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Recognition of Awards

FAA Joins DOT to Recognize Future Leaders in Transportation

In the spirit of One DOT, each year at the winter meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the USDOT honors the most outstanding students from the DOT participating University Transportation Centers (UTCs) and FAA Centers of Excellence (COEs) for his/her achievements and promise for future contributions. The UTC program is administered by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) and funded by the Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations. The student awards ceremony is hosted by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) and their industry affiliates. Students of the Year (SOY) are selected based on their accomplishments in such areas as technical merit of their transportation research, academic performance, professionalism, and leadership in their communities and their Centers.

In January 2017, for the first time, the annual Secretary's RAISE Award (Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering), administered by the FAA COE Program Office, will also be presented at the SOY awards ceremony on January 7, 2017. The Secretary established this award to recognize an extraordinary student who has the ability to demonstrate unique and innovative thinking in aerospace science and engineering, and is working to advance the transportation field of the future. Dr. George Nield, Associate Administrator, Office of Commercial Space Transportation will present the RAISE Award to Rachael Tompa, Stanford University, on behalf of the Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, and will represent the Administrator at the event.

We congratulate our extraordinary FAA COE students who diligently work with us to discover innovative solutions to challenges we face today: Rachael Tompa, Katie Tippey, and Nicholas Rock. These are the leaders who will ultimately guide us and continue to help us solve transportation problems as we strive to improve the aviation system of the future:

Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering - Meet the Secretary's 2016 RAISE Award Winner

Rachael Tompa

Rachael Tompa, Ph.D. Student

Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation

Supported by the FAA Centers of Excellence (COE) Program Office, the DOT sponsors the Secretary's RAISE Award to encourage college and university students to think creatively and develop innovative solutions to aviation challenges. This year, Secretary of Transportation, Anthony R. Foxx, selected a graduate student developing a concept and conducting research within the FAA COE for Commercial Space Transportation at Stanford University.

This extraordinary work focuses on safely integrating commercial space vehicles into the national airspace. The Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration recognize the integration of these vehicles into the national airspace system as a critical concern. Ms. Rachael Tompa, a doctoral candidate at Stanford has developed a methodology to address the related challenges of safety and efficiency. Both Secretary Foxx and FAA Administrator, Michael P. Huerta, have applauded Rachael and her research, entitled Optimal Aircraft Rerouting During Commercial Space Launches, as most promising, stating, Ms. Tompa examines a critical airspace management challenge. Her concept explores a method to minimize disruptive airspace closures and aircraft rerouting that are typically implemented to maintain safety during commercial space launch operations. The model Ms. Tompa proposes captures the launch vehicle trajectory, probability of anomaly, potential debris trajectories and adjacent air traffic to establish optimal dynamic aircraft rerouting responses.

Rachael is being honored by the Secretary at the 26th Annual Outstanding Student of the Year (SOY) ceremony to be held during the kick-off of the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, DC. For more than a quarter of a century, this event has been administered by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), and hosted by Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC), sponsors within the transportation industry, and the DOT. The DOT recognizes outstanding students each year at this event and jointly we celebrate their accomplishments as they prepare to serve as future leaders in various transportation fields.

Please see the 2016 Secretary's RAISE announcement for additional information about this distinction and application requirements.

The 2017 RAISE announcement will be published in March 2017.

Nicholas Andrew Rock

Nicholas Andrew Rock

Georgia Institute of Technology

FAA Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels & Environment

Nicholas Rock graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) - Idaho in 2014 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. There he excelled academically with a 3.94 GPA in his major area of study, Mechanical Engineering, and a 3.89 cumulative GPA. His research on aircraft engine exhaust jets was awarded first place at the BYU Idaho Research and Creative Works Conference.

As a graduate student at Georgia Tech, Nicholas performed FAA COE AJFE research and focused on experimental combustor testing that supported the development of the Pratt and Whitney geared turbofan engine. He has been a key contributor to the National Jet Fuels Combustion Program (NJFCP) and has published two articles highlighting his work. He presented one publication at the 2016 ASME Turbo Expo Conference in Seoul Korea and another publication has been accepted to the 2017 Turbo Expo.

Nicholas has worked at Dome Technology over the past 18 months designing industrial storage facilities and material handling systems for solid alternative bio-fuels. Additionally, Nicholas also has devoted himself to humanitarian efforts and has gained extensive leadership experience. He performed two years of full-time volunteer service for his Church where he provided community service, held addiction recovery classes, and taught life success skills to those in the community.

The FAA is proud to join with the DOT and the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) in acknowledging Nicholas and the research he has conducted for the FAA COE for Alternative Jet Fuels & Environment, for his extraordinary academic achievements and his dedication. We are pleased to recognize him with a DOT 2016 Outstanding Student of the Year award for his outstanding contributions in this important topic area.

Kathryn Tippey

Kathryn Tippey

Texas A&M University

FAA Centers of Excellence for General Aviation

Katie Tippey is a PhD candidate in Industrial & Systems Engineering at Texas A&M. She received a B.S. degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Alabama as well as an M.S. degree in Economics, and an M.S. degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation research involved investigating novel displays, such as wearable multisensory displays, for their impact on measures of operator workload and situation awareness. In addition to aviation, Katie is an active researcher in other domains including medicine, nuclear power, and ground transportation.

