ATCA Tech Symposium Speaker Booklet 2021

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Meet the Tech Symposium Speakers Thank You, ATCA Tech Symposium Speakers, Moderators, and Table Leads *Speaker Booklet current as of May 17, 2021 at 3 PM ET

Shahrzad Ahmadi, Shipcom Wireless Shahrzad is a technology executive, and an entrepreneur. She is the Chief Innovation Officer at Shipcom and Founder & President of an award-winning IoT startup. She leads large scale global teams to create cutting edge software solutions to address the biggest and most critical challenges of different industries & enterprises in Federal and Commercial space. She is the brain behind modernizing, redesigning and re-architecting many solution suites that led to improving efficiency, saving taxpayer dollars, and intelligent decision-making processes. She pursued her PhD in Industrial Engineering and she holds two master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Systems Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Math. She has been an integral part of many large scale implementations, such as modernizing VA hospitals (Veteran Affairs) supply chain, creating an end-to-end modern MRP solution for the largest military shipbuilders, developing multiple pilots for different agencies within the U.S Department of Defense, developing and executing multiple IoT projects at airports, healthcare industry, cold chain, smart buildings and more. Her mission and passion is to identify the challenges of enterprises and create next generation, modern, simple-to-use and effective solutions using cutting edge technologies in order to address those challenges, increase efficiency, cut costs, and to improve overall productivity. David Almeida, LS Technologies David Almeida is Director, Research & Technical Strategy at LS Technologies. David has nearly 30 years experience in technical and project management for software systems, IT infrastructure, enterprise architecture, cloud, security, and networking technologies delivering next generation Command & Control (C2)/Operations Support Systems in mission critical environments. David’s expertise in enterprise infrastructure integration led to the FAA’s SWIM architecture and supporting current cloud migration efforts. David leads LST’s efforts in aligning aviation operations and information technology to business strategy, consulting with aviation stakeholders, including airlines, aviation operators and airspace service providers on implementing digital modernization. David is the Moderator of the SWIM Industry-FAA Team (SWIFT) working with industry to empower airspace users to create operational improvements using SWIM Information Services. He provides Strategic Integration Support for the FAA’s Communications, Information and Network Programs, NAS Cloud Integration, SWIM, NextGen initiatives, international Cyber security and SWIM efforts. A recognized industry expert, David is ICCAIA delegate member to ICAO’s Information Management Panel (IMP), is literally helping “write the book” on aviation information management, he was an Advisor on the Technical Advisory Group in establishing ICAO’s INNOVA Cyber Security Initiative, Advisor to FAA on the Trust Framework Study Group (TFSG) and supports FAA International SWIM efforts with SESAR (Europe) and APAC SWIM Task Force. David has authored articles and presented papers on the topic of information technology in ATM, Cybersecurity and his experience in aviation operations helps bring the Operators perspective into industry conferences panels. David holds Bachelors & MBA from the University of Central Florida, and PMP designation. Tracy Bannon, The MITRE Corporation Tracy Bannon is a Senior Principal Software Architect and DevSecOps Advisor with The MITRE Corporation’s Software Engineering Division and has worked across commercial, state, and federal government clients. She is a passionate architect and her specialty is solution and application architecture emphasizing cloud native/for-cloud refactoring, service oriented and API architecture, and DevSecOps. Tracy enjoys working with cloud computing at the edge using appliances too. She’s just as passionate about mentoring and training as she is about architecting sustainable solution ecosystems; she enjoys community and knowledge building with her teams, her clients, and the next generation of technologist by guest lecturing at universities. Tracy is a featured speaker and panel moderator at industry events including ATARC Federal DevSecOps Summits, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Software Engineering Institute (SEI) SATURN, CloudExpo, CA World, CA Gov Summit, DevOps Institute Global Skill-up Days, and PMI Global Congress. Tracy’s holds several certifications from Microsoft as well as the SEI’s Software Architecture Professional Certificate, PMP, CSM, and TOGAF 9.

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Martin Bowman, Deloitte Martin joined Deloitte in February 2017 as Director of Aviation Technology. A seasoned and well regarded industry professional, he has spent nearly 20 years in aviation technology, working across airlines, airports, and air traffic control to enhance industry collaboration and increase efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to Deloitte, Martin was Transport Sector Director at Scottishbased Amor Group, Global Airports Director at Lockheed Martin and Aviation Strategy Director at Leidos, with his knowledge and expertise spanning multiple areas including airport operations, airport technology, aviation safety and airworthiness, stakeholder collaboration, compliance management, and complex systems integration. Martin is an active member of CANSO where he sits on their Strategy and Operations Committee. Robert Boyd, IATA Robert joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2013 and holds the position of Assistant Director, Aviation Environment. IATA is the trade association representing more than 290 commercial airlines and he leads IATA’s work on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). A key focus is to accelerate the global deployment of SAF while addressing policy, economic, sustainability and logistic challenges. Robert serves as a member of the United Nations ICAO Fuels Task Group, with particular focus on how SAF will be recognized under CORSIA. He is also a Director and Treasurer of the Round Table on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). Robert’s studies include a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and post graduate studies in Applied Finance. In 2008 he earned a Master’s in Business Economics from the University of Queensland. Prior to joining IATA Robert was the Head Economist for Virgin Australia Airlines. Al Capps, NASA Al Capps is the chief engineer and project manager for NASA’s Airspace Technology Demonstration II (ATD-2) project as well as technical lead of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign (NC) Airspace Test Infrastructure (ATI) team. The ATD-2 team has demonstrated an integrated arrival/departure/surface (IADS) suite of tools in both ATC and Airline operational environments in two regions of the National Airspace System (NAS) that provide measurable efficiency, sustainability and predictability benefits. In his twenty years of work with NASA, FAA and the operator community, Al has contributed to a diverse set of research capabilities that are now part of the current day National Airspace System (NAS). These capabilities have included novel innovations that evolve large decision support capabilities currently in operational use. Al’s educational background includes a BS in Mathematics and MS in Data Science from Penn State. Al has authored numerous published papers and delivered technical transfer software to the FAA, operator and open source communities. Al is passionate about developing solutions to enable improvements to NAS performance and is an active contributor in several collaborative aviation communities. Dr. Vinton Cerf, Google Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. Cerf has held positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, Stanford University, UCLA, and IBM. Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and was founding president of the Internet Society. He served on the US National Science Board from 2013-2018. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” he received the U.S. National Medal of Technology in 1997, the Marconi Fellowship in 1998, and the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004. In November 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in April 2008 the Japan Prize, and in March 2013, the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and AAAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Computer History Museum, and the National Academies of Engineering and Science. Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA and holds 29 honorary degrees from universities around the world.

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Jeff Chen, Nordic Entertainment Group Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Jeff Chen is a statistician and data scientist who is the VP of Data Science at Nordic Entertainment Group, the Nordic region’s leading media that entertains millions of people every day through their streaming, TV, and radio services as well as awardwinning productions. He has deep experience in leading data initiatives in over 35 domains, working with a wide range of stakeholders such as firefighters, climatologists, economists, and designers. Previously, Jeff has worked on public-facing data science in roles such as the Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis introducing machine learning improvements to the Gross Domestic Product, the Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Data Officer of the U.S. Department of Commerce, a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow with NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy focused on data science for climate change; served as the first Director of Analytics at the NYC Fire Department where he engineered pioneering algorithms for fire prediction; and was among the first data scientists at the NYC Mayor’s Office under then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Jeff started his career as an econometrician at an international engineering consultancy advising large scale infrastructure projects around the world. Dr. Misty Davies, NASA Dr. Misty Davies is the Deputy Project Manager for the System-Wide Safety Project in the NASA Airspace Operations and Safety Program. The System-Wide Safety Project has a goal to explore, to discover and to understand how safety could be affected by the growing complexity of advanced aviation systems. Dr. Davies previously was a researcher focused on predicting the behavior of complex, engineered systems early in design as a way to improve these systems’ safety, reliability, performance, and cost. She has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Aerospace and Astrospace Engineering from Stanford University. She is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Todd Donovan, Thales Todd Donovan has extensive global air traffic management experience, with more than 25 years of technical and leadership roles in the aviation industry. Currently, Donovan leads the Airspace Mobility Solutions business for the Americas region for Thales – responsible for supporting aviation stakeholders in leveraging technology to deliver safe, secure and reliable operations. Donovan serves on the CANSO Strategy and Integration Standing Committee and CANSO UTM (drone) Task Force. Previously, Donovan led Thales’ Digital Aviation business segment responsible for supporting aviation stakeholders in leveraging digital transformation as a means to substantially improve the performance of their operations. Prior to this role, Donovan served in various leadership roles in Thales and Saab Sensis. Donovan received a BA from Dartmouth College, a BE from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, and an MBA from Emory University. Captain Craig Drew J. Craig Drew is the Principal of Glidepath Aviation Consulting, LLC and an Adjunct Lecturer of the Aviation Management Program at Arizona State University. From 2016 to 2020, he was Senior Vice President Air Operations at Southwest Airlines. Drew is a former member of the FAA’s Next Generation Advisory Committee, in addition to previously serving as the Chair of the Subcommittee. From 2014 to 2016, he was Vice President Flight Operations at Southwest Airlines. Past portions include Chief Pilot at Southwest Airlines (Las Vegas, NV-2007-2014), Captain/First Officer at Southwest Airlines (Phoenix, AZ - 1990-2007), Director Flight Standards at Skywest Airlines (St. George, UT - 1987-1990), and Captain/First Officer at Skywest Airlines (St. George UT, 19821987). Drew holds a Master of the Arts in Historical Studies from Cal State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Brigham Young University.

