My Master’s thesis, entitled Airports’ Connective Role in Megaregions, was submitted this past week to Georgia Tech’s Graduate Studies office, and I have received notification that it has been accepted. With the thesis complete, I will graduate this December with my Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.
The document has been my focus since the summer, and I received guidance from Drs. Michael Meyer, Laurie Garrow, and Frank Southworth. This exploratory study is a look into aviation’s role in megaregions and the relationships the various megaregions have with each other, using airport flows as the measure of connectivity. A large portion of the study focuses on how megaregions are connected internally, and maps of the passenger and freight flows between each megaregion’s airport networks are included. The study provides data on the level of importance megaregions have in the U.S. airport system, and what factors affect their role. The thesis is a basis for further study in my doctoral dissertation, the direction of which my advisors and I will discuss in the coming months.