Mr. Michael J. McCormick
MICHAEL J. MCCORMICK retired as vice president, management services in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization. His portfolio included labor, contracts, fiscal budget, business services, communications, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, administrative services, talent and resource policy, employee development and diversity. Previously, Mr. McCormick served as Executive Director responsible for day-to-day operations of tower and approach control services for the Federal Aviation Administration. Also, he was director of safety and operations support responsible for standardization, safety and compliance of air traffic control procedures and operations in 292 FAA Airport Traffic Control Towers/Approach Controls and 245 FAA Contract Towers. Mr. McCormick performed as the Transportation Attaché, United States Embassy, Iraq. In this role, Mr. McCormick advised and assisted with strategic planning and program synchronization, specifically focused on transportation systems, to improve local services and ensure the flow of passengers and goods. He led subject matter experts who provided the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation and its modal agencies and state owned enterprises with technical assistance and consultation in the rebuilding of aviation, rail, maritime ports, and roads and bridges infrastructure. Additionally, Mr. McCormick provided strategic planning and technical assistance to United States and coalition partners. In addition to serving as the first civilian air traffic controller at Baghdad International Airport, He provided air traffic control services at Philadelphia International Airport air traffic control tower and radar approach control for ten years. Additionally, Mr. McCormick managed New York and Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center along with New York approach control. He served as the Aviation Emergency Support Function Leader for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during incidents of national significance. He also served as Department of Transportation representative to United States National Search and Rescue Committee (NSARC) responsible for land, air and maritime policy and procedures. Michael received the Secretary of Transportation Gold Medal, the Department of Transportation War on Terrorism Medal and US Ambassador Certificate of Merit for his service in Iraq. Additionally, Michael is the recipient of the Secretary of Transportation’s 9-11 Medal for his actions on September 11, 2001. He holds a B.S. in aviation management and an M.B.A. from West Chester University. He has no prior experience with the National Academies.
Dr. Kenneth J. Hylander - (Chair) - (Chair)
Flight Safety Foundation
KENNETH J. HYLANDER, chair, is chairman of the Board of Governors at the Flight Safety Foundation, whose core mission is that of a leading independent, impartial, and international enabler of continuous aviation safety improvement. He is also a member of the board of directors of Monroe Energy, a medium-sized oil refinery in Trainer, PA, and a member of the FAA Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee. His professional expertise lies mainly in the areas of airline engineering, safety, security, quality assurance, and operations. Previously, Mr. Hylander has served in executive positions with Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, and United Airlines where his responsibilities focused on the above areas. His awards include the William Littlewood Memorial Lecture, which was awarded by the Society of Automotive Engineers, Aerospace Division, in recognition of his contributions to aviation safety and engineering. He is also the winner of the Airlines 4 America (A4A) Nuts and Bolts Award in recognition for leadership in airline technical disciplines. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of California East Bay and a BSME from the University of Rhode Island. He has not previously served on a committee with the National Academies.
Dr. Brian Argrow
University of Colorado Boulder
BRIAN M. ARGROW is professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, director of the Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing Program, and director emeritus of the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU). Dr. Argrow has served as associate dean for education and is a CU president’s teaching scholar. His research topics include small unmanned aircraft system design and airspace integration, dense and rarefied gas dynamics, sonic boom, and engineering education, with more than 100 research publications. He is a fellow of the Center for STEM Learning and a recipient of the W.M. Keck Foundation Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. Dr. Argrow co-chaired the first Symposium for Civilian Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CAUAS) and chaired the AUVSI/AIAA 2nd Workshop on Civilian Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CAUAS-2), the first major AIAA and AUVSI joint event. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is chair-emeritus of the AIAA Unmanned Systems Program Committee. He served on the NASA Advisory Council’s UAS Subcommittee and several other NASA and NOAA advisory boards and committees. Dr. Argrow currently serves on the ASTM F38 Subcommittee for “Specifications for UAS Operations over People.” Dr. Argrow is an alumnus of the DARPA/IDA Defense Science Study Group, and he received the Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award for his service on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the National Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Dr. Meyer J. Benzakein
The Ohio State University
MEYER J. BENZAKEIN (NAE) is the Wright Brothers Institute Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the Ohio State University, where he is also the assistant vice president for Aerospace and Aviation in the Office of Research. Previous positions at Ohio State University include director of the Propulsion and Power Center and chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department. He entered academia after retiring from General Electric Aircraft Engines, where for 10 years he was responsible for research, design, technology development, and certification of new products. He led the research in computational aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, aeromechanics, and combustion. His research interests include analytical tools for improved quality and throughput for turbine engines; reduction of aircraft engine noise and emission, and management of technology programs. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the AIAA, and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. His awards include the Gold Medal of Honor from the Royal Aeronautical Society and the AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award. He has served on many industry and government advisory panels and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Poitiers, France, in 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Wayne State University. He is a member of the National Academies’ Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, and he has served on many National Academies study committees, including the Committee on Propulsion and Energy Systems to Reduce Commercial Aviation Carbon Emissions, the Committee on Examination of the U.S. Air Force’s Aircraft Sustainment Needs in the Future and its Strategy to Meet those Needs, and the Panel on Air and Ground Vehicle Technology.
