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Dr. Michael Romanowski

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Director of Commercial Space Integration
Dr. Michael Romanowski is the Director of Commercial Space Integration at the FAA. In this role, he provides executive leadership and direction for the evaluation and regulation of commercial spaceports, launches and reentries and the integration of these operations within the National Air Space.Dr. Romanowski previously served in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, where he was the aviation advisor to the first-ever Chief Technology Officer of the United States. He also served as the FAA’s representative to the White House’s National Science & Technology Council and its Committee on Technology. In these roles he focused on developing and advancing strategies and policies across the federal government and with the private sector that promoted innovation, and accelerating the benefits of federal investments in aviation and aeronautics.

Prior to his White House assignment, Dr. Romanowski was the FAA’s Director of NextGen Integration and Implementation with responsibility for ensuring the integrated application, planning, programming, budgeting, and execution of the FAA’s NextGen air traffic management modernization portfolio.Before joining the FAA, he served as Vice President of Civil Aviation at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), where he headed all its activities on aviation-related issues and policy, including the areas of research and development, aviation infrastructure, and safety and security. At the same time he was also the President of the National Center for Advanced Technologies, a non-profit corporation that assists the federal government by developing cooperative links between government, academia and business on policy issues, with a focus on civil and military aerospace research and development. Dr. Romanowski also served as the Director of Product Safety, Certification and Airworthiness at Sikorsky Aircraft with responsibilities spanning Sikorsky's entire product line. Before joining Sikorsky, he held a similar role at Pratt & Whitney where his responsibilities covered all of Pratt & Whitney's large commercial engines.Dr. Romanowski received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.

He also holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University