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The Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable (ARTR)

Statement of Task

The Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable (ARTR) convenes leaders from government, industry, and universities to define and explore critical issues related to the nation's aeronautics research agenda that are of shared interest; to frame systems-level research issues; and to explore options for public-private partnerships that could support rapid, high confidence knowledge transfer. This roundtable is designed to facilitate candid dialogue among participants, to foster greater partnership among members of the aeronautics community, and, where appropriate, to communicate awareness of consequences to the wider public.

Committee Meetings

April 26, 2019
Washington, DC

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September 25, 2018
Washington, DC

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June 18, 2018
Washington, DC

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* Presentations which have been made available for posting will be added after the meeting is complete.

Current Membership (2018)

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Raymond S. Colladay, Chair, RC Space Enterprises, Inc.

Eric Allison, Uber

Juan J. Alonso, Stanford University

Ali Bahrami, FAA

JoeBen Bevirt, Joby Aviation Inc.

Mary L. Cummings, Duke University

Eric H. Ducharme, GE Aviation

Lisa Ellman,Hogan Lovells US LLP and Commercial Drone Alliance

Jonathan Evans, Skyward/ GUTMA

John S. Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Benjamin D. Marcus, AirMap

Peter Shannon, Levitate Capital

Jaiwon Shin, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Michael K. Sinnett, Boeing


Dwayne Day, Program Officer

Anesia Wilks, Senior Program Assistant


View Archive Page of ARTR 2011-2017


Member Bios

RAYMOND S. COLLADAY is an aerospace consultant for RC Space Enterprises, Inc. He is also a retired corporate officer of the Lock¬heed Martin Corporation and the former president of the Lockheed Martin Astronautics Company (now Lockheed Martin Space Systems) in Denver. Before entering the private sector, he held positions of director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense and associate administrator of NASA where he had senior executive responsibility for the agency’s aeronautics and space research and technology development including operations oversight of Ames, Langley, Dryden, and Glenn Research Centers. He has taught leadership and ethics and public policy for the Colorado School of Mines; and he has served on a number of steering committees, boards, and commissions. Dr. Colladay started his aerospace career at NASA Glenn Research Center in propulsion research and development (R&D) before moving to NASA Headquarters. He has been a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and various Defense Sci¬ence Board summer studies. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and of the American Astronautical Society. He earned his Ph.D. in me¬chanical engineering from Michigan State University. Dr. Colladay has participated in many National Academies activities, including as chair of the Committee on the NASA Technology Roadmaps, chair of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, and co-vice chair of the Committee on the Rationale and Goals of the U.S. Civil Space Program.

ERIC ALLISON is the Head of Uber Elevate. Previously, Eric spent eight years at Zee Aero leading the development of the Cora vehicle, a two-place self-piloted air taxi. He was part of the founding team at Zee, where he served for three years as CEO. Eric received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He has not previously served on an Academies committee.


JUAN J. ALONSO is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University. Dr. Alonso is the founder and director of the Aerospace Design Laboratory (ADL) where he specializes in the development of high-fidelity computational analysis and design methodologies to enable the creation of realizable and efficient aerospace systems. He is the author of over 200 technical publications on the topics of computational aircraft and spacecraft design, multi-disciplinary optimization, fundamental numerical methods, and high-performance parallel computing. Previously, Dr. Alonso was the director of the NASA Fundamental Aeronautics Program in Washington, DC. He is the recipient of several AIAA Best Paper Awards, the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal, the NASA ARMD Associate Administrator Award, and the AIAA Stanford Chapter Professor of the Year award (eight times). Dr. Alonso has served in the NASA Advisory Council, the Secretary of Transportation’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee, the FAA Administrator’s Management Advisory Council, and as an independent expert in the ICAO/CAEP fuel burn, noise, and emissions technology goals evaluation. He currently serves in the FAA Drone Advisory Council. Dr. Alonso and the ADL are responsible for the development of the open-source SU2 analysis and design environment, intended for use by the worldwide community to advance the state-of-the-art in numerical optimization of fluid flows. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University and his B.S. degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has not previously served on an Academies committee.