Dr. Gautam Biswas
GAUTAM BISWAS is a professor of computer science, computer engineering, and engineering management in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Vanderbilt University. He is also a senior research scientist at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University. He conducts research in intelligent systems with primary interests in hybrid modeling, simulation, and analysis of complex embedded systems, and their applications to diagnosis, prognosis, and fault-adaptive control. As part of this work, he has worked on fault diagnosis and fault-adaptive control for aircraft fuel transfer systems. He has also initiated new projects in health management of complex systems, which includes online algorithms for distributed monitoring, diagnosis, and systems-level prognosis. More recently, he has been working on data mining for diagnosis, and developing methods that combine model-based and data-driven approaches for anomaly detection, and diagnostic and prognostic reasoning. For this work, in conjunction with researchers at Honeywell Laboratories, he received the NASA 2011 Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Technology and Innovation Group Award for Vehicle Level Reasoning System and Data Mining methods to improve aircraft diagnostic and prognostic systems. Dr. Biswas is currently leading a safety analytics project related to vehicular accidents and emergency response. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Michigan State University. He has no prior experience with the National Academies.
Dr. John W. Borghese
JOHN W. BORGHESE is vice president of Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center, where he has led the development of high assurance systems for both safety-critical avionics systems and security-critical communication systems. Under his direction, the center develops innovative technology solutions that include avionics, communications, navigation, electronic warfare, safety systems research, and approaches to protect manned aircraft and UAS against cyber threats. Previously, Mr. Borghese served as vice president and general manager of Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics, a Rockwell Collins company, and as director of automatic test systems and avionics systems business at Allied-Signal (Honeywell). Throughout his career, Mr. Borghese has held positions in general management, program management, business development, and engineering. Mr. Borghese is vice-chair of the Aeronautics Committee of the NASA Advisory Council, and he is a private pilot. Mr. Borghese earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from Boston University. He has no prior experience with the National Academies.
Mr. Steven J. Brown
National Business Aviation Association
STEVEN J. BROWN is the chief operating officer for the National Business Aviation Association, where he oversees all of the Association’s activities relating to aircraft operations and flight department management issues, as well as the administrative, financial and human resources functions. Previously, Mr. Brown served with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as vice president of operations planning. Brown also has previously served as associate administrator for air traffic services, managing the 35,000 air traffic controllers, maintenance and software technicians, flight inspection pilots, and administrative personnel who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the nation’s airspace systems. He has also served as president of the National Aeronautic Association and as senior vice president of government and technical affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. His areas of expertise include aircraft operations, safety, and air traffic control. He holds an M.S. in industrial education from Texas A&M University, and he is a qualified accident investigator certified by the University of Southern California. He has no prior experience with the National Academies.
