Jeff Forrest

Degree: Ph.D.


Department: Aviation and Aerospace Science

Jeff Forrest


Aviation/Air Safety/Aerospace


  • Aerospace Systems Management
  • Aircraft Accidents and Investigations
  • Aviation Safety
  • Flight Simulation Training


Jeff Forrest, Ph.D., is the chair of the Aviation and Aerospace Science Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

He has been involved with designing and managing applied and basic research projects within the domains of aviation, aerospace, and Earth science for over 30 years. Forrest has served as a co-PI in several State of Colorado and NASA aerospace related grants. He established the Academy of STEM, Undergraduate Research program, the Aerospace Systems Engineering Technology program and leading the development and educational programming for unmanned aeronautical systems (UAV/UAS) at MSU Denver. Forrest also serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Division of Aeronautics.

He has co-authored several published books, including “Practical Airport Operations, Safety and Emergency Management” and “Practical Aviation Security.”

Forrest received his doctorate in computer and information science from NOVA Southern University, a master’s in space systems integration management from Webster University, a master’s in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a bachelor’s in professional pilot from MSU Denver and a bachelor’s in geography and earth science from University of North Carolina. He holds numerous FAA pilot certifications and ratings, including serving as pilot in command of jet, glider and seaplane flight operations.

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