response Team Leader, where he responds to and investigates in-flight medical emergencies.

John Harrell
John W. Harrell, BSE, M.S., Ph.D., earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education and Allied Professions at the University of Dayton in 2004. He then graduated with a Master’s in Exer cise Science in 2006 from the University of Tennessee. His Ph.D. in Kinesiology was earned from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. From 2014-2016, he was an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, and then became Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, until 2017. He spent the summer semester as an Adjunct Professor at Carroll University in 2017 and then became Temporary Faculty in Exercise Science at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, from 2017-2018.
   Dr. Harrell then took a position as Environmental Physiologist, Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Naval Medical Research Unit – Dayton, Dayton, OH, until 2019, when he became Research Physiologist, 711th Human Performance Wing, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, a position he holds today. He has served as a manuscript reviewer for Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, the Journal of DoD Research and Engineering, SpringerPlus, and Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise. He is a panel member of In-Progress Research Review and an Air Force Representative to Working Group, Human Performance Optimization in Extreme Environments, Joint Program Committee.

Pearle Lipinski
Pearle Lipinski, B.S., is considered an expert within the aerospace medicine community in synthesizing and harmonizing physiology and medical considerations with engineering realities, system testing, and proper risk assessment. Initially entering federal service as a human factors test engineer at Edwards AFB, she developed test plans and documented deficiencies with the F-35 oxygen system, environmental control system, pilot flight equipment, and helmet-mounted display, driving the F-35 program to address critical issues affecting pilot physiology and health.
   Afterwards, Ms. Lipinski progressed to serve as the government lead for the F-35 oxygen system and its Physiological Event Team lead. While in that position, she advocated for and oversaw the redevelopment of the F-35 OBOGS control algorithm and pioneered a rigorous method for physiological event triage and disposition, which has  since been recommended for adoption across other platforms. Her deliberate efforts in integrating the aerospace physiology community into her work has resulted in one of the strongest relationships between a program office and the aeromedical community in the Department of Defense. She is currently serving as a subject matter expert in life support systems and physiological event dispositioning for the F-35 program. She is a graduate of MIT and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor at Ohio State. She is expected to join Ohio State’s Risk and Reliability Lab this fall as a Nuclear Engineering Ph.D. student, studying how government agencies use quantitative assessments of risk in managing their policies.

Eric Anderson
LCDR Eric Anderson, MSC, USN, BS, MS, enlisted in the Utah Air National Guard in 2001. Later that year, he was awarded an AS degree at Snow College and then received basic military training at Lackland AFB. In 2002, he attended U.S. Air Force Vehicle Operator apprentice training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and was activated as a Security Forces augment assisting in increased security efforts after the September 11, 2001, attacks. He was awarded a BS degree in Physical Education at Utah State University in 2003. He was an Information Security Officer during Operation Enduring Freedom from 2003-2005 and then again during 2006. He also earned four different pilot ratings in 2005 and was awarded certified Flight Instructor Single-Engine Landing and Multi-Engine Instructor in 2007.
   From 2007-2010, LCDR Anderson was again an Information Security Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom at Hill AFB, UT, filling in for those who had been deployed. In 2010, he earned his MS degree in Exercise Science at Utah State University. In 2011, he served in Newport, RI, and then attended the Aeromedical Officer Course at NAS Pensacola, FL, in 2012. He later became ASTC Whidbey Island Assistant Director and also attended the Aviation Safety Officer Course, both until 2015, when he became Aeromedical Safety Officer for Training Air Wing Four. In 2018, he took the position he currently holds as Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Aeromedical Safety Officer.

Aerospace Physiology Certification: The four who passed the board certification exam are shown with their certificates. From left to right: John Harrell, Eric Anderson, Dennis Maden, and Pearle Lipinski.