Michael D. Wittman



Ph.D. candidate in Air Transportation Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Assistant, MIT International Center for Air Transportation

Short Bio:

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Air Transportation Systems at MIT, where my research focuses on airline revenue management, airport connectivity, aviation policy, and small community air service. My work has been cited by Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and a number of national news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, and USA Today.

Education:

Ph.D. candidate, Air Transportation Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015 - present
SM, Transportation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 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
 

CV: You can access my CV here.

Research:

Peer-reviewed Journals:


Wittman, M.D. and P.P. Belobaba. 2016. Personalization in airline revenue management – Heuristics for real-time adjustment of availability and fares. Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management. Available online 12 July 2016.

Wittman, M.D., F. Allroggen, and R. Malina. 2016. Public Service Obligations for Air Transport in the United States and Europe: Connectivity Effects and Value for Money. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. Revise and Resubmit.

Wittman, M.D. and P.P. Belobaba. 2016. Dynamic availability of fare products with knowledge of customer characteristics. Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management. Available online 22 April 2016.

Allroggen, F., M.D. Wittman, and R. Malina. 2015. How Air Transport Connects the World - A New Metric of Air Connectivity and Its Evolution between 1990 and 2012. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review 80: 184-201.
This article was featured on MIT News and the front page of MIT.edu.

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 2449: 72-78.

Wittman, M.D. 2014. Public Funding of Airport Incentives in the United States: The Efficacy of the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. Transport Policy 35: 220-228.

Wittman, M.D. 2014. Are low-cost carrier passengers less likely to complain about service quality? Journal of Air Transport Management 35: 64-71.
This article was featured in MIT News, Bloomberg Businessweek, and on the front page of MIT.edu.

MIT Small Community Air Service White Paper Series:


Wittman, M.D. 2014. 2013 Data Update: Trends and Market Forces Shaping Small Community Air Service in the U.S. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2014-03.

Wittman, M.D. 2014. An Assessment of Air Service Accessibility in U.S. Metropolitan Regions, 2007-2012. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2014-02.

Wittman, M.D. 2014. Public Funding of Airport Incentives: The Efficacy of the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. MIT International Center for Air Transportation. Report No. ICAT-2014-01.

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.

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. 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.

My other work also includes:


Wittman, M.D. 2014. Commercial Air Service at Virginia's Airports: Challenges and Opportunities. The Virginia News Letter 90 (5).

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).