Mr. Anthony F. Fazio
Fazio Group International
ANTHONY F. FAZIO is president of Fazio Group International, an aviation safety and regulatory information consulting firm. The firm is affiliated with the U.S. Crest Group; the Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales, which is the French Aeronautics and Space Industries Association; and to TSI Aviation Solutions. He also serves as an individual expert to the European Aviation Safety Agency for their Data 4 Safety data analysis and sharing program. Previously, Mr. Fazio served with the FAA in policy, regulatory, and international positions, including executive positions as Director of Rulemaking; Director of the Africa, Europe, and Middle East Office in Brussels; and Director of Accident Investigation and Prevention. In this last position he had program responsibility for the FAA’s Aviation Safety Information, Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program and the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST). In his capacity as the government co-chair of the General Aviation–Joint Steering Committee, he expanded ASIAS’ participation to the general aviation community. Mr. Fazio served as the designated federal official to the Safety Subcommittee of the DOT Future of Aviation Advisory Committee, and he was the FAA representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Special Task Force on Safety Information Protection and Global Safety Information Exchange. His expertise includes domestic and international aviation safety and regulations. He has received the FAA Aviation Safety Organization Champion of Safety award. He holds an MPA in public policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has no prior experience with the National Academies.
Dr. Michael Garcia
MICHAEL GARCIA is the director of systems engineering at Aireon, LLC. Dr. Garcia has overall responsibility for the technical specification, design, implementation, and performance of the Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) surveillance system. His responsibilities also include the oversight, coordination, and communication of technical and development activities with air navigations service providers, standards groups, sub-contractors, and investors. Dr. Garcia has also contributed key technical analysis and presentations in support of the decision by the United Nations’ ITU to add a safety allocation in the radio regulations for reception of ADS-B data from Earth to space. Prior to joining Aireon, Dr. Garcia served as an associate principal engineer at Exelis while working on the Federal Aviation Administration’s ADS-B and Wide Area Multilateration programs. Several of his innovations have resulted in patents and publications of interest to the air traffic management industry. Dr. Garcia received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Duke University. He has no prior experience with the National Academies.
Dr. R. John Hansman, Jr.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
R. JOHN HANSMAN, JR (NAE) is the T. Wilson Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is also the director of the MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Dr. Hansman holds seven patents and has authored more than 250 technical publications. He has more than 5,800 hours of pilot in command time in airplanes, helicopters, and sailplanes, including meteorological, production, and engineering flight test experience. Dr. Hansman chairs the FAA Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee as well as other national and international advisory committees. He is co-director of the Aviation Sustainability Center, which is a multi-university FAA Center of Excellence. He conducts research in the application of information technology in operational aerospace systems. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the AIAA. He has received numerous awards, including the AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Aeronautics Research, the Air Traffic Control Association’s Kriske Air Traffic Award, and the FAA Excellence in Aviation Award. He earned his Ph.D. in physics, aeronautics, and meteorology from MIT. He has served on many National Academies committees, most recently the Committee of the Federal Aviation Administration Research Plan on Certification of New Technologies into the National Airspace System and the Committee on Review of the Enterprise Architecture, Software Development Approach, and Safety and Human Factor Design of the Next Generation Air Transportation System.
Ms. Lauren J. Kessler
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
LAUREN J. KESSLER is a distinguished member of the technical staff at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, MA, where she has been the leader for the Intelligent Automated Systems and the Resilience and Fault Tolerance groups. She is currently leading the fault tolerant flight computer development for the DreamChaser unmanned shuttle. She has led efforts in automated hydrocarbon extraction rigs, Lunar Surface Systems multi-level autonomy software architectures and Autonomous Precision Lunar Landing mission management, as well as the verification for the Orbital Express autonomous rendezvous and servicing satellite demonstration system. She was a key contributor to the unmanned underwater vehicle efforts, focused on the human operator engagement with the autonomous vehicles. Previously, Ms. Kessler was a lead engineer at Northstar and Avidyne for the development and certification of a general aviation next generation Air Data/Attitude/Heading Reference System and a precision approach navigation device for the GPS-Wide Area Augmentation System. Her areas of expertise are centered on researching, architecting and implementing human-in-the-loop and mission-critical systems, including war-gaming simulations, human-embedded autonomous systems, avionics, and human decision aides. Ms. Kessler was named a 2013 Woman-to-Watch in technology by Mass High Tech (Boston Business Journal), and she was a recipient of the AIAA Software Engineer of the Year award, along with NASA certificates of achievement. She is an AIAA Associate Fellow, a commercially rated helicopter pilot and advanced aviation ground instructor, and serves in the Civil Air Patrol. She holds an M.S. in computer science from Boston University. She has no prior experience with the National Academies.
