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R. John Hansman, Jr.

T. Wilson Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Head, Division of Humans and Automation
Director, International Center for Air Transportation

Dr. R. John Hansman currently is a professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, where he is head of the Humans and Automation Division . He also is director of the International Center for Air Transportation. His current research interests focus on advanced cockpit information systems, including Flight Management Systems, Air-Ground Datalink, Electronic Charting, Advanced Alerting Systems, and Flight Crew Situational Awareness.

Dr. Hansman received a Ph.D. from MIT in 1982. He holds 6 U.S. Patents and has authored over 250 technical publications. He is also an internationally recognized expert in aviation meteorological hazards such as icing and windshear. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He received the 1998 Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 1997 FAA Excellence in Aviation Award, the 1994 Losey Atmospheric Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the 1990 OSTIV Diploma for Technical Contributions and the 1986 AIAA Award for Best Paper in Thermophysics. He recently served as Co-Chair of the MIT Presidential Task Force on Student Life and Learning.

Dr. Hansman consults and serves as a member of numerous advisory and technical committees including the Congressional Aeronautics Advisory Committee, the FAA Research and Development Advisory Committee, the FAA WAAS Independent Review Board, and the NASA Advanced Air Transportation Technologies Executive Steering Committee. He serves on several editorial boards including the Air Traffic Control Quarterly. He has over 5650 hours of pilot in-command time in airplanes, helicopters and sailplanes, including meteorological, production and engineering flight test experience.

Related News:

John Hansman quoted in articles about the proposed Hyperloop transportation system “Is Elon Musk's Hyperloop just a pipe dream?” BBC News Online/Interactive – August 13, 2013

John Hansman quoted in article about recent Boeing Dreamliner fire “Battery in Honeywell beacon eyed in 787 fire” – July 16, 2013

John Hansman quoted in article about automated airplanes: “Who's really flying the plane?” InternationalMarch 24, 2012

John Hansman briefly quoted in article about airport policies during extreme weather: “Snowbound Jets on U.S. Tarmacs Spur Call for Tougher Rules” – Bloomberg Businessweek – November 3, 2011

MIT News article about research of John Hansman and colleagues: “In plane view: New tool analyzes black-box data for flight anomalies” MIT News Office – September 12, 2011 (homepage spotlight); Also picked up by numerous media outlets, including R&D Magazine, Wired, Scientific American, and RedOrbit

In plane view: New tool analyzes black-box data for flight anomalies” MIT News Office – September 12, 2011

MIT research, led by John Hansman, is featured in piece about airplanes and collision-avoidance systems: “Watch out, there’s a plane about” – Babbage (science & technology blog) The Economist – August 30, 2011

John Hansman quoted in article about airline delays USA Today – February 16, 2010

Hansman quoted in article about “NextGen” air-traffic control system
Christian Science Monitor – October 29, 2009

Hansman quoted in article on a non-radar air traffic system ABC News – October 12, 2009

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John Hansman

Contact info:

John Hansman
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Building 33-303
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

Phone: 617.253.2271
Fax: 617.253.4196
Email to: rjhans "at"

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