Meet Our Speakers and Moderators Thank you ATCA Tech Symposium Speakers and Moderators Biruk Abraham, FAA Biruk Abraham is the Manager of the Advanced Concepts Branch in the FAA’s NextGen Technology Development and Prototyping Division. He oversees a portfolio of concept development, research, and engineering projects that envision and support evolution of the National Airspace System and Air Traffic Management including integration of unmanned aircraft and advancement towards performance based traffic management. Prior to joining NextGen, he supported the development of Performance Based Navigation procedures with the Air Traffic Organization and the management of an integrated work plan at the Joint Planning and Development Office. Biruk began his 18 year career in aviation by earning his Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor certifications before joining the U.S. Army, where he served as a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot for eight years. He holds a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Shahrzad Ahmadi, Shipcom Wireless Shahrzad is the Chief Innovation Officer at Shipcom and Founder & President of its IoT Business Unit. She leads products & development teams in creating cutting edge solutions to address the biggest and most critical challenges of different industries & enterprises. She is the brain behind modernizing, redesigning and re-architecting our solution suite to better address the needs of today’s complex business environment. 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. She did her PhD in Industrial Engineering and she holds master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Systems Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Math. Ali Bahrami, FAA Long-time aviation executive Ali Bahrami became the FAA’s Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety on July 10, 2017. Previously, he was Vice President for Civil Aviation at Aerospace Industries Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association that represents the nation’s leading aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers. As Associate Administrator, Bahrami leads the organization responsible for setting safety standards and overseeing all parts of the aviation industry — airlines, manufacturers, repair stations, pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, and any person or product that operates in aviation. These programs have a direct impact on every facet of domestic and international civil aviation safety. Bahrami first joined the FAA as an engineer in 1989, and from 2004-2013 served as manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate. In that capacity, he was involved in decision making regarding appropriate safety actions for the existing fleet and the development of recommendations aimed at improving the design standards for the future aircraft models. He directed the U.S. validation of the Airbus 380 through successful collaboration with the manufacturer and the European Aviation Safety Agency. He also directed the FAA certification of the Boeing 787 and the 747-8 passenger and freighter models. Steve Bradford, FAA Steve Bradford is the chairman of the technical review board that monitors technical decisions related to investments and the enterprise architecture. He works with elements of the FAA to develop midterm plans and five-year budget requests to implement NextGen, including UAS related automation. He has a leading role in NextGen’s international engagement. He was a member of the ICAO technical team that authored the latest Global Air Navigation Plan, the past US panel member and current advisor to the ICAO Air Traffic Management Requirements and Performance Panel, and is technical advisor to the development of GANP 2019. He leads the FAA participation in several activities with SESAR Joint Undertaking and has led several co-operative international efforts with EUROCONTROL. He is also the FAA lead for the FAA/NASA Research Transition Team process that supports collaboration between the FAA and NASA on ATM related activities. A current focus of the RTT process is collaboration on both UAS-in-the-NAS supporting vehicles operating in ATM, and UAS traffic management supporting operation in uncontrolled airspace. Both RTTs depend on direct partnership with the UAS industry and provide many opportunities to look at new technology options for both UAS and traditional manned aircraft operations.
