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Seth Young

  • Associate Professor, Civil, Envir & Geod Eng
  • Associate Professor, Geography
  • Director of CAS, Center for Aviation Studies
  • 2070 Neil Ave
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-292-4556


Seth Young, Ph.D., A.A.E., CFI, is the Director of The Ohio State University’s Center for Aviation Studies.  Dr. Young is on the faculty of the OSU College of Engineering as the John McConnell Chair of Aviation and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering with a courtesy appointment in the Knowlton School of Architecture’s Department of City and Regional Planning.  Dr. Young is also the Associate Director of Aviation and Aerospace Policy with the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.  Dr. Young has been with Ohio State since 2008.

Dr. Young’s teaching and research interests are in airport and aviation system planning, design, operations, and management.  He has nearly 20 years of experience in academia and industry focusing on issues of site selection, infrastructure planning, capacity and delay estimation, airside and landside operations, security policies, engineering, and financing of civil use airports.  Dr. Young has published numerous journal articles in the aviation field and is a co-author of the industry’s leading texts on airport planning, design, and management. 

Dr. Young is an active participant in aviation research and professional committees with the American Association of Airport Executives, the Florida Airports Council, and the National Academies Transportation Research Board, where he serves as outgoing Chair of Committee AV020 – Aviation System Planning. 

Dr. Young holds a Ph.D. In Civil and Environmental Engineering/Transportation and an MS in Industrial Engineering /Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Dr. Young is an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives and holds an instrument-rated commercial airplane and seaplane pilot’s license and certified flight instructor certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.


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