Professor of Civil Engineering
Mark Hansen is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated from Yale with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Philosophy in 1980, and has a PhD in Engineering Science and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Hansen worked as a physicist at the Environmental Protection Agency. Since joining the Berkeley faculty in 1988, he has led transportation research projects in urban transportation planning, air transport systems modeling, air traffic flow management, aviation systems performance analysis, aviation safety, aviation environmental analysis, and air transport economics. He has taught graduate and undergraduate transportation courses in economics, systems analysis, planning, probability and statistics, and air transportation. Professor Hansen is the Berkeley co-director of the National Center of Excellence in Aviation Operations Research, a multi-university consortium sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration. He is former Chair of Transportation Research Board Committee AV-060, Airport and Airspace Capacity and Delay. He has served as Associate Editor of Operations Research and Transportation Research E.
Research interests include transportation economics, policy and planning, air transportation, public transportation.
Ph.D. – Transportation Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1988
M.C.P. – City and Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley, 1984
B.A. – Physics and Philosophy, Yale University, 1980
RECENT Projects of Mark Hansen
01/2013 – 07/2014 Delta Airlines and International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), $54,000, Analyze Dispatcher Fuel Loading Behavior and Develop Strategies to Reduce Excessive Fuel Loading
08/2012 – 08/2014 FAA via University of Maryland (College Park), Cost of Delay to Cargo and Overnight Package Delivery Firms, $104,000. Assess of Cost of Flight Delay to Cargo and Overnight Package Delivery Firms.
01/2014 – 09/2014 NASA via UC San Cruz, Behavioral Analysis of Flight Rerouting, $69,000. Model acceptance of reroutes identified by Dynamic Weather Rerouting Tool and assess implications for nationwide deployment
01/2013 – 08/2013 NASA via UC Santa Cruz, Predictability Measurement and Valuation in Air Traffic Management, $40,000. Assessing improvements to flight predictability resulting from NASA’s SARDA system and their value to flight operators.
01/2012 – 05/2013 NASA via UC Santa Cruz, Predictability Measurement and Valuation in Air Traffic Management, $40,000. Assessing improvements to flight predictability resulting from NASA’s SARDA system and their value to flight operators.
09/2011 – 09/2013 FAA via University of Maryland (College Park), New Concepts and Metrics for Flight Predictability, $126,550. Analyzing the impact of flight time variability on airline scheduling and fuel loading decisions, and studying opportunities to employ air traffic management to reduce flight time variability.
09/2011 – 12/2012 FAA via University of Maryland (College Park), The Impact of Oil Prices on the Air Transportation Industry, $121,893. Modeling the relationships between fuel price, yields, and traffic demand in the air cargo industry, and how the industry may respond to future changes in oil prices.
09/2011 – 08/2013 FAA via University of Maryland (College Park), Analytical Support to the FAA Office of Performance Analysis and Strategy, $96,399. Modeling airline flight cancellation decisions and their impacts on flight delays.
09/2011 – 09/2014 FAA via University of Maryland (College Park), Distributed Mechanisms for Determining NAS-Wide Service Level Expectations, $287,980. Developing a system for enabling flight operators to guide traffic management decision making by providing the service provider with information about the relative importance of different performance goals.
07/2011 – 05/2012 International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Airline Operation Efficiency, CO2, Emissions, and Comparative Airline Ranking, $139,704. Developed and applied methodology to compare the fuel efficiency of US airlines.
01/2011 – 12/2011 NASA via UC Santa Cruz, ARP: Aviation and the Environment: Models of a Pollutant-Constrained Aviation System, $100,000. Developed algorithms for routing aircraft that account for the global warming impacts of both greenhouse gas emissions and the formation of persistent contrails.