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Dr. Wendy Okolo Serves as Panelist at American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics SciTech 2022 Forum
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Dr. Wendy Okolo Serves as Panelist at American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics SciTech 2022 Forum

System-Wide Safety (SWS) Associate Project Manager Dr. Wendy Okolo was a featured panelist at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech Forum 360 on January 6, 2022, in San Diego, California. The Forum 360 “Operational Sustainability in Increasingly Congested and Heterogeneous Airspace” panel focused on the future of air transportation and sustainability of emerging and existing operations in the National Airspace System (NAS). Moderated by Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP) Deputy Director Cheryl Quinn, Dr. Okolo joined fellow panelists Steve Bradford (Chief Scientist, NextGen, Federal Aviation Administration), R. John Hansman (T. Wilson Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Director, MIT International Center for Air Transportation), and Tom Prevot (Air Taxi Product Lead, Joby Aviation) to discuss necessary changes to existing NAS operations; such as required automation capabilities, human-machine interactions, and operator and stakeholder responsibilities that will enable a safe and sustainable airspace of the future.

BACKGROUND: SWS performs high-risk research and development and is focused on exploring, discovering, and understanding impacts from technical advancements in aviation and associated emerging operations with regards to safety. To improve the efficiency of flight, access to airspace, and expansion of aviation services, SWS supports the transformation of the NAS by identifying the largest technical barriers to safety.

The AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition is the world’s largest event for aerospace research and development. This year’s forum centered around the theme “Enabling Sustainability Through Aerospace Technology” and had nearly 5,000 registered attendees between virtual and in-person settings.


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