Parsons resident named director of FAA center

The FAA has selected Dennis L. Filler of Parsons as the new director of the agency’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

As director, Filler will lead one of the nation’s premier aviation research, development, test and evaluation facilities.

The center’s world-class laboratories and top-notch engineering expertise place it at the forefront of the FAA’s efforts to modernize the U.S. air transportation system and advance the Next Generation Air Transportation System, NextGen.

Filler has run his own consulting firm since March 2009. He previously spent 16 years with the FAA, culminating as chief information officer and director of information technology for the FAA Air Traffic Organization. In that position, Filler provided IT administrative services to support the safe and efficient operation of the National Airspace System for 35,000 federal employees and 15,000 contractors at 840 FAA facilities.

Filler held several key posts at the Technical Center between 1992 and 2004, including acting deputy director, chief scientist, program director of the NAS System Engineering and Analysis Division and Human Factors Laboratory Team lead.

As chief scientist, he launched a technology transfer program to support the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security. He also established formal working relationships between the Technical Center and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Rowan University and Stevens Institute of Technology to support technology transfer and systems engineering initiatives.

Filler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

He also is a graduate of the Telecommunications Operations Officer Course at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

He completed all graduate courses in aviation science, aviation management and human factors at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute. Filler succeeds Dr. Wilson Felder, who retired in November 2012.