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Alumna, Aviation Expert to Speak at May 2011 Commencement

Karlin Roth Toner

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

This year’s speaker and honorary degree recipient is Dr. Karlin Roth Toner, a 1983 IUP graduate and aviation and aeronautics expert.

Toner is currently employed by the Federal Aviation Administration and serves as director of the Joint Planning and Development Office, where she oversees an interagency initiative that is developing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). She also serves as senior advisor to the secretary for NextGen Coordination within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In 1983, Toner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from IUP. She also holds a Master of Science degree and a doctorate, both in aerospace engineering, from the University of Florida.

Toner has more than twenty years’ experience with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. From 1988 to 2006, she held a variety of leadership positions at the NASA Ames Research Center, ultimately serving as associate director for Aeronautics. Toner became director of the Airspace Systems Program at NASA Headquarters in 2006.

A much-sought-after researcher and lecturer, Toner has written technical papers on aircraft aerodynamics and design, computational physics, and the analysis of air traffic systems.

She earned a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In April, she was honored by the IUP Alumni Association with a Distinguished Alumni Award.

Toner lives with her husband, Richard, outside Washington, D.C.

Student speaker for the Spring Commencement ceremony will be Natalie Mae Schaefer, of Gibsonia, a student in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Also offering remarks will be Father William J. Lechnar of St. Thomas More University Parish.

The IUP Wind Ensemble will provide music, and singing the national anthem will be Jacqueline Rose, of Honesdale, a Music Education major.

Presentation of the senior class gift will be made by Kierra Williams, and remarks on behalf of the Alumni Association will be made by Sandra Barsotti, secretary.

Find more information on the Commencement website

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