HAMPTON, Va. Planes that are quieter, less polluting and more fuel-efficient talk about flying the friendly skies.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Fay Collier will outline the highlights of the agency’s “Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project,” a NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate effort starting in 2010. Collier, the project manager, will give an overview of the research focused on improvements in noise, emission, and performance of future subsonic aircraft and the technologies that will help make them more environmentally friendly.

Media who wish to interview Collier at a news briefing at NASA Langley at 1:15 p.m., Tuesday should contact Chris Rink at 864-6786 or by email at christopher.p.rink@nasa.gov by noon on the day of the talk for credentials and entry to the center.

Collier is responsible for the formulation, start up, and day-to-day management of the new ERA project that will be executed in partnership with industry, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and other government agencies. Prior to his current position, Collier was the principal investigator of the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project of NASA’s Fundamental Aeronautics Program.

Collier earned a doctorate from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he participated as a NASA Sloan Fellow. He serves on numerous committees for NASA including the Joint Planning and Development Office’s Environmental Working Group and the AFRL Fixed Wing Executive Council. He was also a contributor to the development of the National Plan for Aeronautics Research and Development.

An advisor to graduate students at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, Collier is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

For more information about NASA Langley’s Colloquium and Sigma Series Lectures: http://shemesh.larc.nasa.gov/Lectures/