Panel 2: Infrastructure Changes for Sustainable Aviation
Melinda Pagliarello is Managing Director, Environmental Affairs at ACI-NA. In this role, she has primary responsibility for ACI-NA’s activities in aviation environmental matters and sustainability. She monitors and reports on international and federal agency actions, programs, requirements, research and regulations affecting environmental matters for airports and aviation at North American airports.
Specific areas of focus within Melinda’s portfolio include airport noise; air and water quality, including PFAS issues at airports; airport sustainability initiatives; and the range of environmental regulations, policies, and procedures that affect airports in the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Michael Wolcott, Regents Professor, has been a member of the WSU faculty since 1996 conducting research in the field of biobased materials, chemicals, and fuels. Wolcott currently serves as the Director of ASCENT, the FAA Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuel and the Environment. He was formerly Project Co-Director for NARA – Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, a USDA AFRI Sustainable Biofuels CAP project, which most notably flew the first cellulosic biofuel flight cross-country with partners Gevo and Alaska Airlines. Until recently, Wolcott served as the WSU’s Associate Vice President for Research where he managed the strategic relationship between WSU and the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) building research alliances and graduate student education opportunities.
Dr. Florian Allroggen is the Executive Director Aerospace Climate & Sustainability in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium (MCSC). He co-leads the MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment and the Transportation pathway within MCSC. His research brings together Transport Economics, Environmental Economics, and related research questions in Energy Economics. In his recent work, he focuses on understanding the transition of transportation towards sustainable solutions. He develops and applies methods for techno-economic and lifecycle assessments, policy analyses, cost-benefit analysis, energy potential assessments, and market response modeling.
IEEE Fellow, electricity industry visionary, and leader, Dr. Mani Vadari delivers strategic services to a global set of utilities, vendors, and service providers seeking deep subject matter expertise in setting the business and technical direction to develop the next-generation electric/energy system. As a Business Architect, Dr. Vadari has been delivering solutions focusing on Transmission/Distribution/ generation operations, Energy markets, and Smart Grid for over 35 years. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. He has published two popular books, “Smart Grid Redefined: Transformation of the Electric Utility” and “Electric System Operations – Evolving to the Modern Grid, 2ndEdition”, in addition to over a hundred industry papers, articles, and blogs. His books are serving as textbooks at several universities in the US and around the world.