Mr. Joseph M. Del Balzo
JDA Aviation Technology Solutions
JOSEPH M. DEL BALZO is the president and CEO of JDA Aviation Technology Solutions, a company offering a wide range of airport and airspace planning, safety, security, training and technology application support to international civil aviation clients. As a direct result of his efforts, JDA has been formally recognized by the FAA to assist air carrier applicants in preparing for the FAR Part 121 air carrier certification process. He has extensive experience in: leading safety audits; helping clients move new and innovative technology from the laboratory into the aviation system; successfully guiding new air carrier startups and new start up aircraft manufacturers through the FAA certification process; guiding Part 91 corporate aircraft operators through the FAA Part 135 Certification Process and directing the development and implementation of safety management systems. He serves as an independent technical advisor to industry and government clients. He served as acting administrator and deputy administrator of the FAA and also served as FAA’s executive director of System Operations, an organization responsible for: defining requirements for new technology; installing, operating and maintaining all air traffic control systems and facilities; operating the nation’s air traffic control system, and developing and overseeing safety regulations for all aircraft, airline and airmen in the National Airspace System. As FAA executive director for System Development, Mr. Del Balzo developed long-range research and development programs to support the timely introduction of new technology into the U.S. air traffic control system; refocused FAA initiatives to increase capacity at U.S. airports; and established close working relationships with the members of the U.S. aviation community in developing system requirements for the twenty-first century. He served as director, FAA Eastern Region, responsible for: installing, maintaining and operating all air traffic control facilities in seven eastern states; overseeing safety compliance of all aircraft, airline and airmen operating in the seven state region and ensuring the safe operation of all commercial and general aviation airports located in the region. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; a former member of the FAA Research and Engineering Advisory Committee and former Chairman of the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee, a former member of the Board of Directors and former Chairman of the Air Traffic Control Association; and a former member of the Civil Tilt-Rotor Advisory Committee. Mr. Del Balzo was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Manhattan College and a M.S. in engineering from Drexel University.
Dr. R. John Hansman, Jr.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
R. JOHN HANSMAN (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. He conducts research in the application of information technology in operational aerospace systems. Dr. Hansman holds 7 patents and has authored over 250 technical publications. He has over 5800 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 (REDAC) as well as other national and international advisory committees. He is co-director of the Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT) which is a multi-university FAA Center of Excellence. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, is a fellow of the AIAA and has received numerous awards including the AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Aeronautics Research, the ATCA Kriske Air Traffic Award, a Laurel from Aviation Week and Space Technology, and the FAA Excellence in Aviation Award. He earned his Ph.D. in physics, aeronautics and meteorology from MIT. He has served on the NRC’s Committee on Review of the Enterprise Architecture, Software Development Approach, and Safety and Human Factor Design of the Next Generation Air Transportation System.
Dr. Amy R. Pritchett
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 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, conducted at four NASA research centers and sponsoring roughly 200 research agreements; in that role, she also served on the Office of Science and Technology Policy Aeronautic Science and Technology Subcommittee, and the executive committees of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team and the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program. 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. Dr. Pritchett is the editor in chief of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. She is also a licensed pilot. Dr. Pritchett received B.S., M.S., and Sc.D. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. She recently chaired the NRC study examining air traffic controller staffing.
Dr. Agam N. Sinha
ANS Aviation International, LLC
AGAM N. SINHA is currently the president of ANS Aviation International, LLC; providing aviation consulting to a wide base of organizations. Dr. Sinha retired from The MITRE Corporation where he was a senior vice president, and general manager of the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD). He also directed the FAA’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center. CAASD supports the FAA, Transportation Security Administration, and international civil aviation authorities in addressing operational and technical challenges to meet aviation’s capacity, efficiency, safety and security needs. Dr. Sinha has over 40 years of experience in aviation and weather systems. He serves on the board of trustees of Vaughn College of Aeronautics in New York and is on the advisory board of Ph.D. in Aviation at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He served as a member of the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee, and on the FAA RE&D Advisory Committee. He was chairman of RTCA board of directors and an elected member of the RTCA Policy Board, Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee, and the Air Traffic Management Steering Group. He has also served on the Advisory Committee of Lincoln Lab at MIT and of the National Center of Atmospheric Research (Research Applications Programs). He is an associate fellow of the AIAA. He has over 80 publications and has been an invited presenter to a wide range of organizations nationally and internationally. Dr. Sinha is the recipient of several awards and citations from the FAA and industry. He earned his Ph.D. in operations research from the University of Minnesota. He is a member the NRC’s Aeronautical and Space Engineering Board and has served as chairman of the aviation group of the Transportation Research Board.