ALI BAHRAMI is the associate administrator for Aviation Safety with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Previously, he was vice president for Civil Aviation at Aerospace Industries Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association that represents the nation's leading aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers. As associate administrator, Bahrami leads the organization responsible for setting safety standards and overseeing all parts of the aviation industry — airlines, manufacturers, repair stations, pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, and any person or product that operates in aviation. These programs have a direct impact on every facet of domestic and international civil aviation safety. Bahrami first joined the FAA as an engineer, and went on to serve as manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate. In that capacity, he was involved in decision making regarding appropriate safety actions for the existing fleet and the development of recommendations aimed at improving the design standards for the future aircraft models. He directed the U.S. validation of the Airbus 380 through successful collaboration with the manufacturer and the European Aviation Safety Agency. He also directed the FAA certification of the Boeing 787 and the 747-8 passenger and freighter models. Prior to the FAA, he was at Douglas Aircraft, where he was a senior engineer. There he was the lead engineer responsible for aerodynamic and structural loads analysis on large commercial airplanes, such as the MD-80 and the MD-11. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee. 

JOEBEN BEVIRT is the founder and CEO of Joby Aviation Inc. Joby Aviation Inc. is an electric mobility company that is building a fully-electric, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) passenger aircraft optimized to deliver air transportation as a service. Mr. Bevirt has dedicated his life to driving radical innovation in the fields of energy storage technologies and robotics. Previously, Mr. Bevirt co-founded Velocity11 which developed high-performance laboratory equipment. At Velocity 11, he served as president and CEO, and as a board member until the sale to Agilent Technologies. Following sale of Velocity11, Mr. Bevirt founded Joby Energy Inc. to develop airborne wind turbines to harness the abundant power of high-altitude wind. Joby Energy Inc. was merged into Makani Wind, which, in turn, was purchased by Google. He is the recipient of a Haueter Award, which is given for an outstanding technical contribution to the field of VTOL aircraft development other than a helicopter or an operational vertical flight aircraft. Mr. Bevirt received the award for successfully demonstrating the world's first high-speed multi-passenger electric VTOL aircraft. He also holds 30 U.S. patents. Mr. Bevirt holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He has not previously served on an Academies committee.


MARY (MISSY) CUMMINGS is a professor at Duke University in the Pratt School of Engineering. She is also the director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. Previously, Dr. Cummings served as a naval officer and military pilot. She was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. Dr. Cummings is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow and the co-chair for the World Economic Forum’s Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Her research interests include human supervisory control, explainable artificial intelligence, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-robot interaction, human-systems engineering, and the ethical and social impact of technology. Dr. Cummings received her B.S. in mathematics from the US Naval Academy, her M.S. in space systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and her Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. She has previously served on the Academies committee on Human-Automation Interaction Consideration for Unmanned Aerial System Integration: A Workshop, the Economic, Legal, and Regulatory Implications of Emerging Technologies: A Workshop Series, and the Committee for a Study of FAA Air Traffic Controller Staffing.

ERIC H. DUCHARME is chief engineer at GE Aviation where he is responsible for airworthiness and certification, design process and quality, flight safety, and technical talent development. Dr. Ducharme has been responsible for leading multiple teams at GE, including: aeroelastic technology and design of swept composite fans, resulting in the first successful engine applications; the GE90-115B, LEAP-1A/B/C and Passport 20 engineering programs, through development and certification; and, most recently, the Advanced Technology Operation, responsible for delivering differentiated technologies and product architectures for next generation commercial & military flight propulsion. Dr. Ducharme holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from McGill University. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the NASA Aeronautics Advisory Committee, past chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board, and GE’s University Executive aligned with MIT. He has previously served on the Academies committee on Understanding the Engineering Education-Workforce Continuum.


