Airway Pioneer Member
Anne Harlan

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Dr. Anne Harlan is a retired Director of the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, serving in that role from 1997 Ė 2006, and as Deputy Director from 1995 - 1997. During her years at the Technical Center, she was responsible for the strategic leadership and operation of the Federal Aviation Administrationís premier research and development facility, a complex scientific and engineering organization involved in the complete life cycle of aviation systems. This involved oversight of a $350M annual budget funding the work of 1500 scientists, engineers, computer scientists, pilots and other federal employees as well as 1500 contract employees. These personnel provided a variety of engineering, technical and administrative services and facility support. In addition to the FAA, the Center was home to the Federal Air Marshal Training Center, the research and development laboratories of Homeland Security, Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, and the Atlantic City International Airport.

Prior to her work at the Technical Center, Anne held a variety of managerial positions in FAA in the areas of Human Resource Management, Flight Standards, Civil Aviation Security, Information Technology, and at different times in her career, she served as a special assistant to two FAA Deputy Administrators. She is a commercial, multi-engine, instrument rated pilot.

Anne has held faculty positions at Wellesley College, Radcliffe College and the Harvard Business School where she taught in the MBA program and supervised doctoral candidates. In addition, she has experience in the private sector as a management consultant to numerous U.S. and international corporations such as Mobil Oil, General Electric and American Express where she focused on designing and implementing system improvements to overall effectiveness, executive succession and strategic management.

Anne is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of the Air Traffic Control Association. She is currently serves as Vice President on the Board Trustee of the NextGen Aviation Research and Technology Park, and serves on several boards including the Center for Public Policy at Richard Stockton College of NJ and Gardnerís Basin Historical Foundation. She also is active on the boards of several other non-profit organizations. In her spare time, she is an avid birder, photographer and musician. She lives in Egg Harbor Township with her husband of 36 years, Jay T. Nichols.

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