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Charles Burand, FAA Charles Burand is the manager of Enterprise Engineering & Infrastructure Services (EEIS) at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where he leads a service organization responsible for the implementation and execution of enterprise communication for the National Airspace System (NAS). Equipped with over 25 years of telecommunications experience, Charles and his team lead and maintain a broad number areas including FAA’s Telecommunication Infrastructure (FTI), architecture review, training, and the Department of Defense. Prior to joining the FAA, Charles served in the U.S. Army for nine years, with assignments to the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft Bragg, NC, Schofield Barracks Hawaii, and the White House Communications Agency in Washington DC. Carl Burleson, Retired FAA Recently retired, Carl Burleson enjoyed an over thirty-year career at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in various positions. This included Acting FAA Deputy Administrator, the second highest-ranking official at the agency responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient operation of the largest aerospace system in the world, from January 2018 to August 2019. He was Senior Advisor to the FAA Administrator until his retirement in February of this year. Prior to these assignments, Burleson was FAA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment since 2011. In this role, he led the agency’s efforts to increase the safety and capacity of the global aerospace system in an environmentally sound manner. This includes leading the FAA’s strategic policy and planning efforts; coordinating the agency’s reauthorization before Congress; overseeing policies and research efforts in the environment and energy arenas; and managing the FAA’s forecasts, economic analyses, and regulatory evaluations. Mr. Burleson held a variety of other positions at the FAA during his career including: Director of the Office of Environment and Energy, the FAA Administrator’s Chief of Staff, and the FAA’s Senior Representative for Northern Europe. He holds graduate degrees from Boston University and American University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Andy Cebula, Airlines for America Andy Cebula is Vice President, NextGen and New Entrants for Airlines for America. Cebula manages A4A’s efforts to achieve benefits from NextGen as the Federal Aviation Administration implements modernization of the air traffic control system and deriving operational efficiency and effectiveness from the national airspace system. He also advocates for members in issues affecting the integration of commercial space and unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system, and A4A’s flight operations initiatives. Most recently this has been focused on the industry’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Cebula has nearly four decades of aviation policy experience in safety, operations, security and air traffic control. He joined A4A from RTCA where he served as Senior Vice President, Policy and Programs. In that role, he managed the NextGen Advisory and Tactical Operations advisory committees addressing the future of the aviation system and key issues affecting airline and other aircraft operations. His professional experience also includes positions at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the FAA, the National Air Transportation Association and Eastern Airlines. Vince Crisler, DarkCubed Vince Crisler has more than 20 years of IT and cyber security leadership within the Department of Defense, federal civilian government, and private sector. He is the CEO and Founder of Dark Cubed, a cyber security product company focused on innovative solutions for small and midsize companies. Prior to founding Dark Cubed, Co-Founded Fortalice Solutions, an innovative cyber security consulting company that supported Fortune 500 and Government Agencies. Crisler previously supported the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Sandia National Laboratories in the development of cyber security protection programs to defend the networks of Federal Departments and Agencies, as well as those belonging to critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR) owners and operators. Crisler was the primary author for the five-year technical vision for the National Cybersecurity Protection System, a $3B cyber security program within DHS. He was also a co-author of the DHS Enhanced Cyber Services (ECS) Program, establishing a critical cyber security information-sharing program, which was formally announced in Executive Order (EO) 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. Crisler also served as the CISO for the White House’s Executive Office of the President and was responsible for the creation of the first ever cyber security operations center to protect White House networks. Prior to the White House, Crisler served in the United States Air Force in organizations to include the White House Communications Agency, the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon, and Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Crisler earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area.
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Gene Dolgin, ClimaCell Mr. Gene Dolgin leads ClimaCell’s vertical-oriented strategy and business development, with a focus on system integrators and defense contractors (including unmanned aviation), energy, and utilities. At ClimaCell, he has built major international partnerships and joint ventures, opened new business verticals, and found novel and meaningful ways to bring weather to multiple markets. Gene has over a decade of experience developing and deploying path-breaking business and technology strategies for large and small enterprises in industries experiencing rapid change, ranging from high tech to heavy industry. Prior to ClimaCell, he held a leadership role at a boutique strategic consultancy and worked in venture capital. He is a angel investor, real estate investor, loving father of two, and an occasional triathlete. He holds a B.Sc. in finance from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 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. Jim Eck, L3Harris Technologies Jim Eck is vice president, strategy and business development for the Mission Networks sector within L3Harris Technologies’ Aviation Systems segment. Eck leads a team of senior professionals in the creation of strategic growth opportunities and the development of pursuit and capture strategies for communications and networking solutions for the Federal Aviation Administration and international air navigation service providers. Eck provides the voice of both the FAA and the global civil aviation customer and strengthens L3Harris’ strategic relationships with federal agencies, the aviation industry, and the US airspace user community including both manned and unmanned components. Eck holds more than 30 years of leadership experience with the federal government supporting both the FAA and the U.S. Navy. Prior to joining L3Harris in 2018, Eck served as the Assistant Administrator for NextGen at the FAA where he led the modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS). Previously, Eck held roles of increasing responsibility with the FAA focused on acquisition management, program development, and execution. He also served as vice president, Program Management Organization, where he led all FAA NextGen program activity, infrastructure modernization programs, and engineering services for the legacy NAS infrastructure. Eck is currently a member of the Air Traffic Controllers Association and represents L3Harris in the Aerospace Industries Association Emerging Technology Committee. Eck holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Daniel K. Elwell, FAA Daniel K. Elwell is the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Mr. Elwell was sworn in to office on June 26, 2017 following his appointment by President Trump. He also served as Acting FAA Administrator from January 2018 until August 2019. Elwell previously served at the FAA as the Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Environment from 2006–2008. Most recently, he was Senior Advisor on Aviation to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. Earlier in his career, he served as a legislative fellow for the late Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). From 2013–2015, as Senior Vice President for Safety, Security, and Operations at Airlines for America (A4A), Elwell was responsible for leading the advancement of commercial aviation safety and security excellence for major U.S. air carriers. Prior to A4A, Elwell was Vice President of the
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Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) from 2008–2013. In this role, Elwell represented civil aerospace manufacturers and led policy development and advocacy for the civil aerospace manufacturing interests of more than 300 AIA member companies. Elwell was a commercial pilot for 16 years with American Airlines, flying DC-10, MD-80, and B-757/767 aircraft. While maintaining his proficiency as an MD-80 Captain, he served as Managing Director for International and Government Affairs at American Airlines. Dan earned his pilot wings at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs. Lieutenant Colonel Elwell retired from military service as a Command Pilot with more than 6,000 hours combined civilian and military flight time in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve, including combat service during Operation Desert Storm.