LISA ELLMAN is partner at Hogan Lovells LLP. She is recognized as one of the "world's foremost authorities on drones and law." Ms. Ellman offers a unique perspective and vast experience in the UAS industry, pushing policy boundaries forward and assisting organizations to get ahead in the fast-changing regulatory environment. She chairs Hogan Lovells’ Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice, a group dedicated to helping businesses succeed in the dynamic drone and urban air mobility marketplace. Lisa's focus is expanding the commercial drone industry, including as co-founder and co-leader of the Commercial Drone Alliance. She also focuses on UAS security efforts. Lisa recently hosted the Domestic Drone Security Summit, for the first time ever bringing national security agencies together with industry to explore collaboration opportunities around UAS security. Throughout her career, Lisa has worked to bridge government policymaking and business innovation (a combination that has become known as "polivation".) Lisa has held a variety of positions at top levels of the executive branch at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Most recently, she led the DOJ's effort to develop policy that would govern the use of UAS in the United States, and represented the DOJ in the federal interagency process considering UAS-related policy issues. Lisa is a highly sought-after thought leader on drones law and policy. Her opinions have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, and other publications — and she regularly appears on television to talk about the latest developments. Ellman was recently featured in Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" series for her efforts to develop policy to govern drone use in the United States. She also delivered a TEDx talk in 2014. She has not previously served on an Academies committee.

JONATHAN EVANS is the co-president of Skyward, a Verizon Company. Skyward is the leading drone operations platform. Mr. Evans advises businesses of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, on launching and managing safe, successful drone operations. Mr. Evans was a professional aviator for 18 years, serving as a UH60 Blackhawk pilot in the U.S. Army as well as a LifeFlight medevac pilot. For Mr. Evans, drones are the convergence of his two greatest passions: computer science and aviation. As president of the Global UTM Association, Mr. Evans is committed to advancing the future of aviation through drones. Mr. Evans received his B.S. in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He has not previously served on an Academies committee.


JOHN S. LANGFORD, III (NAE) is president-elect of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Formerly, he was the chairman and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, which he founded. Prior to Aurora, Langford worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia, for the Lockheed Corporation as an engineer on the development of the F-117 stealth fighter, and as an intern at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2014, the National Aeronautics Association (NAA) awarded Langford the Cliff Henderson Trophy for “significant and lasting contributions to the promotion and advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States”. He has also received the DeFlorez Prize from MIT, the Kremer Speed Prize from the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Young Engineer of the Year award from the AIAA National Capital Section, the National Tibbets Award for outstanding contributions to the SBIR Program, the Barry M. Goldwater Educator Award from the AIAA, Virginia’s Outstanding Industrialist award from the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the President’s Award for Exceptional Service and the Howard Galloway Award from the National Association of Rocketry. Langford is a Fellow of AIAA and has served as the organization’s president. He is also a Fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and has served on academic advisory boards at MIT, the University of Maryland, and Mississippi State University. He has served on the board of directors of the NAA, the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and the Institute Development Committee (IDC) of the AIAA. Langford served on the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) and chaired its Subcommittee on Unmanned Air Systems. He has served on several study committees for the National Research Council. He has been named by the Governor of Virginia to chair the Virginia Commission on Unmanned Systems. Dr. Langford earned his Ph.D. in aeronautics and public policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has participated in several National Academies projects, including the Committee to Assess NASA's Aeronautics Flight Research Capabilities and the Committee on Autonomous Vehicles in Support of Naval Operations.


BENJAMIN D. MARCUS is chairman and co-founder of AirMap. AirMap is the leading low-altitude airspace management platform. Mr. Marcus also serves as the industry co-chair for the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team. Previously, Mr. Marcus was CEO and co-founder of jetAVIA, the world’s leading broker of business jets. Prior to founding jetAVIA, Mr. Marcus served as a flight test engineer for Eclipse Aviation, maker of the Eclipse 500 very light jet. Mr. Marcus is an FAA-certified Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor with more than 4,500 hours of flight experience in more than 100 aircraft types and ratings in seaplanes, gliders, helicopters, and six types of jets. He is also a certified remote pilot. He has been a volunteer for Angel Flight West for more than 20 years and serves on its board of directors. Mr. Marcus earned his B.S. from the Purdue University School of Aeronautics. He has not previously served on an Academies committee.


