Tuesday, April 18, Conference Keynote Speaker
Jim Eck is the assistant administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The NextGen organization is responsible for leading the modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS), the move to a smarter, satellite-based system with digital technologies and advanced procedures that will ensure safe and efficient air travel for decades to come. Mr. Eck leads a federal workforce of about 900 employees and manages the $1 billion annual budget of the Next Generation Air Transportation System. His office also oversees the world’s leading aviation research complex at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Formerly, Jim served as the vice president of the Program Management Organization (PMO) responsible for all NextGen program activity, infrastructure modernization programs, and service to legacy NAS infrastructure. Jim has worked acquisition programs since joining the FAA in 1996. In addition to program development and execution, he has been active in leading acquisition management policy and workforce development.
Tuesday, April 18, Evening Exhibitor Reception, Keynote Speaker
Mike J. Harrison is an aviation evangelist associated with Aviation Management Associates in Alexandria, Virginia. He has over 47 years of aviation experience, 35 with the U.S. Air Force and the FAA in various capacities from being a pilot, aviation safety, capacity development, research and development of operational concepts ranging from airports to space. From 2005 to 2010 he served as the editor of The Journal of Air Traffic Control.
While with the FAA, he was the director of architecture and systems engineering until his retirement in 2002. For the last 14 years, he has worked to advance the details on the next generation air transportation system and its European counterpart efforts to change how air traffic management is provided. Now retired, he is returning to entertain with his interesting perspective on how aviation news meets reality. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology from Oregon State University and advanced studies from American University.
Tuesday, April 18, Global Harmonization of CNS
Steve Bradford is chief scientist for architecture and next generation (NextGen) development in the FAA’s NextGen Office. In this role, he has participated in the development of the Joint Planning and Development Office’s (JPDO) NextGen concept, the RTCA National Airspace System (NAS) Operational Concept and the ICAO Air Traffic Management Operational Concepts Panel (ATMCP) Global Concept. He is the chairman of the Technical Review Board which monitors technical decisions related investments and the enterprise architecture.
He also works with elements of the FAA and the JPDO to develop midterm plans and five year budget requests to implement NextGen. He has a leading role in several new activities with SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) and has led several cooperative international efforts via action plans with Eurocontrol. Previous activities include leading efforts to validate future concepts and developing the FAA’s NAS enterprise architecture.
Michael Standar is the chief strategies and external relations at the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) based in Brussels, Belgium. He became chief of air traffic management in July 2011 and was promoted to his current position in January 2012. He was an active Swedish member of ICAO Air Traffic Management Operational Concepts Panel (ATMCP) developing the ICAO Global Air Traffic Management (ATM) Operational Concept Document, which continued into the Air Traffic Management Requirements and Performance Panel (ATMRPP).
In the early 1990s, he was offered a post at the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) headquarters, later the LFV (Swedish Civil Aviation Administration) ANS (Air Navigation Services) service provider. There, he was promoted first to head units for ATM operational developments and operational support and later head of the business area of LFV’s ATM support and development before taking up duties as LFV director for ANS business development.
Wednesday, April 19, Satellites for CNS
Rainer J. Koll has over 30 years technical and executive management experience in aerospace industries. During that time, advancement of the aviation communications state of the art has been at the heart of his career. Working as engineering group leader and director at Inmarsat and ICO Global Communications, he was responsible for the classic aero satcom and next generation satellite system (NGSS) developments.
As managing director and VP of Thales Avionics Ltd. (UK), Rainer Koll chaired the Honeywell/Thales Executive Committee that managed the joint ARINC 741 Satcom business. He also launched the ARINC 781 developments for Thales’s TopFlight satcom.
From 2010 to 2015, Koll was chief executive of Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd. He is now senior advisor at Stellar Solutions and focuses on advising the FAA on SESAR/NextGen satcom standardization and harmonization tasks.