Shawn Engelland, NASA Shawn A. Engelland manages NASA’s Airspace Technology Demonstrations (ATD) Project which is comprised of a collection of critical technology development and demonstration activities geared toward delivery of near-term benefits to air transportation system stakeholders. Prior to being named ATD Project Manager Mr. Engelland led planning and execution of the ATD-2 subproject which is developing and demonstrating Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) air traffic management technologies. The ATD-2 IADS Field Demonstration is currently underway in Charlotte, NC (single-airport) and North Texas (multi-airport). Mr. Engelland’s involvement in air traffic management research began in 1995 when he was tasked with developing and managing the NASA/ FAA North Texas Research Station (NTX) in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. The NTX team has developed a unique air traffic management research facility that facilitates collaboration with FAA, flight operator and airport operator research partners. NTX has become a focal point for integration, evaluation and transition of NASA-developed air traffic management technologies. Prior to his NTX assignment, Mr. Engelland was stationed at NASA Ames Research Center where his research focused on advanced flight controls for high speed civil transport and short takeoff and vertical landing aircraft. He earned MS and BS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas, beginning his career at Ames in 1986 as a participant in NASA’s post-baccalaureate program. 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 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. Indrajit Ghosh, ConnX Indrajit Ghosh, has communications transformation for some of the largest global enterprises and service providers over the past 23 years. A true visionary and strategic thought leader, IG has made ConnX (formerly Atlas Communications Technology) into a trailblazing global company that has consistently lead the way in the dynamic and rapidly changing communications and collaboration industry. Since co-founding ConnX in 1997, IG’s ability to anticipate market needs transformed ConnX from a global consulting services firm to a premier cloud and managed services provider that guides its customers on a compelling digital and communications transformation journey. The “ConnX Secure Cloud” platform delivers unique communications transformation solutions that include Software Defined Network (SDN) integrated Unified Communications & Collaboration (UC&C) supported by the “Avatar Service Assurance” platform to deliver Security, Performance Management and Analytics. IG connects with customers every day to provide personal focus and assure that ConnX delivers a positive experience. While IG’s key focus is as a recognized sales leader, acquiring global Enterprise clients with key wins in the Telecom, Financial, Retail, Insurance, Healthcare and Government markets, he also builds high performance global teams to achieve strategic business objectives, and has established business critical global partnerships with major technology platform providers.
