Dr. Eric H. Ducharme
ERIC H. DUCHARME is chief engineer at GE Aviation where he is responsible for airworthiness and certification, design process and quality, flight safety, and technical talent development. Dr. Ducharme has been responsible for leading multiple teams at GE, including: aeroelastic technology and design of swept composite fans, resulting in the first successful engine applications; the GE90-115B, LEAP-1A/B/C and Passport 20 engineering programs, through development and certification; and, most recently, the Advanced Technology Operation, responsible for delivering differentiated technologies and product architectures for next generation commercial & military flight propulsion. Dr. Ducharme holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from McGill University. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the NASA Aeronautics Advisory Committee, past chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board, and GE’s University Executive aligned with MIT. He has previously served on the Academies committee on Understanding the Engineering Education-Workforce Continuum.
Ms. Lisa Ellman
LISA ELLMAN is partner at Hogan Lovells LLP. She is recognized as one of the "world's foremost authorities on drones and law." Ms. Ellman offers a unique perspective and vast experience in the UAS industry, pushing policy boundaries forward and assisting organizations to get ahead in the fast-changing regulatory environment. She chairs Hogan Lovells’ Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice, a group dedicated to helping businesses succeed in the dynamic drone and urban air mobility marketplace. Lisa's focus is expanding the commercial drone industry, including as co-founder and co-leader of the Commercial Drone Alliance. She also focuses on UAS security efforts. Lisa recently hosted the Domestic Drone Security Summit, for the first time ever bringing national security agencies together with industry to explore collaboration opportunities around UAS security. Throughout her career, Lisa has worked to bridge government policymaking and business innovation (a combination that has become known as "polivation".) Lisa has held a variety of positions at top levels of the executive branch at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Most recently, she led the DOJ's effort to develop policy that would govern the use of UAS in the United States, and represented the DOJ in the federal interagency process considering UAS-related policy issues. Lisa is a highly sought-after thought leader on drones law and policy. Her opinions have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, and other publications — and she regularly appears on television to talk about the latest developments. Ellman was recently featured in Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" series for her efforts to develop policy to govern drone use in the United States. She also delivered a TEDx talk in 2014. She has not previously served on an Academies committee.
Mr. Jonathan Evans
JONATHAN EVANS is the co-president of Skyward, a Verizon Company. Skyward is the leading drone operations platform. Mr. Evans advises businesses of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, on launching and managing safe, successful drone operations. Mr. Evans was a professional aviator for 18 years, serving as a UH60 Blackhawk pilot in the U.S. Army as well as a LifeFlight medevac pilot. For Mr. Evans, drones are the convergence of his two greatest passions: computer science and aviation. As president of the Global UTM Association, Mr. Evans is committed to advancing the future of aviation through drones. Mr. Evans received his B.S. in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has not previously served on an Academies committee.
Dr. John S. Langford
JOHN S. LANGFORD, III (NAE) is president-elect of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Formerly, he was the chairman and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, which he founded. Prior to Aurora, Langford worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia, for the Lockheed Corporation as an engineer on the development of the F-117 stealth fighter, and as an intern at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2014, the National Aeronautics Association (NAA) awarded Langford the Cliff Henderson Trophy for “significant and lasting contributions to the promotion and advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States”. He has also received the DeFlorez Prize from MIT, the Kremer Speed Prize from the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Young Engineer of the Year award from the AIAA National Capital Section, the National Tibbets Award for outstanding contributions to the SBIR Program, the Barry M. Goldwater Educator Award from the AIAA, Virginia’s Outstanding Industrialist award from the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the President’s Award for Exceptional Service and the Howard Galloway Award from the National Association of Rocketry. Langford is a Fellow of AIAA and has served as the organization’s president. He is also a Fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and has served on academic advisory boards at MIT, the University of Maryland, and Mississippi State University. He has served on the board of directors of the NAA, the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and the Institute Development Committee (IDC) of the AIAA. Langford served on the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) and chaired its Subcommittee on Unmanned Air Systems. He has served on several study committees for the National Research Council. He has been named by the Governor of Virginia to chair the Virginia Commission on Unmanned Systems. Dr. Langford earned his Ph.D. in aeronautics and public policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has participated in several National Academies projects, including the Committee to Assess NASA's Aeronautics Flight Research Capabilities and the Committee on Autonomous Vehicles in Support of Naval Operations.
