November 06, 2017

American Airlines’ safety risk analyst, alumnus to keynote aviation banquet

CARBONDALE, Ill. – A two-degree alumnus from Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s nationally recognized aviation program is the featured speaker at the annual aviation banquet at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. 

Andrew Cohler, a senior analyst for safety risk management with American Airlines in Dallas, Texas, earned his aviation management degree from SIU in 2013 and a master’s degree in aviation administration in 2015. 

The banquet is from 7 to 9:30 p.m., in Student Ballrooms C and D. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a small reception taking place at 6 p.m. The banquet is open to the public; organizers expect about 300 people to attend. The Aviation Management Society, a registered student organization, sponsors the event.

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Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to attend the banquet or career fair earlier in the day. For more information, contact Dalton Thompson, president, Aviation Management Society, at 630/877-1996 or

Tickets are $30 apiece for the public and $10 for students and alumni. Aviation Management Society members and students leaders are free. 

American Airlines will be catering first-class meals, Dalton Thompson, AMS president, and a senior in the aviation management and flight program. At least five of the airline’s top executives will be there to network with students, including the base chief pilot for American at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and the director within the airline's flight service food and beverage organization, Thompson said. 

In addition, the annual aviation career fair is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Transportation Education Center multipurpose room. Information about banquet and career fair is at