Karlin Toner has been appointed to serve as director of the USA's Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), an interagency department tasked with developing the country's next generation air transportation system (NextGen).
She succeeds Charles Leader, who headed the JPDO starting in August 2006.
Toner's appointment comes after she was selected in January 2009 to serve as the senior staff advisor to the DOT's transportation secretary and deputy transportation secretary concerning the transformation of the air transportation system. Toner was also the senior DOT staff liaison between JPDO partnering departments, agencies and the office of the transportation secretary.
Toner has 15 years of experience working at NASA, where she served from August 2006 to December 2008 as director of airspace systems programs. At NASA she also held a number of positions in aerospace and aeronautical planning and research.
Toner also managed the 'NextGen Human Factors' group at the FAA.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) today applauded Toner's appointment.
"Dr Karlin Toner is an excellent choice to serve as the director of the Joint Planning and Development Office. Her aviation and aeronautics expertise combined with her policy and technical background will ensure the Next Generation Air Transportation System stays ahead of the technology curve by integrating industry expertise and government policy direction," AIA says in a statement.