Clinton V. Oster, Jr. is Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean for Bloomington Programs at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University. His research has centered on aviation safety, airline economics and competition policy, air traffic management and delays, aviation security, and policy analysis. He has taught graduate level courses on managerial economics, government regulation, policy analysis and public policy. Clinton has co-authored numerous articles and five books on various aspects of air transportation including Managing the Skies: Public Policy, Organization, and Financing of Air Navigation (Ashgate Publishing) and Why Airplanes Crash: Aviation Safety in a Changing World (Oxford University Press).
He has chaired and served on numerous National Academy of Sciences study committees on topics related to intercity passenger travel, aviation safety, air traffic control, and aviation security. Clinton has served as president of the Transportation Research Forum, Research Director of the President’s Aviation Safety Commission and on Gubernatorial Transition Teams for two Indiana governors. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice. He also works as a safety inspector and accident investigator for Indycar at the Indianapolis 500 and other races. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Princeton University, master’s degree in public affairs from Carnegie-Mellon University, and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.