WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) executive who has served the nation’s transportation sector for more than 30 years is a winner of this year’s National Public Service Award.
Joan Bauerlein, Director of Aviation Research and Development, has been named a recipient of the prestigious award, given by the National Academy of Public Administration and the American Society for Public Administration. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on April 3, in Denver.
This awards program recognizes creative and highly skilled managers who have exhibited the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishments in their careers. Five leaders, representing all facets of public service, are selected for the honor each year.
“Joan Bauerlein exemplifies what civil service is all about,” said FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey. “She is a veteran executive, having served in a variety of senior positions over the years. She makes a difference in how our skies operate.”
Bauerlein has directed the FAA’s research and development organization since 2003. She leads many key programs that have resulted in major strides in improved aviation safety and capacity. These efforts focus on fire safety and firefighting technology, crashworthiness, airport and runway safety, and weather research. She has steered international collaboration in human factors research that led to the creation and testing of new techniques to analyze aviation incidents and runway incursions.
Bauerlein’s previous FAA managerial positions include: Deputy Director of aviation research; (FAA loaned) executive to the Inter-American Development Bank; Director, Office of International Aviation; Assistant Administrator for Government and Industry Affairs; and Deputy Director, Office of Budget.
Prior to joining the FAA, Bauerlein held management posts with the Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Budget and Program Review, and she served as a Congressional Fellow with Secretary of Transportation (then Congressman) Norman Mineta.
Bauerlein continually has encouraged and mentored employees at all levels, and has worked to guarantee that her entire workforce, located in California, Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., excel in its technical work and leadership skills. Further, she has formed relationships with universities that have brought interns into FAA offices where they have learned first-hand about aviation.
Bauerlein has been an active volunteer, complementing her many technical accomplishments. She served two terms on the Washington, D.C. Aero Club Board, and she now serves on the Board’s Education Foundation. She has led her employees to work in local soup kitchens, and worked with her staff to prepare and send care packages to U.S. soldiers in Iraq. She volunteers teaching English as a second language to recent immigrants, and has recently gone back to college to earn a certificate in teaching English as a second language.
Bauerlein holds a master’s degree in international politics from the University of Virginia; a license from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland; a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from Purdue University; and varied credits from many other academic institutions.
She has received the President’s Meritorious Award for the Senior Executive Service, multiple Equal Employment Opportunity awards and the Outstanding Woman in Aviation Award from the National Aeronautics Association.