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Abigail Glenn-Chase, Air Traffic Control Association As ATCAâ€™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. Mark Graham, Capital Group Mr. Graham is Chief Technologist for the Capital Group responsible for technical leadership and subject matter expertise for the FAA. Mr. Graham has over 30 years of experience with major FAA programs; providing senior-level systems engineering support and technical leadership across multi-functional teams. Prior to joining the Capital Group, Mr. Graham served as the Chief Systems Engineer (CSE) and architect for the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) program. Mr. Graham provided technical oversight for other FAA programs including the NAS Enterprise Messaging System (NEMS), and the Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar (SENSR) and Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) pursuits. Prior to his work at Harris Corporation, Mr. Graham served as support contractor for Martin Marietta on the Systems Engineering and Integration Contract (SEIC). In this role he provided subject matter expertise to programs such as Flight Service Automation System (FSAS), Radio Control Equipment (RCE), and Voice Communications Control System (VSCS). Mr. Graham has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of West Georgia. John Grim, Verizon John has over 17 years of experience investigating, and leading teams investigating, data breaches and cybersecurity incidents within the government and civilian security sectors. John is the creator and primary author of the Verizon Incident Preparedness and Response (VIPR) Report, the Insider Threat Report, and the Data Breach Digest. Currently, John leads the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center (VTRAC) Research, Development, and Innovation effort. In this role, he focuses on all aspects of cybersecurity incidents, performing digital forensic examinations, advising on data breach containment and eradication efforts, and creating data breach response preparedness training and breach simulation exercises for customers worldwide. Prior to joining Verizon, John served 12 years with the U.S. Army investigating security-related incidents with eight years specifically focused on network intrusion investigations and forensic examinations. Using his knowledge and practical hands-on experience, John has provided cybersecurity advice, assistance, and formalized instruction to both technical and non-technical audiences. John has also authored or contributed to various policies, processes, procedures, and guides for incident response, evidence handling, and digital forensic examinations. Steve Hansen, NATCA Steve currently serves as the Chairman of the NATCA National Safety Committee, National Safety Representative, Co-Chair of the NATCA Safety & Technology Leadership Council, and the Eastern Region Director for the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). He also represents NATCA on the ASIAS (Aviation Safety Information Analysis & Sharing) Executive Board and CAST (Commercial Aviation Safety Team). Steve has 32 years ATC experience, which began by serving in the USAF with assignments at McClellan Tower, Sacramento, CA; Okinawa Approach Control, Okinawa, Japan; Eielson Tower, Fairbanks, Alaska; Tuzla Approach Control, Bosnia; and McChord Tower, Tacoma, Washington. Steveâ€™s military service was followed by a short assignment working for the Department of Defense; after which, he began his FAA career at Fairbanks Tower & Approach Control, followed by Albuquerque Center and his current facility Washington Center. In the past Steve has represented NATCA as a Facility Representative, Area Representative, Facility National Airspace Redesign Representative, Regional Labor Relations Team Member, and Southwest Region Safety Representative.
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Jennifer Homendy, NTSB Jennifer Homendy was sworn in as a Member of the NTSB on August 20, 2018. From 2004 to 2018, she served as the Democratic Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, under the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She previously held positions with the Teamsters, AFL-CIO (TTD), and the American Iron and Steel Institute. Robert Humberton, MBO Partners Mr. Humbertson is an Associate with MBO Partners. He has over 45 years of extensive U.S. and international experience in aviation. His expertise consists of air traffic control/air traffic management and airport/aerodrome operations and management. Most recently Bob has been supporting tasks on New Entrants integration and operations (sUAS, UAM/AAM, Commercial Space) with ATO Mission Support Services and the Office of NextGen. Mr. Humbertson served as a line air traffic controller and airfield operations manager for over 20 years in Department of Defense (DoD) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). John Illson, Uber Elevate John Illson is Head of Aviation Safety at Uber Elevate and is responsible for the multiple safety programs being developed to support Uber’s Urban Air Mobility initiatives. John began his aviation career in 1979 as a pilot, accumulating over 18,000 hours flying various types of Airbus, Boeing, British Aerospace and Fokker aircraft. He left the airline in 2005 to become Director of Safety at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where he led development of industry safety initiatives and safety information exchange programs. In 2009, John was appointed as a senior official at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), holding positions as Chief of the Safety Management and Operational Safety sections. In this capacity, John was responsible for development of the 19th Annex to the Chicago Convention, which contains international safety management standards. His portfolio also included international requirements related to airworthiness, flight operations and personnel licensing. After completing his term at ICAO, John led a consultancy providing air carriers with certification and safety management system support services prior to joining Uber. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Georgetown University, as well as Master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in international affairs and business management. 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. 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. He has also held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Brookhaven National Laboratory; Merck, Inc.; and Mars, Inc.. Mr. Jones was elected a member of the International Board of Directors of the Polytechnic Alumni Association (PAA), for a three year term, at its Annual Meeting in June 2016. 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.
