Christopher J. Roof
Chief of Environmental Measurement and Modeling
BS Interdisciplinary Electrical Engineering and Music, Boston University College of Engineering
As chief of the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division, Christopher Roof has supported numerous transportation-related acoustics and air quality projects. His two-plus decades of technical experience include measurement, modeling and analysis of noise, fuel burn and emissions for all modes of transportation.
Roof provides technical support to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Environment and Energy (AEE). Roof has helped lead the development of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT), an environmental model that enables analysis of noise, fuel burn and emissions interdependencies at multiple levels. Roof also helps the FAA coordinate research efforts, including those that support environmental tools. He has partnered with NASA conducting measurement programs designed to develop and improve algorithms as well as add new aircraft to model databases. Roof undertakes technical analyses for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aircraft Noise Committee (A-21), the National Academy of Sciences, and supports both the FAA and National Parks Service (NPS) in related to aircraft overflights of National Parks.
Roof has provided environmental support in a number of other areas, including investigations of potential impacts of hovercraft noise on humans and wildlife for the United States Postal Service (USPS); the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) National Magnetic Levitation Transportation Technology Deployment Program; the Federal Highway Administration's Traffic Noise Model (TNM); a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) analysis of potential noise impacts of increased safety inspections; a Department of Energy (DOE) analysis of electrical transmission lines; and the Federal Interagency Committee on Aviation Noise (FICAN) assessment of noise modeling tools in National Parks.
Meghan J. Ahearn
BSE Acoustical Engineering and Music, University of Hartford and the Hartt School of Music
Meghan Ahearn became a member of the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division in 2009. Ahearn studied at the University of Hartford and the Hartt School of Music in a program designed to integrate the importance of music and hearing development with acoustical engineering.
Ahearn provides acoustics research support for a number of agencies and is the team leader for an update to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment Manual. Ahearn supports the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in development, user documentation, training, and outreach for the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). Ahearn also supports the verification and validation of aircraft for inclusion in the Integration Noise Model (INM) and AEDT. Ahearn is involved with running and analyzing park studies in INM to develop Air Tour Management Plans (ATMP) in support of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Park Service (NPS). Ahearn supports the development of minimum sound levels for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) work related to the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act.
Ahearn is a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).
Sathya N. Balasubramanian
Principal Software Engineer
Graduate Certificate in Administration and Management, Harvard University
BS Electronics and Communication Engineering, Bharathiar University, India
Sathya Balasubramanian is a principal software engineer under the Volpe Transportation Information Project Support (V-TRIPS) contract in the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division’s analysis group. His work primarily supports Volpe and FAA support to the International Aviation Civil Organization (ICAO) Committee for Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP).
Balasubramanian has also worked as the lead software developer for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) System for Assessing Aviation’s Global Emissions (SAGE) and as a lead developer for the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT).
Balasubramanian is a member of ICAO CAEP Modeling and Databases (MDG) and Forecasting and Economics Support (FESG) working groups. As part of these groups, he leads policy analyses for ICAO CAEP using the FAA’s Aviation Portfolio Management Tool Economics (APMT-E) and AEDT. He also acts as the database and system administrator for all major analyses performed using APMT Economics and AEDT.
Before joining Volpe, Balasubramanian worked for several years as lead developer in the field of systems integration and distributed applications. His background also includes specialized knowledge in both Microsoft and Sun Microsystem's distributed application technologies and Microsoft SQL Server.
Eric R. Boeker
MS Acoustics, The Pennsylvania State University
BS Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
BA German, Purdue University
Eric Boeker is a physical scientist with over a decade of experience in noise measurement, modeling and analysis projects for various modes of transportation working in the Acoustics Facility at Volpe.
Boeker provides technical support to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Environment and Energy (AEE) as team leader for the Integrated Noise Model (INM). He is also part of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) development team focusing on the integration of noise data and modeling capabilities into the AEDT suite. Boeker is involved in several additional FAA, National Park Service (NPS) and NASA projects involving aircraft noise measurement, algorithm development, modeling and analysis.