As the graduate research assistant associated with our FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation (PEGASAS) funded project, Katie worked extensively with researchers and technicians at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center and others from the COE GA-affiliated institutions to organize a sophisticated simulator study that was conducted at the WJHTC in summer 2015. She made important methodological decisions on a short timeline, trained pilots, conducted simulator studies and collected experimental data. In leading the efforts to process and analyze the collected pilot workload, situation awareness, and performance data, her research served as a capstone study for her dissertation.

The FAA and the DOT are proud to join the Council of University Transportation Centers in acknowledging Katie for the research she has conducted within the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation. We are pleased to recognize her with a DOT 2016 Outstanding Student of the Year award for her exemplary academic achievements, her dedication, and her outstanding contributions in the field.

DOT FAA Centers of Excellence Outstanding Students of the Year

Philip James Wolfe

Philip James Wolfe

Center of Excellence: FAA Centers of Excellence Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER)

School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Title of Student's Thesis/Dissertation: Development and Application of Environmental-Economic Models of Climate, Air Quality, and Noise Impacts of Aviation

Philip is currently completing a Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Ian Waitz, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Dean of Engineering, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a Research Assistant at MIT since 2009 he has been working on three FAA Center of Excellence PARTNER Projects.

Philip attended Duke University as an undergraduate, graduating Magna Cum Laude, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, in 2008. While at Duke 2007-2008, he served part-time with Duke Engineers Without Borders and Central Buganda University, assisting with Water Resources Development. After graduating from Duke, he worked full-time as an Engineer in Energy Services and Product Development with MPR Associates and entered MIT, earning 2 Master of Science degrees simultaneously from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Technology and Policy Program, in 2012.

In 2011, Philip was selected as a Global Challenge Public Service IDEAS Innovation Award Grant Winner, and an Institute Perspectives Award for Commitment to Diversity at MIT. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society honor society for liberal arts and sciences, the Tau Beta Pi honor society for engineering, the Pi Tau Theta honor society for mechanical engineering, and the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history.

Philip has demonstrated teaching experience as both a Tutor and a Teaching Assistant while at Duke University, and for the past few years at MIT serving as Curriculum Chair, Lecturer, and Co-Founder of the MIT Energy Leaders of Tomorrow, MIT Energy Conference and Teach for America. Meanwhile he has maintained consistent academic excellence, with a Cumulative Graduate GPA 4.9 out of 5.0 since arriving at MIT. The FAA and DOT are proud to acknowledge Philip's academic achievements and overall outstanding contributions in the conduct of his important research.

Matthew Opliger

Matthew Opliger

Center of Excellence: FAA Joint Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials (CECAM)

School:Wichita State University

Title of Student's Thesis/Dissertation: The Development of the Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) Calibration and Testing Procedures

Matthew Opliger has served as a research engineer and program manager in the Composites Laboratory at the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) while studying and earning his degrees at Wichita State University (WSU). He worked at NIAR for two and a half years while completing his undergraduate degree, and has been conducting research and managing the Lab on a full-time basis since graduating magna cum laude with his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2007.

Matthew immediately began working towards his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at WSU while also conducting his Center of Excellence research at NIAR. For the past two years, he has focused his efforts on researching the dynamic mechanical analysis of aircraft composite materials as part of the FAA Joint Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials. Under the leadership of COE Director, John Tomblin, Matthew has shown an outstanding ability to conduct advanced research and use critical thinking skills to address issues and the serious challenges presented when testing composite materials. His work in this area is exemplary and coupled with his superior academic performance, Matthew demonstrates great potential in the field and serves as an exemplary role model for others. He will graduate with his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering this fall with a 4.0 GPA.

The FAA joins the DOT in proudly acknowledging Matthew Opliger for his academic achievements, and his dedication and outstanding contributions in the conduct of his research in this important topic area.

DOT FAA Outstanding Students of the Year

Gabriela DeFrancisci

Gabriela DeFrancisci
FAA Joint Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials and Structures
University of California, San Diego

Gabriela DeFrancisci received her B.S. (2008) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo's Department of Civil Engineering. She received her M.S. (2010) and is currently completing her Ph.D. at University of California, San Diego in Structural Engineering. In 2008, she received the UCSD Structural Engineering Department Fellowship. She was a Transportation Research Board Fellowship Recipient on Public Sector Aviation Issues in 2009-2010 and a California Space Grant Fellowship Recipient in 2010. Gabriela conducts her multi-faceted research for the FAA Joint Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials and Structures which is sponsored by the FAA Office of Aviation Research at the FAA Wm. J. Hughes Technical Center. Her project involves interactions with various aspects of the aviation industry including the airframers, the airline operators and material suppliers, as well as FAA and EASA.

Gabriela's main research area is wide area, blunt impact on composite structures, similar to accidental contact between a ground service vehicle and a commercial aircraft. Her dissertation is entitled "High Energy, Wide Area, Blunt Impact on Composite Aircraft Structures" which has very strong implications related to safety and detection of damage in the new generation of composite airframes. This award is a fitting acknowledgment of Gabriela's dedication to these important transportation-safety focused efforts, and the significance of the contributions which her research has produced, and continues to produce, for the aviation safety community.

In her free time, Gabriela enjoys rock climbing, running and backpacking.

Jose Bernardo

Jose Bernardo
FAA COE Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER)
Georgia Institute of Technology

Jose is currently completing a Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology and conducts research for the FAA COE Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction under the direction of Drs. Dimitri Mavris and Michelle Kirby. At the age of five, Jose moved with his family from Lima, Peru to the U.S., and he became a U.S. citizen in 2002. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, capping his undergraduate studies by flying a microgravity experiment on NASA's microgravity research vehicle. Jose accepted a Research Assistantship, and received an OMED Tower Award for academic excellence, and a Goizueta Foundation Fellowship award at Georgia Tech where he completed his M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2009.

