Professor Denver Lopp’s non-traditional teaching and research concepts have gained national and international recognition for Purdue’s Aviation Technology Department in producing the next generation of aviation managers and providing practical solutions for today’s industry issues. By focusing on bridging the academic knowledge with industry, Professor Lopp has developed aviation industry partnerships and conducted numerous research projects. Prior to Purdue, Professor Lopp held several maintenance managerial positions for Pan American World Airways in New York and managed Pan Am’s Cargo Methods, Standards, and Budget Department, which was the largest airfreight operation. In additional Professor Lopp has owned a multi-office commodity trading company, holds an Airframe and Powerplant certificate, is a private pilot, has been a Certificate Member (CM) of the American Association of Airport Executives and has served on several national aviation organization boards and committees.
Master of Science - Industrial Education - Purdue University 1971
Bachelor of Science - Industrial Supervision - Purdue University 1970
1970 - Federal Aviation Administration – Airframe & Powerplant certificate.
1969 - Federal Aviation Administration - Private pilot certificate.
Brazee, C., & Lopp, D., (2012 March) Building connections/blurring boundaries: Workshop on university-industry collaborations through action learning projects. Central States Communication Association Conference 2012. Cleveland, OH
Stanley, D., Sterkenburg, R. & Lopp, D., (2011) Undergraduate Student Participation in Applications-based Research. International Association of Journals & Conferences. Fall/Winter., volume 12, number 1 P. 54
Mary E. Johnson, M., Lopp, D., Williams, M., Aungst, J., & Soo, S. (Nov. 2008). Planning of Non-routine Work for Aircraft Scheduled Maintenance. Proceedings of The 2008 IAJC-IJME International Conference. Nashville, TN.
Lopp, D., Hendricks, R., & Baloun, K., (Nov. 2008). No Hassle Check-in of Aircraft Customers and Baggage. Proceedings of The 2008 IAJC-IJME International Conference. Nashville, TN.
Stanley, D. & Lopp, D. (2007). Engagement Activites,. Jetrader, Fairfax, Virginia.
Stanley, D. Suckow, M., & Lopp, D. (2005). Obstacles to growth in the MRO business. Jetrader, Fairfax, Virginia (pp. 19-21).
Brazee*, C., Lopp*, D., & Thomas, S. (2003). Managing the workplace when it’s not your workplace: measuring at-risk behaviors in third party maintenance providers. 2nd Annual American Management Education and Research Conference. (group 1). Montreal, Canada
Suckow*, M., Lopp*, D., Brazee*, C., & Henderson, G. (2003). Fractional ownership and the development of an effective safety culture. 48th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS). (pp. 49-62). Hollywood, FL.
Lopp, D., & Armentrout-Brazee, C., (March 2002). The communication disconnect: How poor communication between middle management and frontline employees impacts the airline industry. Aviation Communication Conference, Phoenix, AZ March 2002.
Lopp, D., Morton, B., & O’Donnell, P., (May 2001). Strategies for implementing an error management program into a general aviation organization. SAE General Aviation Technology Conference and Exposition, Wichita, Kansas.
Lopp, D., & Eiff, G., (2001). Measuring and correcting workers’ at-risk behaviors. Canadian Aviation Safety Symposium, Transport Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Lopp D., & Eiff, G., (2001). Improving heavy maintenance shift turn-over procedures. 11th International Aviation Psychology Symposium. Association of Aviation Psychologists, Columbus, Ohio.
1978 – 1993 Entrepreneur in financial businesses, owned five commodity offices in Midwest
1975- 1978 Manager Cargo Methods, Standard and Budgets - Pan American World Airways.
1973 -1975 Senior Industrial Engineer - Pan American World Airways Finance Department.
1971 – 1973 Maintenance Planning Foreman - Pan American World Airways.
1969-1971 A&P Mechanic - Purdue University Flight Department.
2013 PI DOE Mercurius Inc. Grant Reach Pilot Plant..$4.6 million. Purdue contract $270,000. This project will build and operate a pilot plant feeding 10 dry MT/day of cellulosic biomass and based on the innovative and efficient Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating (REACH) process that through thermo-chemical Hydrolysis converts lignocellulosic biomass into non-sugar intermediates which are further
processed into fuel and chemical products.
2011 Co-Director of Purdue’s Center The Air Transport Institute for Environmental Sustainability (Air TIES) which is housed at the Purdue Airport. The institute brings together 39 faculty from four Purdue colleges to integrate alternative fuel expertise and research throughout the product life cycle.
2008 - 2010. Co-Principal for National Test Center for Aviation/Aerospace Fuels and Propulsion, DOD; $2.7 million which created a single point access for testing equipment functionally, durability, and emissions. Provides onsite accessibility for students to be directly involved in researching economic assessments of fuel sources and sustainability possibilities.
2003. Co-principal for NASA grant of $78,000. Developed an education program for NASA personnel in work process flow mapping and analysis. Graduate students designed and delivered a course for NASA personnel outlining operational improvement using process mapping techniques.
2005 – present Professor – Purdue University Aviation Technology
2006-2007 part-time assignment for Purdue Research Foundation
1999 – 2005 Associate Professor – Purdue University Aviation Technology
1993 – 1999 Assistant Professor – Purdue University Aviation Technology