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Peter F. Dumont, Air Traffic Control Association Peter F. Dumont is the president and CEO of ATCA, where he serves a global membership of nearly 4,000 in all segments of the ATC/ATM community. Through its renowned domestic and international conferences, ATCA brings together more than 15,000 stakeholders, regulators, and subject matter experts from 136 countries and territories each year to discuss all elements of the global airspace. Peter represents ATCA’s membership on the FAA’s NAC and DAC Working Subcommittee, as well as on the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team and the FAA ARAC on controller training. He also sits on the policy board of the U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA). Peter’s 40-year career in aviation began as an air traffic controller with the U.S. Navy. After retiring from the Navy after 20 years, Peter began his private sector career with Serco, Inc., where he served as vice president of aviation, and later as COO of the North American sector of the $3 billion defense contracting services company. During his tenure, he oversaw multiple lines of business in airport management contracts, ATC, ATC equipment installation, meteorology, weather observation, ATC engineering, control tower fabrication and installation, ATM, labor relations, business development, and a number of non-aviation related contracts and corporate management functions. Peter holds a BS in aeronautics, a Master of Aeronautical Science degree, and a MS in unmanned systems (all domains) with a minor in sUAS, all from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also holds his part 107 remote pilot certificate. Dr. Arlene Espinal, ManTech Dr. Arlene Espinal is responsible for leading ManTech’s A3 strategy and execution, developing innovative capabilities that leverage Analytics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence for insights and intelligence that support government customers – and deliver outstanding results for their missions. An acknowledged leader in global strategy, big data analytics and next-generation information technologies, she is passionate about talent development, diversity & inclusion essential to advancing each of these fields. Recognized for her seminal role in driving awareness and change to social disparities that impact our communities, Dr. Espinal has been named a 2020 Top 100 Global Technology Leader by the HITEC Executive Council. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Dr. Espinal has earned recognition as a strategic omni-channel influencer and expert in disruptive technologies that range from machine learning and robotic process automation, to Internet of Things, AI, business intelligence and product design. Most recently she served as the Global Head of Digital Transformation for SoftwareONE Corporation, where she led the transformation responsible for digital offerings, delivery and client engagements. Dr. Espinal is well regarded in the global markets as a deep corporate strategist who leverages thought leadership to transform enterprises using proven solutions from the inside out. As a leader in global strategy, big data analytics and next-generation information technologies, she has advised global enterprises on technology strategy, growth development for digital scalability and next-generation technology investments that transform business. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Dr Espinal served in Information Technology, Communications and Intelligence Operations and supported NATO and the 6th Fleet. She has also served as a civilian adviser for U.S. Air Force intelligence operations on cybersecurity optimization. She is a member of the Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society and the National Honor Society, and is also a doctorate sigma gamma and summa cum laude of California Intercontinental University. She received her doctoral degree in global business and leadership with a research concentration in digital scalability and transformation as a service. Dr. Chuchu Fan, MIT Chuchu Fan an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Before that, she was a postdoc researcher at Caltech and got her PhD the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, Department of Automation, in 2013. Her group at MIT works on using rigorous mathematics including formal methods, machine learning, and control theory for the design, analysis, and verification of safe autonomous systems. Jaime Figueroa, William J. Hughes Technical Center Jaime Figueroa is the Deputy Director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) – the nation’s premier federal laboratory for air transportation system research, development, test and evaluation. Mr. Figueroa was appointed to the FAA Executive Service in September 2016. In his role he provides leadership and direction to a diverse technical and professional staff supporting innovation, modernization and sustainment of the aviation system. His responsibilities include management of wide ranging strategic initiatives (continued)

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aimed at growing the Center’s capabilities and capacity to innovate and advance new aviation and air traffic management technologies. Strategic focus on WJHTC workforce development/engagement, laboratory/technology evolution and new partnership development are some of Mr. Figueroa’s leadership pursuits in his current role. In his previous assignment, Mr. Figueroa led the Research and Development Management Division and in that role worked across FAA business units to shape, coordinate and communicate the agency’s R&D investment portfolio. Prior to that, he directed the NextGen Management Services Office and in that capacity led a multidisciplinary federal staff in providing the FAA’s NextGen Office wide ranging mission support services including budget, procurement, and human capital management. During his 25 years with the FAA, Mr. Figueroa has led a wide array of air traffic management and mission support research and acquisition programs. His past assignments include leadership of the Aviation Weather Research organization and the Runway Incursion Reduction Program (RIRP) Technology Development Group. His work on the RIRP led to the development of new runway safety technologies some of which have been operationally deployed in the NAS and adopted internationally. Mr. Figueroa began his civil service career in 1984 with the Department of Defense where he performed as a test engineer on aircraft weapon system programs. He also served as a system engineer responsible for developing simulation models to support surface ship combat system engineering and performance analyses. Mr. Figueroa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master degree in Information Technology from the University of Maryland University College. He successfully completed the Advanced Management Program and obtained a Chief Information Officer certification from the National Defense University, Information Resource Management College.

Nick Flom, Northern Plains UAS Test Site Nicholas Flom is the Executive Director for the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, one of seven sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system. Nicholas was hired by the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in 2014 and has been the Executive Director since 2016. In addition to overseeing the UAS Test Site, Nicholas is also charged with executing the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program, as the North Dakota Department of Transportation was selected as one of ten participants. Representing the Test Site, Nicholas actively participates on the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team. Nicholas was appointed by North Dakota’s Governor Doug Burgum to co-chair the state’s UAS Detection/Counter UAS Task Force, which is responsible for working with federal agencies and private industry to enable airspace domain awareness testing. In May of 2019, the state of North Dakota greenlighted the creation of a Statewide UAS Network supporting UAS flights beyond visual line of sight. The Test Site, with Nicholas at the lead, is administering this statewide network. Additional participation for Nicholas includes actively contributing in RTCA’s Special Committee 228, Working Group 1 that is developing the minimum operational performance standards for detect and avoid. As an industry subject matter expert, Nicholas is also a member of ASTM and is a voting member of Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Duane Freer, FAA Freer began his career as an air traffic controller at Houston ARTCC in February of 1984. As a staff specialist at Houston ARTCC, Freer developed the Gulf of Mexico program, with program improvements to CNS and procedures in the oceanic airspace over the Gulf. The program was adopted by the Agency and was included in the Agency’s brown book.. The program talked on system efficiencies and safety improvements to the airspace. Freer transferred to FAA headquarters to oversee the Gulf of Mexico program later working in in the Air Traffic Management in en route automation. Freer transferred to Washington ARTCC in 1997 as a Front Line Manager. While at Washington ARTCC, Freer served as an Operations Manager, Training Manager, Quality Control Manager, and Executive Officer. While at Washington ARTCC, Freer was detailed to the ATSAP Event Review Committee (ERC). Freer oversaw the stand up of the inaugural Eastern Service Area ERC, implementing safety review and mitigation strategies in the Eastern Service Area. In 2013, Freer transferred to the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) as a National Operations Manager. Freer had also served as the Quality Control Manager and Staff Manager at the ATCSCC. Currently,Freer is the Manager of Space and UAS Operations at the ATCSCC.