Jose's doctoral thesis is entitled "Formulating and Implementing a Generic Fleet-level Noise Methodology" and his COE research in this topic is supported through the FAA Office of Environment and Energy in Washington, DC. His work is closely related to fleet-level noise, expanding on the research previously conducted in this area. The goal of this thesis is to provide capabilities to simply and rapidly analyze a multitude of operational, technological, and policy scenarios with respect to noise at the fleet level, while providing proper tools, methods, and metrics to analyze and compare results, thus improving the ability to select noise mitigation strategies. In addition to his academic and research capabilities, Jose has demonstrated significant leadership ability while responsible for organizing and directing graduate research assistants, overseeing the lab, and contributing toward the completion of various COE research tasks. Jose has contributed to several reports submitted to the FAA regarding CO2 metric development, specifically, COE-PARTNER Project 30, "Metrics for an Aviation COO2 Standard."

Jose enjoys team sports, particularly soccer, and playing and learning to play musical instruments of all kinds.

DOT Student of the Year

Bradley Cheetham

Bradley Cheetham (left) - University of Colorado at Boulder
Mr. Bradley Cheetham received his undergraduate Aerospace Engineering degree at the University at Buffalo (UB). Mr. Cheetham is currently a graduate research assistant at the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research at CU Boulder where he has received his M.S. degree and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences.

His research and personal interests include three-body Astrodynamics, commercial space development, and educational outreach. Mr. Cheetham's technical work has contributed to the Artemis mission (comprised of two lunar satellites) and a proposal for the New Worlds Observer mission (direct imaging of exosolar planets using a telescope and star-shade). He has also contributed to the professional community through active membership in numerous aerospace industry professional committees, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Commercial Space Group, and the International Astronautical Federation Entrepreneurship & Investment Committee. The title of Mr. Cheetham's Ph.D. dissertation is "Evaluating Orbit-Determination Methods and Accuracies in the Earth-Moon Three-Body Regime with Operational ARTEMIS Data." Operating in the highly dynamic Earth-Moon libration point orbit (LPO) region is a challenge because of prominent perturbations caused by the Earth, Moon and Sun. The ARTEMIS mission operated by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of California at Berkeley recently became the first to ever maintain orbits in this regime. The resulting operational data provides significant opportunity for analysis to better understand these orbits and their operational constraints. Future efforts to quantify orbit determination results, recover un-modeled accelerations, realistic uncertainty propagation, and ultimately LPO utilization will grow out of an ability to post-process this operational data for further understanding of the dynamics involved. Mr. Cheetham's work in this area has the potential to have a significant impact in the COE CST research area of Space Traffic Management and Operations, impacting the analysis, management and integration of orbital spacecraft traffic with respect to other orbital objects. Mr. Cheetham's direct contribution and impact to the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE CST) has been wide-spread and deep. In addition to his studies and his research, he has recently served as the student lead on a COE student outreach committee in support of the COE Program Office. Brad has been working closely with the FAA COE Program Director and the COE for Commercial Space Transportation Program Manager to establish a new mentoring program for undergraduates and local school students. This effort supports the OST initiative to encourage students to focus on transportation related STEM studies. Through Brad's efforts, the University of Colorado - Boulder is serving as the first COE to implement a mentoring program with COE graduate students serving as mentors for undergraduates and students in their local communities.

Mr. Cheetham has been the recipient of highly prestigious awards, distinctions, opportunities and fellowships, including: the 2008 Goldwater Scholarship, 2009 SUNY Chancellor's Award, participation in the 2008 NASA Academy at the Goddard Space Flight Center, a NASA Space Grant Fellowship, National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship, National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Graduate Fellowship, and recognition as a "Distinguished Guest" for one of the final Space Shuttle launches. Mr. Cheetham has founded and led many student organizations, including space organizations ("UB Students for the Exploration and Development of Space" (SEDS) and the "Space Outreach Fellowship") and STEM outreach programs ("Inspiration from Exploration" and "We Want Our Future"). He currently serves as graduate advisor to the U SEDS chapter. Brad was instrumental in developing the CU contribution to the original proposal during the COE CST selection competition. Subsequent to selection as a member university, Mr. Cheetham has developed and led one of the funded tasks, a Master's level space operations class involving guest lecturers based on his extensive professional network. In addition to defining and implementing the new COE mentoring program, he has developed and led a workshop exposing tomorrow's space industry leaders and entrepreneurs to theoretical industry models and applied business techniques that can be directly applied to the emerging commercial space industry.

Based on the depth and significance of Mr. Cheetham's activities, contributions, distinctions and work, the FAA joins the DOT in proudly acknowledging him as our 2011 DOT FAA Center of Excellence Outstanding Student of the Year.

DOT Student of the Year

Chelsea He - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chelsea He.Ms. He received a B.S.E. in both Mechanical Engineering and in Biomedical Engineering in 2008 from Duke University and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Since September, 2008 she has worked closely with our Center of Excellence Director and Aeronautics and Astronautics Department Chair at MIT, and has served as a Research Assistant on the FAA Project, "Valuation and Trade-offs of Policy Options." During the summer of 2010, Chelsea completed her Master of Science thesis, "Development of an Income-Based Hedonic Noise Monetization Model for the Assessment of Aviation-Related Noise Impacts."