In support of FAA AEE, Boeker serves as secretary and undertakes technical analyses for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) “Aircraft Noise Measurement and Aircraft Noise/Aviation Emission Modeling” committee (A-21). Boeker also participates in the International Aviation Civil Organization (ICAO) Committee for Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) Modeling and Databases (MDG) working group. He is also a technical advisor to the Partnership of Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER) Center of Excellence.
Boeker provides noise-related support to other transportation agencies, including the Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Highway Administration.
Boeker's graduate research involved acoustical signal processing of active sonar. He is actively involved in the Institute of Noise Control Engineers (INCE), the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and the American Helicopter Society (AHS).
BS Aerospace Engineering, Boston University
Jordan Cumper has three years of experience as an analyst in the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division.
Cumper’s work, supporting the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Environment and Energy (AEE), has included utilizing and testing the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) for fuel burn, emissions and noise related analyses, a carbon footprint assessment of U.S. Department of Transportation employee travel using an AEDT emissions inventory, utilizing Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model-X (ASDE-X) data for fuel burn studies within airport terminal areas for System Safety Management Transformation (SSMT) and investigating potential fuel burn savings in Gulf Coast helicopter flights utilizing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) navigation systems. Jordan has also participated in field work for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) related measurement trips.
Cumper is currently working on AEDT database and modeling related tasks in support of Goals and Targets and the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). He is also involved in integrating Performance Data Analysis and Reporting System (PDARS) data into modeling software currently being developed at The Volpe Center.
Paul J. Gerbi
MS Information Technology, Bentley University
BS Electrical Engineering, University of Lowell
Paul Gerbi, a contractor with Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), works in the Acoustics Facility at Volpe. Gerbi has over 19 years of experience in computer programming with an emphasis on object-orientated C++ and C# computer programming languages. In support of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he spent many years as a lead designer and developer of the FAA's Integrated Noise Model (INM), Helicopter Noise Model (HNM) and Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). He has also provided integral support to the development of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Traffic Noise Model (TNM). Gerbi has also made numerous programming contributions in support of the Acoustic Facility's extensive field measurements and data analysis.
Vyacheslav (Slava) E. Gorshkov
Senior Programming Analyst
PhD Physics and Mathematics, Moscow State University, Russia
Dr. Vyacheslav Gorshkov is a senior programming analyst at Federal Technical Services, Inc. of the URS Corporation. His focus in supporting Volpe’s Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division is the software design and development of the various modules of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT).
Dr. Gorshkov has over 20 years of research and development experience in the information technology, telecommunication, energy and science industries. His scientific interests include mathematical and computer modeling in the fields of radioecology, x-rays and gamma-rays diffraction, light propagation in disperse media, and theory of stochastic fields. In the information technology field, Dr. Gorshkov has been responsible for research, design, development and implementation of applications in multi-platform and multi-operating system environments.
Dr. Gorshkov’s prior assignments at Volpe included design, development and maintenance of various applications for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Rohit Goyal is an analyst under the Volpe Transportation Information Project Support (V-TRIPS) contract in the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division’s analysis group. His work supports the development of various modules of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). He provides technical support for the FAA and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee for Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP).
Before joining Volpe, Rohit wrote his thesis with the MIT Laboratory of Aviation and Environment (LAE) on evaluating the environmental and health impacts of aviation. He loves teaching and has been involved with Harvard in teaching courses like Energy Technology and Mathematical Modeling. He is passionate about sports and was once a top seeded Table Tennis player in the Harvard Graduate School.
Andrew J. Hansen
Principal Technical Advisor
PhD Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Dr. Andrew Hansen joined the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division in 2005. Dr. Hansen draws on a wide base of knowledge gained over the last 25 years in academia, corporate/industry, and small business ownership settings. He has in-depth and practical experience in computational mathematics and optimization, statistical signal processing, geographic information systems, visual simulation and modeling, and software life-cycle design.
Dr. Hansen’s work is currently focused in two areas, environmental modeling of the aviation enterprise and navigation/position/timing (PNT) systems for US critical infrastructure, particularly airspace navigation. Active programs in the environmental area include responsibility for the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) and the Aviation Portfolio Management Tool for Economics (APMT-E). Active programs in the PNT area include civil signal monitoring for GPS (GPS-CSM), flight planning tools for FAA’s NextGen initiatives in Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), and Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) for Area Navigation/Required Navigation Performance (RNAV/RNP), and international Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) monitoring.