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Amit Ganjoo, ANRA Amit Ganjoo is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of ANRA Technologies, a company he started as a paper napkin idea in 2015 that resulted in a garage prototype that won the coolest technology award at a show in Washington DC. ANRA Technologies is a provider of end-to-end drone operations and traffic management software solutions for unmanned aircraft operators and airspace managers. ANRA is based in Washington DC with offices in London and New Delhi. Amit has over 20 years of aviation, telecom and wireless experience. He is a Board Member of the Global UTM Association (GUTMA) and co-chair for ASTM F38 Working Group focused on UTM Standards. He is an industry thought leader, serving as an advisor to three European Union Urban Air Mobility projects, Australia UTM Policy Working Group, UK CAA Electronic Conspicuity Working Group, and ICAO Trust Framework Study Group. Amit holds an US Patent for Command and Control of Unmanned Vehicles using Cellular and IP MESH Technologies for Data Convergence. Until December 2016, he was the co-chair for FCC’s Technical Advisory Council (TAC) for 5G and IoT, which included ground and airborne autonomous vehicles. He was the Director of Engineering at and Principal Architect at Ericsson, providing telecom solutions to commercial customers and the Federal Government, where he was the recipient of the Athena Award. He was the Founder of a Mobile Marketing company from which he had a successful exit in 2009. Deployed as part of an US Navy Expeditionary Strike Group, he was chief system architect for the US Navy 4G LTE Sea Pilot, delivering a one-of-akind turn-key, secure, unmanned airborne/afloat autonomous 4G LTE Network with applications to directly support the war fighter. He architected the first ever approved classified security architecture for 4G LTE in line with NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) framework, approved for operational deployment in DoD in 2012. Amit is an engineer, FAA licensed Private and Remote pilot. He built and successfully flew his own experimental aircraft. He is an adjunct professor at the George Mason University and shares his passion for engineering by teaching in the School of Engineering and volunteers at a local Maker Space in the D.C. area. Lidiya Gavrilenko FAA In her role as a project manager at the FAA, Lidiya Gavrilenko leads multiple efforts working to identify data-driven improvements for the future of the aeronautical information sharing environment. Her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland led her to begin her career in aviation in technology development and prototyping, which she continues to do today in the NextGen office. Fostering innovation and exploring the application of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning are the focus of her programs. She is one of the primary project managers involved in artificial intelligence technology work in her division. Chris Giacoponello, Ground-Based Aviation Infrastructure Coalition Chris Giacoponello brings over 25 years of experience to his Business Development role at Thales ATM U.S. Chris began his career at Lockheed Martin, where he held a variety of systems engineering roles including Electrical Systems Manager for NASA’s Landsat 7 spacecraft. Subsequently, he spent ten years in the wireless telecommunications industry in Product Management and Marketing roles. Prior to joining Thales, Chris was VP of Business Development at Horizon Analog, a technology start-up focused on the Smart Home IoT market, which was acquired by Alarm.com in 2014. In 2020, Chris was instrumental in forming the Ground Based Aviation Infrastructure Coalition, and now serves as Co-chair. Chris holds a BSEE degree from Bucknell University and an MSEE degree from Villanova University. Abigail Glenn-Chase, Air Traffic Control Association As ATCA’s director of programming and communications, Abigail leads all ATCA programming committees and is the staff liaison for the Blue Skies Initiative and the Young Aviation Professionals (YAP) Committee. She represents ATCA on the UAS Safety Team and its Communications Subcommittee. She is dedicated to advancing women and people of color within the aviation and air traffic management industry. She also serves as the director of communications for World ATM Congress, the largest ATM event in the world. Prior to joining ATCA in 2016, Abigail spent five years working in the executive office at the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) where she supported the president and executive vice president and focused on member programming, communications, and policy research. For several years prior to joining NATCA, she worked in academic publishing and fundraising but left to pursue a lifelong interest in aviation. Abigail is an honors graduate from American University.

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Rei Goffer, Tomorrow.io Rei is CSO and Co-Founder at Tomorrow.io. Rei served in the Israeli Air Force for ten years, managing R&D projects and cross-branch operations. He is passionate about developing technologies that change lives, and transforming seemingly crazy ideas into reality. Rei enjoys food — both cooking and eating, music and being in warm places. He holds a BA in economics from Ben Gurion University, an MBA from the MIT Sloan, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard JFK School of Government. Amy Gusky, FAA Acting Deputy Vice President, Program Management Organization (PMO), provides strategic leadership and direction on the design, deployment, and sustainment of key modernization programs and legacy National Airspace System (NAS) infrastructure. The PMO is responsible for all communication, navigation, weather, surveillance and automation services within the NAS. The PMO also leads and manages all second-level automation engineering efforts. Previously, Amy served as the PMO Acting Deputy Director of Enterprise Services, providing leadership to many of the agency’s largest acquisition programs. Ms. Gusky has also served on the Capital Investment Team, providing strategic advice to the agency and Joint Resources Council on Facilities and Equipment budget formulation and funding recommendations. Amy began her PMO tenure serving as the Senior Advisor to the PMO’s Vice President. In this role, she served as the primary point of contact for incoming requests from internal and external oversight entities. She also served as the PMO’s Acting Director of Program Control and Integration (AJM-1). Prior to joining the PMO, Ms. Gusky worked with the FAA’s Investment Planning and Analysis (IP&A) organization as a Business Case Analyst with the lead on a number of NextGen programs, and later as Manager of the Business Case Group. Ms. Gusky also has extensive experience in the private sector financial industry. Prior to joining the FAA, she served as Vice President at Freeport Financial in Chicago, Illinois, where she provided leveraged finance solutions to middle market companies with private equity ownership. She also worked in the Global Sponsor Finance Group at GE Capital, where she financed leveraged buyout transactions. In addition, Ms. Gusky worked with Arthur Andersen, LLP, in both the Transaction Advisory Services and Litigation Services groups in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and in Washington, D.C. Ms. Gusky holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia, as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, with emphases in Finance and Corporate Strategy. Joshua Gustin, FAA Joshua Gustin is a recognized leader within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the areas of information management, information distribution, and automation systems. He is currently the Acting Deputy Director of Air Traffic Systems in the ATO’s Program Management Organization, where he guides and oversees the acquisition of FAA Automation Systems used in the safe operation of the National Airspace System. Mr. Gustin began his career as a software developer within the Traffic Flow Management (TFM) system team, and in 2003, joined the FAA as the Sustainment Manager of TFMS. He became the Director of Aeronautical Information Management, where he influenced the evolution of international aeronautical data and charting. Mr. Gustin went on to lead the Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Programs and Policy Group, where he provided oversight of PBN implementations across the National Airspace System (NAS) and developed the PBN NAS Navigation Strategy, which documents the FAA’s navigation evolution over the next 15 years. In 2017, Mr. Gustin became the Manager of the Communications, Information and Network Programs group, where he led the portfolio of communications services that are the backbone of the FAA’s critical infrastructure. Mr. Gustin brings a technical, programmatic and customer-focused approach to every portfolio of work, which enhances the FAA’s delivery of safe, secure and reliable services throughout the NAS. Mr. Gustin graduated from the University of Lowell Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems, with secondary degrees in Computer Science, and Mathematics. Luci Holemans, FAA Ms. Holemans has worked for the FAA for 25 years. She manages the Air Traffic Organization Cybersecurity Group. Her team is responsible for ensuring that all system and services that operate within the National Airspace System comply with FAA cybersecurity orders and requirements. She has worked on various NAS systems and services that include voice switches, the wide area augmentation system, and telecommunications. Prior to transferring to the FAA, Ms. Holemans worked on testing and evaluating Global Positioning System user equipment for the Navy for six years. She was recently on detail to the DoD in the OUSD A&S, OCISO.

