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Through the Faculty Fellows Program, the Institute fosters an environment that encourages cross-disciplinary connections and nurtures a collaborative spirit among faculty across the 12 schools. This program identifies faculty with a demonstrated interest in urban research and provides research and communication services.

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Megan Ryerson

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Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering; University of Pennsylvania

About

Dr. Megan S. Ryerson is an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering in the area of Transportation at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 and her B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Her research focuses on the tradeoff between economic development and environmental impacts presented by the air transportation system and the design of resilient multimodal transportation system networks. Professor Ryerson has published 16 articles and co-authored numerous studies investigating the costs and environmental impacts of municipally-funded airline subsidy programs, the environmental impact of airline contingency fueling practices, optimizing aircraft diversions in a climate-impacted future, estimating the spatial differences in human health impacts of aircraft across the U.S., and comparing the environmental impact of aviation and High Speed Rail Systems. Dr. Ryerson serves as the major research advisor for Ph.D., Master’s, and undergraduate students and she teaches courses on Intercity Transportation Systems, Advanced Methods for Transportation Systems Analysis, and Logistics and Highway Design. Her students have won multiple competitive awards and are employed by organizations including Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, AECOM, and American Airlines. Dr. Ryerson serves on the board of the Women’s Transportation Seminar Philadelphia Chapter Transportation YOU Program, the Program Committee for the International Conference on Research in Air Transportation, the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Dissertation Prize Committee, and in 2015 she was appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to serve on the Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee. 
 

Selected Publications

Ryerson, M.S., Woodburn, A. (2014). Build Capacity or Manage Demand: Can regional planners lead American aviation into a new frontier of demand management? Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA), 80(2), 138-152.

Ryerson, M.S., Ge, X. (2014). The Role of Turboprops in China's Growing Aviation System. Journal of Transport Geography, 40, 133–144.

Woodburn, A., Ryerson, M. (2014). Airport Capacity Enhancement and Flight Predictability. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2400, 87-97.

Ryerson, M.S., Kim, H. (2014). The Impact of Airline Mergers and Hub Reorganization on Aviation Fuel Consumption. Journal of Cleaner Production, 85, 395–407.

Megan S. Ryerson Page 2 of 10 Updated: August 2015 11 Ryerson, M.S., Hansen, M. (2013). Capturing the Impact of Fuel Price on Jet Aircraft Operating Costs with Engineering and Econometric Models. Transport. Res. Part C: Emerging Technologies, 33, 282–296.

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Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering; University of Pennsylvania

About

Dr. Megan S. Ryerson is an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering in the area of Transportation at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 and her B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Her research focuses on the tradeoff between economic development and environmental impacts presented by the air transportation system and the design of resilient multimodal transportation system networks. Professor Ryerson has published 16 articles and co-authored numerous studies investigating the costs and environmental impacts of municipally-funded airline subsidy programs, the environmental impact of airline contingency fueling practices, optimizing aircraft diversions in a climate-impacted future, estimating the spatial differences in human health impacts of aircraft across the U.S., and comparing the environmental impact of aviation and High Speed Rail Systems. Dr. Ryerson serves as the major research advisor for Ph.D., Master’s, and undergraduate students and she teaches courses on Intercity Transportation Systems, Advanced Methods for Transportation Systems Analysis, and Logistics and Highway Design. Her students have won multiple competitive awards and are employed by organizations including Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, AECOM, and American Airlines. Dr. Ryerson serves on the board of the Women’s Transportation Seminar Philadelphia Chapter Transportation YOU Program, the Program Committee for the International Conference on Research in Air Transportation, the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Dissertation Prize Committee, and in 2015 she was appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to serve on the Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee. 
 

Selected Publications

Ryerson, M.S., Woodburn, A. (2014). Build Capacity or Manage Demand: Can regional planners lead American aviation into a new frontier of demand management? Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA), 80(2), 138-152.

Ryerson, M.S., Ge, X. (2014). The Role of Turboprops in China's Growing Aviation System. Journal of Transport Geography, 40, 133–144.

Woodburn, A., Ryerson, M. (2014). Airport Capacity Enhancement and Flight Predictability. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2400, 87-97.

Ryerson, M.S., Kim, H. (2014). The Impact of Airline Mergers and Hub Reorganization on Aviation Fuel Consumption. Journal of Cleaner Production, 85, 395–407.

Megan S. Ryerson Page 2 of 10 Updated: August 2015 11 Ryerson, M.S., Hansen, M. (2013). Capturing the Impact of Fuel Price on Jet Aircraft Operating Costs with Engineering and Econometric Models. Transport. Res. Part C: Emerging Technologies, 33, 282–296.

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