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Dr. Maxine Lubner

From Zimbabwe to Flying in the American Skies

Encouraging Vaughn College students to consider the breadth of opportunities in aeronautics.

Dr. Maxine Lubner

Dr. Maxine Lubner, who was born in Zimbabwe, broke national and gender barriers to become an aviation professional.

Dr. Lubner, currently a professor and department chair at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York City, has also promoted aviation educational exchanges between the United States and Tanzania. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from the Ivy League school Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Lubner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Honors Degree in Counseling Psychology (equivalent to an MS in the USA) from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She also holds an FAA Private Pilot certificate, which she earned while in graduate school.

Dr. Lubner has developed her career in aviation in the areas of education, safety and research. As a mentor to Vaughn College students, she encourages them to consider the breadth of opportunities in aviation and aeronautics in addition to flying in the friendly American skies.

Dr. Lubner was a panelist at Vaughn College’s 2017 “Women Exceeding Barriers” event.

We were thrilled at the opportunity to interview her about her experiences and the impact she’s had in the field of aeronautics.

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