Dr. Hansen is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Institute of Navigation (ION), and the Society for Computer Simulation (SCS). He has published regularly in journals and conference proceedings.
Aaron L. Hastings
PhD Acoustics, Purdue University
MS Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Aaron Hastings is a physical scientist in the Acoustics Facility at Volpe. He has 20 years of experience working on sound quality, environmental noise and noise control issues in academia and the automotive and transportation industries. His work has included theoretical and experimental approaches to measuring, modeling and solving acoustic-related problems for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Park Service (NPS).
Dr. Hastings’ work at Volpe has included maintenance and development of the FHWA’s Traffic Noise Model (TNM), measurement of highway noise, modeling of pavement-specific Reference Energy Mean Emission Levels (REMELs), measurement of snowmobile and snow coach noise in national parks, modeling of over-snow vehicle noise through the development of a modified version of FAA’s Integrated Noise Model (INM), community annoyance for the FAA, and the development of minimum sound levels for NHTSA’s work related to the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act.
Dr. Hastings’ academic research has focused on the development of sound quality metrics for automotive noise and has involved monaural and binaural measurements, acoustic signal processing, system modeling, psychoacoustics, and subjective testing techniques. He has publications in the Noise Control Engineering Journal, International Speech Communication Association Research Workshop, Proceedings of Inter-Noise, and the International Congress of Acoustics and has made numerous presentations at conferences, working groups, and public meetings.
Sunje (Susie) Hwang
BA Computer Science and Economics, Wellesley College
Sunje (Susie) Hwang joined the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division as an employee of MacroSys Research and Technology in 2011. She is currently involved in the development of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). Hwang provides technical support to users, performs testing of the software, and develops AEDT documentation, including the user’s guide, technical manual and training materials.
Before joining Volpe, Hwang worked as a transportation consultant. At Cambridge Systematics, she played a key role in several aspects of the Pontis Bridge Management System for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). She was responsible for testing, documentation and user support. She also managed and implemented Pontis projects for several states. The work included implementing and customizing databases, creating custom reports and forms, running Pontis simulation models for bridge needs analysis, and providing operational support.
Pathway Student Intern
Enrolled in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Lauren Jackson joined the Environment Measurement and Modeling Division as a Pathway Student Trainee in the summer of 2014. Since her employment began, she has obtained extensive knowledge in many different areas.
Ms. Jackson has worked on tasks for various projects, including computing site validation results using the FHWA’s Traffic Noise Model (TNM); compiled information from the Integrated Noise Model (INM) 7.0 to format the SAE-AIR-6297 Line of Sight (LOS) Blockage report; provided clerical assistance with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Noise and Vibration Technical Manual; verified and validated the division’s lab inventory and compiled the information into a Sequel database; and modified a custom built pressure chamber to validate self-adjusting calibrators under various atmospheric pressures. Ms. Jackson completed the Transit Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment course and assisted with on-site tasks at VOLPE’s Weather Tech Facility located in OTIS Air National Guard Base.
Ms. Jackson continues to provide support to the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division on different tasks for various projects. She is affiliated with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK) Honors Society.
MS Software Engineering, Boston University
BA Mathematics, Kaliningrad University
Yefim Keselman, a contractor, began providing support to Volpe as a software developer to work on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Enhanced Traffic Management System (ETMS). Keselman was a technical lead on the development of a Traffic Situation Display used by Air Traffic Management specialists to predict traffic surges, gaps and volume based on current and anticipated airborne aircraft. Recently, Keselman began supporting the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division Traffic Noise Model (TNM) and Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) projects.
Prior to working at Volpe, Keselman gained valuable experience working at various hi-tech companies. Keselman is a Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) employee working under the Volpe Transportation Information Project Support (V-TRIPS) contract.
Jonathan A. Koopmann
MS Transportation Engineering, Northeastern University
BS Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University
Jonathan Koopmann joined Volpe in 2000. Initially he worked in the Advanced Safety Technology Division, where he focused on vehicle safety through advanced warning systems and led several projects investigating the capability, user acceptance and safety effectiveness of prototype safety systems for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). He also conducted detailed analyses of vehicle crash statistics to target particular populations for future crash countermeasure development. Building on these management and technical skills, he joined the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division as the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) project lead in 2009.
