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Project Title: FAA Air Traffic Controller Staffing

PIN: TRB-SASP-12-07        

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit: Studies and Special Programs Division
Board on Human-System Integration


Godwin, Stephen

Subject/Focus Area:  Transportation and Infrastructure

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   12/05/2012

Dr. Amy R. Pritchett - (Chair)
Georgia Institute of Technology

Amy R. Pritchett is the David S. Lewis Associate Professor of Cognitive Engineering in the School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Dr. Pritchett received bachelor’s, master’s, and Sc.D. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT in 1992, 1994, and 1997, respectively. Dr. Pritchett has led numerous research projects sponsored by industry, NASA, and the FAA. She has also served as Director of NASA’s Aviation Safety Program, responsible for planning and execution of the program ($75-82M/year), conducted at 4 NASA research centers and sponsoring roughly 200 research agreements. She serves on several committees, including the Office of Science and Technology Policy Aeronautic Science and Technology Subcommittee, and the executive committees of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and Aviation Safety Analysis Sharing System. She has published more than 170 scholarly publications in conference proceedings and in scholarly journals such as Human Factors, Journal of Aircraft and Air Traffic Control Quarterly. She has also won the Radio Technical Commission for Aviation’s William H. Jackson Award and, as part of Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), the Collier Trophy, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Aviation has named a scholarship for her. Professor Pritchett is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. She is a member of the FAA Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) and chairs the Human Factors REDAC subcommittee. She is also a licensed pilot.

Dr. Mathias Basner
University of Pennsylvania

Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc is an Assistant Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Basner received a degree in medicine and a Ph.D. in research from the University of Bochum, Germany, and a master of science degree in Epidemiology from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Dr. Basner trained at the Institute for Applied Physiology at the University of Bochum and worked as a Research Associate at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Flight Physiology Division from 1999 until 2006 before moving to the United States to pursue his research interests in the neurobehavioral consequences of sleep loss as a Research Associate. He returned to DLR in 2008 to head the Flight Physiology Division for two years. At this time, he was co-investigator on a DFS (German Air Traffic Control) study investigating workload effects in Croatian air traffic controllers. In January 2010, Dr. Basner assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Basner was awarded the German Aerospace Center Science Award in 2007 and the Science Award of the German Academy for Aviation and Travel Medicine in 2010. Dr. Basner is member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and its sleep deprivation steering committee. He is also a member of the Sleep Research Society (SRS) and the German Sleep Research Society (DGSM). Dr. Basner is Deputy Editor of the journal Sleep, and ad-hoc reviewer for 28 scientific journals. He has reviewed proposals for NIH, the European Space Agency, the Australian Antarctic Science Program, and the German Research Foundation.

Mr. Peter J. Basso
American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

Peter J. Basso will retire as Chief Operating Officer and Business Development Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in February 2013. Before joining AASHTO in 2001, he served as Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and as Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Basso’s 34 years of service as a career official included assignments as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs of the Department of Transportation, Assistant Director for General Management of the Office of Management and Budget, Deputy Chair for Management of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Director of Fiscal Services for the Federal Highway Administration. He received a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Lawrence M. Cole
Aloft Aviation Consulting

Lawrence M. Cole is an aviation professional with 39 years of government air traffic control (ATC) experience, beginning in 1968 with a 4 year enlistment as a USAF radar air traffic approach controller. This was followed by 18 years in positions of increasingly responsible ATC operational positions at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) TRACON, Tower, and National Air Traffic Control Academy training facilities. He spent 17 years at FAA National Headquarters where his primary responsibility was managing the FAA ATC Human Factors Research and Engineering Program in support of long-term agency plans and objectives. For the last 5 years Mr. Cole has been self-employed as an aviation and human factors consultant affiliated with Aloft Aviation Consulting LLC. He has a master of business administration degree from Western New England College (1982) and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College (1967).

