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An Assessment of NASA’s National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service
Donald W. Richardson retired in 2005 as the vice president of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) responsible for all FAA and civil aviation corporate activities. He has been an active pilot for 59 years and possesses a breadth of experience with multi-engine land and seaplanes. His engineering career has included assignments as an aerodynamics and flight test engineer, research pilot, and engineering manager. He is a fellow and past president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), of which he has been a member for 58 years. He is also a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has served on its Engineering Council. He was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal in 2002 for his work in reinvigorating U.S. federal funding in research and development in aeronautics. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in aeronautical and mechanical engineering.
Thomas B. Sheridan is Ford Professor of Engineering and Applied Psychology Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is senior transportation fellow at the DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. Dr. Sheridan’s research interests include modeling and experiment on human-automation interaction in aviation, highway, medical, and other systems. He is the author or co-author of five books and more than 200 scientific papers. He served as president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society and as editor of IEEE Transactions onMan-Machine Systems; he received the IEEE’s Norbert Wiener and Joseph Wohl awards and the IEEE Centennial and Millennium Medals; and he is an IEEE fellow. Dr. Sheridan is also a fellow of the International Ergonomics Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), a recipient of several HFES awards, and a past president of HFES. He received the National Engineering Award of the American Association of Engineering Societies and the Oldenburger Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Sheridan has served as a member of several NRC committees, including the Committee for the Review of NASA’s Revolutionize Aviation Program (a committee that had interactions with the NAOMS project). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Sheridan received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. degree in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, an Sc.D. degree from MIT, and an honorary doctorate from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
Alfred T. Spain retired as senior vice president of operations at JetBlue Airways Corporation in May 2006. Previously, he had served in various capacities at Continental Airlines, including as vice president of flight operations for Continental Micronesia, Inc. Mr. Spain is pilot-rated in numerous multi-engine and turbine-powered aircraft. Previously he had been a commercial pilot and instructor for more than 20 years. He is a senior member of the AIAA, a life member of the Navy League of the United States, and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Seaplane Pilots Association. He has experience in the senior management of flight operations for domestic and international airlines as well as civilian and military experience in safety applications for both flight and ground operations. Mr. Spain has a B.S. in professional aviation from Louisiana Technical University and an M.B.A. from Concordia University.
S. Lynne Stokes is a professor of statistical science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her current research interests are sampling methods, modeling of nonsampling errors in surveys, and disclosure limitation methods. Before working at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Stokes was a mathematical statistician at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at the Center for Social Science Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and as faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a fellow of the ASA and the past chair of the ASA’s Survey Research Methods Section. Dr. Stokes currently serves as the associate editor for Survey Methodology and has served as editor of The American Statistician. She has served on the NRC Committee on Review of Recreational Fisheries Survey Methods and on the Panel on Alternative Census Methodologies. She received her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.