Rantanen hails from Finland, where he started his aviation career by training as a commercial pilot with Finnair, the national carrier of Finland. He also worked for seven years (1984-1991) as an air traffic controller and was active in a number of technical and operational task forces with the Finnish Civil Aviation Administration and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations.
His research interests lie in the areas of human factors in complex and dynamic systems, human performance measurement and modeling, mental workload, decision making, and human error and reliability. His primary research focus is on the role of time and temporal mental models in human performance. He primarily teaches courses in the MS program in Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology and supervises graduate students’ thesis research.
He earned his Bachelor of Science (1992) and Master of Aeronautical Science (1993) degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.I also have a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from the Pennsylvania State University (1996), with specialization in human factors/ergonomics engineering. His Ph.D degree is from Penn State in Engineering Psychology (2000). At Penn State, I did research on human visual performance and workload measurement and temporal characteristics of human motor control.