At the 11th commencement at the University of California, Merced, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree candidates will hear words of wisdom from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and entrepreneur and engineer Dado Banatao during commencement ceremonies May 14 and 15. The mission of the University of California, Merced, is embodied in its proud claim of being the first American research university of the 21st century.
Huerta is a graduate of UC Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned a master’s degree in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
The UC Merced summarized the Administrator’s accomplishments as follows:
“Huerta, who has managed complex transportation challenges in the private and public sectors, will address more than 650 candidates from the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts during the May 14 ceremony.
As FAA administrator, Huerta is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the world’s largest aerospace system, overseeing the agency’s more than 47,000 employees and a budget of nearly $16 billion. He was nominated in March 2012 to lead the FAA and was sworn in to the position in January 2013. Huerta served as the FAA’s deputy administrator from 2010 to 2011.
Huerta has held key positions, serving 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 (for Mitt Romney). He also served as executive director of the Port of San Francisco, as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Ports, and in senior policy positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation.”
The Administrator returned to his alma mater to speak there; so he has a track record for academic convocations. (see below)
The Aviation Community knew the Administrator’s credentials , but it is good to spread the word.
And, on by the way, it will be interesting to read a speech by Mr. Huerta without the typical reference to the Secretary, which is found in all of his “approved” messages.
Here is a picture of the Merced Regional Airport/Macready Field (MCE)
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