As AEDT project manager, Koopmann manages a diverse team of technical experts and software developers building AEDT, a software system that models aircraft in space and time to produce and assess fuel burn, emissions and noise and consider interdependencies from a local to global scale. He also coordinates research, analysis and policy related to AEDT with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Environment and Energy (AEE) and project partners.
BS Computer Systems Engineering, Boston University
Michael Lau joined the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division as a student trainee in 2000 and transitioned into a computer engineer. He has since obtained over a decade of experience in a variety of disciplines, including project management, information technology (IT) security, Agile software development, quality assurance, operations and maintenance, web design, noise and air quality field measurements, and differential global positioning systems (DGPS).
Mr. Lau's current projects include leading the Operations and Maintenance and Quality Assurance efforts for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT), as well as developing the AEDT Support Website. Other projects in support of the FAA include the evaluation of noise certification requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Mr. Lau is also involved in supporting the United Nations (UN) in international aviation policies by using AEDT to conduct environmental assessments within the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), as well as the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Other work in support of FAA includes performing comprehensive validation of DGPS hardware, software and methodology used by aircraft noise certification applicants.
In support of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Pavement Effects Implementation Study, Mr. Lau is involved in studies that will determine the potential of quieter pavements in reducing highway traffic noise for the benefit of nearby communities.
Mr. Lau has also provided field measurement expertise in support of field studies in aviation air quality, asbestos, and emission of electric vehicles.
Cynthia S. Y. Lee
BS Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University
Since joining Volpe in 1991, Cynthia Lee’s work has covered many aspects of transportation-noise research for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Park Service (NPS), Federal Rail Administration (FRA), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In support of the FAA and NPS, she is the project manager for acoustical research in support of the Grand Canyon National Parks (GCNP) Overflights Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the development of Air Tour Management Plans (ATMPs) where she leads teams that collaborate with experts from the fields of social science, natural resource management, and acoustics in the development of quantitative relationships that correlate aviation noise exposure and visitor responses. Both projects include acoustical data collection to determine ambient sound conditions, computer modeling using the FAA’s Integrated Noise Model (INM) and Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT), and analyses to predict noise impacts from air tours or other sound sources of interest for National Environmental Policy Act documents or other planning documents.
Ms. Lee also provides contractor oversight, project management, project review and monitoring, and technical expertise for the FRA’s High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Program. Other work includes support of the FHWA’s Noise Barrier Design Handbook and Traffic Noise Model (TNM).
Senior Software Engineer
MS Electro-Optics, Tufts University, Boston
BS Physics, Denison University
Teik Lee is a senior software engineer at Foliage – a product development company providing a full complement of consulting and engineering services. As a member of the Foliage team working at Volpe, Lee is involved in the development of Version 2B of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). Lee is part of the User Experience (UX) scrum team.
Prior to joining the Volpe AEDT development effort, Lee worked for more than 15 years in the factory automation and biotech industries, where his focus was Microsoft software development. Lee has extensive experience with C#/.NET for middleware development and, most recently, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)/ XAML for user interface development. He has also worked on cloud-based services based on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Silverlight and Android technologies.
John M. MacDonald
PhD Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida
MS Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida
BS Electrical Engineering, General Motors Institute
John MacDonald, a contractor under Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), is an environmental engineer specializing in Transportation Acoustics at Volpe. MacDonald has been developing custom noise prediction computer models and working as a noise and air quality consultant since 1995.
MacDonald developed the Community Noise Model (CNM) and Railway Noise Model (RWNM) while at the University of Central Florida. In addition, he has developed many custom data analysis programs in various programming languages, develops SQL databases, rewritten several local noise ordinances in his home state of Floria and taught many environmental sound measurement training courses. He also designs custom data acquisition systems and is technically skilled with most air quality, vibration and sound level monitoring/analysis equipment. His field work includes over 50 consulting and research projects since 1995. His work at Volpe includes a Roadway Asbestos study in Sacramento CA, Dispersion Study in Oklahoma City, EDMS validation project at Dulles airport, extensive data collection and analysis for the Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) project in approximately 25 National Parks, and a multi-year tire/pavement sound intensity study that inventoried pavements throughout Florida.
