Chris is an experienced leader, program manager, and management consultant with more than 17 years of professional experience in the aviation industry. His primary background is in aviation and airports with a focus on emerging aviation technologies, policy development, and airport/environmental planning. He has led multiple contracts and engagements for the FAA, NASA, and TRB ACRP that include operations research and analysis for airport and air traffic management with a focus on emerging technologies, airport/airspace operations, and modeling/data analytics. He has developed strong relationships across the aviation and airport industry and has intimate knowledge of clients and stakeholders in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) markets. Over the past eight years, he provided leadership and guidance on research efforts that are focused on developing new and/or updating policies for implementation of NextGen initiatives, developing guidance and tools for airport operators, and investigating the challenges and opportunities related to the integration of emerging technologies into the National Airspace System (NAS). Most notably, Mr. Fernando served as the principal investigator for a NASA market study to research the policy, economic, social, environmental, and legal barriers to enabling UAM and forecast current and future demand. He also served as the principal investigator for ACRP 03-42: Airports and UAS, which was a two-year research effort that investigated the requirements, challenges, and opportunities of integrating UAS into the airport system.