Research Team

Current Research Team

Robert Binder

(Master of City and Regional Planning)
Robert is pursuing a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.  He has previously worked at Kimley-Horn and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.  He is working with Dr. Garrow and Dr. German to forecast...

Sara Douglass

(B.A. Biology and minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Mississippi)
Sara is a second year City Planning and Civil Engineering graduate student, specializing in transportation. After graduating with her BA in 2014, Sara worked for the Office of Sustainability at the University of Mississippi, where her interest in...

Thomas Douthat

(Ph.D., City and Regional Planning)
Dr. Thomas Douthat received a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. He won the 2017 Gill-Chin Lim Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Adaptive Efficiency in Coffee Clusters: Resilience through Agglomeration, Global Value...

Jordan Herring

(B.S. International Economics with a Spanish minor from Texas Tech University)
Jordan is pursuing a MS in Economics at Georgia Tech and is working with Dr. Garrow to look at passengers' preferences for ailrine connections.  Between undergraduate and graduate school, he completed an internship in market research with...

Zachary Lancaster

(B.S. in Geology from Georgia State University)
Zachary is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning.  He has an undergraduate degree in geology and specialized in analytical geochemistry.  Zachary has lived in Atlanta for 20 years, enjoy long distance cycle...

Jeffrey Newman

(Research Engineer, 2009-2014; 2016-present)
Jeff works part-time as a research engineer in Dr. Garrow's research lab.  Jeff is the developer of LARCH, a freeware program that can estimate multinomial, nested, and cross-nested logit models with semi-aggregate data. Jeff is working on...

Anna Nord

(B.A. in Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder)
Anna is currently pursuing the dual master's degree program in Civil and Environmental Engineering and City and Regional Planning, specializing in transportation. She is working with Drs. Laurie Garrow, Shatakshee Dhonghe and Aselia Urmanbetova...

Pooja Rao

(Bachelor's in Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India)
Pooja is currently pursuing a Master of City and Regional Planning degree, specializing in transportation. Prior to graduate school, she worked with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore, India in their Academics and Research team....

Andreas Wolfe

(Master of City and Regional Planning)
Andreas is pursuing a Masters of City and Regional Planning with a focus on Transportation Planning and is working with Dr. Garrow to asses funding allocations for rural transit systems throughout Georgia. Andreas grew up in Boston and enjoyed...

Wenhui Yang

(B.S. Trasportation Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China)
Wenhui is pursuing dual master’s degrees in City and Regional Planning and Computer Science and Engineering. She is currently working with Dr. Garrow's group to conduct a needs assessment for rural transit systems in Georgia.

Carrie Zhai

[Co-Advised: Pat McCarthy (for GDOT project)]
(M.A. in Economics (Boston University) and Bachelors' degrees in Economics and Management (Central University of Finance & Economics, Beijng))
Zhe "Carrie" Zhai's  research focuses on innovation, technology and corporate finance. Her dissertation investigates the influence of international research and development on firms' innovation capability and financial...

Former Students

Aselia Urmanbetova

[Co-Advised: Pat McCarthy]
(Ph.D. Public Policy (Georgia Tech))
Aselia Urmanbetova is a Research Scientist in Economics at Georgia Tech.  She came to the U.S. from Kyrgyzstan.  Her initial work experience for public and private development agencies back in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, pushed her to...

Emily Estes

[Co-Advised: Aselia Urmanbetova]
(BA in Philosophy)
Emily is currently a graduate student at Georgia Tech working toward her Master's in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) with a concentration in transportation. She worked with Dr. Garrow in the spring of 2016 on rural transit systems in Georgia.

Ziran "Nate" Chen

(B.S. Computer Science and Mathematics, Emory University, M.S. Computational Science and Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2017.)
Nate received a M.S. in Computational Science and Engineering in 2017.  While a M.S. student, Nate worked with Dr. Garrow to conduct online experiments of air travel behavior on Amazon Mechanical Turk.  Nate is currently employed by Amazon.

Christian Gerloff

[Co-Advised: Dr. Catherine Cleophas, RWTH Aachen University]
(B.Sc. Electrical Power Engineering and Business Administration, RWTH Aachen University)
Christian is pursuing a M.Sc. in Electrical Power Engineering and Business Administration at RWTH Aachen University. He is a research assistant of the Advanced Analytics Lab at RWTH Aachen University supervised by Dr. Catherine Cleophas. Christian...

Mohammad Ilbeigi

[Co-Advised: Daniel Castro-Lacouture]
(B.S. in Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran M.Sc. in Construction Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Mohammad received a PhD Degree in Construction Management and also a Master Degree in Computational Science and Engineering at GA Tech in 2017. Mohammad worked for Dr. Garrow in the Spring of 2017 to analyze air travel survey data collected from two...

Virginie Lurkin

[Co-Advised: Michel Bierlaire, EPFL Switzerand ]
(Ph.D. in Business Engineering, HEC Management School - University of Liège and M.S. in Business Engineering, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management)
Virginie is currently a post-doctoral researcher at EPFL in Switzerland under the guidance of Michel Bierlaire.  She graduated with her Ph.D. from the University of Liège of Belgium in 2016 where she was co-supervised by Michael Schyns...

