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AE Alumna Begins European Liaison Assignment

May 11, 2004

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently named University of Texas at Arlington alumna Lirio Liu as its Senior Representative to several member states of the European Union. She will be stationed in Paris, building relationships with the civil aviation authorities in France, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Portugal, Spain and Monaco, plus Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria in North Africa, representing all aspects of the FAA’s duties and operations.

Liu graduated from UTA in 1991 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. She began her career in the FAA’s Los Angeles Certification office, where she worked on various certification projects, including the Robinson Helicopter Model R-44, the world's most popular civilian helicopter. Part of her responsibilities included on-site accident investigation and coordination with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Liu has been recognized for her outstanding achievements throughout her service with the FAA. In one of these, she was in charge of the Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, where she supervised the more than 100 engineers who monitored and approved the design processes for all Boeing airplanes. She was the youngest engineer to hold this position.

Last year Liu was asked to assist the FAA’s Director of Aircraft Certification in Washington, D.C. There, she worked on briefings for the FAA administrator and coordinated responses for Congress on developing aircraft legislation. Her performance in that position led directly to her four-year assignment in Europe.