John Kasarda Named Aviation Consultant to Parsons Brinckerhoff

 NEW YORK, NY – John (Jack) Kasarda, a leading airport strategist, has been named a consultant to the aviation group of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization. 

At Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dr. Kasarda will provide intellectual guidance and thought leadership for airport development projects, with emphasis on planning and implementing the aerotropolis concept. 

Dr. Kasarda is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Director of the Center for Air Commerce at the University of North Carolina. He has published more than 100 articles and 10 books on aviation infrastructure, logistics, and urban development.  His latest book, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next (co-authored with Greg Lindsay), was featured in Time magazine in 2011 as one of the “10 ideas that will change the world.”

 “John Kasarda is the leading developer of the aerotropolis concept, which defines the roles of aviation and airports in shaping 21st century business location, economic development, and urban growth,” said Roddy Boggus, Aviation Market Leader at Parsons Brinckerhoff.  “We’re delighted to have Jack engaged with the Parsons Brinckerhoff team. He will interact with our professionals as they develop new airports or redevelop existing facilities to function not just as transportation hubs but as business magnets generating economic growth and prosperity for local communities.”

Dr. Kasarda has given numerous workshops on airport city and aerotropolis development, logistics infrastructure, and global supply-chain management to airports, governments, and multinational firms.  He chairs the annual Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition, and is an advisor to airports around the globe. 

Dr. Kasarda has B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.  He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from such organizations as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, International Civil Aviation Organization, and the World Bank.  He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his research on airport-driven economic development.

Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with 14,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia-Pacific regions. The firm offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management, and operations for transportation, power, mining, water/wastewater, and community development projects.  Parsons Brinckerhoff is part of Balfour Beatty, an international infrastructure services business operating in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments (