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Chapter: Appendix B: Committee and Staff Biographical Information

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee and Staff Biographical Information." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Advancing Aerial Mobility: A National Blueprint. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25646.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee and Staff Biographical Information." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Advancing Aerial Mobility: A National Blueprint. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25646.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee and Staff Biographical Information." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Advancing Aerial Mobility: A National Blueprint. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25646.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Committee and Staff Biographical Information." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Advancing Aerial Mobility: A National Blueprint. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25646.
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B Committee and Staff Biographical Information NICHOLAS D. LAPPOS, Chair, is a senior technical fellow for Advance Technology at Sikorsky. Mr. Lappos is also chair of the board of directors of the Vertical Lift Consortium (elected in 2010 and 2012), an industry consortium established to work collaboratively with the U.S. government to develop and transition innovative vertical lift technologies to rapidly and affordably meet warfighter needs. He was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni of Georgia Tech in 2004 and awarded the Sir Barnes Wallis Medal by the U.K. Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators in 2013. Mr. Lappos is an honorary fellow and technical fellow of the American Helicopter Society (2013) and received the Frederick Feinberg Award as most outstanding pilot and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Tenhoff Award (1988). Mr. Lappos holds 23 U.S. patents and three FAI world speed records. He has authored numerous technical papers for the American Helicopter Society, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the SAE, and he has written articles for magazines such as Rotor and Wing and Interavia, and has a regular column in HeliOps Magazine. Mr. Lappos is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, and served as a Cobra attack helicopter pilot. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam’s Cross of Gallantry. Serving as a test pilot for Sikorsky for over 27 years, he has flown over 70 different helicopter types. With over 7,500 hours flight time, Mr. Lappos served as chief research and development test pilot for over 12 years. He has served on numerous technical committees for NASA, the American Helicopter Society, the FAA, and NATO’s Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development committees and working groups. Mr. Lappos has participated in the development of serval flight systems such as the S76, UH-60, RAH-66, ABC, Fantail, Shadow, Fly-by-Wire demonstrator, CH-53E, and S92. He was the program manager for the S-92 program during its development, certification, and introduction into production. During that time, the National Aeronautic Association awarded the S-92 Industry Team the Robert J. Collier Trophy. Mr. Lappos has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has served on the National Academies Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, the Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable, and the Aeronautics 2050: A Workshop. ELLA M. ATKINS is a University of Michigan professor of aerospace engineering, associate director of the Robotics Institute, and director of the Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2SYS) Lab. Dr. Atkins previously served on the Aerospace Engineering faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Atkins is editor-in-chief of the AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems (JAIS), an AIAA fellow, an IEEE senior member, a small public airport owner/operator (Shamrock Field, Brooklyn, Michigan), and a private pilot. She was a member of the Institute for Defense Analysis Defense Science Studies Group. Dr. Atkins holds a B.S. and M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. She has served on the National Academies Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, the Committee on Autonomy Research for Civil Aviation, the Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable, and the Committee for the Review of NASA’s Aviation Safety Related Programs. JAMES G. BELLINGHAM is the director of the Center for Marine Robotics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Dr. Bellingham arrived at WHOI from the Monterey Bay Aquarium PREPUBLICATION COPY—SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION B-1