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Eric Hoover, FAA Eric Hoover works in the Enterprise Services Test & Evaluation Division of the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center as the Aeronautical & Weather Services Verification Branch Manager. His primary responsibility is to direct and manage Test & Evaluation projects in the areas of Aeronautical Information, Weather, and Flight Services at the Technical Center. With over 25 years of experience in Test & Evaluation, Mr. Hoover has lead FAA T&E efforts in the areas of Flight Service systems, Weather systems and NOTAM systems. He has 5 years of experience with development contractor agile software development and testing of a NAS NextGen weather program, requiring test strategy tailoring from a traditional into a hybrid test program, while ensuring Test & Evaluation Best Practices. He received a Certification in Systems Engineering and Architecting, and Certification in Systems and Supportability Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology; and a Bachelor of Science Degree, in Electrical Engineering, from Wichita State University. Kevin Johnston, FAA Kevin Johnston is a meteorologist in the Next Generation Air Transportation System Aviation Weather Division, Policy and Requirements Branch within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), moving into this position in June,2019. Prior to this position, Kevin was the Chief Meteorologist for the Director of FAA System Operations. As such, he advised the Director and Staff on weather related issues associated with Air Traffic Flow Management Decision Making activities. He was also the Contract Officer Representative for National Weather Service support to FAA Air Traffic Control Facilities and the FAA lead to the Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) Weather Evaluation Team (WET). Kevin moved to the FAA in November of 2008 after leaving the National Weather Service where he was the Aviation Services Branch Chief and NOAA Aviation Weather Program Manager. Kevin is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel where he served over 21 years as a Weather Officer providing weather decision assistance information to various Joint, Air Force, Army and Special Operations missions. Robert V. Jones, PReSafe Technologies Robert V. Jones is the founder of PReSafe Technologies and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer. PReSafe Technologies is an emerging cyber security and operational security solution delivery company with an emphasis on protecting global digital assets supporting the nation, commercial business, critical infrastructure, and academic communities. Mr. Jones has more than 30 years of leadership and technology experience with increasing responsibility. In Feb 2014, the Government Technology Services Coalition (GTSC) at their annual award ceremony presented him with the Small Business Member of The Year Award. GTSC is a nonprofit, non-partisan association of innovative, agile small and mid-sized company CEOs that create, develop, and implement solutions for the Federal homeland and national security sector. After a rigorous evaluation, PReSafe Technologies was selected by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) as a participant in the SBA’s 8(a) Small Business Development Program late in 2014. The 8(a) Program, covering a term of 9 years, is an essential instrument for helping entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society by enabling them to gain a foothold in government contracting. Prior to founding PReSafe Technologies, Mr. Jones was Staff Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations with IEEE, Inc. (Inst. of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). There he led the architecture and IT service delivery across the organization for both enterprise infrastructure and ecommerce infrastructure with revenue from online subscription services approaching $200M annually. His direct responsibilities included cyber security strategy and implementation among others. Of notable achievement, he led his team to create and introduce a unique messaging service with innovative virus detection and SPAM management features to facilitate safer Internet communication for IEEE members. More than 100k IEEE members subscribed driving a volume of over 360M messages processed annually making it one of the most popular IEEE member benefits for some time. He considers his effort leading his team to design, build and operate a modern data center and successfully relocating the IEEE Xplore Digital Library hosting there among his most significant accomplishments. Mr. Jones has also held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Brookhaven National Laboratory; Merck, Inc.; and Mars, Inc.. He holds a Master of Science from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN both in Electrical Engineering. He was among 145 students nationwide named a full fellow by the National GEM Consortium to pursue graduate studies in engineering. Mr. Jones completed executive education programs at Yale University School of Management and at Harvard Business School. He is designated a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)2 ®.

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Dave Knorr, FAA Mr. Knorr has more than 25 years experience with the FAA. In September 2015 he became the Division Manager for NextGen Systems Analysis and Modeling. His organization is responsible for developing a Post Operational Assessment of key NextGen capabilities and the NextGen Business Case. In December 2015, Mr. Knorr was selected to co-lead the NextGen Advisory Committee’s Joint Analysis Team (JAT). In 2016 the JAT completed joint FAA/Industry assessments of NextGen capabilities at 5 key sites. The JAT is now analyzing additional NextGen capabilities and sites.Before working in the FAA’s NextGen organization, he served as the FAA Senior Representative in Paris where the portfolio included coordinating international aviation relations with 20+ European and 3 North African States. Mr. Knorr managed a broad spectrum of issues including agreements on commercial space, safety of exported aviation goods, technical training, air space security, environment, pilot violations, certifications, as well as managing FAA Executive visits to Europe.Prior to Paris, Mr. Knorr was the FAA Liaison to Germany’s Air Traffic Organization. He also was the FAA’s local point with the EUROCONTROL Performance Review Unit where he initiated the US Europe Operational Performance Comparisons for airspace and major airports. From 2010-2102, Mr. Knorr also served as Chairman of the Civil Air Navigation Service Organization (CANSO) Environmental Workgroup. He led the development of a joint CANSO/Boeing “Call to Industry” on Accelerating Air Traffic Management Efficiency. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA Dr. Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as the Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI). In that capacity, he is responsible for exploring new trends and needs related to aeronautics. He also serves as principal investigator for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM). For UTM, he and the team won the Service to America Medals (known as Oscars of Federal Workforce) in Promising Innovation Category in 2018. He was named in top 25 most influential people in commercial UAS industry in 2017. He also won NASA exceptional technology medal in 2016. He is co-author of over 50 publications with 3 best paper awards. He is passionate about airspace operations, autonomy, advanced air mobility, and digital manufacturing and supply chains in aeronautics. He is co-editor-in-chief of Journal of Aerospace Operations and a fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Kenneth Kranz, Cognizant Mr. Kranz is the acting Chief Technology Officer for Cognizant Drone Ventures. Cognizant Drone Ventures is a part of Cognizant Technology Solutions IoT Center of Excellence (CoE). Cognizant is a Fortune 200 multinational IT consulting company with over $16B in revenue. Mr. Kranz has degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence. The Cognizant Drone Venture brings together a large ecosystem of partners to address all aspects needed for defining and launching drone inspection operations in large scale enterprise environments. Mr. Kranz is involved in business development, technology evangelism, and solution architecture in the emerging Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector. Mr. Kranz has specific expertise with machine learning, robotic vision and image analytics related to deep learning. Mr. Kranz is a certificated private pilot (SEL) with both high performance and complex endorsements. Furthermore, Mr. Kranz is a certificated 14 CFR, part 107 commercial rated remote drone operator in the US and has equivalent ratings in Europe. He has been flying remote controlled fixed wing aircraft for over 40 years. Additionally, Mr. Kranz is a member of the board for the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) – an industry-government partnership (modeled after CAST) to foster safe UAS operations in the NAS. The UAST meets quarterly in Washington DC and focus on drone rule making suggestions and safety initiatives. In this capacity he chairs the Data Working Group - whose charter includes drone flight data collection, sightings reports, and Safety Management Systems (SMS). Finally, Mr. Kranz was the champion and driving force behind the newly released modifications to NASA’s Aircraft Safety Reporting System (ASRS) under the auspices of Advisory Circular (AC) 00-46F. These modifications extend full legal protection to UAS operators for the purposes of self-reporting of aviation incident and situation reports while operating in the NAS with the goal of lessening the likelihood of aviation accidents or incidences.

