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Hamsa Balakrishnan

For excellence in the control design, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of practical algorithms to improve the efficiency and environmental performance of air transportation systems

Hamsa Balakrishnan is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is in the design, analysis, and implementation of control and optimization algorithms for large-scale cyber-physical infrastructures, with an emphasis on air transportation systems. Her contributions include airport congestion control algorithms, air traffic routing and airspace resource allocation methods, machine learning for weather forecasts and flight delay prediction, and methods to mitigate environmental impacts. Her work spans theory and practice, including both algorithm development and real-world field tests.

Dr. Balakrishnan is a member of the Operations Research Center (ORC) and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT. Before joining MIT, she was at the NASA Ames Research Center, after receiving her PhD from Stanford University and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Dr. Balakrishnan received the Lawrence Sperry Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2012), the inaugural CNA Award for Operational Analysis (2012), the Kevin Corker Award for Best Paper at the FAA/Eurocontrol Air Traffic Management R&D Seminar (2011), and an NSF CAREER Award (2008). She is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.

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