Cathy Bigelow is currently on the Division Manager of the Research and Development Management Division at FAA Headquarters in the Research and Technology Development Office within the NextGen Office (ANG-E4). In this position she is responsible for the planning and coordination of the FAA's research and development programs. This includes developing and submitting the annual National Aviation Research Plan, managing the R&D portfolio development process with the R&D Executive Board (REB), and providing support for the FAA Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC). Cathy has been with the FAA since 1994, where she began as a research engineer working in the aging aircraft research program and was the National Aging Aircraft Research Program Manager.

Cathy received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont, and her Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the FAA, she worked at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. During her time at NASA, Cathy worked in several research areas, including polymer matrix composites, metal matrix composites, and metallic structures, primarily in computational mechanics and fatigue and fracture research. She is a member of the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics, the American Society of Testing and Materials, American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, and the author or co-author of over 40 juried conference and refereed journal publications.