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2009.10.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Senior FAA Executive to Lecture, Receive Award Nov. 9

Omaha - Catherine (Kate) M. Lang, acting associate administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Airports, will be honored by the Aviation Institute of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Monday, Nov. 9. Lang will receive the William F. Shea Award for her contributions to aviation and will present the 2009 Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture.

The event will be held at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom on the UNO campus. A reception is planned for 6:30 p.m., with the lecture following at 7 p.m. Both the reception and lecture are free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the parking structure on the east end of the UNO campus.

Lang has served as associate administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Airports since January. Lang served as deputy associate administrator since 2003 after serving as director of the FAA’s Office of Airport Planning and Programming for nearly four years, and deputy director for two years.

Before joining the FAA Airports organization, Lang served three years as chief of staff to FAA Deputy Administrator Linda Daschle. Lang’s first position in the agency, which she joined in 1992, was assistant manager for the Policy and Systems Analysis Division of the Office of Aviation Policy and Plans.

The mission of the FAA Airports organization is to provide leadership in planning and the development of a safe and efficient national airport system. The office has responsibility for all programs related to airport safety and inspections, and standards for airport design, construction and operation.

Before coming to the FAA, Lang worked for the City of Chicago as assistant commissioner of the Department of Aviation. She received a B.A. from Briar Cliff College and a M.P.S. from Loyola University of Chicago. Lang serves on the Transportation Research Board Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee and is the FAA’s liaison to the Aero Club of Washington.

The Charles W. Durham Distinguished Guest Lecture Series was established at the UNO Aviation Institute to honor the late Charles W. Durham for his inspiration and financial support as co-founder of the institute. The Aviation Institute holds the Durham Lecture each year and presents the guest lecturer with the William F. Shea Award for Distinguished Contributions to Aviation. The award is given in honor of the Aviation Institute’s founding director, William F. Shea, and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation, both locally and nationally.

For more information, contact Vida Hill: vhill@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2495.

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