2015 ACRP Design Competition Winners Announced

Winners Selected for the 2014-2015 TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) recently selected winners for its University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. Top honors went to student teams from the University of Rhode Island, Purdue University, Binghamton University – State University of New York and Roger Williams University.

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The competition seeks to engage students at U.S. colleges and universities in addressing issues facing airports while providing quality educational experiences and exposure to aviation and airport-related careers. Students were invited to propose in four technical challenge areas: airport operations and maintenance; runway safety; airport environmental interactions; and airport management and planning. The competition requires that students work with a faculty advisor, and that they reach out to airport operators and to industry experts to obtain advice and to assess the practicality of their proposed designs/solutions.

The ACRP is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and managed by the National Academies, acting through the TRB. This competition is managed for the ACRP by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium based in Hampton, Va. Partnering organizations are: American Association of Airport Executives; Airport Consultants Council; Airports Council International – North America; National Association of State Aviation Officials; and University Aviation Association. Partners assist in developing competition guidelines, providing expert advisors for teams, disseminating competition information to organizational members, and participating in design reviews.

Volunteer panels of airport industry and academic practitioners and representatives from the FAA selected the winning proposals. Students from winning teams equally divide cash prizes. First place teams receive their awards and will present their work at the National Academies Keck
Center in Washington, DC, on the morning of July 17, 2015. In addition, they will present their designs as the keynote luncheon speakers at the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Airports Technical Workshop in Washington, DC, July 17. Copies of designs receiving first, second, third place awards are available at the competition website at this link.

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