Dr. Mary L. Cummings
Duke University

Mary L. Cummings is Associate Professor and Director of the Humans and Automation Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of MIT. She performs research in collaborative human-computer decision making for command and control domains and is a recognized expert in the area of human supervisory control. She served as a naval officer from 1988 to 1999 and was among the first female fighter pilots in the US Navy. She was a member of the NRC Committees on Air Traffic Control Staffing in the En Route Domain and Opportunities in Neuroscience for Future Army Applications and is a member of the Board on Human Systems Integration. She earned a B.S. degree from the US Naval Academy, an M.S. degree from the US Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Francis T. Durso
Georgia Institute of Technology

Francis T. Durso is Professor of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Durso’s recent and current research includes (a) an exploration of how the human factors consequences of the Next Generation National Airspace System and related automation of some tasks could affect future air traffic controller strategies to manage workload, situation understanding, and performance and (b) development of a taxonomy of human-automation coordination strategies and the consequences of those strategies for the development of new technologies. He has co-authored several articles dealing with aviation safety; air traffic controller selection criteria; air traffic control; task analysis; and managing workload, performance, and situational awareness in aviation. Dr. Durso received a Ph.D. in psychology (1980) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. John J. Fearnsides
MJF Strategies, LLC

John J. Fearnsides is Partner and Chief Strategist, MJF Strategies, LLC. Until 1999, he was Vice President and General Manager of the MITRE Corporation and Director of its Center for Advanced Aviation System Development. He worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1972 to 1980, serving as Deputy Under Secretary and Chief Scientist, Executive Assistant to the Secretary, and Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the National Academy of Public Administration. He has served on numerous NRC and TRB committees, including the Committee for a Review of the En Route Air Traffic Control Complexity and Workload Model and Committee for a Study on Air Passenger Service and Safety Since Deregulation. Dr. Fearnsides holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Andrew LeBovidge
National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Andrew LeBovidge has been an Air Traffic Control Specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration at the Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) from 1992 to the present. He has also served as a representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) since 1998; area representative from 1998-2000; Principal Facility Representative at Houston ARTCC (Local President) from 2000 until present; and Alternate Regional Vice President for NATCA’s Southwest Region from 2003 until present. He has worked on several national and regional committees focusing on staffing and placement within the air traffic control system. He is recognized by both management and labor for his expertise. Mr. LeBovidge was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in history.

Dr. Norman T. O'Meara

Norman T. O’Meara is a Senior Fellow at the Logistics Management Institute, where over the last 20 years he has analyzed manpower, workforce planning, and resource allocation issues for a number of top-level governmental entities with specific emphases on the cabinet-level departments of State, Defense, and Transportation. Dr. O’Meara served on a congressionally directed National Research Council committee to study the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) methods for estimating air traffic controller staffing requirements process. He led the analytical team for the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Joint Cross Service Group for Depot Maintenance in support of DoD’s base realignment and closure (BRAC) recommendations and testimony before the commission. Dr. O’Meara served with the Army Science Board to identify the resource alternatives necessary for Army transformation. He received a bachelor of science degree at the United States Military Academy, master of science degrees in mathematics and operations research and statistics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctor of science degree at George Washington University.

Dr. Amedeo R. Odoni
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amedeo Rodolfo Odoni [NAE] is a Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. He has served as co-director of the Global Airline Industry Center at MIT (1999-2009) and of NEXTOR, the FAA’s National Center of Excellence in Aviation Operations Research (1996-2002). Previously, he was head of the Systems Division of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department (1991-96) and co-director of MIT’s Operations Research Center (1985-1991).
Professor Odoni is the author, or co-author, of three textbooks and about 100 professional publications, as well as co-editor of six books. He served as editor-in-chief of Transportation Science from 1985 to 1991, and is a current or past member of the editorial boards of many professional journals. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), and the recipient of many awards for his teaching and research. He has served as consultant to national and international organizations, and to many of the busiest airports in the world on projects related to practically every aspect of airport planning and design, and of air traffic management.

