Georgia Institute of Technology

Faculty Profile

J. P. Clarke

John-Paul Clarke



Office: ESM 104
Phone: 404.385.7206


S.B., Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1991, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.M., Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1992, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sc.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1997, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


John-Paul Clarke is a Professor in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering with a courtesy appointment in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Director of the Air Transportation Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received S.B. (1991), S.M. (1992), and Sc.D. (1997) degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research and teaching in the areas of control, optimization, and system analysis, architecture, and design are motivated by his desire to simultaneously maximize the efficiency and minimize the societal costs (especially on the environment) of the global air transportation system.
Dr. Clarke has made seminal contributions in the areas of air traffic management, aircraft operations, and airline operations – the three key elements of the air transportation system – and has been recognized globally for developing, among other things, key analytical foundations for the Continuous Descent Arrival (CDA) and novel concepts for robust airline scheduling. His research has resulted in significant changes in engineering methods, processes and products – most notably the development of new arrival procedures for four major US airports and one European Airport, and changes in airline scheduling practices. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a member of AGIFORS, INFORMS, and Sigma Xi. His many honors include the AIAA/AAAE/ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award in 1999, the FAA Excellence in Aviation Award in 2003, the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecturership in 2006, and the 37th SAE/AIAA William Littlewood Memorial Lecture Award (to be awarded in January 2012).



  • Optimal Control
  • Large-Scale Optimization
  • System Analysis, Design and Optimization Application

Air Traffic Management (air traffic control and traffic flow management):

  • Aircraft Operations (aircraft trajectory planning and control)
  • Airline Operations (airline schedule planning and control)

Honors and Distinctions

  • Associate Fellow of the AIAA (2004)
  • AIAA Distinguished Lecturer (2002-2004)
  • AIAA/AAAE/ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Award (1999)
  • FAA Excellence in Aviation Award (2003)
  • NAE Gilbreth Lectureship (2006)
  • SAE/AIAA William Littlewood Memorial Lecture Award (2012)

Selected Publications

  • Clarke, J.-P., “Systems Analysis of Noise Abatement Procedures Enabled by Advance Flight Guidance Technology," Journal of Aircraft 37(2): 266-273 (March-April 2000).
  • Idris, H., Clarke, J.-P., Bhuva, R., and Kang, L., “Queuing Model for Taxi-Out Time Estimation," Air Traffic Control Quarterly 10(1): 1-22 (January 2002).
  • Clarke, J.-P., Ho, N. T., Ren, L., Brown, J. A., Elmer, K. R., Tong, K.-O., and Wat, J. K., “Continuous Descent Approach: Design and Flight Test for Louisville International Airport," Journal of Aircraft 41(5): 1054-1066 (September-October 2004).
  • Lan, S., Clarke, J.-P., and Barnhart, C., “Planning for Robust Airline Operations: Optimizing Aircraft Routings and Flight Departure Times to Minimize Passenger Disruptions," Transportation Science 40(1): 15-28 (February 2006).
  • Ren, L., and Clarke, J.-P., "A Separation Analysis Methodology for Designing Area Navigation Arrival Procedures," Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 30(5): 1319-1330 (September-October 2007).
  • Miller, B., and Clarke, J.-P., "Strategic Guidance in the Development of New Aircraft Programs: A Practical Real Options Approach," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 55(4): 566-578 (November 2008).
  • Burgain, P., Feron, E., and Clarke, J.-P., “Collaborative Virtual Queue: Fair Management of Congested Departure Operations and Benefit Analysis,” Air Traffic Control Quarterly 17(2): 195-222 (2009).
  • Solak, S., Clarke, J.-P., Johnson, E., and Barnes, E., “Optimization of Project Portfolios under Endogenous Uncertainty,” European Journal of Operational Research 207(1): 420-433 (November 2010).
  • Sölveling, G., Solak, S., Clarke, J.-P., and Johnson, E., “Runway Operations Optimization in the Presence of Uncertainties,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 34(5):1373-1382 (September-October 2011).

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Prof. Mitchell Walker in the High-Power Electric Propulsion Lab