In September 2010, Chelsea began her doctoral research at MIT's Aerospace Computation Design Laboratory on complexity and uncertainty in engineering systems, conducting her research in support of the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) project that focused on the socioeconomic impacts of aviation-related noise. She developed a model that is now part of the FAA's Aviation Environment Portfolio Management Tool which has been used to inform both national and international policy decisions regarding trade-offs among noise, air quality, and climate impacts of aviation. She has co-authored five journal papers that cover her research.

Chelsea has demonstrated professionalism and significant leadership ability both during her time at Duke University and at MIT. She served as Co-President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at Duke, President of the Duke University College Bowl, Co-President of MIT's Graduate Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and serves currently on the Executive Council at MIT's Sidney Pacific Graduate Community. She has received several honors and distinctions, such as a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, and a scholarship from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Chelsea consistently demonstrates great knowledge, creativity, and provides unique solutions to research questions.

The FAA is proud to select Chelsea He, Center of Excellence Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction, as its 2010 Outstanding Student of the Year.

Andrew Jessop - Purdue University
Andrew Jessop, a Purdue University doctoral candidate, received the Department of Transportation Centers of Excellence Student of the Year Award. Jessop grew up in San Diego, CA, and majored in Mechanical and Material Science Engineering and minored in Physics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 2004 with a major GPA of 3.6. After graduation, he spent three years at Wilson, Ihrig, and Associates, specializing in light rail vibration and noise treatments in impacted buildings. Jessop progressed rapidly in the organization and took ever more challenging roles in different projects. In particular, he worked on a number of diverse projects involving transit noise and vibration, medical/imaging installations, and the measurements of transmission loss and reduction of building noise. Jessop joined the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, Purdue University in the Fall semester, 2007 working on a PARTNER-sponsored project entitled "Sound Structural Transmission". He also studied for his Master of Science at the School of Mechanical Engineering. In a period of 24 months, he completed his graduate courses with an impressive GPA of 3.92 and finished his thesis entitled A Study of the Effects of Panel Stiffness on Transmission of Low Frequency Sound in the summer of 2009. He has successfully defended his thesis and has been awarded a degree in Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Jessop's work in connection with the FAA Center of Excellence for Aircraft Noise and Aviation Emissions Mitigation Research project focused on airport noise mitigation. Specifically, he worked on low frequency sound transmission through residential windows. This is an important area since windows are often the "weak link" in building façades. Andy's work has a strong potential for making significant contributions to practical noise control. He has done an outstanding job both for Purdue, and for the FAA PARTNER COE, in improving our understanding of low frequency sound transmission through windows.

Jessop is now continuing on for his doctorate degree at Ray W. Herrick Laboratories. During his two-year tenure as a graduate student at Purdue, he has completed a technical report and is currently working on a presentation for the upcoming joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and Noise Con 2010 to be held in Baltimore, MD. He is also preparing a technical paper for submission to a refereed journal for publication.

James Hileman - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
James Hileman, principal research engineer and Center of Excellence for Aircraft Noise and Aviation Emissions Mitigation associate director was named FAA Centers of Excellence Faculty of the Year. Hileman leads the COE's alternative fuel life-cycle assessments and aircraft metrics research, as well as the environmental impacts analysis work for two teams within the NASA N+2 and N+3 programs.

In presenting the award to Hileman, PARTNER director Professor Ian Waitz of MIT's Aeronautics and Astronautics Department said, "Jim is an excellent colleague and a superb mentor to our students. Jim has been extremely effective in managing the complex PARTNER Program Office during a period when our research portfolio has been expanding. He is exhaustive in his attention to the diverse responsibilities of both management and research, and a wonderful person for all to work with."

Dr. Alan Stolzer - Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Dr. Alan Stolzer joined Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in July 2008 as a professor in Daytona Beach's Department of Applied Aviation Sciences and residency director for the Ph.D. in Aviation program. His responsibilities will include directing the required annual residency experiences for the students in the nation's first Ph.D. program in the aviation field. The program is expected to begin in 2010.

Dr. Stolzer holds a Ph.D. in Quality Systems, an M.S. from Embry-Riddle, and a B.S. from the College of the Ozarks. He has over 8,000 hours of flight time, an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, and an Airframe and Power plant Mechanic's certificate. He also holds professional certifications from the American Society for Quality - Quality Engineer, Quality Manager, and Quality Auditor, as well as a Project Manager Certificate from the Project Management Institute.

Stolzer's teaching and research interests include airline safety programs, such as Flight Operations Quality Assurance, and Safety Management Systems (SMS). He was the lead author on a recently-released book, Safety Management Systems in Aviation, published by Ashgate Publications, and is under contract for a second book on the same subject. Dr. Stolzer will be teaching SMS in the new Ph.D. program following the university's accreditation to grant doctoral degrees. Stolzer has served on the Board of Trustees of the Aviation Accreditation Board International for 10 years, and has chaired its Accreditation Committee for 7 years.

Dr. Stolzer is the lead PI for a recently released CGAR grant to develop the framework for a general aviation (GA) version of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program which is gaining popularity in commercial aviation as a valuable safety initiative. Stolzer and researchers from the University of North Dakota, University of Alaska, and Embry-Riddle will examine ASIAS in a general aviation Safety Management Systems construct, determine what existing and potential data sources exist for GA, examine governance issues for an ASIAS-GA program, and develop an overall framework for a functional ASIAS-GA.