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Joe Knecht, FAA Joe Knecht is the FAA International Telecommunications Lead and Aeronautical Fixed Services (AFS) Message Handling System (AMHS) Project Lead. The International Team is responsible for the acquisition and enhancement of telecommunications infrastructure and systems to enable controller-to-controller voice and flight planning, movement, position, and handoff data between FAA and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) in other regions throughout the world. In addition, the Team contributes to global ATC telecommunications standards, working with ICAO membership in Montreal and at the ICAO Regional level in the European, Caribbean, South and Central American, and Asia/Pacific regions. John Koelling, NASA John Koelling is currently serving as the Manager of NASA’s System Wide Safety Project and prior to that was part of the agency’s SMART-NAS Project management team. Prior to these assignments, John was on a detail to the FAA as the Application Lead for Interval Management in the Surveillance and Broadcast Services Program. He began his NASA career as a researcher at Langley Research Center and has served as the Head of the Projects and Advanced Concepts Branch and as the Manager for the NextGen Airportal Project. During his NASA career, John was also selected to participate in NASA’s Leadership Development Program and was recently awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal. Prior to joining NASA in November of 2000, Mr. Koelling worked as the Airbus Fleet Specialist at US Airways in Flight Technical Operations and was the Head Ice Hockey Coach at West Allegheny High School. John also served in the US Air Force as an Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot, and as the Chief of the Space Software and Requirements Section at HQ USAF Space Command. John holds a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the US Air Force Academy and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. 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. Earl Lawrence, NASA Earl Lawrence is the Executive Director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aircraft Certification Service, where he is responsible for type certification, production approval, airworthiness certification, and continued airworthiness of the U.S. civil aircraft fleet - including commercial and general aviation activities. Lawrence oversees a professional workforce of more than 1,300 employees working in FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC, 35 field offices across the U.S., and two international offices located in Belgium and Singapore. Prior to being named AIR’s Executive Director in 2018, Lawrence was the Executive Director of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office, responsible for the facilitation of all regulations, policies, and procedures required to support the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. Lawrence played a fundamental role in establishing, leading and successfully operationalizing this new organization. Lawrence also previously served as Manager of the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate, where he managed airworthiness standards, continued operational safety, policy and guidance for small aircraft, gliders, light sport aircraft, airships, and balloons. Prior to joining the FAA in 2010, Lawrence was the vice president of industry and regulatory affairs for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He managed EAA’s government affairs offices in Oshkosh and Washington, DC, along with EAA’s aircraft maintenance and flight operations. Before that, Lawrence worked for Rockwell Rocketdyne, first as a rocket engine mechanic and then as a manufacturing engineer on the International Space Station.
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Diana Liang, FAA Diana Liang works in the FAA NextGen Organization, Ms. Liang has successfully provided direction and oversight on the development and fielding of many of the FAA’s NextGen Programs and enabling technologies. In each of her previous roles she has promoted NextGen CNS programs. As Acting Chief for the NAS Architecture, she helped to manage the FAA’s overall plan for the transition to and implementation of the NextGen Systems including the SWIM and Datacom Programs. Ms. Liang, as Enterprise Portfolio Manager, helps to prioritize all NextGen Research and Development activities with the FAA from a funding and schedule perspective to help the NAS recognize many of the planned performance improvements. This has included strong support for Enterprise CNS research. Ms. Liang is the US nominated panel member to the ICAO Information Management Panel (IMP) leading the development of SWIM, Information Services guidance and Air-Ground SWIM. Lionel Merrien, Thales Lionel Merrien is Vice-President of the business development team for Thales Cloud Protection and Licensing since August 2016. In this role, he is in charge of expanding the partnerships and addressable markets for the different product lines of the CPL business division of Thales, including: authentication & access management, key management, encryption, high-speed encryption… Lionel has been working with Thales for the over 23 years, where he held various senior positions in technology expertise and business development, in particular in Telecom and Banking. Among others, he has lead the definition of solution on with payment card issuance, subscription management, Near-Field-Communications (NFC), Over-the-Air (OTA), Identity proofing, device provisioning. Most recently, he is involved in Cloud encryption, IoT Security, blockchain, trusted access and multi-cloud security and key management problematics. Dr. Chip Meserole, Boeing Dr. Chip Meserole leads Boeing’s Airspace Operational Efficiency team within its Research and Technology division. The team’s responsibility is to advance new capabilities in air traffic management and flight optimization that enhance system capacity and efficiency globally. This group executes the company’s contracts with the FAA, NASA, and SESAR in this domain; creates flight optimization business concepts for Boeing Global Services; and conducts R&D in air-ground integration and network-enabled operations. It has activities in Seattle, Washington, D.C., Spain, Brazil, India, Australia and China. He joined Boeing in 1984 and worked on space system and launch vehicle development before moving into its air traffic management initiative in 2001. