Chair, Board of Directors
Senior Vice President and General Manager
The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Agam Sinha is director, senior vice president, and general manager of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)—the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD). CAASD supports the FAA, the Transportation Security Administration, and international civil aviation authorities in addressing operational and technical challenges to meet aviation's capacity, efficiency, safety, and security needs.
From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Sinha served as CAASD's vice president and deputy general manager. Prior to that, he acted as director for a variety of activities within CAASD. As director of air transportation systems and regional director for the Americas, his responsibilities included the National Airspace System (NAS) Operational Evolution Plan, Free Flight, NAS Performance, and Spring/Summer 2000/2001 projects. As the regional director for the Americas, he led CAASD's projects within Canada, Mexico, and Latin America. Dr. Sinha also served as director of the Air Traffic Management Division, which handles all CAASD's air traffic control automation/decision-support systems projects for the FAA and international clients.
From 1985 to 1995, Dr. Sinha served in various managerial roles. As head of the Air Traffic Management Research Department, he had oversight of research projects for applications of decision-support systems in all phases of flight. He also was responsible for managing the then-new Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems Engineering Department created in response to a new systems engineering initiative with the FAA, including staffing, project definition, and operations. Other projects led by Dr. Sinha include the FAA's datalink applications, airport capacity improvement program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's satellite and ground systems programs, and the Next-Generation Weather Radar tri-agency Program.
Since joining MITRE in 1972, Dr. Sinha has been involved in many facets of the aviation research program, including international ATC systems design, airport capacity and delay studies, the advanced en route air traffic control system, integrated flow management, system safety activities, operational and economic analysis of planned FAA engineering and development elements in the areas of airport operations and ATC, and development support for the FAA safety information and analysis system.
Affiliated with the Graduate School Research Center and the Industrial Engineering-Operations Research Division as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Sinha was involved with the application of operations research to the education and administrative fields. Projects included the development of a classroom-scheduling algorithm, study on classroom space utilization, and working with Cresap, McCormick and Paget and Co. (consultants) on the design of information flow within the university. Other projects at the university included planning activities for future work in and proposed layout of the university hospital's central supply department. Dr. Sinha also taught senior/graduate level courses in operations research, engineering economics, and statistics.
Dr. Sinha is chairman of the RTCA Board of Directors, RTCA Policy Board, and a member of the Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee and the Air Traffic Management Steering Group. He is the former chairman of the aviation group of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has more than 80 publications and has been an invited presenter to a wide range of organizations around the world, including the World Aviation Congress, AIAA, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Air Traffic Control Association, Institute of Navigation, International Council on Systems Engineering, American Meteorological Society, Air Show Canada, Airport Operators Council International/Airports Council International, Society of Automotive Engineers, and several universities.
Dr. Sinha earned a doctorate in operations research and a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in technology management from American University, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
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