Lirio Liu is the Executive Director of the Office of Rulemaking in the Aviation Safety Organization. The office is responsible for the overall rulemaking program for the FAA, which includes rulemaking prioritization, work plan development and oversight. The office also coordinates the public petitions for exemptions to the existing rules, and provides management oversight to all Aviation Rulemaking Committees including the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.
Lirio began her FAA career in the Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) as a structures engineer working on type certification and supplemental type certification programs for large transport airplanes, small airplanes, and rotorcraft programs. She was the program manager for the Robinson Helicopter Company, and was actively involved in continued airworthiness issues, including coordination and participation in NTSB accident investigations. Lirio then worked as the Manager of the Seattle ACO, which was primarily responsible for the type certification and continued operational safety of the Boeing aircraft fleet.
Lirio served as the FAA senior representative based in Paris, France, and was responsible for addressing overarching aviation policy issues for the FAA in 18 countries, including member countries of the European Union and North Africa. She has also worked as the Special Technical Assistant to the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, and among other things, provided extensive technical assistance on Congressional matters, including the review of legislation affecting aviation safety.
Before becoming the Director for the Office of Rulemaking, she was the Deputy Regional Administrator for the Western Pacific Region.
Lirio holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington.
She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and Sigma Gamma Tau, the National Honor Society in Aerospace Engineering.