George Ligler Proprietor, GTL Associates; Professor and Dean's Excellence Chair, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Texas A&M University; Chair, National Academies Committee on Transport Airplane Risk Assessment Methodology

George T. Ligler, Moderator, is the proprietor of GTL Associates, a consultancy that has provided systems integration/engineering and product management services to clients on three continents. He is also a professor and the Dean’s Excellence Chair in Multidisciplinary Engineering at the Texas A&M University. Previously, he served as the Dean’s Eminent Professor of the Practice in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. He has served as a subject-matter expert since the 1990s to support the Federal Aviation Administration’s implementation of both satellite-based navigation and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) as components of the Next Generation Air Transportation System. He is currently the co-chair of RTCA Special Committee-159 (Navigation Equipment Using the Global Navigation Satellite System) and is a former founding co-chair of RTCA Special Committee-228 (Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems). Ligler received the RTCA Achievement Award, RTCA’s highest award, in both 2006 and 2017 (co-recipient) for his contributions to satellite-based navigation system initiatives, ADS-B, and the development of standards for unmanned aircraft systems. Ligler is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and is the past chair of NAE Section 12, Special Fields and Interdisciplinary Engineering. Ligler holds a D.Phil. in mathematics and computation from the University of Oxford, with his studies supported by a Rhodes Scholarship.