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2020 Tech Symposium Agenda 
Last agenda update - March 20

"Technologies to Enable Blue Skies: The Next Decade and Beyond"

Monday, Nov. 30
3 - 5 p.m. Registration Open Ocean Ballroom
Tuesday, Dec. 1
7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Registration Open Ocean Ballroom
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Exhibitor Setup Ocean Ballroom
7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. Shuttle buses to/from Tech Center Pick-up Location: TBA
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tech Center Tuesday
Your ATCA Tech Symposium registration includes admission to Tech Center Tuesday, a one-stop-shop event that gives attendees a look behind the scenes at one of the world's most advanced aviation research and development centers. Tour the Center's labs and facilities and stay up to date by visiting nearly 50 booths presenting all the technology the Tech Center is currently researching and developing. Learn more.
FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center 
6 - 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
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Wednesday, Dec. 2             
7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Open Ocean Ballroom
7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Speaker/Moderator Room Open Atlantic 3
7 - 8 a.m. Welcome Coffee & Breakfast 
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Ocean Ballroom
8 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Peter F. Dumont
President and CEO
Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)

NASA Speaker TBA 

Shelley Yak
William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC), FAA
Superstar Theater
8:30 - 9 a.m. Fireside Chat with FAA Administrator Steven Dickson (tent.)
Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, ATCA
Superstar Theater
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open Ocean Ballroom
9 - 10 a.m. 
NextGen Implementations Enabling Future Technology
Abstract and speakers TBA
Superstar Theater
10 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break with Exhibitors              
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Ocean Ballroom
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Smart Airports Panel
Abstract and speakers TBA
Superstar Theater
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

The FAA Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition Finalist Presentations
The Federal Aviation Administration is sponsoring the FAA Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition (“Smart Airport Challenge”) to recognize students with the ability to demonstrate innovative thinking focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of smart technology in and around the airport environment while enhancing the overall traveling experience. The FAA is using this competition to stimulate and advance innovation in aviation research; promote the development of a robust aviation workforce to support a growing and evolving aerospace system; develop a pipeline to fill current and projected shortages via partnerships with academia and industry; and drive a passion for aviation in today’s youth of all ages and backgrounds. The FAA intends to incentivize university-level students at accredited United States-based colleges and universities to think creatively in developing solutions to transportation technology challenges while addressing the human factors aspects of the traveler’s experience, and to share those innovations with the broader community.

Purdue University: “Mobility and Accessibility in Airport Infrastructure”
A comprehensive approach to providing transportation throughout the airport for disabled passengers.
Industry Partner: Ceros Solutions, Inc.
Advisors: Dengfeng Sun (Purdue), Jeff Tyrcha (Ceros Industries, Inc.)

University of North Dakota: “FlashTag”
Reimagining smart airport experience with innovated technology.
Advisor: Kim Kenville (UND)

University of Texas at Arlington: “WheelTrip”
A holistic approach to improving passenger experience for the differently abled at airports.
Industry Partners: TransSolutions LLC, Per4max Medical
Advisors: Jay Rosenberger (UTA), Gloria Bender (TransSolutions), Willie Hernandez (Per4Max Medical)

12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Buffet
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Ocean Ballroom & Capriccio
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Keynote Presentation: Biruk Abraham (tentative)

Superstar Theater
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Technical Paper Presentations with Live Voting
Interested in submitting a paper? See the guidelines and instructions for submission HERE. Papers are due April 3.
Superstar Theater
3:15 - 4 p.m.
Ice Cream Break
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Ocean Ballroom
4 - 5 p.m.

Safety in a Modern Airspace
Abstract and speakers TBA.

Superstar Theater
5 - 5:45 p.m.  TDM-to-IP Technical Discussion
Abstract and speakers TBA.
5:30 - 7 p.m. Networking Reception with Exhibitors
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Ocean Ballroom
Thursday, Dec. 3
7:30 - 9 a.m.  ATCA Women in Aviation Technology Breakfast
Across aviation's many sectors, women contribute to the success and innovation of the world's airspace each and every day. After very successful events in 2017 and 2018 at ATCA Annual, we're excited to host our first ATCA Women in Aviation Technology Breakfast at the ATCA Tech Symposium to continue providing a nurturing and inclusive environment for women in aviation, and especially tech fields, to network and share their successes, enhance and inspire leadership, and advance their careers within aviation and the aeronautical sciences.

Registration open soon. Click HERE to be added to our announcement list! Due to space limitations, this event is only open to women. You do not have to be a registered ATCA Tech Symposium attendee to register.

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8 - 9 a.m.

Welcome Coffee & Breakfast
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Ocean Ballroom
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration Open 
Ocean Ballroom 
9 - 11:15 a.m.
Speaker/Moderator Room Open  Atlantic 3
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open Ocean Ballroom 
9:15 - 9:35 a.m.  Keynote Address: TBA
Superstar Theatre
9:35 - 10:45 a.m.  Panel: Topic TBA
Abstract and speakers TBA.
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.  Refreshment Break with Exhibitors 
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Ocean Ballroom 
11:15 - 11:35 a.m. Tech Talk: Electric Propulsion Technology   
11:35 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

Emerging Aircraft Operations
Abstract and speakers TBA.

Superstar Theater
12:45 - 1 p.m.  Closing Remarks  Superstar Theater  
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  • 06 Jun 2018
    Hon. Linda Hall Daschle Named 2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Winner

    The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce that former FAA Acting Administrator Linda Hall Daschle has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, one of the most prominent awards in aviation and ATCA’s highest honor.

    A pioneer for women in air traffic management, Daschle was the first female to hold the post of Acting Administrator for the FAA. She began her aviation career in Kansas nearly 45 years ago as a licensed weather observer for the agency. In 1993, she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate for the position of FAA Deputy Administrator. One of her first tasks involved an assessment of the agency’s key air traffic modernization program called the Advanced Automation System which was eventually overhauled, saving the agency an estimated $1.6 billion. She also oversaw the advancement of new regional airline safety regulations and conducted a review of the agency’s safety and surveillance program, which resulted in one of the single largest hires of new safety inspectors in FAA history. 

    Ms. Daschle has held numerous government and private-sector leadership positions, including with the American Association of Airport Executives, the Air Transport Association, the former Civil Aeronautics Board, and with the law firm of Baker Donelson. She is currently President of LHD & Associates, Inc, and serves on the board of Aireon, LLC.

    In accepting the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, Ms. Daschle joins aviation greats, including Delta’s Richard Anderson, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, the Hon. Jane Garvey, Boeing’s Neil Planzer, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and pilot A. Scott Crossfield. (View press release HERE.)

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