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Dr. Denver Lopp, Purdue University Professor Denver Lopp taught for over 24 years at Purdue University and for the past 3 years as Professor Emeritus, has been guiding & growing Flightprofiler, a Purdue Research Foundation company. Many of Professor Lopp’s students are now executives, managers and business leaders at major airlines, aerospace corporations and federal agencies throughout the world. Professor Lopp’s non-traditional teaching and research concepts gained national and international recognition for Purdue’s Aviation Technology Department in producing the next generation of aviation managers and providing practical solutions for today’s industry issues. By focusing on bridging academic knowledge with industry, Professor Lopp developed aviation industry partnerships and conducted numerous research projects. Those partnerships have helped Professor Lopp guide Flightprofiler (the leading provider of computer generated 3D Weather) from start-up to profitable small business. Since 2016, Professor Lopp has helped lead meteorological technological innovation in conjunction with IT & technology departments at Purdue University. Prior to Purdue, Professor Lopp held several leadership positions for Pan American World Airways. Professo Lopp holds an Airframe and Powerplant certificate, is a private pilot, has been a Certificate Member (CM) of the American Association of Airport Executives, holds Master and Bachelor degrees from Purdue University, and serves or has served on several national aviation organization boards and committees. Nils Mäeurer, German Aerospace Center (DLR) Nils Mäurer has been working as a scientist at the Institute of Communications and Navigation for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 2017. There he works on cybersecurity in the field of digital aeronautical communication systems. He is researching the cybersecurity design of LDACS, the FCI candidate for future terrestrial aviation communications. In 2018 and 2019 he was involved with two major flight campaigns with DLR, ALPS and MICONAV. In MICONAV, the maiden flight of LDACS took place. Nils Mäurer was directly responsible for the worldwide first demonstration of Post-Quantum secured communications in civil aviation. Also, he was directly responsible for demonstrating the worldwide first secure transmission of GBAS data via the LDACS datalink. In 2019 he presented the cybersecurity architecture of LDACS at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and started collaborating with the Reliable and Available Wireless (RAW) Working Group (WG) at IETF 106, where he is currently the main author of the L-band Digital Aeronautical Communications Systems (LDACS) working group draft. He won several awards at numerous conferences, such as the Best-of-Conference award at the ICNS conference in 2019. His current research topics are Symbolic Model Checker, Group Key Management, lightweight Mutual Authentication and Key Establishment (MAKE) procedures, slim Post-Quantum cryptography in the domain of digital aeronautical datalinks and systems. Donna McLean, PlanzerMcLean Donna is part of a two-person firm, PlanzerMcLean, a consulting firm providing insight, solutions, understanding, and strategic business guidance for the global aviation and air traffic management industry. Donna has operated her own firm for the past 14 years, providing strategic advice, business development direction, and tactical plans for her transportation clients. She is a professor for Indiana University and teaches their semester in Washington program which focuses on the Congressional budgetary and Executive regulatory processes. In 2006, she was confirmed by the Senate to serve a fiveyear term on the Board of Amtrak. She was the first woman Chair of Amtrak and helped usher in an era of increased ridership, increased revenues and new leadership. In 2001, she was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate as the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer of Department of Transportation. After the horrific attacks of 9/11, Donna helped establish the newly formed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) including rapidly establishing TSA’s user fees and flexible funding structure which were the only funds provided for the first few months. Donna served as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Chief Financial Officer and is an expert in federal budgetary treatment. Donna also worked at the Office of Management and Budget, and was a staffer at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the Aviation Subcommittee. During her time on Capitol Hill, she helped shape the flexible procurement and personnel laws that FAA now uses. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.

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Terry McVenes, RTCA Terry joined RTCA in late 2018 as President and CEO after spending a decade at The Boeing Company, where he held the position of Director of System Safety and Regulatory Affairs. He has a long history with aviation standards, as he has served as a member and industry co-chair of the FAA Voluntary Aviation Safety Information Sharing (VASIS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee. He’s been an aviator with multiple type-ratings and over 17,000 flight hours over the past 30 years. He has been a Board Member of Flight Safety Foundation with the Board of Governors, and a Board Member of the SKYbrary Supervisory Board. Daniel Mielke, German Aerospace Center (DLR) Daniel M. Mielke received his B.Sc./M.Sc. in electrical engineering from University of Kiel, Germany, in 2014/2016 and spent a term at the UBC in Vancouver, Canada. He joined the German Aerospace Center DLR in 2016. His research interests are channel modeling and robust wireless communication systems in aviation with a focus on unmanned aviation. Besides his engineering work on DLR projects, that also includes the organization and execution of flight measurement campaigns, he is engaged in EUROCAE WG-105 and ICAO RPASP WG2. Daniel is a PhD candidate at the University of Ulm, Germany. A. Bradley Mims, FAA In February 2021, A. Bradley Mims assumed his current position as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator. Mims has served as a transportation professional in government and the private sector for over 40 years. As a government relations specialist with a multi-modal transportation background, Mims holds a special affinity for the aviation industry. In addition, to working for a number of firms and organizations related to transportation/ aviation, Mims served as the head of government relations for the FAA during the Clinton Administration. He served as transportation staff for members of Congress in his early career (representing the late congressman John Lewis — GA and Julian Dixon — CA). Mims served as a congressional liaison for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. At the conclusion of the Clinton Administration, 2001–2005 Mims served as the Transportation Specialist on the IT and Transportation Teams at Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2005, Mims joined Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. in serving as the Aviation Markets Vice President until 2010. An appointee of the governor of Maryland, Mims joined the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority Board of Directors in 2014 and has served as the co-chair of the Dulles Corridor and Finance Committees, as well as chair of the Nominations Committee. Mims also sat on the Business Administration, Executive and Governance, Human Resources, Strategic Development Ad Hoc Labor Committee and Sustainability committees. In addition, Mims served as the transportation subject matter expert with Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) from 2014–2016. Prior to his appointment at FAA, Mims served as the President/CEO of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) from 2016–2021. He graduated from Allegheny College with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Daniel Murphy, FAA Dan Murphy currently serves as the Director of National Airspace System (NAS) Operations under Systems Operations Services in the Air Traffic Organization (ATO). Dan oversees the David J. Hurley Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), which balances system capacity and air traffic demand to ensure the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the entire NAS without compromising safety. Dan also manages a number of NAS-wide functions, including Space Operations, Collaborative Decision Making (CDM), and coordination of NAS-wide efficiency initiatives. Prior to his current position, Dan served as the Director of Performance Analysis and was responsible for evaluating the operational performance of the NAS. Dan holds an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Duke University, all in Physics.

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Kevin Niewoehner, L3Harris Technologies Kevin Niewoehner is an advanced concepts engineer at L3Harris, with 40 years of postbaccalaureate experience in aviation and aerospace. His engineering experience includes electronic and system designs for terrestrial-, airborne-, and space-based applications. He also served in management roles ranging from strategic national research programs at NASA Headquarters to President and CEO of an independent research institute. His technical areas of expertise include aviation systems; remote sensing; RADAR systems including Multi-Band ISAR imaging; UAS, including domestic and in-theater operational testing; and space-mission design, including NASA’s Space Station and Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite constellation. He led NASA’s Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Program formulation; chaired the ESSP-AO1 Source Selection Committee; and facilitated the successful selection of the GRACE (Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment) space-based science research mission, for which he was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal. He earned his BSEE at WVU, where he was President of the IEEE Student Branch, and his MBA from George Mason University. He is a Member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business school honor society and Senior Member of the IEEE. Dr. Douglas Orellana, ManTech Douglas Orellana is ManTech’s Vice President of Intelligent Systems Engineering in the Innovation and Capabilities Office, focused on the developing the next generation of solutions powered by computing and artificial intelligence. He has held many roles within systems engineering during his career, most recently serving as Director of Engineering Solutions at SAIC. He was the corporate lead for digital engineering and charged with keeping SAIC in the forefront of industry’s digital engineering transformation. Previous to SAIC, Mr. Orellana worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation for 12 years, holding numerous positions of increasing authority within the systems engineering organization that spanned the life cycle of various systems (unmanned vehicles, special defense, radars, sonars, instrumentation & controls) from concept development to verification and validation. He rose through the ranks and in his final role was a Systems Engineering Manager and lead architect for a Northrop Grumman’s MQ-25 concept. Mr. Orellana has been recognized for his academic excellence, professional work, and community involvement. In 2019, his paper on the Systems Engineering Ontology was awarded best forward-thinking paper at the Conference in Systems Engineering Research, and the Engineer’s Council awarded him Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award for his research contributions to the Systems Engineering Book of Knowledge. In 2012, INCOSE awarded him the JHU APL Alexander Kossiakoff SE Research Award. In 2010, Great Minds in STEM named him HENAAC’s Most Promising Engineer (Masters) and SHPE selected him in 2009 as Promising Engineer for Technical Achievement. Mr. Orellana earned a Doctorate in astronautical engineering from the University of Southern California; his doctoral research focused on integrating human considerations into the system architecting process though the use of Model Based Systems Engineering and Ontologies. He earned a Master’s degree in systems engineering and his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Mike Paglione, FAA Mike Paglione is the acting manager of the Aviation Research Division since December 2019 at the FAA W. J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.A. The division’s mission is to develop scientific solutions to current and future air transportation challenges by conducting applied research and development in collaboration with industry, academia, and government. The division is composed of approximately 120 federal employees and organized into five branches, including Aviation Fire Safety, Human Factors, Software and Systems, Structures and Propulsion, and Airports Technology R&D. Mike’s permanent position is the Branch Manager of the FAA’s Software and Systems Branch. This Branch conducts research in support of aircraft safety technology development and enhancement of aircraft certification procedures, airworthiness standards, operation requirements, inspection and maintenance processes, and safety oversights to achieve the next level of safety. Before taking the Software and Systems Branch Manager position in April 2017, he managed the FAA’s Modeling and Simulation Branch for five years and served as a FAA engineer and project lead for 13 years before that. He has extensive experience in air traffic control automation algorithms, simulation problems, analysis of decision support software, applied statistics, and general systems engineering. Mr. Paglione holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rutgers University.

