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2010.06.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Aviation Professor Picked for Transportation Research Board

Omaha - The Transportation Research Board has appointed Dave Byers, associate professor in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Aviation Institute, to its technical committee for aviation system planning.

The appointment to the Aviation System Planning Committee means Byers will help identify and oversee research needs of the Transportation Research Board, and organize sessions during the board’s annual conference in January. The conference attracts more than 10,000 transportation professionals from across the country and around the world: industry professionals, professors and academic researchers, and those from the government sector.

Byers’ committee work will also focus on research for how airport systems across the United States interact with each other.

The committee’s goal is to promote awareness of aviation system concerns and research into aviation systems through conferences, workshops and call for papers; stimulate research in aviation systems through the Airport Cooperative Research Program and other research opportunities; and serve as a discussion forum for researchers, industry and government.

The Transportation Research Board is a division of the National Research Council, a private and nonprofit institute that provides expertise in science and technology to the government, the public and the scientific and engineering communities.

Byers teaches a number of courses in airport planning, design, management, and aviation technical writing within the UNO Aviation Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Air Commerce (Transportation Technology) from the Florida Institute of Technology; an MBA in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and a doctorate in Science Education (Aviation) from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Byers is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives, the American Institute of Certified Planners and serves on the policy board of the U.S. Contract Tower Association. He has spent 30-plus years working in airport facilities development, environmental analysis and financial planning with commercial service and general aviation airports throughout the United States.

“The Transportation Research Board is the leading transportation research organization in the country. An appointment to one of its committees recognizes Dave’s professional accomplishments and his achievements within academia and as an airport consultant,” said Scott Tarry, director of the UNO Aviation Institute. “Since joining the Aviation Institute last year, Dave has introduced our students to a variety of professional opportunities with the airport community. His involvement with the board will provide even more research and professional development opportunities for students in our undergraduate air transport administration program, as well as our graduate students in both the MPA and Ph.D. programs in Public Administration.”

The National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine jointly administer the National Research Council.

For more information, contact Byers at dbyers@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3704.

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