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David Chien

Deputy Executive Director

photo of David ChienDr. David Chien was named the Federal Aviation Administration's Deputy Director of Economic Analysis and Forecasting in the Office of Policy and Plans, APO-1 in June 2013. He provides key cost benefit analysis for all rules and regulations at the FAA and develops advanced technical and analytical aviation forecasts.

Dr. Chien has been employed by the United States government for almost 30 years, 20 years at the Department of Transportation and ten years at the Department of Energy. He previously worked at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics as the Assistant Director of the Office of Advanced Studies, where he developed a methodology to evaluate and measure the contribution of transportation to the Gross Domestic Product. Dr. Chien also worked at the FAA's Office of Investment Analysis and Operations Research where he wrote standards and guidelines for cost-benefit analysis over a two-year period.

Dr. Chien served for 10 years at the Department of Energy in the Energy Information Administration, where he developed the pioneering National Energy Modeling System Transportation Model, which was used to develop estimates of tax incentives for electric hybrid sales, evaluate fuel tax policies, and calculate the first U.S. estimates of greenhouse gas emissions for the Interagency Task Force on Climate Change in order to develop policies to meet the International Kyoto Protocol Agreements. Dr. Chien has published more than 25 articles and provided more than 60 presentations.

Dr. Chien received his Doctor of Science in Energy Management and Policy Analysis at the University of Pennsylvania, Master's Science degree in Mineral Economics from Penn State University, and Bachelor's Science degree in Biology with a minor in Economics from Bucknell University.

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