Dr. Clinton V. Oster, Jr.
Indiana University

Clinton V. Oster, Jr., is Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean for Bloomington Programs at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University. His research has centered on aviation safety, airline economics and competition policy, energy policy, and environmental and natural resource policy. He has co-authored five books on various aspects of air transportation including Deregulation and the Future of Intercity Passenger Travel with John Meyer, and Managing the Skies: Public Policy, Organization, and Financing of Air Navigation with John Strong. He has chaired and served on numerous NRC committees, including chair of the Committee for the Study of Traffic Safety Lessons from Benchmark Nations, chair of the Committee on the Federal Employers' Liability Act, chair of the Committee on the Effects of Commuting on Pilot Fatigue, and co-chair of the Committee on NASA's National Aviation Operational Monitoring Service Project. He was a member of the Committee for Guidance on Setting and Enforcing Speed Limits and the Committee for a Study on Air Passenger Service and Safety since Deregulation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Princeton University, master’s degree in public affairs from Carnegie-Mellon University, and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Mr. Roger Wall
FedEx Corporation

Roger Wall has over 50 years of air traffic management (ATM) and control experience and has been self-employed as an independent consultant with the Washington Consulting Group since 2011. He has focused primarily on international efforts in China with the U.S. China Aviation Cooperation Program, including teaching classes to Chinese transportation and civil aviation personnel on U.S. air traffic control policies and procedures. Mr. Wall retired from his position as FAA Coordinator and ATM Projects Manager for Federal Express Corporation in 2008, having served ten years with FedEx. Before joining FEDEX, he was Director of Air Traffic Operations for FAA, having risen from air traffic controller. At FAA, Mr. Wall held management positions at ATC facilities, FAA regional offices, and FAA headquarters. He began his career as an air traffic controller for the US Navy in 1959. From 1996 to 2008, he served as chairman of the Free Flight Select Committee of the Radio Technical Commission (RTCA) and the ATMAS Requirements and Planning Working Group. He was honored with RTCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He holds a Private Pilot, single engine land rating. He has served on the TRB Air Traffic Control Staffing in the En Route Domain Committee. He is a graduate of the Government Senior Executive Service Program.

Statement of Committee Composition
Disclosure of Conflict of Interest: Andrew LeBovidge

In accordance with Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the "Academy shall make its best efforts to ensure that no individual appointed to serve on [a] committee has a conflict of interest that is relevant to the functions to be performed, unless such conflict is promptly and publicly disclosed and the Academy determines that the conflict is unavoidable." A conflict of interest refers to an interest, ordinarily financial, of an individual that could be directly affected by the work of the committee. As specified in the Academy's policy and procedures (, an objective determination is made for each provisionally appointed committee member whether or not a conflict of interest exists given the facts of the individual's financial and other interests and the task being undertaken by the committee. A determination of a conflict of interest for an individual is not an assessment of that individual's actual behavior or character or ability to act objectively despite the conflicting interest.

We have concluded that for this committee to accomplish the tasks for which it was established its membership must include among others, at least one person who has current practical experience in controlling air traffic and with the issues associated with under- and over-staffing of Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities.

To meet the need for this expertise and experience, Mr. Andrew LeBovidge is proposed for appointment to the committee even though we have concluded that he has a conflict of interest because he is active in the leadership of the National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA) as a Local President of the Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center.

As his biographical summary makes clear, Mr. LeBovidge is an experienced air traffic controller and nationally recognized for his expertise in labor placement and relocation issues associated with ATC facility staffing. We believe that Mr. LeBovidge can serve effectively as a member of the committee and that the committee can produce an objective report, taking into account the composition of the committee, the work to be performed, and the procedures to be followed in completing the work.

After an extensive search, we have been unable to find another individual with the equivalent combination of current practical experience and expertise as Mr. LeBovidge who does not have a similar conflict of interest. Therefore, we have concluded that this potential conflict is unavoidable.