Prior to joining Volpe, MacDonald was as an Electrical Engineer for GM Powertrain from 1985-1994. He has published and presented for the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) and InterNoise.
Principal Software Engineer
MS Computer Science, University of Massachusetts
MS Experimental Nuclear Physics Engineering, Kharkov State University, Ukraine
Vyacheslav Mayorskiy is a principal software engineer at Foliage – a product development company providing a full complement of consulting and engineering services. As a member of the Foliage team working at Volpe, he is involved in the development of Version 2B of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). Mayorskiy is part of the User Experience (UX) scrum team and fulfills the roles of lead and developer. He is also responsible for the overall AEDT user experience - working with stakeholders, collecting their feedback, and translating it into application visual concepts.
Before working at Volpe, Mayorskiy worked as a software engineer and architect in the medical, semiconductor and telecommunication industries using different languages and technologies.
MS Electrical and System Engineer of Automatic Control Systems, Polytechnic University, Lviv, Ukraine
Viktor Mykhayliv joined the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division as an employee of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in 2009 working under the Volpe Transportation Information Project Support (V-TRIPS) contract.
He started as a Microsoft Reporting technology expert for the development of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Traffic Noise Model (TNM). He is also developing a testing system for the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) project based on integrating IBM Rational Functional Tester, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft Test Manager 2010, and Team Foundation Server 2010.
Before joining Volpe, Mykhayliv worked in the software design and development industry, specifically, with Assembler, C++, .NET and MS SQL Server environments, covering military aircraft, financial and government sectors in the U.S. and Canada while focusing on all stages of the Software Development Life Cycle from design to deployment.
George J. Noel
George Noel has been with Volpe’s Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division for 12 years. Noel has worked on various projects within and outside DOT with a focus on air quality research and analysis. He is an active member of the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) and has presented at several AWMA annual conferences and on behalf of project sponsors at various forums at the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) annual meetings. Noel is currently certified as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) in Massachusetts and working towards professional licensure.
Noel’s air quality work has focused on mobile source emissions, which have involved conducting environmental and meteorological field measurements, preparing National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) documentation, performing transportation conformity analyses, and conducting emissions and dispersion modeling. He has experience using many regulatory models associated with mobile source air quality, such as MOBILE, MOVES, AERMOD, CAL3QHC, and EDMS. He also has extensive experience with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). He also has experience with Title I and V permitting for stationary sources in addition to his work on mobile sources.
Additionally, Noel has conducted sensitivity analyses for FAA’s AEDT Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) effort, which involved quantifying and understanding how uncertainties propagate to the model’s emissions, fuel burn and noise output. This required conducting Monte Carlo Simulations utilizing an extensive network of computational resources. He has contributed to AEDT verification and validation to better quantify aviation fuel burn by analyzing Flight Recorder Data (FDR). Noel has also utilized AEDT to determine carbon foot printing on a per passenger basis.
Amanda S. Rapoza
BSE Acoustical Engineering, University of Hartford
Amanda Rapoza has been a member of the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division for over two decades, supporting numerous transportation-related acoustics projects. Her current work supports the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Park Service (NPS) in understanding human response to aviation noise in protected natural areas for the development of Air Tour Management Plans (ATMP). For this work, Rapoza co-managed and was part of an expert panel that developed the survey instruments and methods, acoustic measurement methods, and data analysis methods related to this research.
Rapoza also provides technical expertise to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in areas related to the audibility of train horns for both motorists and pedestrians. This has included the development of a national rule for train horns that incorporates specifications on minimum and maximum sound levels. Additionally, she has provided analytical support for the FAA’s Integrated Noise Model (INM) and the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Traffic Noise Model (TNM).