PETER SHANNON is an investor with Levitate Capital. He has built his career as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist focusing on transportation and logistics technologies, including unmanned systems and aerial mobility and their application toward positive impact for the world’s growing megacities. In addition to investing, Peter is active in the aviation community around emerging standards and the intersection of regulatory and technology issues critical to enabling high-scale adoption of future aerial mobility systems. Prior to his current work, Peter was at Firelake Capital and Atlas Venture. Peter's entrepreneurial experience began while an undergraduate, when he co-founded Eye Response, Inc., a company that pioneered computer eye-tracking systems. Peter holds an M.B.A., with High Honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS, with Distinction, in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. Peter started flying when he was 19 and actively maintains a Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating. He hs not previously served on an Academies committee. 


JAIWON SHIN is the associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) at NASA. In this position, he manages the agency’s aeronautics research portfolio and guides its strategic direction. This portfolio includes research in the fundamental aeronautics of flight, aviation safety, and the nation’s airspace system. Previously, Shin served as deputy associate administrator for ARMD, where he was instrumental in restructuring NASA’s aeronautics program to focus on fundamental research and better align with the nation’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Prior to coming to work at NASA Headquarters, Shin served as chief of the Aeronautics Projects Office at NASA Glenn Research Center where he had management responsibility for all of the center’s aeronautics projects. Prior to this he was Glenn’s deputy director of aeronautics, where he provided executive leadership for the planning and implementation of Glenn’s aeronautics program and interfaced with NASA Headquarters, other NASA centers, and external customers to explore and develop technologies in aeropropulsion, aviation safety and security, and airspace systems. Prior to this, Shin served as chief of the Aviation Safety Program Office, as well as the deputy program manager for NASA’s Aviation Safety Program and Airspace Systems Program. He assisted both program directors in planning and research management. Shin co-chairs the National Science and Technology Council’s Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee. His honors include NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal, a NASA Group Achievement Award, the Lewis Superior Accomplishment Award, three Lewis Group Achievement Awards, and an Air Force Team Award. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellowship Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has extensive experience in high-speed and icing research, and has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical and journal papers. Shin received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, his B.S. from Yonsei University in Korea, and his M.S. in mechanical engineering from the California State University, Long Beach. He serves as a member of the Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable.


MICHAEL K. SINNETT (NAE) is senior vice president of product strategy and future airplane development at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Additionally, he serves as senior chief engineer for Airplane Systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Mr. Sinnett leads development of future airplane strategies including autonomous aircraft, total power management strategies, next-generation flight deck designs, advanced configurations and future small freighter and airplane designs. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Sinnett served as chief engineer for systems for the 787 program, as well as the systems team leader for the 787 and the 7E7, and earlier as the chief systems engineer for the Sonic Cruiser Program. Before this, Mr. Sinnett served in positions of increasing responsibility in Commercial Airplanes, including director of Airplane Systems, supporting all Boeing Commercial Airplane programs, chief engineer of Supplier Management, chief engineer for 767 Airplane Systems and several positions in avionics and flight deck supporting development of 777, 737-NG and 747/767 engineering. Mr. Sinnett started his aerospace career at the McDonnell Aircraft Company, working in flight simulation on the AV-8B Harrier II program, AV-8B manufacturing methods, F-15 flight test, Tomahawk operations analysis and F/A-18 flight simulation. Mr. Sinnett is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Mr. Sinnett earned a M.S. in aerospace engineering as a National Science Foundation Creativity in Engineering Fellow at the University of Missouri Rolla, where he also earned his B.S. in aerospace engineering. Mr. Sinnett has not yet served on an Academies committee.




Below is an archive list of names and a link to the slides presented at the roundtable meeting during open session. We have only included the slides for which the presenter has given consent to post.

Presenter names and slides are listed in the order of the agenda. Presentations which have been made available for posting will be added after the meeting is complete.


June 18, 2018

Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, ARMD, NASA - no slides
Robert Pearce, NASA
Lisa Ellman (moderator) - no slides
Margaret Jenny, RTCA - no slides
Melvin Johnson, FAA - no slides
Vineet Mehta, GE Airxos
Bruce Holmes, SmartSky Networks
Ashish Bagai, Vertical Flight Society
Davis Hackenberg, NASA
Pamela Cohn, Ascension Group - no slides


* No slides* indicates that the presenter did not utilize slides during their presentation.

* Permission pending* indicates that the presenter has not given us consent to publish the slides they presented at the meeting.

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