Program Committee

The Aviation Noise & Emissions Symposium has been around for over 3 decades now and would not be possible without the strong support of a great Program Planning Committee. This year we are working to expand our Program Planning Committee and Program Topics to be more geographically well-rounded. Please help me welcome our 2021 Committee!

Steve AlversonSteve Alverson

Environmental Science Associates

Steve Alverson is a former Senior Vice President at Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a nationwide consulting practice specializing in airport noise and land use compatibility studies, airport/community roundtable facilitation, environmental documentation, air quality analyses, and aviation planning services. Throughout his 39-year career, Steve has helped airport operators and their communities manage complex and challenging aircraft noise issues at some of the busiest airports in the United States including Los Angeles International, San Francisco International, John F. Kennedy International, Hartsfield-Jackson International, Denver International, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airports. Steve served as the project director of the update to the Caltrans Airport Land Use Handbook. He regularly provides litigation support and expert testimony on matters related to aircraft noise. Steve also provides college-level lectures on aircraft noise and land use compatibility planning including Airport Land Use Compatibility Planning at the University of California at Davis and the University of California at Berkeley Institute for Transportation Studies.

Gabe Andino, Teterboro Airport

Veronica BradleyVeronica Bradley

Director of Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America

Veronica Bradley is Director of Environmental Affairs at Airlines for America where she assists in environmental advocacy activities concerning noise, corporate sustainability disclosure, potable water, chemicals, climate, and recycling issues relating to aircraft and airline operations. Her advocacy efforts seek to minimize negative impacts and amplify benefits of proposed regulations, legislation, and voluntary programs at the international, federal, state, and local levels. Prior to A4A, Veronica worked at ICF where she supported the Climate Change and Stratospheric Ozone Protection Divisions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A Michigan native, Veronica received her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Michigan in 2007 and a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in 2015.

Rachel BurbidgeRachel Burbidge

Senior Policy Officer, Environment and Climate Change, Eurocontrol

Rachel Burbidge joined EUROCONTROL in 2005. She has been leading EUROCONTROL’s work on climate change adaptation and resilience since 2009, authoring the organisation’s ground-breaking Challenges of Growth work on Climate Adaptation, and several peer-reviewed journal articles.  She leads EUROCONTROL’s contribution to the ICAO CAEP Working Group on CORSIA, where she manages tasks on MRV, and is also a member of ICAO CAEP Working Groups on Impacts and Science and Airport and Operations, where she leads the work on climate adaptation. She has degrees in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development.

Dave CarboneDave Carbone

Consultant, LGN Aviation Policy Group


Dave Carbone is semi-retired and currently provides consulting services for the LGN Aviation Policy Group in Washington DC.  His public sector career of over 35 years focused on aircraft noise mitigation and airport/land use compatibility planning.  Most of his work concentrated on the environs of San Francisco International Airport, which is located in San Mateo County. Some of his key activities included managing the San Mateo County aircraft noise insulation program and serving over 23 years as the manager of the San Mateo County Airport Land Use Commission and as the Coordinator/Program Manager for the San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable.

Dave earned a Bachelor of Science degree in City and Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and an Associate of Science degree in Pre-Architecture at Sierra Community College in Rocklin, California.  He received additional training in airport environs planning and aircraft noise mitigation at the University of California (Berkeley and Davis) and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  In 2017, he was a recipient of the Walt Gillfillan Award, a recognition of professional achievement, that is presented at the annual UC Davis Aviation Noise and Emissions Symposium. 

Justin Cook, HMMH

Alex Gertsen, National Business Aviation Association

Robbie Gross, KB Environmental Sciences

Anne Hollander, Montgomery County Quiet Skies

Ian Jopson, NATS

Sjohnna Knack, San Diego International Airport

Anne Kohut

Editor & Publisher of Airport Noise Report and Aviation Emissions Report

Anne Kohut is the publisher of two newsletters: Airport Noise Report, which is in Volume 32, and Aviation Emissions Report, which is in Volume 13. Prior to that, she served a senior editor for Noise Regulation Report, a publication of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., which was acquired by Bloomberg News.

She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and an M.S. in Audiology from Penn State University, where she worked for several years as a graduate assistant in the Penn State Environmental Acoustics Lab.

Jennifer Landesmann, Palo Alto Quiet Skies

Xiaobo LiuXiaobo Liu

Aviation Noise Specialist, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Xiaobo Liu is an Aviation Noise Specialist with Port Authority of NY & NJ. He has been working on aviation noise systems, i.e. Noise and Operation Management System (NOMS), Noise Monitoring System, and Noise Complaint Management System, since 2016.

Before he joined Port Authority of NY & NJ, he has worked in private sector. He has 8 years of experiences in environmental study for infrastructure projects, from highways, bridges, tunnels, rails, to airports.

He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in New York State. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) of Project Management Institution (PMI) and a certified member (CM) of American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).

Eric Lu, Ramboll

Mike McKee, Denver International Airport

John Pehrson, CDM Smith

Jorge Rodriguez-CifuentesJorge Rodriguez Cifuentes,

Group Leader, MITRE Corporation

Jorge Rodriguez Cifuentes is a Group Leader at The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization managing federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) supporting several Federal government agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). At MITRE, Jorge manages a team of engineers and air traffic control experts supporting the FAA in delivering some of largest and most complex airspace and procedures redesign projects in the United States. Prior to that, Jorge was an airport management consultant with extensive experience preparing noise analyses in support of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. He is a licensed private pilot and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Michele Ross, Metropolitan Airports Commission

Sam Tan, DFW

Yolanka Wulff, CAMI