Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, Ph.D., June, 2004
  • Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, M.S., December, 1997
  • Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, M.P.Affs., December, 1997
  • Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, B.S., May, 1995
  • Spanish, North Carolina State University, B.A. with Honors, May, 1995

Professor Laurie Garrow's is Co-Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Air Mobility (CURAM) at Georgia Tech.  She is an expert in aviation, travel behavior, data analytics, and discrete choice modeling.  Dr. Garrow earned her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Northwestern University, with an emphasis on travel demand modeling and airline passenger behavior. Her dissertation won first prize in the 2004 Aviation Applications Section of INFORMS and honorable mention in the 2004 Eric Pas dissertation competition sponsored by IATBR. She is a 2013 recipient of the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and the 2009 recipient of the Council of University Transportation Centers-American Road & Transportation Builders Association (CUTC-ARTBA) New Faculty Member Award. Her teaching contributions have been recognized via the institute-level award given by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, namely the CETL-BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. She is also the recipient of a CAREER award. Dr. Garrow currently sits on the Board of Directors for AGIFORS and INFORMS.  She has previously served as President of AGIFORS, President of the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of INFORMS, and Chair of the Aviation Applications Section of INFORMS. Dr. Garrow has five years of industry experience, including four years as an analyst in the Research and Development Revenue Management Group of United Airlines and one year as an analyst in the Customer Science Unit of Mercer Management Consulting.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Urban and regional air mobility
  • Airline passenger behavior
  • Data analytics
  • Travel behavior analysis and forecasting
  • Application and estimation of advanced discrete choice models

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2017 Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS) Scheduling and Strategic Planning Meeting, Best Presentation Award
  • 2016 Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS) Revenue Management Meeting, Third Place, Best Presentation Award
  • 2016 Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) Class of 1940 Teaching Effectiveness Award
  • 2015 Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), Annual Symposium, Best Overall Presentation Award
  • 2014 National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (US FOE)
  • 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize
  • 2013 Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), Revenue Management and Pricing Meeting, Presentation Award, second place
  • 2012 Center for Creative Leadership Scholarship to attend Leadership Development Program®
  • 2012 Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) Class of 1969 Teaching Scholar Program
  • 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
  • 2009 Council of University Transportation Centers-American Road & Transportation Builders Association (CUTC-ARTBA) New Faculty Member Award
  • 2009 Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning/BP Americas (CETL/BP) Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2009 Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Society (AGIFORS), Annual Symposium, Best Technical Presentation Award
  • 2009 Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Society (AGIFORS), Strategic Planning and Schedule Meeting, Best Presentation Award
  • 2009 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Zone II Best Paper Award
  • 2006 Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), Annual Symposium, Best Technical Presentation Award
  • 2006 Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS), Strategic Planning and Scheduling Meeting, Best Presentation Award
  • 2004 International Association of Travel Behavior Research (IATBR) Eric Pas Dissertation Prize, honorable mention (second place out of 17 submissions)
  • 2004 Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Aviation Applications Dissertation Prize, first place
  • 2004 Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS) Annual Symposium, Most Innovative Presentation Award