David Bowen is the chief ATM at the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) where he leads the team responsible for the operational and technical systems content of the SESAR program. Bowen is an ATM systems engineer with over 20 years of experience in the domain of CNS, avionics and ATM ground systems.
Beginning his career in the UK, he worked on the development of surveillance systems before spending 4 years at Eurocontrol focusing on ADS-B and multilateration. He has experience in the development and standardization of numerous CNS and avionics systems including participation to ICAO panels and chairmanship of technical standardization working groups. Prior to taking up his current role in the SJU, Bowen spent 4 years as the technical secretary of the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) with responsibility for the overall management of EUROCAE technical standards activities as well as working closely with RTCA and other organisations on the coordinated development of avionics and ATM standards.
Thursday, April 20, CNS for UAS Integration
Stephen P. Van Trees is lead, Communications Team, AIR-132, Aircraft Certification Service, FAA, Washington, D.C. His team works in data communications, weather systems, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He is currently co-chair of the Command and Control (C2) Working Group for SC-228, the RTCA committee for UAS. Prior to this, he was active as aircraft roadmap lead in the national airspace system (NAS) enterprise architecture effort, integrating aircraft equipage and approval with overall NAS planning.
Over the last 17 years with the FAA he has held a variety of technical and management positions, including six years as manager, Avionics Systems Branch (AIR-130). The branch was the first in the FAA to manage UAS integration. He joined the FAA as an engineer in the data communication area, after working in a lead role in the U.S. team for development of the ICAO SARPs for the Aeronautical Telecommunication Network (ATN). He holds a Master of Science from both the UC Berkeley and George Mason University (computer science).
ICNS Conference Chairs
Conference General Chair
Mr. Aloke Roy is a senior program manager with Honeywell Advanced Technology. He currently manages data communication, information security and radio technology development programs supporting Honeywell Aerospace. Previously, Mr. Roy was director of programs at Flextronics Corporation managing several major telecommunications OEM accounts. In this role, Mr. Roy was responsible for business development, outsourcing, and globalization of hardware design activities supporting large volume contract electronic manufacturing. His prior experiences include various positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories and ARINC Aviation Systems Division.
As systems engineering director at ARINC, Mr. Roy oversaw development of SATCOM, HF, VDL, ATIS, and PDC standards and services. Currently, Mr. Roy chairs ICAO ACP Working Group “S” and RTCA Special Committee 223, which are developing the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System requirements and operational performance standards. Mr. Roy holds several patents on aeronautical, wireless and secure communications.
Dr. Benjamin Levy works for MCR, LLC as a senior operations research analyst. His work supports the US FAA in their Acquisition Management System process. Prior to joining MCR, he ran his own company, was the manager of the Operations Research group in the Advanced Development Division of Sensis Corporation, worked at MITRE/CAASD, and earned his doctorate at the University of Maryland/College Park. He is the author of more than 20 papers and presentations relating to air traffic management and has been past general and technical chair for the DASC and ICNS conferences.
Lance Sherry is associate professor of systems engineering and operations research at George Mason University. Dr. Sherry also serves as the director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at George Mason University. Dr. Sherry has over 30 years experience in the aviation industry serving as a flight-test engineer, flight control engineer, system engineer, lead system architect, program manager, strategic planning and business development.
Dr. Sherry served as a fellow at RAND Corporation 1999-2001. He has published over 100 papers and journal articles, holds several patents, and has received awards for his work. Dr. Sherry is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, and he holds both a Master of Science and a doctorate in industrial and system engineering from Arizona State University.
Ms. Denise S. Ponchak is the deputy branch chief of the Communications Architectures, Networks and Systems Branch at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The branch is responsible for designing advanced networking concepts, architectures, technologies and system integration for aeronautics and space applications.
Prior to becoming a supervisor, Ms. Ponchak was an aeronautical communications project manager focusing on increasing the National Airspace System (NAS) telecommunications capability, and a communications research engineer supporting future satellite-based communications. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University in 1983 and 1988 respectively.