JULY 14, 2008 — In a ceremony today held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PARTNER director Dr. Ian A. Waitz was presented with the Federal Aviation Administration's Excellence in Aviation Research Award. In presenting the award, FAA Office of Research and Technology Development director Dr. Barry Scott and FAA Chief Scientist for the Environment Dr. Lourdes Maurice praised Waitz for his ongoing, critical research on aviation's impact on the environment. The Excellence in Aviation Research Award is presented to individuals whose research contributions result in a significantly safer, more efficient national airspace system.
In addition to directing the PARTNER program office, Waitz is lead investigator for a number of its research projects including Valuation and Trade-offs of Policy Options, the Energy Policy Act Study, and Alternative Fuels. He is particularly involved in developing the Aviation Environmental Portfolio Management Tool, a comprehensive software tools suite that will allow for thorough assessment of aviation environmental effects. Waitz is the also head of the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department.
Other attendees at the award event were FAA New England Regional Administrator Amy L. Corbett, FAA Aviation Fuels Specialist Mark Rumizen, and members of the PARTNER research and administration team.
PARTNER director Ian Waitz with the FAA Excellence in Aviation Award, which he was presented by FAA Chief Scientist for the Environment Dr. Lourdes Maurice and FAA Office of Research and Technology Development director Dr. Barry Scott.