Dr. Antonio Trani

Dr. Antonio A. Trani

Civil and Environmental Engineering
301-P Patton Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Ph: 540-231-4418  |   Fax: 540-231-7532  |   Email: vuela@vt.edu
Education | Research Interests | Background | Selected Publications | Professional Service


Ph.D.: Civil Engineering (Transportation), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (1988)
M.S.: Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (1986)
B.S.: Aeronautical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1984)

Research Interests

Air transportation, simulation and modeling, airport engineering, systems engineering, infrastructure systems


Antonio Trani is currently a Professor and the Co-Director of the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR) at Virginia Tech. He conducts research involving airport engineering and planning, aviation simulation and computer modeling, aircraft performance modeling, systems engineering transportation system analysis and operations research applications to transportation systems. Trani has consulted with Charles Rivers Associates, Boeing Phantom Works, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), British Airports Authority (BAA), SEATAC Airport Authority, Louisville International Airport, Delta Airport Consultants, Celanese, MITRE Corporation, Landrum and Brown Airport Consultants. He has also served as the advisor of over 40 graduate students.

To date, Trani has developed software in the areas of: large-scale air transportation planning; simulation-optimization modeling to estimate cost-benefits of airport terminal area investments; airspace occupancy modeling to estimate airspace sector loads; aircraft encounter modeling to estimate airspace blind conflicts in time and space; estimating location of runway exists at airports and to predict runway occupancy times for NASA and the FAA and; calculating airport runway capacity and delays for NASA and the FAA.

He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on 44 research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, FAA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Consortium for Aviation Mobility, Federal Highway Administration, and the Center for Naval Analyses. He has authored or co-authored 41 research reports delivered to state and Federal agencies as part of completed research projects.