Dr. John Lanicci - Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Dr. John Lanicci joined the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University faculty in 2006 after completing a 27-year U.S. Air Force career. His military assignments included two tours at The Pentagon, two tours at Air Force Global Weather Central, an assignment to the Air Force Research Laboratory, and three command tours. His last duty assignment prior to retirement was as Commander of the Air Force Weather Agency at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, where he was responsible for an 1,100-person global operations center with 14 worldwide locations providing weather support to the Department of Defense and the national intelligence community, and a headquarters staff agency overseeing Air Force weather development and acquisition programs worth $850 million.

Dr. Lanicci is a native of The Bronx, New York, and received a B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Physics through the Air Force ROTC Scholarship Program from Manhattan College, Bronx, New York, in 1979. He received his meteorology degrees through Air Force Institute of Technology sponsorship, graduating with a B.S. (With Highest Distinction) in 1980, M.S. in 1984, and Ph.D. in 1991 from the Pennsylvania State University.

His teaching experience includes three years on the faculty at Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama from 2000-2003, where he taught Joint Warfighting Operations and an elective on the strategic impacts of weather and climate on military operations. He was also a seminar director, South Asia Regional Studies trip director, and the college's Chief Information Officer. Prior to Air War College, Dr. Lanicci spent six years with Embry-Riddle's worldwide campus, where he taught and was course monitor for the Advanced Meteorology course in the M.S. in Aeronautics program, and supervised graduate research projects in meteorology and aviation-related topics.

Dr. Lanicci first became interested in meteorology as an undergraduate at Manhattan. During his sophomore and junior years, the Northeast U.S. experienced one of the coldest winters on record (1976-77), followed by one of the snowiest (1977-78). He became very interested in learning how these seasonal anomalies can happen, and started thinking about meteorology as a career. After hearing an Air Force weather officer speak at the ROTC commissioning ceremony at the end of his junior year, he decided to become a weather officer, and has never regretted it. During his military career, he got to make weather forecasts for the maiden voyages of the Space Shuttle in 1981, various locations around the world, live in different parts of the U.S., go to graduate school, and travel to Europe, India, Australia, and most of the 50 states.

At Embry-Riddle, Dr. Lanicci has taught Survey of Meteorology, Current Weather Discussion, Aviation Weather, Weather Analysis, Advanced Weather Analysis, Forecasting Techniques, Environmental Security, and a graduate seminar in Weather and Air Traffic Integration. His current research interests include central Florida severe storms, aviation meteorological topics such as weather in the cockpit, and the impacts of regional and global climate change on national security. He recently completed a CGAR project on general aviation weather encounters with Dr. Massoud Bazargan from the College of Business (PI), and researchers from the FAA's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute and Clemson University.

John Tomblin - Wichita State University
Dr. John Tomblin has served as the executive director of National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU) since 2004. His responsibilities include administrative and technical oversight of NIAR's fourteen laboratories. During his time at Wichita State, he has directed a number of multi-discipline and multi-investigator projects with external funding exceeding 79 million dollars.

Dr. Tomblin has also served as director of the FAA's Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials (CECAM) since its establishment in 2003 and NASA's National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP) since its establishment in 2005. He has been working in the area of material qualification and insertion into general aviation production for the past eight years primarily as part of the NASA Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE) program, of which he served as chairman of the of the advanced materials working group. Recently, he began a follow-on effort through NCAMP to follow the work started by AGATE. He also serves as the co-chairman for the Data Review working group of Military Handbook 17.

In 1994, Dr. Tomblin began his career at Wichita State University as an assistant professor of aerospace engineering. He became director of NIAR's Composites Laboratory in 1995 and still serves in that role today. Two years later, he added Structures Lab director to his duties and maintains that role as well. He became an associate professor in 2000. One year later, he was appointed as NIAR's director of research and development. He served in both of these roles until 2004 when he was promoted to his current position as executive director.

Various honors received by Dr. Tomblin include: Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at WSU; Composite Materials Handbook Distinguished Service Award; Military Handbook 17 Appreciation; NASA Group Achievement Award (AGATE); NASA TGIR (Turning Goals into Reality) Award (AGATE); NASA AGATE Leadership award; AGATE Alliance Association Award; and Dwane and Velma Wallace Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in Research.

Dr. Tomblin has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of composite and advanced materials research including extensive reports for the AGATE program and FAA technical reports. He is a member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Composites Materials Handbook 17 (formerly MIL-HDBK-17), Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Dr. Tomblin received a Ph.D. and master's degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from West Virginia University.

Associate Professor Tom Zeidlik - University of North Dakota
Professor Zeidlik's dedicated research work through a number of CGAR projects during the past several years has been outstanding. In addition to his teaching and service duties as a faculty member of the University of North Dakota's Aviation Department, Tom's research work has been instrumental in advancing the work of CGAR. Professor Zeidlik's work as a team member of the CGAR Runway Approach Lighting System (RALS) research project provided excellent data and analysis for the group's reflective lighting work for aircraft flying approaches at night into remote airports without lighting. His contributions helped the FAA publish a lighting guide for remote unlighted airports. In addition as Principal Investigator, Professor Zeidlik's CGAR research on a runway friction study for general aviation aircraft provided the FAA with important data regarding possible improvements of the measurement and interpretation of runway condition readings for general aviation pilots. At present, Professor Zeidlik is the Principal Investigator on a helicopter approach lighting project designed to provide important feedback on lighting systems for emergency medical evacuation helicopter night approaches into hospital helipads. Each of these projects has generated interest and involvement of at least one industry partner.

