Dr. Keith A. Mew

College of Engeering, Computer Science, and Technology
Department of Technology
Office Location: ET A337a
Phone: 323-343-4550 Email: kmew@calstatela.edu

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Office: E&T A-337a
Phone: (323) 343-4550
FAX: (323) 343-4571

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Keith Mew, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair
Aviation Administration faculty

I have worked in the aviation industry since 1984 and have been involved in aviation education since 1993. In 1984 I began my involvement in airport finance, working as a financial analyst for O'Hare Associates, consultant to the City of Chicago for the $2 billion expansion of O'Hare Airport. In 1987 I was invited to join the City of Chicago's aviation planning team to help coordinate the capital improvement projects being planned, designed and constructed within the Chicago airport system. In 1991, I joined a consortium of consultants representing the international air carriers at O'Hare. 

Department of Technology

I have taught at the university level since 1993. I have tried to emphasize the practical aspects of aviation as a vocation, giving students a 'real world' view of the industry and teaching them skills that will help them excel in the industry.

Research Interests

I have published in broad areas of aviation, including aviation security, airport finance, very light jet impacts on Southern California airports, and aircraft broadband transmission systems. 

Recent Publications/Presentations
Airport Financial Management,(textbook in process).  Ashgate Publishing, UK.
'The history, Challenges and Opportunities of the General Aviation System in Southern California' Presentation at the Southern California Regional Aviation Summit. November 2009.
‘VLJs and their Impact on Southern California’s Airports- What Happened?’ Presentation to Southern California Association of Governments, April 2009.
Airport Security Screening: Privatize or Federalize?,. In T. Badey (Ed.), Annual Editions: Homeland Security 04/05 (Chapter 8). New York: McGraw Hill. 2007.
“Direct Assessment Methods”. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, San Jose, CA, April 2007.
“Airport Security Screening: Privatize or Federalize?” Public Works Management and Policy, Washington D.C., Volume 10, Number 1, July 2005.
Airport Security Screening”, a presentation to California State University Los Angeles 2005 Faculty Colloquium, May 2005.
The Future of In-flight Entertainment Transmission Systems”, ‘Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research, Spring 2004.

Recent Projects
Measurement of GA Aircraft at Santa Monica Aiorport in support of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study of air and soil samples at Santa Monica Airport and in surrounding neighborhoods to test for ambient lead levels. Survey of Long Beach Airport passengers regarding satisfaction with security screening. Spring 2005.
Market Survey of Jet Blue Airline passengers for internet service. December 2003.
Market Survey of Long Beach Airport customers for concession space. December 2002.

Professional Background

I began my aviation career in 1984 in Chicago, as a technical writer for the managerial consultants to the the O'Hare Airport Development Program. After this I managed the financial database for the program, identifying new cost estimates and change orders, and comparing them with the program budget. In 1987 I transferred to the City of Chicago's Department of Aviation where I worked as a project manager for long-term planning and landside design/construction projects at O'Hare, Midway and Meigs Field Airports. In 1991 I was hired by an aviation consultant to help manage the construction and operation of the International Terminal at O'Hare. Individual projects during this time included:

Principal Developer of computerized construction cost control reporting system for O’Hare Development program, 1988.

Principal Investigator - Predicting gross regional product generated by Chicago’s airport system, City of Chicago, 1988-1990

Landside Coordinator of long-term planning study of O'Hare Airport, 1988-1991

Manager of Gate Display and Management System project, at Chicago O'Hare International Terminal, 1991

Education Background

education background

Ph.D., Space Economy, 1983
University of Warsaw, Poland 

M.A., Regional Planning, 1978
Lanchester Polytechnic, England 

B.A., Economics, 1974
Thames Valley University, England