Lillian Zarrelli Ryals

Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD)
The MITRE Corporation

Lillian Zarrelli Ryals is Director, Senior Vice President, and General Manager of the MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD), the federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Under her leadership, CAASD supports the FAA and international civil aviation authorities in addressing the aviation system’s most critical capacity, efficiency, safety, and security challenges. Ms. Ryals is responsible for CAASD’s strategic direction, sponsor and stakeholder engagement, and oversees a broad domestic and international aerospace research, engineering and development portfolio. 

Ms. Ryals has over 35 years of experience as a strategist, leader and aviation expert. Since joining MITRE, she has directed CAASD’s work for the FAA including National Airspace System infrastructure modernization, ATM/CNS (air traffic management/communication navigation and surveillance) evolution, airspace and procedures, system operations, and aviation system safety and security.

Throughout her career, Ms. Ryals has been active in aviation industry committees and national and international aviation standards bodies, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, RTCA and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. She is a member of the RTCA Policy Board and NextGen Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Air Traffic Control Association and the Aero Club. Ms. Ryals is past chair of the board of directors of Women in Aerospace.