Prior to joining the faculty at UND, Brandon worked for over 15 years in aviation safety and airline management. He began his career as a Flight Safety Analyst at United Airlines from 1997-2000. Brandon joined the United Parcel Service (UPS) Airline Safety Department as that company’s first FOQA Analyst, helping to create the UPS FOQA program in 2000. Brandon then joined the United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG) in 2002 as an aviation underwriter. In 2004, Brandon became the FOQA Manager at Northwest Airlines and helped to upgrade the program from a test program to a fully functioning FOQA program. With the merger with Delta Air Lines, Brandon successfully led the effort to stand up the Delta FOQA program and integrate the Northwest and Delta FOQA Monitoring Teams into one FOQA team at Delta. During the period of 2005 through 2012, Brandon was also an adjunct instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, teaching various aviation safety and management courses.
Brandon earned a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research from the University of North Dakota. He also holds a Master of Business Administration in Aviation and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies, both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.