Information Technology Specialist
University of Massachusetts
Boston School of Electronic Music
Dave Read is an information technology specialist at Volpe’s Acoustics Facility. He has been involved in transportation-related noise work at Volpe for over 25 years. His background is in acoustics and recording, including seven years managing the Audio Recording Department of the New England Conservatory of Music and three years as an instructor at the Boston School of Electronic Music. His responsibilities include software design, coding and maintenance; performance of acoustical field measurements; formal evaluation of acoustical instrumentation, software and methodologies used by applicants for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) noise certifications; and technical writing for national and international transportation noise-related standards, guidelines and regulations. Read’s recent work has involved development, refinement and practice of Onboard Sound Intensity (OBSI) and Effective Flow Resistivity (EFR) measurement methodologies.
In support of FAA, he has led and participated in several task groups comprised of technical experts developing technical regulations and guidelines for aircraft certification. Read has participated in various noise measurement programs, including ambient noise measurements at several National Parks. He also participated in special aircraft noise research programs with NASA, FBI and the aircraft industry.
Read has been instrumental in FAA's efforts at harmonization of aircraft noise certification regulations with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other international agencies.
In support of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Read has participated in highway noise measurements in various states, including pavement noise studies for the California DOT and Arizona DOT.
Gail M. Regan
Senior Software Engineer
MSIT Computer Science, Bentley University
MS Computer Science, Brown University
BS Computer Science, Temple University
Gail Regan, a contractor with URS Corp. (URS), has worked at Volpe on two separate occasions as a senior software engineer, consulting on various software development projects for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) and the Safety Performance Analysis System (SPAS).
Regan joined the AEDT development team in 2008 to provide technical guidance in various development capacities. She is currently the build and release manager. She also performs other development tasks such as the database and systems administrator for AEDT.
Regan started at Volpe in 1994 as the database and systems administrator for the initial SPAS development team to design, develop and implement a web-based, production version of the SPAS application for the FAA Flight Standards Service. SPAS is used by FAA aviation safety inspectors worldwide to assess information about aviation certificate holders and aviation safety records for air operators and repair stations.
Regan was employed by Dunn & Bradstreet, KPMG, LLP., and many diverse high tech, software companies.
MS Geophysics, Boston College
BS Mathematics, Tufts University
David Rose, a contractor with Volpe, is a software engineer supporting the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division. Rose is currently working as a software developer involved in the design and development of various aspects of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT).
Before coming to Volpe, David worked as a software engineer in private industry specializing in Microsoft languages and technologies.
Joseph W. Ruggiero
MS Computer Science, Boston University
BS Electrical Engineering, Villanova University
Joseph Ruggiero is a software specialist with three decades of experience with transportation related hardware and software. Ruggiero has helped develop various transportation hardware and software systems.
He worked for Volpe's Surveillance and Sensors Division, where he was lead developer for test and analysis software for a variety of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) projects, including acceptance testing of prototype Microwave Landing System equipment, and interference and jamming tests of GPS equipment.
For the Volpe's Runway Incursion Reduction Program, Ruggiero was the lead software developer for the Surveillance Server, a real-time system that fuses information from multiple airport sensors and subsystems and provides a visual representation of all aircraft in the airport terminal area. It was used to provide real-time cockpit data during the joint FAA/NASA Runway Incursion Prevention System demonstrations.
Ruggiero has designed and implemented many hardware/software systems for the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division, including GPS-based Time Space Position Information System for real-time vehicle/aircraft tracking; the FAA System for assessing Aviation’s Global Emissions (SAGE); Traffic Noise Model 2.5 Lookup software; Transportable Automated Meteorological Station (TAMS) Real-Time Met Analysis software; Roadway Construction Noise Model software; Enhanced Traffic Management System (ETMS) Flight Track Analysis software; and the FAA’s Aviation Economic Forecasting software tool.
Robert W. Samiljan
Senior Systems Analyst
BA Economics, Vassar College
Robert Samiljan is employed by URS and supports Volpe’s Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division as well as the Weather Test Facility at Joint Base Cape Cod. With over 19 years of professional experience in acoustical & audio engineering, Samiljan applies both technical expertise and a solutions oriented approach to enhance numerous environmental measurement and modeling initiatives.
Samiljan’s areas of expertise include design, development and configuration of data acquisition systems; acoustical measurement; computer noise modeling, specializing in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Integrated Noise Model (INM) and Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT); analysis and validation of acoustical instrumentation in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations; development of protocols for acoustical instrument performance testing; procedural guidance and documentation of acoustical measurement systems and field techniques; installation and configuration of meteorological and visibility sensors, enhanced low-visibility operations systems and runway-visibility-range (RVR) systems.