Mr. Benjamin D. Marcus
BENJAMIN D. MARCUS is chairman and co-founder of AirMap. AirMap is the leading low-altitude airspace management platform. Mr. Marcus also serves as the industry co-chair for the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team. Previously, Mr. Marcus was CEO and co-founder of jetAVIA, the world’s leading broker of business jets. Prior to founding jetAVIA, Mr. Marcus served as a flight test engineer for Eclipse Aviation, maker of the Eclipse 500 very light jet. Mr. Marcus is an FAA-certified Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor with more than 4,500 hours of flight experience in more than 100 aircraft types and ratings in seaplanes, gliders, helicopters, and six types of jets. He is also a certified remote pilot. He has been a volunteer for Angel Flight West for more than 20 years and serves on its board of directors. Mr. Marcus earned his B.S. from the Purdue University School of Aeronautics. He has not previously served on an Academies committee.
Mr. Peter Shannon
PETER SHANNON is an investor with Levitate Capital. He has built his career as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist focusing on transportation and logistics technologies, including unmanned systems and aerial mobility and their application toward positive impact for the world’s growing megacities. In addition to investing, Peter is active in the aviation community around emerging standards and the intersection of regulatory and technology issues critical to enabling high-scale adoption of future aerial mobility systems. Prior to his current work, Peter was at Firelake Capital and Atlas Venture. Peter's entrepreneurial experience began while an undergraduate, when he co-founded Eye Response, Inc., a company that pioneered computer eye-tracking systems. Peter holds an M.B.A., with High Honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS, with Distinction, in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. Peter started flying when he was 19 and actively maintains a Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating. He hs not previously served on an Academies committee.
Dr. Jaiwon Shin
JAIWON SHIN is the associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) at NASA. In this position, he manages the agency’s aeronautics research portfolio and guides its strategic direction. This portfolio includes research in the fundamental aeronautics of flight, aviation safety, and the nation’s airspace system. Previously, Shin served as deputy associate administrator for ARMD, where he was instrumental in restructuring NASA’s aeronautics program to focus on fundamental research and better align with the nation’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Prior to coming to work at NASA Headquarters, Shin served as chief of the Aeronautics Projects Office at NASA Glenn Research Center where he had management responsibility for all of the center’s aeronautics projects. Prior to this he was Glenn’s deputy director of aeronautics, where he provided executive leadership for the planning and implementation of Glenn’s aeronautics program and interfaced with NASA Headquarters, other NASA centers, and external customers to explore and develop technologies in aeropropulsion, aviation safety and security, and airspace systems. Prior to this, Shin served as chief of the Aviation Safety Program Office, as well as the deputy program manager for NASA’s Aviation Safety Program and Airspace Systems Program. He assisted both program directors in planning and research management. Shin co-chairs the National Science and Technology Council’s Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee. His honors include NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal, a NASA Group Achievement Award, the Lewis Superior Accomplishment Award, three Lewis Group Achievement Awards, and an Air Force Team Award. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellowship Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has extensive experience in high-speed and icing research, and has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical and journal papers. Shin received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, his B.S. from Yonsei University in Korea, and his M.S. in mechanical engineering from the California State University, Long Beach. He serves as a member of the Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable.
Mr. Michael K. Sinnett
MICHAEL K. SINNETT (NAE) is senior vice president of product strategy and future airplane development at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Additionally, he serves as senior chief engineer for Airplane Systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Mr. Sinnett leads development of future airplane strategies including autonomous aircraft, total power management strategies, next-generation flight deck designs, advanced configurations and future small freighter and airplane designs. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Sinnett served as chief engineer for systems for the 787 program, as well as the systems team leader for the 787 and the 7E7, and earlier as the chief systems engineer for the Sonic Cruiser Program. Before this, Mr. Sinnett served in positions of increasing responsibility in Commercial Airplanes, including director of Airplane Systems, supporting all Boeing Commercial Airplane programs, chief engineer of Supplier Management, chief engineer for 767 Airplane Systems and several positions in avionics and flight deck supporting development of 777, 737-NG and 747/767 engineering. Mr. Sinnett started his aerospace career at the McDonnell Aircraft Company, working in flight simulation on the AV-8B Harrier II program, AV-8B manufacturing methods, F-15 flight test, Tomahawk operations analysis and F/A-18 flight simulation. Mr. Sinnett is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Mr. Sinnett earned a M.S. in aerospace engineering as a National Science Foundation Creativity in Engineering Fellow at the University of Missouri Rolla, where he also earned his B.S. in aerospace engineering. Mr. Sinnett has not yet served on an Academies committee.