Faculty Spotlight: Professor John-Paul Clarke Elected as AIAA Fellow

Jan 25, 2016 | Atlanta, GA

John-Paul Clarke, a professor in Georgia Tech’s Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering with a courtesy appointment in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE), has been elected as a Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon individuals in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.

“AIAA Honorary Fellows and Fellows represent the best of the aerospace community,” said AIAA President Jim Albaugh. “These individuals have advanced the state of the art of aerospace science and technology, making unique contributions to the profession. AIAA congratulates the members of the 2016 Class of Fellows and Honorary Fellows on their selection.”

About Professor John-Paul Clarke

Professor Clarke is a leading expert in aircraft trajectory prediction and optimization, especially as it pertains to the development of flight procedures that reduce the environmental impact of aviation. His research in this regard has been instrumental in changing both the theory and the practice of flight procedure design, and has spurred efforts nationally and internationally to reduce the environmental impact of aviation via changes in operational procedures. He is also an expert in the development and use of stochastic models and optimization algorithms to improve the efficiency and robustness of airline, airport, and air traffic operations.

Professor Clarke is co-chair of the Joint Planning Committee for the AIAA-AAAF Aviation Noise and Emissions Reduction Symposium (ANERS) and a member of both the U.S. Army Science Board and the NASA Advisory Council Aeronautics Committee. Recently, he co-chaired the National Academies Committee that developed the U.S. National Agenda for Autonomy Research related to civil aviation, and served on the National Academies Committee that reviewed the enterprise architecture, software development approach, and safety and human factor design of the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Over the years, he has chaired or served on advisory and technical committees chartered by the AIAA, EU, FAA, ICAO, NASA, the National Academies, and the U.S. DOT.

Professor Clarke is the director of the Air Transportation Laboratory at Georgia Tech. He was the first director of PARTNER, the Center of Excellence for Aviation Noise and Aircraft Emissions Mitigation, and was an active researcher in NEXTOR, the Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research. He is now a co-director of NEXTOR II, the follow-on operations research organization to NEXTOR.

He is member of the AIAA, AGIFORS, INFORMS, and Sigma Xi.

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