Deputy CIO leaves FAA for private sector

Arthur Pyster, the Federal Aviation Administration's deputy CIO and deputy assistant administrator for information services, has resigned and leaves the flight agency today for the private sector. He has been deputy CIO since 1999.

Pyster was instrumental in helping to drive an enterprise architecture and ensure security of air traffic control systems.

Prior to the deputy position, Pyster was the agency's chief scientist for software engineering, where he was responsible for improving software technology across FAA systems and for improvement of lifecycle management practices and processes. He led the creation and application of FAA's integrated Capability Maturity Model, which incorporates elements of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute recommendations for software, systems development and software acquisition.

Before joining FAA, Pyster worked at the Software Productivity Consortium as its chief technical officer, shepherding the development and deployment of technologies to support distributed information systems.

Pyster was the chief architect and systems engineering manager for software productivity at TRW Inc., implementing an advanced Unix environment and building some of the earliest requirements management tools.

Pyster has also been an assistant professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. in computer and information sciences from Ohio State University.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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