Andrew Leonard - University of North Dakota
Andrew Leonard, an Aviation Graduate Student at the University of North Dakota (UND), is from Dent, Minnesota and is currently in his second year of the Masters of Science program in Aviation. Leonard has been a graduate research assistant (GRA) for the past two years and has served the Aviation department with distinction. He works on the Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research project for ADS-Band helicopter operations. Andrew has assisted Professor Leslie Martin over the last year with retrieving the ADS-B information, using multiple software tools to digitally recreate the helicopter's route of flight. The routes are then layered over the pre-determined helicopter arrival and departure procedures using latitude and longitude information.

Leonard's work with Professor Martin on her recent helicopter study involved the collection and organization of data received from several Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped helicopters at the University of North Dakota. Professor Martin was looking at how accurately helicopter pilots could fly predetermined GPS routes of flight both into and out of Grand Forks International Airport. Leonard retrieved the ADS-B information, and, using multiple software tools, would digitally recreate each helicopter flight. The routes would then be layered over the predetermined helicopter arrival and departure procedures using latitude and longitude information. Next, exclusionary zones for each flight were created to allow for a more accurate measurement by excluding the GPS fly-by turn anticipation areas. Fly-by turn anticipation is calculated by using the aircrafts ground speed, as well as the number of degrees in course change. Using these numbers the GPS unit is able to calculate how far in advance of the approaching way point the pilot needs to start their turn in order to affectively arrive on the next course without overshooting it. The exclusionary zones were built with these concepts in mind, and were either increased or decreased in size based on the ground speed of the helicopter, and the amount of required directional change.

Once the exclusionary zones were in place, each route was measured and the max deviation for each section of flight was recorded. In this process, Leonard would determine which sections of flight would be usable for this study, and which sections of flights were too far skewed to be reliable.

Leonard also serves the department as an altitude chamber operator, assists several faculty members with class duties. He is also completing his commercial/instrument/multi engine flight ratings.

Theresa Kissane - University of Illinois - Urbana Campus
Theresa Kissane, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois, was selected to work on a project developed for the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The Center of Excellence for Airport Technology (CEAT) at the University of Illinois has developed a relationship with the OMP, providing research support for one of the largest airport expansions in the 21st century. Chicago O'Hare International Airport has had a highly developed wildlife management program for some time, with bird strike issues being an important part. Part of the OMP is to help create a wildlife unfriendly airport and researchers from the University of Illinois brought to the table an idea to avoid the use of topsoil dressing for graded areas, and plant endophyte infected plant species that would discourage grazing wildlife. Although much is known about general alkaloid effects, a practical demonstration was needed that not only addressed revegitation, but also the effect endophyte infection of selected species on wildlife. Kissane undertook a complex project and was able to handle both vegetation and wildlife issues, both near Urbana and at O'Hare.

Kissane is performing research in urban wildlife management with emphasis on habitat manipulation to reduce bird and small mammal abundance at airports. Her work has contributed to the COE's research efforts to advise the O'Hare Modernization Program on wildlife safety at airports using turfgrass and soil selection for effective habitat management practices for improved safety at O'Hare. Experiments in this project have shown that birds use areas with low quality soil less than areas with higher quality soil and that turfgrass species can also influence bird use. Research in habitat use at airports can lead to a better understanding of how to improve the safety of air travel.

Theresa's research has been directly connected to the Center of Excellence for Airport Technology (CEAT) for the past four years with the O'Hare Modernization Program and CEAT's sponsored project on Wildlife Safety for O'Hare as a Masters Student and Research Assistant. She is continuing her research as a Ph.D. candidate through the CEAT program with Prof Herricks continuing to investigate the effects of turfgrass on airport wildlife, incorporating avian radar and toxicology techniques. Her work has contributed to the CEAT FAA Wildlife Safety Program and CEAT Airport Wildlife Safety project at O'Hare by investigating methods of establishing low quality habitat on airport space that make the airfield less attractive to wildlife, and therefore safer for aviation.

Kissane earned her M.S. and B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois in 2009 and 2005 respectively, graduating with high honors. She began a Ph.D. program in fall 2009 within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois. Kissane has excellent teaching skills recognized by the University of Illinois in 2007 and 2008 by UIUC Excellent Teacher awards. Theresa has strong leadership and communication skills, demonstrated through presentations at the 2009 Bird Strike North American Conference and the Annual Meeting for the Wildlife Society in 2008.

Center of Excellence for General Aviation (CGAR)

Doug M. Marshall - University of North Dakota
Professor Doug M. MarshallProfessor Doug M. Marshall is being recognized for his outstanding support of FAA-sponsored Center of Excellence projects on Business Jet Loads Data Acquisition, Development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operational Data Collection, and Operational Loads Monitoring of Agricultural Aircraft. Professor Marshall's legal career included multi-district air disaster litigation, representation of several major airlines in labor/employment and personal injury claims, complex product liability and class action matters, accidents involving oil production and offshore platform workers and commercial divers, and injury/wrongful death claims arising out of commercial shipping and port operations. In addition, he served as General Counsel and later President of Pacific Coast Airlines, Newport Beach, California; and he also represented the airline and its employees in various regulatory, enforcement and contractual matters before the FAA, NTSB and local airport authorities.