Sebastian Vock

[Co-Advised: Catherine Cleophas and Natalia Kliewer (Freie Universitaet Berlin)]
(M.Sc. in Mathematics, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt)
Sebastian Vock graduated from the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt with a M.Sc. in Mathematics. He received his PhD from the  Freie Universitaet Berlin and was supervised by Catherine Cleophas, RWTH Aachen University, and Natalia Kliewer,...

Alix Dadoumont

[Co-Advised: Michael Schyns, University of Liège, HEC-Management School, Belgium]
(B.S. in Business Engineering, HEC Management School - University of Liège, 2016)
Alix is a postgraduate student at the University of Liège in Belgium and completed her Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management in 2016. As part of her internship, she worked with Dr. Garrow to investigate factors that influence...

Susan Hotle

(B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015)
Susan received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech and is the recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a $10,000 Airport Cooperative Research Program Graduate Research Fellowship. An avid shopper, Susan investigated online search...

Travis Harris

[Co-Advised: Terry Sturm]
(B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015)
Travis began at Georgia Tech in 2010 and received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2014. He conducted research with Dr. Garrow and Dr. Sturm to relate soil erodibility categories to bridge scour and is currently employed at Kimley-Horn and Associates...

Geoffey Kandri

(M.S in Engineering, Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat, 2015)
Geoffrey is studing at the Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat and is spent the summer of 2014 in Atlanta as a visiting scholar.  He developed teaching modules for an airline planning course.

Brittany Luken Wright

(Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2014; M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2010)
Brittany's dissertation investigated the impacts of early standby fees on airline customer service.  As a doctoral student, she received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a $10,000 Airport Cooperative Research Program Graduate Research...

Gregory Macfarlane

(Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2014; M.S. in Economics, 2013)
Greg Macfarlane investigated how to use passively-collected datasets (specifically targeted marketing data) to model travel behavior.   As a doctoral student, he received a $69,500 Eisenhower Fellowship and scholarships from the American...

Josephine Kressner

(Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2014)
Josie Kressner investigated how to use passively-collected datasets (specifically targeted marketing data) to model residential location choice.  As a doctoral student, she was supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Georgia Tech...

Emma Bones

[Co-Advised: Terry Sturm]
(M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2014)
Emma's research, which combined her interests in transportation planning and hydraulic engineering, focused on the integration of bridge risk analysis with improved methods for estimating scour around bridge piers and abutments. Emma is...

Stacey Mumbower

(Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, 2013; M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2012)
Stacey conducted research in using online pricing and seat map data to enhance understanding of air travelers behavior.  She received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a GT President's Fellowship, and a $10,000...

Winston Yang

(Post-doctoral researcher, 2012-13)
Winston led data programming and data parsing projects in the aviation area. He currently works for the Information Services Group in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Stefan Binder

[Co-Advised: Michel Bierlaire]
(M.S. in Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, 2013)
Stefan used targeted marketing data to examine household and vehicle characteristics associated with emission failures.  He was a visiting M.S. scholar in fall of 2012.  He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at EPFL.

Donald Katz

(Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012)
Donny investigated revenue and operational impacts of schedule depeaking as part of his doctoral thesis.  He is currently employed by Delta Air Lines in Atlanta.  Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, Donny won a Fulbright to study bus crowding...

Seonah Lee

[Co-Advised: Pinar Keskinocak]
(Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2011)
Seonah Lee investigated price optimization methods for hotels as part of her doctoral dissertation.  She is an Analytic Specialist in the Marketing and Sales Practice at McKinsey & Company in New York City.

Alexandre Khelifa

[Co-Advised: Michel Bierlaire]
(M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2011)
Alex Khelifa came to GT as visiting M.S. Scholar from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and obtained a second M.S. degree from GT.  He is currently employed with Logitech in California.

Mustafa Özuysal

(Post-doc researcher, 2011)
Mustafa was a post-doctoral researcher iin 2011 and helped perform some of the initial analysis of targeted marketing data.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey.

Misuk Lee

[Co-Advised: Marco Castillo]
(Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2009)
Misuk Lee investigated online search and purchase behavior as part of her doctoral dissertation.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at Seattle University.  She was previously an Assistant Professor Salisbury University in Maryland...

Melike Meterelliyoz

[Co-Advised: Mark Ferguson]
(Post-doctoral researcher, 2008-09)
Melike Meterelliyoz conducted research in choice-based revenue management as a post-doctoral researcher.  She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Business at TOBB ETU in Ankara, Turkey.

Dan Iliescu

(Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2008)
Dan Iliescu investigated the viability of using time-to-event models for airline passengers' cancellation behavior.  He is a Director at Revenue Analytics in Atlanta.

Tudor Bodea

(Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2008)
Tudor Bodea researched data collection methods for choice-based revenue management.  He is a Manager at the InterContinental Hotels Group in Atlanta.  Previously, he held an academic position on the Faculty of Economics and Business at the...

Shawn Pope

(M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2008; M.S. in Quantitative and Computational Finance, 2013)
Shawn Pope investigated methods that could be used to collect online airline pricing and demand data.  He is a fixed income risk analyst at Invesco in Atlanta.

R. Jay Graham

(M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2008)
Jay Graham investigated airline passengers' cancellation behavior.  He is employed at BP Global in Texas.

Tim Brandstetter

(M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2007)
Tim Brandstetter investigated emergency evacuations. He is employed at Kimley-Horn in Michigan.