Ph.D., Air Transportation Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin, 1994
Master of Science, Architectural Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin, 1978
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
U.S. Air Force Academy, 1972
Licenses and Registrations
Licensed Professional Engineer, TEXAS
FAA Licensed Pilot: Airline Transport Pilot, Commercial, Instructor, Instrument Instructor, Ground Instructor
Dr. McNerney is currently an airport consultant specializing in Airport Pavements, Airside Planning and GIS for airports and aeronautical data. He is an adjunct professor teaching Airport Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington.
In October 2010, Dr. McNerney accepted the position as the assistant manager of the Airport Engineering Division, of the FAA Office of Airport Safety and Standards and retired from FAA in October 2015. He was responsible for directing and managing the FAA Airports GIS achieving the capability to collect data and print 6 standard sheets of the Airport Layout Plan. He managed the update of over 50 advisory circulars in the Airport Series. He approved many modifications to standards and help automated the process in Airports GIS. He worked with FAA enterprise data and help establish the authoritative source of Airport data as part of the NAVLean program.
Dr. McNerney was an airport consultant with AECOM for 9 years until October 2010. As an engineer and manager he has 38 years of aviation experience including both the operations and engineering side of aviation.
Dr. McNerney was the Director of the Aviation Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin where he a Research Engineer and Adjunct Facility for 10 years. He organized the successful series of six airport short courses at The University of Texas at Austin. As adjunct faculty, he taught courses in Airport Design and Pavement Design at The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas at Arlington.
He comes from a strong military background where he served 17 years in the US Air Force as pilot, instructor, commander, and civil engineer where he lead the pavement portion of the US Air Force rapid runway repair research effort for 3 years. His unique experience as both an airline transport rated pilot with over 2600 hours of jet time and a Ph.D. in Air Transportation Engineering have given him practical insight to the planning, design and operation of large airports and military bases.
He is experienced in the areas of Airport Planning, Airport Noise, Airport Geographical Information Systems (GIS), D-GPS Satellite Navigation Systems, Aerial Photography, and Environmental Planning and is an industry leader in Geospatial Airport Pavement Management Systems and Airport Aircraft Compatibility. He has authored over 60 publications related to air and ground transportation research and pavement evaluation. He has served as supervisor of flight operations at three Air Force Bases.
As a research engineer he has 20 years of experience in the area of pavement loading, pavement field-testing, and pavement life predictions. He has developed a field GPS pavement inspection system using GIS for evaluating airfield pavements and conducting PCI analyses. He completed a new, innovative approach to pavement evaluation and pavement life prediction for DFW Airport. He also is a leader in airport pavement management technology and aircraft response to airport pavement roughness. He has conducted full-scale accelerated pavement testing for the Air Force and Texas Department of Transportation. He built the Tyndall AFB indoor pavement test facility and conducted over 30 accelerated loading field tests with F-4 and C-141 load carts simulating full-scale aircraft loading. He led the North Field Test where a Red Horse squadron repaired two exploded craters and an instrumented F-4 was flown over the repaired craters. From field tests, he developed interim Rapid Runway Repair field guidance for the US Air Force using crushed limestone and rapid setting polymer-concrete. He has advised the FAA on accelerated pavement test devices and was a member of the FAA Airport Pavement Working Group. He has conducted pavement evaluations or forensic investigations at several airports. He has developed alternative specifications for construction of airfield pavements in Texas. He developed and for the last 10 years has taught the only Airport Pavement Short Course offered by a university in the U.S.
Dr. McNerney has conducted pavement evaluation or pavement design at the following airports:
Airport Master Planning and Development
Airport Geographical Information System (GIS)
o Dallas Fort Worth International Atlanta Hartsfield International
o Detroit Wayne County Metro JFK International
o Albuquerque Sunport Incheon International Airport, Korea
o Fort Worth Meacham Houston George Bush Intercontinental
o Rafael Hernandez International St. Charles International
o Fort Worth Alliance Denver International
Professional Honors and Organizations
Recipient of the 2011 A.S.C.E. Robert Horonjeff Award for contributions to Air Transport Engineering
Emeritus Member and former Chairman, Transportation Research Board Committee AV070, Aircraft/Airport Compatibility
Founding Chairmen, American Association of Airport Executives Subcommittee on Airport Geographic Information Systems
Member, Transportation Research Board Subcommittee on Aviation GIS,
Former member, FAA Airport Pavement Working Group
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, Airfield Pavements Committee, former Chairman of Task Committee on Airport Pavement Roughness
Former member, ASTM, Committee E-17, Vehicle Pavement Interaction
The 1978 Air Force Engineering Services Center, Meritorious Achievement Award
Three Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, Two Air Force Commendation Medals