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a member of its Digital Avionics Technical Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from MIT, in aerospace and mechanical engineering. Stacy Mill, State of Kansas Currently, serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the State of Kansas, as the state’s top technology executive, playing an integral role in the strategic direction, development, and evolution of our state’s digital strategy across all technology stacks including information security and privacy. As CISO and VP, Enterprise Risk and Global Compliance, of Spirit AeroSystems, Stacy lead global compliance and cybersecurity strategy and teams. Her passion for protecting the company’s digital assets bridged, security architecture, vulnerability management, information governance, compliance initiatives as well as information assurance. Collaborating with her business partners, Stacy ensured enterprise risk and compliance was understood, mitigated and controlled to business acceptable levels through building trust and awareness at all levels of the organization. Stacy has developed many teams across several industries. At KAR Global, an auction corporation which operates a complete auction solution throughout North America and UK, she built the business continuity, disaster recovery, security architecture, security operations, information risk and compliance strategy and teams. At Yum, Stacy built a dynamic international team to address all aspects of information security across Yum Brands, Inc. spanning 120 countries. Under her strategic leadership, Yum Brands achieved global PCI/SOX/HIPAA/Safe Harbor compliance, built out underlying security infrastructures and kept ahead of the myriad of US and international data and privacy laws. Stacy started in security as Humana Military’s Chief Security Officer after holding numerous positions in her 17-year career in IT at Humana Inc.
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Lauren Moore, Atlantic County Economic Alliance Lauren H. Moore, Jr. is the President of the Atlantic County Economic Alliance (ACEA). The ACEA’s core mission is to drive economic growth in Atlantic County through strategic planning and public-private partnerships that attract, retain and support a diversity of businesses and industries, create quality jobs and lower property taxes. As President, Mr. Moore leads economic development efforts for the Atlantic County region and maintains a broad range of responsibilities. These include working with state, local, and federal business assistance and incentive programs; assisting businesses in commercial real estate site selection services; advising and guiding companies on regulatory and permitting matters; developing and encouraging domestic and foreign-based firms to invest in Atlantic County; and promoting and marketing Atlantic County as a place to live, work and do business. Mr. Moore previously worked as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) where he reported to the Lieutenant Governor and oversaw all units of the BAC including Business Advocacy, Planning Advocacy, Small Business Advocacy, the Call Center, and the Office of International Business Development and Protocol. Mr. Moore has more than 30 years of professional experience, holding numerous management positions in government. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Stockton University and is a licensed New Jersey professional planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Vijay Narula, OST Vijay Narula is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of OST. Under Vijay’s leadership, the company has achieved extraordinary success and growth, stimulated by OST’s vision as a leader in transformational technologies and world-class solutions in diverse operating environments.Prior to starting OST, Vijay worked for more than a decade — first as professional staff member and then as a management consultant — for a technology consulting firm located in Northern Virginia. He has deep experience in the field of aviation, having worked on several programs for the FAA in Washington, DC, some of which focused on spectrum engineering and management, which is an essential element of cyber protection. To this day, he continues to serve as the firm’s technical visionary, with a particular focus on “SMART” technologies. These are technologies that will affect every sector, because they will enable disruptive innovations – from optimized infrastructure to advanced data connectivity. Furthermore, “SMART” technologies represent a powerful opportunity to efficiently connect ideas to outcomes. Chris Oswald, Airports Council International - North America Chris Oswald is the Senior Vice President for Safety and Regulatory Affairs at ACI-NA. In this role, he has primary responsibility for ACI-NA’s activities in safety, capacity, operations, design and other airport technical and regulatory issues. He advocates for airport operator interests in airport technical and regulatory forums in the U.S., Canada, and internationally and—with the support and involvement of ACI-NA member airports—develops best practices, policy positions, and technical guidance for the North American airport community. He chairs the FAA Research, Development & Engineering Advisory Committee (REDAC) Subcommittee on Airports and sits on the Airport Cooperative Research Program’s Oversight Committee. He has also been actively involved with task groups organized by the FAA’s Drone, NextGen, and Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committees. Oswald has over 25 years of experience in the airport industry. Prior to joining ACI-NA in 2008, he was with LeighFisher, an airport consulting firm, and led the firm’s airfield/airspace practice area. He has also worked for AvAirPros and P&D Consultants. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. 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
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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.
