John-Paul Clarke Professor and Ernest Cockrell Jr. Memorial Chair in Engineering The University of Texas at Austin


AIAA Fellow and chair, Human-Machine Teaming TC

John-Paul Clarke is a professor and the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Memorial Chair at University of Texas, Austin (UT Austin). Prior to joining the faculty at UT Austin, Clarke was a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the vice president of Strategic Technologies at United Technologies Corporation (now Raytheon), a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a researcher at Boeing and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Clarke has also co-founded multiple companies, most recently Universal Hydrogen, a company dedicated to the development of a comprehensive carbon-free solution for aviation. Clarke is a leading expert in aircraft trajectory prediction and optimization, especially as it pertains to the development of flight procedures that reduce the environmental impact of aviation, and in the development and use of stochastic models and optimization algorithms to improve the efficiency and robustness of aircraft, airline, airport, and air traffic operations. Clarke is particularly interested in leveraging his expertise to enable increasingly autonomous aircraft-enabled mobility, especially in urban and regional settings. Clarke received an Sc.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.