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Robert Pearce, NASA Mr. Robert A. Pearce is the associate administrator for NASA ARMD. Pearce manages the agency’s aeronautics research portfolio and guides its strategic direction, including research in quiet supersonic flight over land, urban air mobility, autonomy, highly efficient advanced air vehicle concepts, electrified aircraft propulsion, advanced materials, airspace operations and safety, integration and flight demonstrations of aviation systems, and the nurturing and development of transformative concepts for aviation. Pearce served as acting associate administrator from August 2019. Prior to that he was ARMD’s deputy associate administrator for strategy, where he led aeronautics research mission strategic planning to guide the content, strategic progress and relevance of ARMD’s research portfolio, and led review and evaluation of ARMD’s budget and approval process. His first position in ARMD was as director for strategy, architecture and analysis, where he established a strategic systems analysis capability focused on understanding the system-level impacts of NASA’s programs, the potential for integrated solutions, and the development of high-leverage options for new investment and partnership. From 2003 until July 2010, Pearce was the deputy director of the FAA-led Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO). The JPDO was an interagency office tasked with developing and facilitating the implementation of a national plan to transform the air transportation system to meet the long-term transportation needs of the nation. Prior to the JPDO, Pearce held various strategic and program management positions within NASA. In the mid-1990s he led the development of key national policy documents including the National Science and Technology Council’s “Goals for a National Partnership in Aeronautics Research and Technology” and the “Transportation Science and Technology Strategy.” These two documents provided a substantial basis for NASA’s expanded investment in aviation safety and airspace systems. He began his career as a design engineer at the Grumman Corporation, working on such projects as the Navy’s F-14 Tomcat fighter and DARPA’s X-29 Forward Swept Wing Demonstrator. Pearce also has experience from the Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center where he made contributions in the area of advanced concepts for intercity transportation systems. Dr. James Pinto, National Center for Atmospheric Research Dr. Pinto is currently the Science Deputy for the Aviation Application Program within the Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) at NCAR. He has been a Research Scientist at NCAR for over 20 years. At the University of Colorado Dr Pinto gained valuable experience providing forecast support and developing mission plans using small UAS to collect in situ measurements within harsh environments of the Arctic and over tropical oceans. Recently, he lead development and demonstration of a real-time system that provided ultra-fine resolution weather predictions to support small UAS operations during the LAPSE-RATE field experiment in Colorado in July 2018. Has also lead research into quantifying the value of UAS data assimilation in short term prediction of UAS weather hazards. Dr Pinto also leads several projects to develop systems that support the short term prediction of aviation weather hazards. Current efforts include development and technology transfer of a short term (0-8 hour into the future) storm prediction system called CoSPA that the FAA and stakeholders use to plan air traffic across the National Airspace (NAS) and developing a short-term storm prediction capability for Taiwan. Dr Pinto received his PhD in the Program for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado, a Master’s in Atmospheric Science from the Pennsylvania State University and his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. Cheryl Quinn, NASA Cheryl Quinn is the deputy director for the Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP) within ARMD at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. In collaboration with the program director, Quinn supports the overall planning, management and evaluation of NASA’s aviation operations and safety research portfolio across four research centers. AOSP works with the Federal Aviation Administration, and industry and academic partners, to conceive and develop Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) technologies that will further improve the safety of current and future aircraft moving through the National Airspace System. NextGen activity includes research to enable service oriented architecture and integrated demand management operational efficiencies in the surface, terminal, en route, and oceanic operational domains for traditional aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and future autonomous systems. AOSP is also responsible for aviation safety research in the areas of aircraft state awareness, prevention of aircraft loss of control, verifi and validation of complex systems, prognostic safety through data mining, and real-time system-wide safety (continued)

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assurance. A key focus is on developing and demonstrating enhanced systems that will enable routine access to the airspace by emergent users of UAS, especially in support of evolving urban air mobility concepts. Quinn was previously the NASA Ames Research Center, and then ARMD, representative to NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) office. She has also served as the associate director for aeronautics at Ames. Quinn began her NASA career at Ames conducting air traffic management research. She has served in project management positions within ARMD’s former Airspace Systems Program including project planning lead and deputy project manager for the Efficient Flight Path Management project, and as manager for terminal and surface systems and operations under the Advanced Air Transportation Technologies project.

Dr. Colleen Reiche, Quantitative Scientific Solutions Dr. Colleen Reiche is a Lead Scientist at Quantitative Scientific Solutions (“QS-2”), a science and technical consulting firm based out of Arlington, VA, where she leads the aviation business for QS-2’s Transportation Team. Dr. Reiche has over 12 years of experience supporting various clients including FAA and NASA in data analytics, aviation weather research, aviation new entrant assessments (including UAM and UAS), technical program and project management, and stakeholder engagement. She has a broad knowledge of the urban air mobility landscape and challenges, air traffic operations, weather and air traffic data, analytics and operational & environmental issues specific to aviation. She is currently leading the technical evaluation of a new weather camera platform equipped with surface weather sensors to demonstrate its value in promoting safety and efficiency of both current and future aviation operations, including Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). Prior to joining QS-2, Colleen was a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in DC where she led a comprehensive UAM Market Study for NASA ARMD which characterized key challenges facing emergence of UAM, including a detailed quantification of potential weather barriers. She was also formerly a Senior Principal Scientist at AvMet Applications in Reston, VA where she was the technical lead on many projects related to quantification of adverse weather impacts on aviation, development and application of statistical approaches and tools for aviation weather guidance, and benefits assessments of future weather related decision support tools. Prior to her time at AvMet, she was an Associate Technical Staff in the Weather Sensing Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA where she developed approaches for conveying convective weather forecast uncertainty to air traffic managers. She received her PhD and M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University and her B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Villanova University. LeAnn Ridgeway, Collins Aerospace LeAnn Ridgeway is vice president and general manager of Information Management Services (IMS) for Collins Aerospace. In this role, to which she was appointed in October 2018, Ridgeway is responsible for leading the IMS business, including aviation network services and ground systems, flight support and communications services and information processing. Prior to her current position, Ridgeway served as vice president and general manager of Rockwell Collins integration activities for B/E Aerospace, which the company acquired in April 2017. She joined Rockwell Collins in 1988 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including: vice president and general manager for Simulation and Training Solutions in Government Systems; vice president and managing director, Americas; and senior director, Engineering Services. A native of Anamosa, Iowa, Ridgeway earned her bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Mt. Mercy College. She earned her master of business administration degree from St. Ambrose University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rockwell Collins UK Limited and as VP of the Board for; ARINC Incorporated, Aeronautical Radio, Incorporated, ARINC International Incorporated and Radio Holdings, Incorporated. Mike Robinson, The MITRE Corporation Mike Robinson is the Department Chief Engineer for Operations Performance at The MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD). In his current role, Mike is responsible for driving and contributing innovative research solutions that address execution and performance needs of air traffic operations, systems, and stakeholders. His primary areas of interest include traffic flow management performance advancements and weather integration with air traffic operations and services, considering conventional and emerging air transportation missions. Prior to joining MITRE, Mike was the Chief Technology Officer with AvMet Applications, a Technical Staff Scientist with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and a research analyst at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He holds an M.S. and B.S. degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University, and SUNY Oswego, respectively.