For the past ten years, Samiljan has developed measurement systems tailored to unique project demands and traveled extensively in support of data collection. As the primary noise modeler for the Air Tour Management Plan program (ATMP), he has also developed INM studies for numerous National Parks and lends expertise to the AEDT Development Team in the identification and implementation of functionalities and enhancements needed to facilitate national parks aircraft noise modeling in AEDT. In addition, Samiljan oversees, both, the Acoustics Lab of the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division and Volpe’s Weather Test Facility at Joint Base Cape Cod, where his primary responsibilities include design, configuration and deployment of measurement systems; diagnostics, repair, maintenance and upgrades of acoustical, meteorological and visibility instrumentation; preparation of technical documentation; training of field staff; and inventory management.
Christopher J. Scarpone
BS Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Christopher Scarpone became a member of the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division as a student trainee in 2002. He became a full-time employee after earning his bachelor’s degree in 2003 in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Scarpone has been assisting the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) reviewing firework applications for the safe transport within the U.S. since 2012. This project entails a detailed review of applications for correct construction and composition of pyrotechnic devices according the American Pyrotechnic Association (APA) Standard 87-1.
In 2011, Scarpone became a member of the Alcohol Countermeasures Laboratory, for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), which tests all Evidential Breath Testers, Alcohol Screening Devices, and Calibrating Units used by Police and transportation Agencies in the United States, and are backed up in court. The Laboratory also conducts a blood proficiency program that assists blood alcohol laboratories to conduct accurate blood alcohol measurements.
Scarpone joined a team conducting studies on wake vortex behind an aircraft in 2012 and one studying low visibility research for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pertaining to landing aircraft in 2013. The main function for both projects is data collection which entails using light detection and ranging (LIDAR) or low/high resolution cameras along with high resolution weather instrumentation.
In support of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Park Service (NPS), Scarpone has worked on developing Air Tour Management Plans (ATMP) for National Parks, expanding the Integrated Noise Model (INM) aircraft source database. These tasks included planning, training, leading the field team during data collection. Responsibilities included testing instrumentation, validating the data reduction program, data processing, computer modeling and report writing. Data processing included developing more efficient and accurate methods for analyzing ambient data collected in complex outdoor environments.
In support of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Scarpone assists in the Traffic Noise Model (TNM) project. His work includes field measurements to validate TNM’s noise prediction accuracy and the analysis of data collected in the field. He also uses TNM to model sound levels in ATMP and other NPS-sponsored projects.
In addition to his work in acoustic measurement projects, Scarpone has assisted in several air quality measurement initiatives. Also, Scarpone worked on a team in support of the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop a model for contaminant dispersion in a city environment.
David A. Senzig
MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
BS Aeronautical Engineering, University of California, Davis
David Senzig has over 25 years of experience with aircraft performance and aircraft environmental issues. Senzig has worked for the Boeing Company, HMMH, and his own engineering consulting firm. He has published articles in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, the Noise Control Engineering Journal, and the Journal of Aircraft.
Senzig has taught courses on the use of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) aviation environmental models in France, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. He has written specialized computer code to translate aircraft performance parameters into model-ready inputs in support of Part 150 studies, Part 161 studies, environmental assessments, and environmental impact studies. Senzig has worked with Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Embraer, and Gulfstream on aviation environmental issues. He led the effort to develop the terminal area fuel consumption prediction method used in the FAA’s model.
Senzig is a registered professional engineer in Washington and Massachusetts. He is an instrument-rated private pilot.
Gina Barberio Solman
Environmental Protection Specialist
MA Energy and Environmental Analysis, Boston University
BA Environmental Analysis and Policy, Boston University
Gina Solman is an environmental protection specialist who applies strategic analysis methods and leadership skills to complex problems related to environmental policy, transportation planning and project management.
Solman leads the analysis and development of policies and guidance to use the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) to assess aviation-related noise, emissions and fuel burn. She also leads development of technical and user documentation and training for AEDT.