Roy Myose - Wichita State University
Professor Roy MyoseProfessor Roy Myose is working with the FAA through the COE-sponsored projects Enhanced Jet Exhaust Mixing to Reduce Jet Aircraft Engine Noise and Detection and Prevention of Carbon Monoxide Exposure in General Aviation Aircraft. He has been a faculty member at Wichita State University (WSU) since 1992.

Professor Myose's research interests cover a board range of aerospace topics. Based on research work conducted at WSU's Beech Wind Tunnel, he has published a series of papers (cf. AIAA Journal of Aircraft, vol. 35, p. 206, 1998) on the topic of Gurney flaps, which are sometimes used on General Aviation aircraft to improve their aerodynamic performance. He has collaborated with Wichita State colleagues on experimental work at WSU National Institute of Aviation Research structures laboratory on the topic of multiple site damage in aging aircraft (cf. SAE Transactions Journal of Aerospace, Vol. 111, p. 113, 2003).

Archie Dickey - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott
Dr. Archie DickeyDr. Archie Dickey is presently the Director of the Aviation Environmental Science program at ERAU-Prescott. He has taught environmental science courses at ERAU for the last eight years. Dr. Dickey has supported several FAA COE projects associated with development and maintenance of websites dealing with FAA Airport Wildlife Mitigation and Wildlife Strike Database, as well the website for Airport Rescue Firefighting at airports.

His passion in biology and environmental science has been made clear through his academic experience.

Dr. Dickey also has several publications that can be found throughout the World Wide Web. His accomplishments throughout his professional career have greatly contributed to improving the safety of our skies and at our airports. He is recognized for his service to the COE community on an ongoing basis for more than a decade.

Michael Inman - University of Alaska-Anchorage
Michael InmanMichael Inman serves as a university representative for the FAA Center for General Aviation Research. Upon his retirement from the U.S. Army, this 36-year resident of Alaska began work in applied aviation research with UAA's Aviation Technology Division. Inman conducts research in Remote Airfield Lighting Systems as part of the Center of Excellence and assists research teams with the development and analysis of aviation research programs. He is responsible for planning and conducting analysis on the nature and characteristics of aviation in the Alaskan flight environment as well as investigations on advanced aviation navigation processes. Inman is recognized as an important member of the COE community for his outstanding contribution and leadership.

Timothy Wilson - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach
Dr. Tim WilsonDr. Tim Wilson is currently a Professor of Computer and Software Engineering at the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. This year finds him and his team working on their third set of COE-sponsored projects in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

The current project is to perform a survey of technologies used in emergency recovery and flight termination systems for unmanned aircraft systems, ranging from preprogrammed flight operations for lost control link situations to "termination with extreme prejudice" for some military UAS. Once the technology survey is complete, the team will perform a regulatory gap analysis; i.e., articulate the areas for which emergency recovery and flight termination technologies and operations would have to be certified through special conditions or equivalent level of safety findings.

In addition to his UAS work, Wilson has active research projects in the assessment and improvement of engineering education practices.

Leonard F. Kirk - University of Alaska-Anchorage

Leonard Kirk coordinates the University of Alaska efforts associated with the Capstone project and has been involved in several FAA COE-sponsored projects in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The Capstone program was conceived through a government/industry partnership to improve aviation safety for Alaskans and produce operating efficiencies for air carriers. A modern avionics suite including an automated Global Positioning System (GPS)-driven moving map display with terrain data base and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) service is being installed in over 200 commercial airplanes serving Alaska. Kirk is active in aviation safety and serves on the Board of Directors for the Medallion Foundation, the Alaska Aviation Safety Foundation and Chairs the Alaska Aviation Coordination Council. In 2007 Kirk was recognized as a team member receiving the Collier Trophy for work on ADS-B. The Collier Trophy is awarded annually "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year."

Center of Excellence for Aircraft Noise and Aviation Emissions Mitigation

Jonathon Levy - Harvard School of Public Health
Sarav Arunachalam - University of North Carolina

Professor Jonathon Levy Professor Sarav ArunachalamProfessors Jonathon Levy of the Harvard School of Public Health and Sarav Arunachalam of the University of North Carolina are being recognized for their work on two different PARTNER projects, however, their research is closely related. The comprehensive multiscale air quality analyses performed by Professor Arunachalam provide the basic input for health impact analyses conducted by Professor Levy. Professors Arunachalam and Levy initiated their work within PARTNER in 2006 filling a much needed role within PARTNER that was urgent for the development of cost-benefit analysis tools for understanding interdependencies and tradeoffs that exist among aviation environmental impacts, and also for responding to a Congressional mandate under Energy Policy Act to quantify aviation emissions and related health impacts within the U.S. Professors Levy and Arunachalam contributed invaluably to this Congressionally-mandated study which provided the first-ever estimates of the contributions from aircraft emissions to nationwide ambient air quality and health impacts. There have been growing public concerns over aviation emissions. There have been growing public concerns over aviation emissions and related health impacts. Prior to results provided by Professors Arunachalam and Levy, there were arbitrary and non-scientific views on the extent to which aircraft and other airport emissions impact air quality and human health. Their work provided a foundation not only for ongoing work under PARTNER, but also for work conducted within the Transportation Research Board, Airports Cooperative Research Program. One of the important on-going research tasks in PARTNER is to quantify the air quality and health impacts of aviation emissions under different NextGen aviation growth scenarios. This type of information is urgently needed to develop the targets of reduction in aviation emissions needed to meet NextGen environmental goals for air quality.

