Dr. Larsen is currently researching the commercial UAS and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) markets and is serving as UAM Editor for Airinsight, an advisor to Deseret UAS, a Utah nonprofit to promote economic development through research and testing of unmanned aerial systems (UAS)/drones and UAM aircraft, and she is a principal with the UAM aerospace investment banking firm, NEXA Capital Partners. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She volunteers with Women and Drones as Membership and Employment Board Advisor.
Her drone research can be found on her Skylark Drone Research website. Founded in 2009, her company Skylark Services, LLC, was certified as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women Presidents' Educational Organization, a regional partner organization of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
From 2012 through 2015, she applied her dissertation research into improving airline operational performance to the start-up company masFlight, the cloud-based aviation data warehouse and big data analytic platform. masFlight was acquired by Global Eagle Entertainment in August 2015. Dr. Larsen worked on the transition of masFlight to Global Eagle and on the development of connected aircraft products and services. Prior to joining masFlight, Dr, Larsen directed analytical, consulting, economic analysis, and research services for several transportation companies, including SH&E, PIERS, and OAG/BACK Aviation.
Dr. Larsen began her career in 1975 as a staff economist for the U.S .Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Secretary. Dr. Larsen was Vice President of the Regional Airline Association (RAA), representing U.S. regional airlines. She was responsible for government relations and was a key industry spokesperson presenting and providing testimony to Congress, federal agencies and industry organizations. She took a two-year leave of absence from RAA from 1980 to 1982 and served as the President of Alaska Air Carriers Association and Executive Director of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation.
Dr. Larsen is a private pilot, a Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command, Membership and Employment Board advisor, Women and Drones, Advisory Board, Utah Valley University, School of Aviation Sciences, active members Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI), former president, International Aviation Club, past-President (2001) of the Aero Club of Washington D.C, former member board of directors Royal Aeronautical Society, member International Aviation Woman’s Association, has served as Chairman, Regional Aviation Subcommittee (1995-2005), Transportation Research Board, National Academies. Dr. Larsen holds a doctorate in management, with a focus on airline operations, from the Management and Technology School of the University of Maryland University College, master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University.