Cedric Yves Justin


Dr. Cedric Justin is a research faculty with the School of Aerospace Engineering with expertise at the cross-roads of engineering, operations, and economics. He is focused on the evaluation of concepts of operations as well as the economics of general aviation operations, commuter operations, and airlines operations. Recently, Justin has analyzed the impact of transitioning a fleet of fossil-fuel powered commuter aircraft to a fleet of aircraft featuring advanced electric powertrains. Optimal charging strategies were researched to reduce the electricity costs while mitigating the impact on the electric grid and the environment.

During his doctoral research, he focused his research on the economic assessment of research and development programs facing significant technical and systematic uncertainties as well as competitive market pressure. He developed a method suitable for implementation within companies that provides a decision support framework for research and development budget allocation and for research and development planning optimization.This doctoral research was motivated by three observations: (1) disregarding the value of managerial flexibility undervalues long-term research and development programs; (2) trigger events induce windows of opportunities that emerge and disappear from which technologists could derive significant value by exploiting their upside potential; (3) integrating competitive aspects early in the design ensures that development programs are robust with respect to moves by the competition.

Justin is a commercial pilot with instrument and seaplane rating.

  • Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL)
  • Systems Design & Optimization