Melissa M. Mallis, Ph.D.

Senior Science Advisor



Dr. Melissa Mallis is an internationally renowned and widely-published scientist and a frequent speaker, as both a researcher and expert, on Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS). Dr. Mallis has collaborated with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI), Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA), International Air Transport Association (IATA),  US Department of Defense, Transport Canada, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). She was involved with the development of the FAA’s Advisory Circular for FRMS (AC 120-103) and the FRMS Program for the Air Traffic Organization (ATO). Dr. Mallis has been involved in defining the steps and requirements for FRMS under the FAA’s upcoming Flightcrew Duty and Rest Requirements.


Dr. Melissa Mallis is the President and Chief Scientist of M3 Alertness Management, LLC and acts as the Senior Science Advisor to DB&A. Prior to serving as DB&A’s Senior Science Advisor, Dr. Mallis was Chief Scientist for Operational and Fatigue Research at the Institutes for Behavior Resources and Director of Scientific Affairs for Alertness Solutions. From 1999 to2005, Dr. Mallis led the NASA Fatigue Countermeasures Program at Ames Research Center, making significant contributions to safety, research, and education in the aviation and space environments. Throughout her career Dr. Mallis has conducted research examining different in-flight fatigue countermeasures, drowsiness detection technologies, and challenges associated with ultra-long range flights.


Dr. Mallis’ research has been recognized through numerous honors and awards. She is a member of numerous scientific societies, serves on a number of scientific advisory boards, and participates in many editorial activities for publications within the sleep and circadian field.


Her academic credentials include a B.S. degree in Physics with Honors from Villanova University, a pre-doctoral fellowship with Dr. David Dinges at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from Drexel University.