FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to Discuss Future of U.S. Aviation Oct. 17

October speakers in UCR School of Public Policy Seminar Series include Nexant executive Michael Sullivan

michael huerta and michael sullivan

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Nexant executive Michael Sullivan will speak at UCR in October as part of the School of Public Policy Seminar Series.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Michael Sullivan of Nexant Inc. are featured speakers in the UC Riverside School of Public Policy Seminar Series in October. The seminar series also includes a 41st Congressional District Forum and a lecture by Jurupa Valley’s city manager.

All events are free and open to the public.

Huerta, a UC Riverside alumnus, will discuss “The Future of Aviation in the United States” on Friday, Oct. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Genomics Auditorium. Parking in Lot 6 is free. A reception will precede the seminar at 4:30 p.m. Reservations are requested as seating is limited and may be made here.

In addition to discussing the challenges facing aviation in the U.S., Huerta will talk to students about experiences that helped shaped his career and the need for students to learn to build coalitions and collaborate across the political spectrum to solve the challenges facing government.

As FAA administrator, Huerta is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world, overseeing a budget of nearly $16 billion and more than 45,000 employees. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in March 2012 to lead the FAA and was sworn in Jan. 7, 2013. Previously, Huerta served as the FAA’s deputy administrator from 2010 to 2011.

Huerta is an experienced transportation official who has held key positions across the country, including as an executive with Affiliated Computer Services, a large transportation technology services company, and as a managing director for transportation with the Salt Lake Olympic Committee. He also served as executive director of the Port of San Francisco and in senior policy positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation under President Clinton.

Huerta grew up in the Riverside area and attended Notre Dame High School in Riverside before graduating from UC Riverside with a B.A. in political science. He earned a master’s in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Michael Sullivan

Sullivan, also a UCR alumnus, is senior vice president for utility services at Nexant, a leading supplier of consulting services and software used to implement clean energy solutions. A recognized expert in utility business planning, Sullivan will discuss “Modernizing the California Electricity Grid – Critical Public Policy Issues” on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Humanities 1500. Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive near University Avenue.

Emerging technologies such as wind power, distributed solar and electric vehicles, and public policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are disruptive forces that are changing the way California’s electricity grid must be planned and operated, according to Sullivan. He will describe the technological and regulatory challenges that utilities face in modernizing California’s electric grid and present an economic framework for ensuring that utilities can recover their investment costs while distributed energy suppliers are encouraged to supply renewable electricity at a fair price.

Sullivan is a member of the Department of Energy/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Technology Advisory Group overseeing the design of pilot studies of dynamic rates being carried out by a number of U.S. utilities. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University and a B.A. in political science from UC Riverside.

Also planned in October are:

  • 41st Congressional District Forum with incumbent Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) and Republican challenger Steve Adams, a Riverside city councilman, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave. The forum is co-sponsored by UCR Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the School of Public Policy. RSVP here.
  • Stephen G. Harding, Jurupa Valley city manager, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Interdisciplinary Building Symposium Room.

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