Mr. Gerardo D. Martinez Hueto
International Air Transport Association
GERARDO D. M. HUETO is assistant director of safety and flight operations at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Asia Pacific Office in Singapore. He leads the development and implementation of regional safety enhancement initiatives for air carriers, States, and service providers in the region, leveraging information from the Flight Data Exchange program and the Aviation Safety Information and Sharing System (ASIAS) to focus on top regional risks. He also leads the effort to proactively identify emerging or future safety risks and evaluate possible risk management initiatives. Mr. Hueto is the industry co-chair of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Asia Pacific Regional Aviation Safety Team (APRAST). Prior to joining IATA, he was chief engineer, aviation system safety at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He coordinated Boeing’s Aviation Safety initiatives with regulators and industry in the United States and worldwide. Mr. Hueto represented Boeing at the U.S. Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and the Steering Committees of ICAO’s regional safety initiatives in Asia and the Americas. He has served as industry co-chair for the Joint Implementation Measuring and Data Analysis Team for the U.S. FAA CAST, Aviation Team Looking Ahead at Safety for the U.S. FAA CAST, ICAO’s Regional Aviation Safety Group - Pan America; and ICAO’s Safety Reporting Group for APRAST. His areas of expertise include commercial aircraft manufacturing, airline operations, and safety. He is a recipient of the McDonnell Douglas Spirit of Excellence Award for the development of new non-destructive inspection technology. Mr. Hueto holds an M.S. in engineering management from the West Coast University and an M.S. aeronautical engineering from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has no prior experience with the National Academies.
Ms. Bonnie Schwartz
Air Force Research Laboratory
BONNIE SCHWARTZ is the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Airspace Integration Portfolio Manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Aerospace Systems Directorate, Power and Control Division. At AFRL, Ms. Schwartz leads multi-disciplinary technology development efforts in UAS sense and avoid, terminal airspace operations, and surface operations, and she is the program manager of AFRL’s vehicle-agnostic sense and avoid effort, which will conduct flight tests onboard a surrogate UAS in 2017. Her areas of expertise include real time information fusion and decision making for safe and efficient operation of UAS in the same airspaces and airbases as piloted aircraft and UAS surface operations, including autonomous taxi, air traffic control communication, navigation, and collision avoidance. She earned her M.S. in computer engineering from Wright State University, Dayton, OH. She has no prior experience with the National Academies.
Dr. Craig Wanke
CRAIG WANKE is a senior principal engineer at MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development. He is also the Innovation Area Lead for Aviation and Transportation Research, responsible for selecting and directing MITRE’s internal research and development program in aviation and transportation. Over 23 years at MITRE, Dr. Wanke has worked on a wide range of decision support capabilities for pilots, air traffic controllers, and especially for traffic flow managers in the national airspace system. Several tools developed under this work were eventually acquired by the FAA and deployed to the NAS. Dr. Wanke’s research interests include probabilistic decision making, optimization, traffic flow management, visualization of complex traffic flows, weather forecasting for traffic flow decision-making, integration of unmanned vehicles into the national airspace system, building effective human-machine teams, and Agile system engineering and acquisition. He is an associate fellow of the AIAA. He has served as a member of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee, and he is currently an associate editor of the AIAA Journal of Air Transportation. Dr. Wanke earned his Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has no prior experience with the National Academies.
Mr. Alan C. Angleman - (Staff Officer) - (Staff Officer)
National Research Council
ALAN ANGLEMAN has been a senior program officer with the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board for more than 20 years, directing studies on the modernization of the U.S. air transportation system, strategic planning for aeronautics and space technology, cost growth of NASA Earth and space science missions, the safety of space launch systems, radioisotope power systems, aviation weather systems, aircraft certification standards and procedures, supersonic aircraft, and other aspects of aeronautics and space research and technology. Previously, Mr. Angleman worked for consulting firms in the Washington, D.C., area providing engineering support services to the Department of Defense and NASA. His professional career began with the U.S. Navy, where he served for nine years as a nuclear-trained submarine officer. He has a B.S. in engineering physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.S. in applied physics from the Johns Hopkins University.