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2018 ACRP Design Competition Winners Announced

Winners Selected for the 2017-2018 TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs

The Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) recently selected winners for its University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. The prestigious competition encourages students to design innovative and practical solutions to challenges at our nation’s airports. Teams of students from the Florida Institute of Technology, University of Rhode Island, and Purdue University took home first place prizes in different technical challenge areas

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First Place Winners:
• A graduate team from the College of Aeronautics at the Florida Institute of Technology designed a system using LIDAR and pressure plates to alert air traffic controllers of impending runway incursions. They took first place in the Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions
challenge area. Deborah Carstens was the faculty adviser.

• A University of Rhode Island undergraduate team from the department of mechanical, industrial, and systems engineering submitted “Eagle Eye,” a drone-based inspection system to automate aspects of daily airfield inspections. The team won first place in the Airport Management and
Planning challenge area. Bahram Nassersharif was the faculty adviser.

• A team of Purdue University students in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology came up with a design for using smart technologies to monitor airport aprons, which are the areas around passenger loading and unloading gates. The group placed first in the Airport Operation
and Maintenance challenge area. Mary Johnson was the faculty adviser.

Students were invited to propose innovations in any of four technical challenge areas: Airport Operation and Maintenance, Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions, Airport Environmental Interactions, and Airport Management and Planning. The competition requires that students work with a faculty adviser and that they reach out to airport operators and industry experts to obtain advice and assess the practicality of their proposed design solutions. The Virginia Space
Grant Consortium of Hampton, Virginia, manages the competition on behalf of the ACRP.

Volunteer panels of airport industry and academic practitioners as well as FAA representatives selected the winning submissions from among the proposals submitted by 25 student teams. First place teams received their awards and presented their work at the National Academies’ Keck Center
in Washington, D.C., on July 25, 2018.

First place winning teams receive $3,000, second place $2,000, third place $1,000, and honorable mentions $500.

The names of all winners and copies of designs receiving first and second place awards are available at the competition website.

 

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2017 ACRP Design Competition Winners Announced

Purdue, Tufts, University of Colorado Boulder among the winners.

The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) recently selected winners for its University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. The prestigious competition encourages students to design innovative and practical solutions to challenges faced by our nation’s airports.

Students were invited to propose innovations in four technical challenge areas: Airport Operation and Maintenance, Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions, Airport Environmental Interactions, and Airport Management and Planning. The competition requires that students work with a faculty adviser and that they reach out to airport operators and industry experts to obtain advice and assess the practicality of their proposed design solutions.

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Purdue University’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology scored two first place wins, both under the guidance of faculty adviser Mary Johnson. A novel approach to using remote sensing technology to monitor snow and ice on airport runways developed by a mixed Purdue undergraduate/graduate team won first place in the Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions challenge area. A team of Purdue graduate students won first place in the Airport Management and Planning challenge area for innovative revenue generation strategies for general aviation airports.

A Tufts University undergraduate mechanical engineering team’s innovative approach to baggage handling to minimize delayed or damaged bags was the first place winner in the Airport Operation and Maintenance challenge area. Gary Leisk of the department of mechanical engineering was the faculty adviser.

A design for minimizing environmental impacts of de-icing chemicals at Denver International Airport garnered first place in the Airport Environmental Interactions challenge area for a team of engineering students at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Chris Corwin of the department of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering advised the team.

The ACRP is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and managed by the TRB. TRB is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The competition is managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium based in Hampton, