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Michele Merkle

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Director, NAS Systems Engineering & Integration Office

Michele is responsible for architecting the evolution of the National Airspace System (NAS) and providing systems engineering leadership in delivering the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).  Michele has spent 30 years working on the development and evaluation of aviation systems.  She has worked on major FAA air traffic control system acquisition programs, and directed the development and assessment of advanced air traffic operational concepts associated with NextGen.  Michele has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida.