Jim Eck is the Assistant Administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration. The NextGen Organization is responsible for leading the modernization of the National Airspace System, the move to a smarter, satellite-based system with digital technologies and advanced procedures that will ensure safe and efficient air travel for decades to come. Eck leads a federal workforce of about 900 employees and manages the $1 billion annual budget of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). His office also oversees the world’s leading aviation research complex at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J.
Formerly, Jim served as the Vice President of the Program Management Organization (PMO) responsible for all NextGen program activity, infrastructure modernization programs, and service to legacy NAS infrastructure.
Jim has worked acquisition programs since joining the FAA in 1996. In addition to program development and execution, he has been active in leading acquisition management policy and workforce development.
Prior to joining the FAA, Jim spent 18 years working for the U.S. Navy, concluding his work with the Naval Command Control and Ocean Surveillance Center in tactical communications research and development.
Jim is a BSEE graduate from the Pennsylvania State University, and MSE System Engineering graduate from the University of Pennsylvania.