Mark Lesko
Research Scientist


Mark Lesko is an expert in air traffic and airspace analyses for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He has over 20 years of experience working with the FAA's "big data", taking enormous amounts of unorganized, historical air traffic data and distilling it down into a clear, useful product for policy makers at the FAA and other government agencies. Lesko embedded several times as a field analyst at air traffic control facilities around the U.S., allowing him to gain exceptional experience with real-world air traffic operations, management and policy.

Lesko currently works for the FAA's Office of Performance Analyses in Washington, D.C., conducting ad hoc studies for the National Airspace System Event and Analysis team. He is proficient in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, and database languages and structure. During his tenure at the FAA, he has become their senior expert in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policy and procedures related to the dissemination of historical flight records.

Prior to joining CNA, Lesko was a data technician at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he coordinated data collection for linear accelerator experiments.

Lesko has a B.A. in astronomy and a B.A. in physics from the University of Virginia. He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP).