Get to Know Noblis: Christina, Air Traffic Analyst and Project Manager

“My favorite part about my job is being able to be creative and tell a story. It’s my job to show how new capabilities and technologies will help people in air traffic control, how they will bring greater ease to passengers, and how the system as a whole can function most efficiently”  – Christina, Air Traffic Analyst and Project Manager 

Meet Christina, an analyst and project manager who uses advanced technical capabilities to advance the nation’s air transportation system.

What experiences have enriched your career the most?
“I have grown in my role as an analyst exponentially through my daily exposure to industry leaders/ I’ve also expanded my technical skillset through Noblis programs,” said Christina. “I was part of the inaugural Data Analytics Cohort at Noblis, which is a program in partnership with George Mason University where employees can earn a certificate in Data Analytics proficiency while working full-time,” Christina said.

Now, Christina manages her business area’s simulation modeling and data visualization capabilities for air traffic operations. On a daily basis, she works with her team to demonstrate how new capabilities and technologies will affect and improve the nation’s air transportation system.

What do you think gives Noblis an edge in the aviation and air transportation industries?
In Christina’s role, she develops simulation models that are used in investment analyses, and for facilitating stakeholder engagement in the aviation community.

“We [Noblis] stand out because we are always looking to solve problems outside of the box and outside of the standard and expected outcomes,” she said.“We’re always exploring alternative strategies to help the FAA succeed in their endeavors.”

What major trends do you see ahead?
Christina is excited to see the impact of the FAA’s NextGen program once it comes to full implementation, how the air traffic industry will adapt, and the concept of introducing unmanned aerial vehicles into the National Airspace System.

“I think that the most exciting and relatively unknown territory trending right now is the idea of unmanned vehicles,” admitted Christina. Right now, we are researching how drone highways will be put into place. I am interested in understanding more about these operations, their interactions and interferences with people and other technologies, as well as the major challenges involved in making something like this work.”

What is your favorite part about your job? What is your favorite part about working for Noblis?
“My favorite part about my job is being able to be creative and tell a story,” said Christina. “It’s my job to show how new capabilities and technologies will help people in air traffic control, how they will bring greater ease to passengers, and how the system as a whole can function more efficiently. I am able to leverage both my background in mathematics and my interest in creative design to develop really cool, visually appealing simulations and analyses of air traffic operations.”

Overall, her favorite part about Noblis is the culture fostered and maintained by employees.

“Noblis is full of creative and intelligent individuals who come together to with the common goal of developing innovations for the public good,” she said.

Christina currently serves as a air traffic analyst and project manager in the Federal Civilian Solutions mission area, specializing in the development of simulation models and data visualizations within Air Transportation and EPICS contractsShe has represented many organizations within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with a focus on investment analysis, user benefits, and business case analysis. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Christopher Newport University.