Steve Pitchon, ConnX Managing Director of Business Development, Sales and Marketing for ConnX (formerly Atlas Communications Technology), a leader in managed, multi-vendor, multi-platform IP communications solutions. ConnX specializes in transformation from legacy, premises-based services to integrated cloud communications technologies leveraging 23 years of experience supporting some of the largest most complex service provider and global enterprise networks. With 37 years in the communications industry, including 21 years with AT&T, Steve Pitchon has been a driving force behind the transformational changes in the communications industry. Steve joined ConnX in 2004 with his leadership launched Avatar Network Management Solutions, one of the pillars of ConnX’s success. Steve was also instrumental in developing ConnX’s Avatar Managed Service Practice and its partnership with AT&T. Steve led the effort to merge Atlas and Smart IMS in 2015 and launch ConnX Cloud Communications integrated solutions portfolio. Steve provides executive leadership for ConnX and has managed a team of account executives and technical solutions specialists. Prior to ConnX, he held various management positions in AT&T. Jay Reyerse, ConnectWise Jay Ryerse is the vice president of cybersecurity initiatives for ConnectWise. He is responsible for driving cybersecurity initiatives throughout the organization and the MSP market as well as providing education around managing cyber risk for ConnectWise partners and their clients. Jay brings more than 25 years of experience in cybersecurity, information technology and security solutions to businesses of all sizes to ConnectWise. He began his current role in November 2019 following ConnectWise’s acquisition of Continuum, where he served as chief technology officer of security products. In this role, Jay was responsible for driving education and awareness of cybersecurity issues and products within Continuum’s partner community. Prior to Continuum, Jay served in a number of leadership positions, including the chief executive officer of CARVIR, a managed cybersecurity firm for MSPs. He also served as vice president and general manager of IT Services at Digitel Corporation after selling his MSP in 2014. Jay is the author of a self-published book titled “Technology 101 for Business Owners.” He is also the 2014 recipient of MSPmentor.net Industry 250 Executives award and Top 501 MSP’s (#201) recognition. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Amanda Richardson, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) Amanda Richardson is a 15-year Air Traffic Controller out of Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center. Amanda has represented the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) as a Technology Representative since 2010. She has worked on numerous technological advancements, including the latest En Route Surveillance System (ERAM), ADS-B implementation, and the Northern California Metroplex performance based navigation project. Amanda currently serves as NATCA’s National Representative for the Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS). This program will impact over 400 Air Traffic Control facilities and streamline the system that Controllers will use to input and disseminate Pilot Reports (PIREPs), share NOTAM information, and provide key services to users of the National Airspace System. Mark Roboff, EUROCAE Joint Committee on AI in Aviation Mark Roboff is General Manager for Digital Transformation, Aerospace & Defense at DXC Technologies. Mark has over 15 years’ experience in AI and AI related technologies—both as a software engineer and as a business development and technology executive. Mark is a recognized thought leader on AI for the A&D and Travel/Aviation industries, with focus on driving AI solutions in engineering, flight operations, maintenance, and manufacturing. Mark is a chair of the SAE-G34/EUROCAE WG-114 Joint International Committee for AI in Aviation, and is leading 500+ aerospace engineers, software developers, data scientists, safety experts, and regulators to define a means of compliance for AI certification. Mark is also a member of the S-18 Aircraft System Development and Safety Assessment Committee, as well as the SAE Digital and Data Steering Group.