Research Institute, where he was director of engineering and recently chief technologist. Dr. Bellingham was founder and manager of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of Bluefin Robotics, a Massachusetts-based company that develops, builds, and operates autonomous underwater vehicles (since acquired by Battelle). He recently served as a member of the NSB committee that helped prepare the report “Mainstreaming Unmanned Undersea Vehicles into Future U.S. Naval Operations.” ATHERTON A. CARTY is director of Enterprise Technology Roadmaps at Lockheed Martin. Mr. Carty is an executive leader within the Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (ADP) organization, also known as “The Skunk Works,” where he is responsible for leading and advancing ADP’s Technology Roadmaps portfolio, including air vehicles, mission systems, survivability, and revolutionary technologies, as well as the conceptual design core competency. Mr. Carty is an AIAA Associate Fellow and has received the Lockheed Martin NOVA and Aerostar awards. He earned a M.S. in mechanical engineering from the George Washington University Joint Institute for the Advancement of Flight Sciences (JIAFS) at the NASA Langley Research Center. Mr. Carty has not previously served on a National Academies committee. DANIEL DELAURENTIS is a professor of aeronautical and astronautical engineering at Purdue University. Dr. DeLaurentis also serves as the director of the Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation (i-GSDI) at Purdue University. His research is focused on the development of foundational methods and tools for addressing problems characterized as system-of-systems in the context of Next- Generation Air Transportation Systems, especially including the presence of revolutionary aerospace vehicles, new business models, and alternative policy constructs. Dr. DeLaurentis has received the C.T. Sun Research Award and the Kevin Corker Award. He earned a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. DeLaurentis has previously served on the National Academies Panel on Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences. NANCY G. LEVESON is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and a professor of engineering systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Leveson conducts research on the topics of system safety, software safety, software and system engineering, and human-computer interaction. Dr. Leveson received the ACM Allen Newell and the Sigsoft Outstanding Research Awards for computer science research, and the AIAA Information Systems Award for “developing the field of software safety and for promoting responsible software and system engineering practices where life and property are at stake.” She has published more than 200 research papers and is the author of two books. Dr. Leveson received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has previously served on the National Academies Air Force Studies Board, the Committee for the Evaluation of NASA’s Fundamental Aeronautics Research Program, and the Steering Committee on Decadal Survey of Civil Aeronautics. GEORGE T. LIGLER is the proprietor of GTL Associates, which provides systems integration/engineering and product management services related to telecommunications, computer system and hardware/software engineering, and information management to domestic and foreign clients. Since August 2018, Dr. Ligler has also been, on a half-time academic year basis, the Dean’s Eminent Professor of the Practice in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/North Carolina State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. He has worked as a subject matter expert to support the Federal Aviation Administration’s implementation of both satellite-based navigation and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) as components of the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Dr. Ligler is a member of RTCA’s Program Management Committee and the Plenary leadership group for the Industry-FAA Equip 2020 initiative related to ADS-B out equipage. He is co-chair of RTCA Special Committee-159 (Navigation Equipment Using the Global Navigation Satellite System) and a former founding co-chair of RTCA Special Committee-228 (Minimum Operational Performance Standards for PREPUBLICATION COPY—SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION B-2

Unmanned Aircraft Systems). Dr. Ligler has also been active in RTCA Special Committee-186 (Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast) since its inception in 1995. Dr. Ligler was awarded the 2006 RTCA Achievement Award, RTCA’s highest award, for his contributions to ADS-B and satellite- based navigation system initiatives. He is also a co-recipient of the 2017 RTCA Achievement Award for his contributions to the development of standards for unmanned aircraft systems. Dr. Ligler holds a D.Phil. in mathematics and computation from Oxford University, with his studies supported by a Rhodes scholarship. He has previously served on the National Academies Committee on Assessing Risk of UAS Integration into the National Airspace System. LOURDES Q. MAURICE is an independent aerospace consultant with DLM Global Strategies. Dr. Maurice was previously the executive director of the Office of Environment and Energy at the Federal Aviation Administration, where she led environmental research and advanced technology development programs. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Maurice earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of London’s Imperial College at London. She has previously served as a member of the National Academies Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable, the Committee on Air Force/Department of Defense Aerospace Propulsion, and the Committee for Review of NASA’s Revolutionize Aviation Program. PAUL E. MCDUFFEE is business development and strategy executive at the Boeing Company. Mr. McDuffee is responsible for supporting the company’s development of autonomous vehicles and operations in urban air mobility. Prior to joining Boeing, Mr. McDuffee was Insitu, Inc., vice president of government relations and was responsible for regulation shaping and development of Insitu’s future in civilian and commercial use of unmanned aircraft. He continues in this role, supporting the Boeing team in FAA in matters relating to regulation for UAS operations and as advocate for UAS national airspace integration. Mr. McDuffee’s involvement in UAS regulatory development is extensive. Prior to joining Insitu, he transitioned from a 30-year career in academia as a full professor and vice president of Aviation Training at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Mr. McDuffee joined Insitu as vice president of Flight Operations and Training before moving on to his current role. He currently serves on the AUVSI board of directors. Mr. McDuffee was a charter member of the FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft System Aviation Rulemaking Committee and former member of the FAA UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee. He was past working group chair on the ASTM F-38 Committee, developing industry consensus standards for small UAS. Mr. McDuffee has served as co-chair of RTCA Special Committee 228 chartered by FAA to establish performance standards for UAS command and control and detect and avoid solutions. Mr. McDuffee is a recipient of the RTCA 2017 Achievement Award and received three Outstanding Leader Awards from RTCA. He was a member of the FAA/RTCA Drone Advisory Committee Subcommittee, and a member of the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team Steering Committee. Mr. McDuffee is an active pilot and aircraft owner holding Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificates, with jet- type ratings, has logged over 9,000 flight hours, and holds both a B.S. and M.S. from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has served on the National Academies Committee on Assessing the Risks of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration. VINEET MEHTA is vice president of engineering at AIRXOS (a GE venture) and is a member of the company’s founding team. Dr. Mehta is responsible for spearheading architecture, design, development, and delivery of multiple mobile device and cloud-based software products for unmanned aircraft systems operations, logistics, and traffic management. He is responsible for management and fiscal oversight of an engineering organization with over fifty staff composed of software engineers. Dr. Mehta was previously a group leader and principal investigator at MITRE Corporation, where he focused on various aspects of computer and network security, and was also the chief engineer at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Command. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, in electrical engineering. Dr. Mehta has not previously served on a National Academies committee. PREPUBLICATION COPY—SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION B-3

