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FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center Director to Speak at Commencement

March 30, 2011

 Dr. Wilson N. Felder, director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township, will deliver the keynote address to Atlantic Cape Community College’s class of 2011 at the school’s 44th annual commencement, 11 a.m., Thursday, May 19.

Felder leads the nation’s pre-eminent federal laboratory for the engineering, research, development, testing and evaluation of air transportation systems. Its world-class laboratories and top-notch engineering expertise place the technical center at the forefront of the FAA’s challenge to modernize the U.S. air transportation system. The center is the primary facility for conducting the research, engineering and integration activities required to support and advance the nation’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen.

Prior to joining the FAA, Felder led the engineering services business at TRW, Inc., where he retired as vice president of Aviation Services after 23 years.

An instrument-rated private pilot, Felder has long been active in the aviation community. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and serves on the institute’s board as vice president, standards.

The part-time Somers Point resident has been an active member of the local community, as well. Felder serves on the boards of the United Way of Atlantic County, the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Aviation Research and Technology Park; the dean’s advisory board of the Rowan University School of Engineering; and the executive board of the Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America.

He currently serves on Atlantic Cape’s Aviation Studies Advisory Council, and is an adjunct faculty member teaching Special Topics in Aviation: Recent Advances in Aviation Technology.

Felder has received many awards for his work in aviation, including: the Air Traffic Systems Development Director’s Award, presented for his service to the Advanced Automation System Recovery effort; and the First to the Future Award, presented by the FAA’s Alaska Region for his work in pioneering the use of advanced avionics and surveillance systems in Alaska.

Felder holds a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of Virginia. He is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI Fellow. He spent 24 years as an active and reserve U.S. Naval officer, and retired with the rank of commander.

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