Solman manages highway environmental and planning programs, including development of technical training and outreach material to diverse federal, state and local stakeholders to help agencies enhance their practices.
Solman works in both the Organizational Performance Division and the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division. She has supported the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the FHWA environmental streamlining program, the FHWA Sustainable Transport and Climate Change team, the FHWA Air Quality team, the U.S. Department of Transportation Climate Change Center, and the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Office of Planning and Environment. She has performed field measurements and data analyses for various studies, including long-term performance of quiet pavement technologies, aircraft noise model database development, and National Parks Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) development. Solman received an FAA Group Special Achievement Award for her support to AEDT and the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). She is a member of the Women's Transportation Seminar–Boston Chapter and has served as a co-chairperson of the Mentoring Committee.
PhD Theoretical Physics, University of Rochester
Dr. Yasunari Tosa is a software engineer/principal leader from Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) working at the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division. He joined Volpe in March 2010 and is involved in the development of software systems for the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). He is currently working on the AEDT 2B scrum-core team. Previously at Volpe, he worked on the deserialization of TRAFVU binary data, creating a.NET parser for various weather data (NOAA, NASA, etc.) using C++/CLR, a Monte-Carlo aircraft parameter assessment (UQ) program, AEDT studies from ETMS data for turn-around flights using LINQToXML, and graphics layers for receptor sets, contours, emission dispersion map using ArcGISRuntime.
Before joining Volpe, he produced a total of 34 papers at Virginia Tech, Los Alamos and University of Colorado. He enjoys learning opportunities, developing new technologies (parallel programming, machine vision, brain imaging, and biometrics) and producing patents (seven patents). He also has contributed to open source projects ImageJ and Jasper.
At a prior company, he was in charge of developing iris biometric software from scratch. The capturing software he created was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and was considered more effective than a ten-fingerprint biometric by researchers at a DOD lab. Additionally, he helped develop high performance cluster software systems with web access for iris identification of 6 million federal employees.
Technical Lead and Task Manager
MS Transportation Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
BS Civil and Environmental Engineering (Systems), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lyle Tripp currently works as a technical lead and task manager within the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division at Volpe. He is responsible for the study of national environmental and energy performance in support of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its Environmental Management System, an integral component of the Next Generation Air Traffic System.
Tripp has over seven years of experience in aviation consulting, including four years in environmental and energy strategy.
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Charles Tyndall has worked in the Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division since 2010. Since joining the division, he has worked on multiple projects, including participating in a float plane acoustic measurement field trip in Port Angeles, Washington. Some of his primary work includes acoustic aircraft modeling and analysis, Geographical Information System (GIS) flight modeling, and maintaining and updating input essential to the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). Some of his work includes writing scripts in Structured Query Language (SQL), as well as providing aerospace related consultations. His skills include GIS Software, ArcGIS, the AEDT Noise and Emissions Analysis Tool (NEAT), and Microsoft Office.
Andrew J. Wilson, PMP
Principal Software Engineer
BS Computer Science, University of Michigan
Andrew Wilson, a contractor with Computer Science Corp. (CSC), is a principal software engineer in Volpe’s Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division. Wilson serves as the product manager of AEDT 2A that supports regional environmental analysis of aviation. He also serves as scrum master of the core development team for AEDT 2B, focusing on enhancements to AEDT capabilities and the Operations and Maintenance team supporting users.
Previously, Wilson worked as technical lead and technology advisor on projects for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), utilizing his expertise in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), information security, technical leadership, and object- and aspect-oriented software design and development. He was also technical lead and technology architect for the Department of Transportation's (DOT) pilot implementation of the E-Authentication Initiative. Additionally, he was the technical lead for the design and development of web services for exchanging safety information between the FMCSA, its field users and state operated information systems. His work has been recognized by Volpe project sponsors at the program management and agency executive levels.
Wilson was the recipient of a CSC Leading Edge Forum research grant under which he completed an extensive report on SOA Security. He presented the results at the CSC Technology and Business Solutions Conference.
Before joining Volpe, Wilson worked on a variety of innovative systems in the areas of service-oriented and distributed computing, virtual reality, massively parallel processing, natural language processing, case-based reasoning, data mining and message classification.