Contact Fabian Steinmann

Areas of expertise

  • Safety, Resilience, Risk & Reliability


Fabian holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. During his studies he also completed exchange programmes at Cranfield University and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, USA.

Before his PhD, Fabian did an internship with GROB Aircraft during which he wrote the internal safety analysis of a new autopilot for the high-altitude surveillance aircraft GROB G520NG.

Current activities

Fabian is a third-year PhD research student at the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre and his research investigates the resilience of the air transport industry. The motivation for his PhD comes from his passion and research interest in developing safety concepts and mitigation strategies. Fabian is supported by his two supervisors, Professor Graham Braithwaite and Professor Colin Pilbeam.

The focus of Fabian’s research is on the disruption management of organizations in the aviation industry. He is aiming to analyse how organizations behave when faced with a disruption and identify what strategies are used to handle the situation. His goal is to provide empirical evidence of where and how features of resilience are already being used in the operation and highlight opportunities for organizations to implement the concept of resilience.

Fabian regularly attends the meetings of the Industry Resilience Group, a collaboration between airlines, airports, air traffic control and regulators in the UK. With the interest of the aviation industry in resilience increasing, Fabian’s research proved to be topical but also applicable to many disciplines and sectors.

Fabian was invited to speak at the Pilot Expo 2020 and 2022 IAPH World Ports Conference and share his thoughts on resilience.