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Dr. George Donohue, Former FAA Veteran, Professor at George Mason University To Speak At GKC’s Teleconference On The FAA & Creating A New Traffic Control System

NY, NY, July 04, 2006 --( The Global Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused teleconferences has announced today that Dr. George Donohue, Professor at Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, a Senior Research Professor in the School of Public Policy & Director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at George Mason University, will speak at the teleconference on “The FAA & Creating A New Traffic Control System” scheduled for Monday, July 31, 2006 @ 11:00 AM EDT.

The nation's air traffic control system is seriously in need of an upgrade. Problem is, who will pay for it? A new proposal under consideration would allow the FCC to issue bonds that it would pay back via user fees. This system would shift funding responsibilities from the major airlines to general aviation. Lobbying groups on all sides have already begun to dig in for the fight. The Global Knowledge Congress has assembled a team of experts, to help analyze these changes and their impact on the companies servicing this industry. These experts will present their findings, which includes a "best practice" panel, at a comprehensive two-hour teleconference scheduled for July 31, 2006

About Dr. George Donohue

Dr. George L. Donohue is currently a Professor of Systems Engineering and Operations Research in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering (since February, 2000), a Senior Research Professor in the School of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at George Mason University. He is also a Co-director of the FAA National Center of Excellence for Operations Research (NEXTOR). He was formerly Associate Administrator of Research and Acquisition in the Federal Aviation Administration and has broad experience in managing major research and technology projects in both the public and private sector. Before joining the FAA, Donohue served as Vice President of the RAND Corporation, in Santa Monica, California, and was previously Director of the Office of Aerospace and Strategic Technology at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has held technical and technical management positions at Dynamics Technology, Inc., the US Navy and NASA. Dr. Donohue has received numerous awards such as the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 1977 and the Air Traffic Control Association Clifford Burton Memorial Award in 1998. He has published over 50 reports and articles and is the editor of the principle reference book on Air Transportation Systems Engineering. He has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1992, was named one of Federal Computer Week’s top 100 Executives in 1997 and was also named one of the top 100 decision makers in Washington D. C. by the National Journal in 1997. Donohue was chosen to head the United States Delegation to the ICAO Conference on ATM Modernization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1998. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Oklahoma Sate University and a BSME degree from the University of Houston. Dr. Donohue also holds a single-engine private pilot’s certificate.

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About George Mason University Center for Air Transportation Systems Research

The objective of the Center is to foster excellence in education and research in Air Transportation. Research includes analysis of complex adaptive networks, industrial sector economics, innovation and productivity in networked systems, rare-event safty analysis, and simulations of advanced concepts-of-operations and procedures.

Research Areas:

Strategic Planning/Industry Analysis
Airport & Airspace Simulation
Systems/Safety Analysis
Environmental Analysis

CATSR was established in 2003 by the Volgeneau School of Information Technology & Engineering (SITE) at George Mason University (GMU).

About The Global Knowledge Congress

The Global Knowledge Congress is an organization that produces teleconferences that examine regulatory changes across a variety of industries. “We bring together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour teleconferences to study the impact of changing regulations.” To contact, please visit:

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