John-Paul B Clarke


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).


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);

  • Air Transportation Laboratory (ATL)
  • Decision and Control Laboratory (DCL)
  • Flight Mechanics & Controls