Center of Excellence for Research in the Intermodal Transport Environment (RITE)

William Nazaroff - University of California, Berkeley
William W. Nazaroff is currently a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Nazaroff's Centers of Excellence research area is air quality engineering, with a particular focus on two themes: indoor air quality and exposure analysis. With indoor air quality, Nazaroff's primary interest is to better understand the underlying physics and chemistry that control the concentrations, fates, and effects of pollutants in indoor environments. In exposure analysis, he is pursuing studies that use basic knowledge about air pollutants to build an understanding of the relationships between source emissions and inhalation intake. The composition of indoor air is consequently important for human health and welfare. At the same, energy use in buildings is enormous. Determining how to ensure good indoor air quality while not using excessive energy is a crucial challenge in environmental engineering, both with regards to cabin environmental health concerns and for sustainability. Nazaroff has been an author or co-author of a number of publications on various aspects of indoor air quality and has provided research supervision and mentorship for numerous graduate students. Nazaroff is recognized for his outstanding overall leadership and contributions to this Center of Excellence.

COE for General Aviation Research (CGAR)

Daniel J. Halperin
Daniel J. HalperinDaniel J. Halperin is an undergraduate student in Applied Meteorology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Enrolled in the Honors Program, he has taught a Special Topics in Applied Meteorology course the last two semesters, and will be presenting a paper entitled "Lagrangian Satellite Imagery" at the Eighth Annual American Meteorological Society's Student Conference this January in Phoenix, AZ. Halperin is recognized for providing critical assistance on the FAA COE-funded research project entitled Development of an Aviation Weather Database Highlighting Weather Encounters (Phase I), working with researchers from the FAA's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute and Clemson University. Halperin wrote portions of the final report, and was included as an author in an upcoming paper submitted to the 80th Annual Aerospace Medical Association conference, entitled "Developing Proactive Methods for GA Data Collection."

Steven Abreu-Hill
Steven Abreu-HillSteven Abreu-Hill, a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University conducting research as part of the Center of Excellence for General Aviation, has been named as a Federal Aviation Administration Outstanding Student of the Year. Currently, Abreu-Hill is a spring 2008 candidate for the Master of Science in Aeronautics with specializations in safety and management. Throughout his graduate career, Abreu-Hill served as the Communications and Planning Coordinator for the FAA's Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research (CGAR). Supported by FAA COE funding, Abreu-Hill has been able to work with the FAA on aviation weather research for the Operational Suitability Evaluations of the GTG and NCV weather forecasting products. By integrating his weather skills and aviation knowledge, Abreu-Hill's goal in life is to improve the safety and efficiency of our National Airspace.

His most recent research involved the coordination of the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center Weather Sensors Group Operational Suitability Evaluation (OSE) of the Graphical Turbulence Guidance (GTG) Product. Here, Abreu-Hill worked closely with our COE partner universities in the arrangement of selecting pilots for this study in support of the FAA's weather forecast products approval project.

Abreu-Hill also serves as a lab assistant at ERAU's Weather Center, where he is actively involved in tutoring undergraduates, pilots, and air traffic controllers in aviation meteorology. He has also assisted professors of the department in hurricane forecasting, briefings, and air races.

Christopher Griffis
Christopher GriffisChristopher Griffis, a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University conducting research through the Center of Excellence for General Aviation, has been named as a Federal Aviation Administration Outstanding Student of the Year.

Griffis is a spring 2008 candidate for the Master of Software Engineering degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Griffis has managed teams for six different major software-engineering projects.

Funded by the FAA through the COE, Griffis was able to perform a technology survey of unmanned aircraft propulsion systems. This survey categorized, examined, and described the disparate Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) propulsion technologies, providing the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as associated high-level technical issues. Moreover, in executing this technology survey, Griffis developed a framework for the conceptual decomposition of the described unmanned aircraft propulsion systems, resulting in a similarly titled successful team submission to the 2008 IEEE Aerospace conference. During the summer of 2007, Griffis served as a software engineering intern at Boeing in Everett, WA, where he worked as a test automation engineer for the 787 software configuration extract reports web-portal. As a result of his work at Boeing, he received the highest possible performance rating, as well as two achievement awards and one accomplishment award.

Currently, Griffis is again being funded through the COE for General Aviation to extend work performed in the UAS technology survey. This is a two-part project, first evaluating regulatory gaps as they relate to the introduction of UAS into the National Airspace System, and then performing a subsequent risk analysis of the associated technical issues.

Allison Barber
Allison Barber, a student at the University of North Dakota conducting research at the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation, has been selected as a Department of Transportation FAA COE Outstanding Student of the Year.

Barber is pursuing her Masters degree in aviation at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. She received her undergraduate degree in Aviation Management in August 2007. Barber immersed herself in her flying by joining the Flying Team and in spite of the tremendous time commitment, has remained an integral part of the team for five years and has been critical to UND taking home the national trophy in 2006. Additionally, Allison has successfully competed in computer accuracy, navigation and simulator events.

While she was attending the University of Maryland, Allison interned with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where wrote navigation instructions to be sent to the Cassini spacecraft; she told it where to look, when to look at an object, and for how long.

At the University of North Dakota, Allison designed a series of test cards that simplified gathering and recording of in-flight test data. She worked with the lawyers on the staff and designed a thorough consent form for subject pilots to sign. She also worked with the FAA Aeromedical Institute in Oklahoma City on a series of human factors issues.

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