In a recently published ‚letter to the editor’ in which he referred to an AEROSPACE article titled: ‚Cabin Air Quality’ by David Learmount, Professor Bagshaw, visiting professor of aviation medicine at the Cranfield University, said:
(©quote): „Dr Michaelis’ status with Cranfield has only ever been as a student and so any implied association should be viewed in that context.“ …. he continued saying that: (©quote):“ Dr Michaelis studied for a Master of Science degree in Safety and Accident Investigation at Cranfield University graduated in May 2017 … a pass for such a piece of work does not represent an endorsement of the approach or findings.“
He further concluded, that Dr Michaelis’ MSc research „in no way“ replaces or supersedes earlier work done by Cranfield University into cabin air quality, and he says that the thesis was „not peer-reviewed, nor assessed in the context of professional research“. Which seems to contradict the ‚pass’.
He also omits to mention that Dr Michaelis’ already has a PhD based on this complex subject and that she was awarded the (Cranfield’s) “Course Director’s best MSc Student Award” in 2017.
One could wonder: why such animosity? We’d like to refer our readers to the interview with Professor Bagshaw, in the ‚60 Minutes’ documentary ‚Toxic Flyer’ aired in 2013 which might shed some light.
Don’t shoot the messenger! You can read Dr Susan Michaelis’ dignified response here (©AEROSPACE)
The original MSc thesis can be found via Cranfield University library & on Dr Susan Michaelis’ website.
article©Aerotoxic Association/Bearnairdine Beaumont