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Peter Sachs, FAA Peter Sachs is a program manager for the FAA’s UTM implementation efforts. He is pulling together the policies, standards, new regulations and technical aspects to make UTM a reality. He was previously a front-line controller in the Chicago area and at SFO Tower, where he lead that facility’s STARS radar transition, evaluation of electronic flight strips, and internal quality assurance. Following the deployment of LAANC, he became interested in UTM and made the jump to Airbus UTM for three years, where he worked on UTM architecture and risk assessment services. Dennis Sawyer, The MITRE Corporation Dennis Sawyer is Managing Director, National Airspace System (NAS) Evolution and Systems Engineering in the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) – the FAA’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) operated by The MITRE Corporation. Previous MITRE executive roles include serving as Executive Director, Veterans Affairs (VA) in MITRE’s Center for Enterprise Modernization and Director, Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Community Chief Information Officer programs in MITRE’s Center for National Security. Before joining the MITRE Corporation in 2001, Mr. Sawyer was Director, Aviation Solutions at TRW. Ruby Sayyed, IATA Ruby Sayyed, Acting Director ATM Infrastructure at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has over 11 years’ experience in the aviation industry. A holder of a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering, she started her career at Royal Jordanian Airlines as a Line Maintenance Engineer. She then progressed from engineering to operational, safety, and management positions. After acquiring expertise in airlines’ operations and safety, she joined IATA’s Middle East and North Africa Regional office on 1 March 2010. In January 2011, she was promoted to Assistant Director, Safety, Operations and Infrastructure. Ruby joined the ATM Infrastructure Headquarters team in Safety & Flight Operations on 13 January 2014 as Assistant Director ATM Infrastructure and effective from April 2014 she assumed the responsibility of Acting Director ATM Infrastructure. Jeffrey Schweitzer, Verizon As the 5G/MEC Solutions Innovation Architect in Verizon’s Public Sector Product organization, Mr. Schweitzer’s focus is on developing pioneering architectures, integrated solutions and over the horizon applications for DoD, Federal, State and local agencies, as well as those which can benefit other facets of Verizon’s business organization. Working directly with customers to ideate, prototype, test and productize solutions that benefit from 5G architectures, this role permits exploration and the opportunity to Re-Define the Art of the Possible in ways that are only beginning to be imagined. Mr. Schweitzer originated the concept of globally scaling the first Zero Trust Networking technology, known as Software Defined Perimeter. He has pioneered applications of emerging technologies spanning unmanned and autonomous systems, highly advanced communication and collaboration platforms, as well as numerous unconventional solutions for large scale disasters, terror threats, cyber threats and most recently the pandemic, COVID-19. From his creation of Operation Convergent Response, the world’s first immersive technology testing and demonstration event simulating real-world disaster situations, to leading disaster response support efforts at Mexico Beach, FL, ground zero for CAT 5 Hurricane Michael, his passion for innovation has been field proven in some of the most strenuous environments and under the harshest of conditions. Al Secen, RTCA Al Secen oversees the Program Directors who manage the Special Committees developing the concepts, standards and guidance materials for aviation, and provides leadership to RTCA committees engaged in technical and policy aspects of UASs. He represents RTCA on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) panels and assemblies and develop strategies for relevant ground aviation automation systems. Al works closely with RTCA’s President, on Outreach for the organization, developing strategies for incorporating sound cyber-security principles into standards and guidance documents.

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Abigail Smith, FAA Abby Smith as the Executive Director of Policy and Plans within the Office of Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, oversees strategic planning and policy development for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She also provides formulation of aviation policies, plans, goals, and priorities through stakeholder outreach. Abby’s responsibilities include the development of the official FAA Terminal Area Forecasts of aviation activity at over 3400 airports, and the operational performance analysis for the National Airspace System (NAS) ; conducts analyses and reviews of FAA regulatory and investment activities; delivers independent economic, quantitative and qualitative analyses, information, and tools for policy decisions involving crosscutting or novel new entrants into the NAS; and serves as the agency’s focal point for business planning development and coordination as well as corporate performance management. Ms. Smith began her career with the FAA in 1991 as an air traffic controller at the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center. While in Miami, she served as a Quality Through Partnership Coordinator. She also worked as a quality assurance support specialist providing training administration and Display System Replacement implementation support. Ms. Smith relocated to Washington, DC, in 1999 to join Air Traffic Systems Requirements as a requirements analyst. She then joined the National Transportation Safety Board in 2001 as an accident investigator where she worked on multiple investigations, including American 587. Since returning to the FAA in 2002, she has held multiple positions including Domestic Event Network Supervisor, Air Traffic Evaluations Manager, ATO Safety Management System Implementation Manager, Professional Training and Development Manager, Workforce Services Manager, AeroNav Products’ Business Development Manager, Director of Aeronautical Information Services, and most recently, Director of Air Traffic Organization’s Technical Training. Ms. Smith graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and received her Master of Science degree in Dispute Resolution from Nova South Eastern University. Ralph Stoffler, Raytheon Technologies Mr. Stoffler is an operational Meteorologist with over 40 years of experience. He successfully served 30 years in the United States Air Force supporting helicopters, RPAs, UAVs, bombers, fighters, cargo and surveillance aircraft. Highlights of his career include supporting the Air Force cargo mission across the Pacific, all Air Force weather operations in Europe and Africa, and a certified training instructor for Undergraduate Pilot Training in weather. Mr. Stoffler also directly supported the United States Army with the 2nd Armored Cavalry and United States Army Europe. He spent a significant time working with NATO and coalition partners of the United States. He received an honorary award from the Czech weather service. Mr. Stoffler retired with the rank of Colonel. Mr. Stoffler worked an additional 10 years as a civilian in the DoD joining the Senior Executive Service. He served as the Director of Weather for the Air Force overseeing 4000 personnel, 2.2 Billion dollars in budget, a training school house and a number of acquisition programs. He had the opportunity to visit the South Pole to improve aviation safety in the Antarctica region and was part of a critical Artic evaluation team in Greenland and Northern Alaska. Mr. Stoffler retired from the DoD in 2020. Mr. Stoffler is currently employed by Raytheon Technologies as a Senior Solutions Architect with a focus on the weather mission. He has a BS in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and an MS is Systems Management from USC. Mr. Stoffler is married to the former Waltraud Frank and has two sons, Michael and Christopher. Barry Sullivan, NASA Barry Sullivan is currently the Technical Integration Manager for the Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP) Office within NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. In this role, he is primarily responsible for assuring that the unique cross-project technical integration requirements between the projects within the program are satisfied to enable seamless gateto-gate technologies and solutions to support the Program. He has been in this role since October 2005. Mr. Sullivan has been with NASA at Ames Research Center approximately 33 years, and has authored several papers and has received numerous awards including the NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in September 2011. Prior to working at NASA, Mr. Sullivan work as an aerodynamicist for the Lockheed-California Company, Burbank, CA, and as a Lead Systems Engineer for the Singer-Link Flight Simulation Co., Binghamton, NY. Mr. Sullivan received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and an M.S. in Systems Management from Golden Gate University. He is also a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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Akbar Sultan, NASA Mr. Sultan is Director of the Airspace Operations and Safety Program at NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. He is responsible for NASA’s aviation operations and safety research portfolio across four research centers for current and emergent users. The program is responsible for research enabling service oriented architecture for operational efficiencies in the surface, terminal, en route, and oceanic operational domains for traditional and remotely piloted aircraft as well as future autonomous systems. The program is also responsible for aviation safety research in areas of aircraft state awareness, prevention of aircraft loss of control, verification and validation of complex systems, prognostic safety through data mining, and in-time system wide safety assurance. He is the NASA co-lead on the NASA/FAA Research Transition Teams to enable efficient and effective transition of NASA research into the FAA implementation roadmaps. Dr. Karen Thole, Pennsylvania State University Karen A. Thole serves as the head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University and also holds the title of Distinguished Professor. She is a Fellow of both ASME and AIAA. At Penn State, Dr. Thole is the Director of the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Lab, which has been recognized by two gas turbine companies as a center of excellence in turbine heat transfer and aerodynamics. She has published over 280 archival papers and advised 80 dissertations and theses with many of those students now working in the gas turbine industry. Dr. Thole chaired two recent National Academy of Engineering studies including one on low carbon aviation and the other on advancing gas turbines. For Dr. Thole’s technical contributions, she has been recognized by ASME’s George Westinghouse Medal and AIAA’s Air Breathing Propulsion Award. She holds two degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Tony Tisdall, JMA Solutions Anthony “Tony” Tisdall, Sr. Vice President of Global Affairs and Aviation Solutions for JMA Solutions, has over 35 years of experience in numerous Air Traffic Control and Air Traffic Flow Management positions, previously served as Air Traffic Manager at the FAA’s, Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) in Warrenton, VA. In his leadership role, he led the Command Center’s National Airspace System’s (NAS) Vision initiative in conjunction with industry. As the Acting Director of System Operations (now known as Director, NAS Operations) Tisdall had line authority over a diverse, highly technical team improving NAS operation efficiency and led communication with the Air Traffic Organization, Department of Transportation, military, and other organizations. Detailed to Civil Air Navigation Service Organization (CANSO), he facilitated and promoted interoperability of air traffic operations. He served as Director of Legislative Affairs of the FAA Managers Association (FAAMA) from 2010 to 2015, then Vice President of FAAMA from 2015 to 2016, and has been a member of Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) since 2009. Tisdall has been the recipient of the ATCA 2015 Chairman’s Citation of Merit Award, Special Service Award, and many other awards and commendations. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. Ian Trim, Guidehouse Ian leads Guidehouse’s Decarbonization Solutions team, helping clients to design and implement transformational decarbonization programs. He has over 20 years’ experience in helping public sector and corporate clients to develop long term scenarios that help them understand the risks and realize the opportunities from the transition to a low carbon economy. Ian has extensive experience in developing policy solutions both for the UK and internationally through ten years spent with the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He headed up the UK Government’s Global Carbon Markets team acting as the UK’s lead negotiator on carbon markets at the Paris COP and was part of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s working group for CORSIA. He earlier developed domestic policy focused on industrial and household energy efficiency. From 2011 to 2014, Ian worked for the FCO as the UK’s lead in Russia on climate and environment issues, running projects, and engaging Russian ministries and businesses on low carbon and energy efficiency issues.