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Manuela Sauer, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation Manuela Sauer is a Research Scientist in the Intelligent Systems group at Aurora Flight Sciences focusing on operational aspects of the nascent Urban Air Mobility market for about 2.5 years. Her focus areas include definition and validation of UAM/AAM CONOPS (Concept of Operations), meteorological considerations for high-availability operations as well as candidate layout and procedure development of future Vertiports. She graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Science as well as a PhD in Meteorology from Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. Throughout her studies she largely focused on weather impacts on aviation at an airport level as well as in the European airspace and later the US National Airspace System. Manuela previously worked at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) on winter weather airport operations simulations. Her PhD was focused on convection avoidance routing and uncertainty integration and was partly funded by SESAR, Europe’s NextGen counterpart. During a postdoc fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, Manuela studied aviation weather impacts and multiple hazard avoidance effects in the US NAS. Rowayne Schatz, Department of Defense Rowayne A. “Wayne” Schatz, Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Associate Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington D.C. In this capacity, he is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff for formulating policy supporting air, space, cyberspace, irregular warfare, counter-proliferation, homeland security and weather operations. Mr. Schatz is further responsible for policy and processes for operational and capability planning, operational requirements and training necessary to support national security objectives and military strategy. He represents the operational community at the Air Force Council, and the Joint Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense planning, requirements and acquisition forums. Mr. Schatz also serves as the Executive Director for the Department of Defense’s Policy Board on Federal Aviation consisting off an interdepartmental team conducting interagency coordination on matters affecting military and civilian aviation integration. Vince Schultz, NASA The X-57 Maxwell, NASA’s first piloted experimental aircraft in decades, is a pathfinder for developing standards for electric propulsion, and is pioneering advances in Distributed Electric Propulsion that will herald innovations for greatly expanded air mobility. NASA is laying the foundations for electric aircraft, working to identify approaches to certification for these revolutionary vehicles and standards to safely operate these new aircraft in airspace systems around the world. This talk will summarize achievements to date, lessons learned along the way, and projected impacts for the future NAS from these increased levels of operations and the opening of whole new markets for transportation. Hassan Shahidi, Flight Safety Foundation Shahidi is currently director of aviation safety and new entrant integration at MITRE. He played a leading role in the development of the highly regarded Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) capability, which enables government and industry to proactively identify safety issues. He helped extend the data sharing concept to Asia Pacific, with the launch of the APShare initiative, a collaborative partnership with the Foundation to promote and advance safety data sharing in the fast-growing region. Shahidi, who has over 35 years of leadership in aviation, holds several advanced degrees in economics and engineering and a private pilot license. 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. Jonathan Torres, FAA Jonathan Torres is a General Engineer and Project Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Technology R/D Branch where he oversees various research efforts for the Airport Safety Section. Jonathan has been part of the FAA for three and a half years and his areas of research include Vertiport Design Standards for Advanced Air Mobility, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, Airport Safety and Surveillance Sensors, and Wildlife Hazard Mitigation. Before joining the FAA, Jonathan worked for almost six years as a Senior Mechanical Engineer for CSRA working on various airport-related research projects for the FAA. Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University. Kymber Weese, MITRE Kymber Weese is a principal communications engineer and project manager at the MITRE Corporation. With 20 years of experience working with the FAA and their infrastructure development programs, she leads a group of communications, information security and systems engineers. She has been a part of efforts defining requirements and implementation planning for key foundational programs that include telecommunications, data communications, and voicebased communications programs. Prior to her work at MITRE, she worked in the development of managed-service VPN solutions and securing services for a major internet carrier. Bobbi Wells, FedEx As Vice President for Safety & Airworthiness, Ms. Wells is responsible for the Air and Ground Safety, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Airworthiness Records programs. Her departments ensure the safety, airworthiness, and regulatory compliance of the FedEx Express fleet and air operation worldwide. This includes efficacy in critical processes such as safety management, safety analytics, and human performance systems. Ms. Wells also leads capital planning, process and performance improvement analytics, strategy development, quality management, and fuel management across the airline. Ms. Wells joined FedEx in 1993. Most recently, as Managing Director for Planning & Analysis in Air Operations, she was responsible for creating the framework for the airline strategic plan and performance metrics. She also ensured effective execution and sustainment of Air Operation’s fuel efficiency program. In addition, she led an industrial engineering group focused on highly-leveraged process improvement initiatives. Prior to Air Operations, she served as Senior Manager for Global Operations Control (GOC), where she had responsibility for the command and control of the FedEx linehaul (aircraft) system worldwide. She started at FedEx as a Senior Manager in Domestic Ground Operations in New York and New Jersey. In 2000, 2006, 2013 and 2018, Ms. Wells received the Five Star Award, the highest recognition for achievement at FedEx. Ms. Wells was selected for the exclusive FedEx EXCEL DRIVE Program designed to develop targeted executives. In addition, she serves as president-elect on the board of directors for the International Aviation Womens Association. Before joining FedEx, she served 10 years as a U.S. Army Major in Logistics. Her assignments included command of Alpha Company, Main Support Battalion in the 3rd Armored Division, located in Germany. Ms. Wells is the recipient of several awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Commendation Medal.
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Pamela Whitley, FAA Pamela Whitley is the Acting 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. 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.
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