Michael D. Wittman



M.S. in Transportation student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Assistant, MIT International Center for Air Transportation

Education:

SM, Transportation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Expected 2014
BS, Mathematics & Economics, American University, Washington, DC, 2012

Contact:

International Center for Air Transportation
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Building 35-217
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
E-mail: wittman AT mit DOT edu
 

About:

I am a M.S. in Transportation (MST) candidate at MIT, based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research focuses primarily on analyzing recent trends in capacity, connectivity, airfares, and service quality in the U.S. domestic airline industry.

I work at MIT's International Center for Air Transportation, where I am advised by Dr. Peter Belobaba. Much of my work is in collaboration with Bill Swelbar. I am also affiliated with the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR) on a project for the FAA.

CV:

You can access my CV here.

Research:

Peer-reviewed Journals:


Wittman, M.D. 2014. Are low-cost carrier passengers less likely to complain about service quality? Journal of Air Transport Management 35: 64-71.

Wittman, M.D. and W.S. Swelbar. 2014. Capacity Discipline and the Consolidation of Airport Connectivity in the United States. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Recommended for publication.

I have also written several papers as part of the MIT Small Community Air Service White Paper Series:


Wittman, M.D. and W.S. Swelbar. 2013. Trends and Market Forces Shaping Small Community Air Service in the United States. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2013-02.
This report was featured in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Forbes, The Economist (blog), Travel Weekly, and other media. I gave an interview about the paper on 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio.

Wittman, M.D. and W.S. Swelbar. 2013. Modeling Changes in Connectivity at U.S. Airports: A Small Community Perspective. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2013-05.

Wittman, M.D. and W.S. Swelbar. 2013. Evolving Trends of U.S. Domestic Airfares: The Impacts of Competition, Consolidation, and Low-Cost Carriers. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2013-07.
This report was featured in USA Today and on Bloomberg TV.

My working papers also include:


Wittman, M.D. 2014. Public Funding of Airport Incentives: The Efficacy of the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program.

Ball, M.O., X. Barnes, P.P. Belobaba, R.J. Hansman, T. Li, A.A. Trani, and M.D. Wittman. 2013. Five-Year Operational Expectations for the National Airspace System. National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR).