Aviation Symposium: The Future for Aviation

April 5, 2011, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

The Transportation Center organized a special Aviation Symposium focusing on important aviation industry topics -- technical, operational, and managerial.

The symposium was organized in honor of Dr. Aaron Gellman, Professor of Transportation at Northwestern University and former Director of the Transportation Center, who celebrated his eightieth birthday in 2010. The symposium's purpose was to honor and recognize Dr. Gellman’s significant contributions to the Transportation Center and the transportation industry during his long and distinguished career. Recognizing that Dr. Gellman is perhaps best known for his aviation expertise and focus, NUTC found it appropriate to organize this symposium focusing on the industry he loves.

The symposium agenda addressed a number of issues including

  • the air traffic management system,
  • new technologies in airframe and engine development,
  • the use of system data for monitoring the health of the aircraft,
  • the role and future of the growing air freight market and its contribution to the bottom line,
  • airline alliances
  • the airport of the future

Symposium speakers included:

Rosemarie S. Andolino
Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation

Carol Asmus
Vice President – International Market Development
FedEx Services

Perry Cantarutti
Senior Vice President
Europe, Middle East, & Africa
Delta Airlines, Inc.

Robert Gordon
Professor of Economics
Northwestern University

John B. Maggiore
Program Manager
Airplane Health Management
The Boeing Company

Hani Mahmassani
Director, Transportation Center;
William A. Patterson Distinguished Professor of Transportation
Northwestern University

Neil Planzer
Vice President – Air Traffic Management
Boeing, Inc.

Christopher Seher
Director of Aviation Security & Safety
Applied Research Associates, Inc.

Hans Weber
President
TECOP International, Inc.