CONSTANTINE SAMARAS is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Samaras’s research spans energy, vehicle automation, technoeconomic assessment, and defense analysis, and he directs the Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation. He has published studies examining electric and autonomous ground and air vehicles, is a fellow in Carnegie Mellon’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, and is an affiliated faculty member in the Traffic21 Research Center. Dr. Samaras is also an adjunct senior researcher at the RAND Corporation. From 2009 to 2014, he was a researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he led research on strategic basing of major weapons systems, defense installation analysis, and energy technology assessment. Dr. Samaras has served as the megaprojects engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff. He is currently a FAA Certified Drone Pilot. Dr. Samaras received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He has previously served on the National Academies Review of the U.S. DRIVE Research Program, Phase 4 Committee. PETER SHANNON is founder and managing director at Radius Capital. Mr. Shannon is an investor focusing on advanced aerial mobility and its application toward positive impact for transportation across the economy. Mr. Shannon is active in the aviation community around issues critical to enabling high- scale adoption of aerial mobility systems, has published a series of articles on advanced aerial mobility, and is involved with programs attached to NASA, FAA, and private industry. He holds two patents, including on vertiport network management. He also serves as an advisor and/or mentor for the Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI), the Boeing GoFly prize, and the AeroInnovate startup accelerator. Earlier, Mr. Shannon was at Firelake Capital and Atlas Venture, investing in transportation and sustainability technologies. Mr. Shannon started flying when he was 19, and actively maintains a Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating. He holds an M.B.A. with High Honors from the University of Chicago, Booth, and a B.S. with Distinction in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. Mr. Shannon has served on the National Academies NASA Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable. PREPUBLICATION COPY—SUBJECT TO FURTHER EDITORIAL CORRECTION B-4

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Advanced aerial mobility is a newly emerging industry that aims to develop and operate new air vehicles potentially capable of safe, reliable, and low-noise vertical flight. The world has seen a recent increase in the adoption of electric vertical lift aircraft for urban, suburban and rural operations. These new innovations and technologies change the way that we move cargo and people, affecting industries across the economy. These changes will challenge today's airspace monitoring systems and regulatory environment. The U.S. government and its regulatory agencies need technical guidance to facilitate the development of these technologies, and to create the regulatory framework to foster the growth of this vertical flight industry to the benefit of the aviation industry.

Advanced Aerial Mobility evaluates the potential benefits and challenges associated with this emerging industry. This report provides recommendations that seek to foster an environment in which the nation can maintain its leading position in developing, deploying, and embracing these new technologies. This publication presents a national vision for advanced aerial mobility, market evolution, and safety and security management.

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