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Karlin Roth Toner ’83

Karlin Roth Toner '83

Karlin Roth Toner is honored as a 2011 Distinguished Alumna for her aviation and aeronautics expertise and notable career with the federal government. She 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, Dr. 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.

Dr. Toner has more than 20 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. In this position, she led more than 180 employees and managed a $150-million budget. She and her team developed long-range technical and resources plans for aeronautics projects, the scope of which included airspace systems, aviation safety, wind tunnels, and flight vehicle research.

Dr. Toner became director of the Airspace Systems Program at NASA Headquarters in 2006. As program director, she supported and worked with the associate administrator for Aeronautics Research to provide executive leadership, strategic direction, and program management for all elements of the Airspace Systems Program.

A much-sought-after researcher and lecturer, Dr. 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.

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

Profile published on 6/10/11

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