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Herring, J., Lurkin, V., Garrow, L.A, Clarke, J.P. and Bierlaire, M. (2019). Airline customers’ connection time preferences in domestic U.S. markets. Journal of Air Transport Management, 79: 101688.
  • Ilbeigi, M., Lurkin, V. and Garrow, L.A. (2019). Using internet-based marketplaces to conduct surveys: Application to airline itinerary choice models. Transportation Research Part C, 103: 129-141.
  • Garrow, L.A., Chen, Z., Ilbeigi, M., and Lurkin, V. (2018). A new twist on the gig economy: Conducting surveys on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Transportation. 1-20.
  • Lurkin, V., Garrow, L.A., Higgins, M.J., Newman, J.P. and Schyns, M. (2018). Modeling competition among airline itineraries. Transportation Research Part A 113: 157-172.
  • Newman, J.P., Lurkin, V., and Garrow, L.A. (2018). Computational methods for estimating multinomial, nested, and cross-nested logit models that account for semi-aggregate data. Journal of Choice Modeling 26: 1-13.
BOOKS
  • Jacobs, T.L., Garrow, L.A., Lohatepanont, M., Koppelman, F.S., Coldren, G.M. and Purnomo, H. (2012). Airline planning and schedule development. Quantitative Problem Solving Methods in the Airline Industry: A Modeling Methodology Handbook. Part of the Fred Hillier International Series on Operations Research and Management S. Vol. 169. Eds. Cciences. Barnhart and B. Smith. New York: Springer. pp. 35-100.
  • Garrow, L.A. (2012). Customer behaviour. Quantitative Problem Solving Methods in the Airline Industry: A Modeling Methodology Handbook. Part of the Fred Hillier International Series on Operations Research and Management Sciences. Vol. 169. Eds. C. Barnhart and B. Smith. New York: Springer. pp. 1-34.
  • Southworth, F. and Garrow, L.A. (2011). Travel demand modelling. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. pp. 1-13 DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.
  • Garrow, L.A. (2010). Discrete Choice Modelling and Air Travel Demand: Theory and Applications. Ashgate Publishing: Aldershot, United Kingdom. pp. 286.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Garrow, L.A., Mokhtarian, P.L., German, B.J., and Boddapalli, S.-S. (2020). Commuting in the age of the Jetsons: A market segmentation analysis of autonomous ground vehicles and air taxis in five large U.S. cities. In proceedings from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reno, Nevada: pp. 18.
  • Roy, S., Kotwicz Herniczek, M.T., Leonard, C., Jha, A., Wang, N., German, B.J., and Garrow, L.A. (2020). A multi-commodity network flow approach for optimal flight scheduling of an airport shuttle air taxi service. In proceedings from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Sci-Tech Forum, Orlando, Florida. pp. 19.
  • Garrow, L.A., Mokhtarian, P., German, B.J., Glodek, J. and Boddupalli S.-S. (2019). If you fly it, will commuters come? Predicting demand for eVTOL urban air trips. In proceedings from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dallas, TX. pp. 45.
  • Kotwicz-Herniczek, M.T., Garbo, A., Lau, M., German, B.J. and Garrow, L.A. (2019). Exploration of near-term urban air mobility operations with retrofitted electric general aviation aircraft. In proceedings from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dallas, TX. pp. 18.
  • Binder, R., Garrow, L.A., German, B.J., Mokhtarian, P., Daskilewicz, M.J. and Douthat, T.D. (2018). If you fly it, will commuters come? Predicting demand for eVTOL urban air trips. In proceedings from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Atlanta, GA. pp. 41.
REPORTS
  • Ballard, D., Garrow, L.A., and Gosling, G.D. (2019). Using Disaggregate Socioeconomic Data in Air Passenger Demand Studies. Airport Cooperative Research Report 194. Washington, DC: National Academies. pp. 134.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Garrow, L.A. and Trainer, L.A. (February, 2020). How national urbanization trends will affect rural transit funding and “trending urban” transit systems in Georgia and the nation after the 2020 Census. MTAP-CTPP Joint Webinar (nationally broadcast).
  • Garrow, L.A. (January, 2020). How national urbanization trends will affect rural transit funding and “trending urban” transit systems in Georgia and the nation after the 2020 Census. Presented as part of the University Transportation Center Seminar Series at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Rex, J., Ballard, D., Garrow, L., Mills, R.W., and Weingart, D. (January, 2020). A GIS tool for analyzing air service incentive programs in the U.S. Presented at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.
  • Garrow, L.A. (November, 2019). How national urbanization trends will affect rural transit funding and “trending urban” transit systems in Georgia and the nation after the 2020 Census. Presented at the 2019 AASHTO Council Public Transportation & MTAP Winter Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Garrow, L.A. (November, 2019). Commuting in the age of the Jetsons: Predicting commuting demand for air taxis. Presented at the University Transportation Seminar Series, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.