Capt. Edmond L. Soliday
Indiania General Assembly
EDMOND L. SOLIDAY is a State Representative of the Indiana State Assembly. Previously, he served as vice president of Safety, Quality Assurance and Security at United Airlines before his retirement. Additionally, he was a line-qualified pilot at United for 35 years. He has qualified to fly numerous civilian and military aircraft. He is a Viet Nam war veteran, serving as an attack helicopter pilot. He has served on numerous aviation safety related advisory boards and commissions including the Gore Commission’s Aviation Security Baseline Working Group and co-chairman of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, chairman of the Flight Operations Quality Assurance Advisory Rulemaking Committee, past chairman of the Air Transport Association Safety Council, the IATA Flight Safety Committee, past chairman of the Star Alliance Safety Committee, and the Air Transport Association Environment Executive Sub-Committee, past chairman of the ATA Environmental Committee, the executive board of the Flight Safety Foundation, the NASA Aviation Safety Program Executive Panel, and the MIT Global Airline Industry Program Advisory Group. Additionally, he served as adjunct professor of Aviation Safety and Security at The George Washington University1999 thru 2007 and as a member of the Adler Planetarium Board of Trustees. He has served as an aviation consultant to the Rand Corporation, the Boeing Company, Greenbriar Equity, LLP, Skadden, Arp, Meagher and Flom, LLP, Quirk and Bachelor, PC and Condon and Forsyth, LLP. Among his awards are the Bendix Trophy for Aviation Safety, the Vanguard Trophy and the Laura Tabor Barbour International Air Safety Award, Federal Bureau of Investigation and FAA Distinguished Service Awards, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. The Commercial Aviation Safety Team, which Captain Soliday was the founding co-chair, received the prestigious Collier Trophy for reducing the commercial aviation fatal accident rate by 83% in ten years and for producing the longest period without a commercial aviation fatality in the history of the industry. He has served on the NRC’s Sub-Committee on Transportation Security Technology, the Decadal Survey of NASA Aeronautics Research-chairman of the Complex Integrated Systems Panel, the committee to review NASA aeronautics safety research programs, as well as several other NRC studies and peer reviews, including terms as a member of the NRC’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
Mr. Raymond Valeika
RAYMOND VALEIKA is an independent consultant, advising major companies in aviation and technical matters among airlines, original equipment manufacturers, private equity, and lessors. He is an internationally recognized aviation operations executive with over 40 years of managing large airline maintenance operations. He retired from Delta Airlines as senior vice president of technical operations. At Delta Airlines, Mr. Valeika directed a worldwide maintenance and engineering staff of more than 10,000 professionals, maintaining a fleet of nearly 600 aircraft. During his tenure, he oversaw the creation of Delta Technical Operations as a maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) entity which has grown to become one of the leading MRO service providers in the aviation industry. Through his leadership and focus on continuous improvement of the human processes in aviation maintenance, Delta Technical Operations consistently rated at the top of the industry for performance benchmarks in the areas of safety, quality, productivity, and reliability. In 2008 there were major issues with airworthiness directives implementation which resulted in major flight disruptions; Mr. Valeika was asked by the FAA to participate in a review of airworthiness as part of a special Airworthiness Directives Compliance Review Team. This effort resulted in recommending improved processes for the future of the FAA and industry. He earned his B.S. in aeronautical engineering from St. Louis University.
Dr. Edward L. Wright
University of California, Los Angeles
EDWARD L. WRIGHT (NAS) is a professor of physics and astronomy at the department of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, Dr. Wright has been the data team leader on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), a co-investigator on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), an interdisciplinary scientist on the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the principal investigator on the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). Dr. Wright is well-known for his Cosmology Tutorial website for the informed public, and his web-based cosmology calculator for professional astronomers. He has recently served on the NRC’s Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee, the committee to study Autonomy Research in Civil Aviation, and the committee to study NASA’s planned Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope – Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets program (WFIRST-AFTA).