Hamsa Balakrishnan

Photo: Hamsa Balakrishnan
Associate Department Head
William E. Leonhard (1940) Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
33-207 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

hamsa [at] mit.edu
Administrative Assistant
Financial Officer
Hamsa Balakrishnan in action
Academic Degrees

B.Tech., 2000, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (India) M.S., 2002, Stanford University Ph.D., 2006, Stanford University

Honors and Awards

AIAA Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2019; AACC Donald P. Eckman Award, 2014; AIAA Undergraduate Advising Award, 2014; AIAA Associate Fellow, 2013; CNA Award for Operational Analysis, 2012; AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, 2012; Kevin Corker Award for Best Paper in USA/Europe Air Traffic Management R&D Seminar, 2011; NSF CAREER Award, 2008; Gerald Lieberman Fellowship, Stanford University, 2005 – 2006; Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Prize, IIT Madras, 2000.

Society Memberships

Associate Fellow, AIAA; Member, IEEE; Member, INFORMS

Positions Held at MIT

Assistant Professor, January 2007-2012; Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2012-2019; Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2019-present; Associate Department Head, July 2018-present

Positions Held outside MIT

NASA Ames Research Center (UC Santa Cruz): Principal Development Engineer, Terminal Area ATM Research Branch (April-December 2006)

Specialization and Research Interests

Air traffic management, controls; optimization; networked systems; transportation

Teaching Interests

Air Transportation Operations Research (16.763); Unified Engineering Signals and Systems (16.002)