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Kevin Welsh, FAA Kevin Welsh is the Executive Director of the Office of Environment & Energy at the Federal Aviation Administration. In this role, he leads the development of aviation environmental and energy policies, goals, and priorities, and oversees research, engineering and development projects and initiatives. In this capacity, he also represents the United States at the International Civil Aviation Organization Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection to develop recommendations for international standards and policies for aviation environment and energy issues. Prior to assuming his current position in November 2017, Kevin held several roles within the United States Government working on aviation, environment, and energy issues, including serving for two years as a Director at the National Security Council in the White House. Kevin also previously worked in FAA’s Office of Environment & Energy as Senior International Advisor, where he led the development of FAA’s international environmental strategy and coordinated U.S. engagement in the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection. Prior to joining the federal government, Kevin was a member of the Environmental Affairs team at Airlines for America where he represented U.S. airlines in addressing environmental laws and policies related to aircraft noise, climate change, local air quality and sustainability. Kevin began his career as an associate attorney in the real estate and environmental practice of the Paul Hastings law firm. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Pamela Whitley, FAA Pamela Whitley is the Assistant Administrator for NextGen and is responsible for championing the evolution of the National Airspace System (NAS). She provides strategic direction and executive oversight to more than 800 federal employees in the Office of NextGen (ANG) and manages an approximately $2 billion federal budget. Ms. Whitley has experience heading large-scale, complex initiatives, demonstrating the ability to lead at all levels and to help build leaders along the way. She has held several positions related to delivering the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen, including Director of the NextGen Integration and Implementation Office. In 2011, ANG’s responsibilities were expanded to include planning for the entire NAS. As a result, she became responsible for providing leadership to help meet the organization’s new goals. While Ms. Whitley has spent most of her career with the FAA, she has completed detail assignments at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and at the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Administration. Ms. Whitley’s FAA career began in 1993 as an electrical engineer responsible for the development of standards for airport electrical equipment and lighting. She has held positions in the Airway Support Facilities Division, the Office of Technology Development, and the NextGen Integration and Implementation Office. Ms. Whitley has extensive experience working with the Department of Transportation, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress. Her early contributions to NextGen helped sustain a long-term funding profile for NAS Modernization. As a result, the FAA has continued to invest in key programs and research activities that are modernizing today’s NAS. Andrew Wishnia, U.S. Department of Transportation Andrew Wishnia serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy in the U.S. Department of Transportation. Wishnia previously served at the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, including as Senior Policy Advisor, and also served at the Federal Highway Administration as Special Assistant for Policy to the FHWA Administrator, and as a Senior Program Manager at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Wishnia previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative assistant to Congressman John Yarmuth, now Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on the Budget. Jeffrey Woods, FAA Jeff Woods is currently the NATCA National Program Management Organization (PMO) Representative. He has over twenty-nine years of air traffic control experience and has worked in a variety of environments including: military installations, towers, en route, approach facilities and FAA Headquarters. He began his air traffic control career in the US Navy. During his tenyear enlistment, Jeff served as a controller first on the USS Kitty Hawk during Desert Storm and Shield then on NAS Whidbey Island, where he was certified in tower and approach. He joined the FAA in 2001 working at the agency’s tower in Beaumont, TX. In 2003, Jeff transferred to Houston ARTCC, working at that facility for 6 years. From Houston ARTCC he transferred to Houston TRACON. (continued)

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For the last nine years, he has been active in a multitude of projects and workgroups such as Performance Based Navigation (PBN), Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) and the NextGen Advisory Committee Sub-Committee (NACSC). Jeff has also been involved in the initiative to “look across” multiple automation platforms and programs to help ensure a successful operational integration. In addition to his project work, Jeff represents air traffic controllers by serving on numerous panels both domestically and internationally. He is proud to bring his subject matter expertise, controller perspective, and commitment to the best path forward to all assignments.

Shelley Yak, William J. Hughes Technical Center Shelley J. Yak is the director of the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, within the NextGen Organization. Shelley serves as principal advisor and is responsible for managing, operating, and maintaining world class aviation laboratories; planning and coordinating FAA’s research and development program; conducting applied research and development; testing, evaluating, verifying, and validating current NAS and future next generation air transportation systems; and providing facility maintenance, engineering support, and support services for all properties at the Tech Center. Her prior positions within the FAA included deputy director of the Technical Center, division manager of the center operations team, director of NextGen performance and reporting, and division manager of information technology. Shelley holds a BS in information and system science from Stockton University and a master’s in engineering management from Rowan University. She has received numerous internal and industry leadership and excellence awards throughout her career. Nancy Young, Airlines for America Nancy Young was named Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Airlines for America (A4A) in July 2007. An environmental attorney, Young directs the A4A environmental sustainability programs, represents the A4A airlines in international negotiations regarding aircraft noise and emissions standards, and provides counsel on other environmental issues of significance. She serves on the steering group and as environmental co-lead of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI), which is working to hasten the deployment of commercially viable, environmentally preferred alternative jet fuels, and the Advisory Committee of the Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT). In addition, she participates in the working groups under the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection and serves on the Board of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). In 2015, Ms. Young was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve on his High-Level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport. The Advisory Group concluded its work in late 2016 with the launch of its analysis and recommendations report, Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development. Prior to her current engagement with A4A, Young was a principal/partner at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., where she served as co-chair of the firm’s climate change and waste management and recycling practices. Young previously served as the A4A Associate General Counsel, Environment and International Programs, and as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman E. Thomas Coleman (MO). A native of Kansas City, Mo., Young received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of William & Mary in 1986 and a Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990.

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