In November 2016, Claudia moved from Grand Rapids, MI, to Washington, DC, to begin work as an RTCA Program Director for several Special Committees including SC-217, Aeronautical Databases; SC-223, Internet Protocol Suites (IPS) and AeroMACS; and SC-227, Standards of Navigation Performance. Among other taskings and responsibilities, these committees are working to revise standards to support future air traffic management requirements of NextGen and SESAR, as well as develop multiple standards that are intended for designers, manufacturers and installers of avionics equipment; airspace managers and service providers; and the users of these navigation systems for world-wide operations.
Most recently, Claudia has transitioned to manage the RTCA Drone Advisory Committee Subcommittee (DACSC). Members on this Committee work with the Federal Aviation Administration to identify and propose actions affecting the efficiency and safety of integrating unmanned aerial vehicles into the National Airspace System (NAS).
“We are pleased to have Claudia at RTCA,” stated RTCA President Margaret Jenny. “She has made tremendous strides managing the committees, and plays a vital role in the organization.”
In her short time with the RTCA Committees, Claudia says she has enjoyed working closely with the FAA and the key decision-makers to develop an open-avenue of communication between the Administration and aviation industry partners. In particular, she says she is passionate about the effective integration of UAS into the NAS and hopes to continue contributing to the aviation industry into the future.
Before coming to RTCA, Claudia worked in General Electric’s Aviation Division, working as both a Certification Representative, dealing with regulatory compliance for DO-178B for the company’s flight management systems, and a Software Program Manager for navigation and guidance for FMS. Claudia graduated from James Madison University in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Computer Science Information Security. She was also a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University until 2010, but continues her research in Emergent Behavior in Swarms of Autonomous Robots.