Hamsa Balakrishnan

William E. Leonhard (1940) Professor
Chair, Faculty Search Committee
Pronouns She/Hers
Interested in control and optimization algorithms; air traffic management; networked systems; and transportation.

Contact Info

Office Phone

617.253.6101

Email

Office

Website/Lab

Administrative Contact

Esther Allen
617.253.2727

Financial Contact

Chhayfou Hong
617.715.5266

Specialization and Research Interests

  • Air Traffic Control
  • Traffic Flow Management
  • Airport Operations Scheduling
  • Hybrid Systems
  • Transportation Infrastructure

Teaching Interests

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

Academic Degrees

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

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-June 2021

Positions Held outside MIT

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

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Awards & Honors

2021
Vickie Kerrebrock Award, MIT AeroAstro
2019
Undergraduate Teaching Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
2014
Donald P. Eckman Award | American Automatic Control Council
2014
AIAA Undergraduate Advising Award, MIT
2013
Associate Fellow, AIAA
2012
Lawrence Sperry Award, AIAA
2012
CNA Award for Operational Analysis
2011
Kevin Corker Award for Best Paper in USA/Europe Air Traffic Management R&D Seminar
2008
NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation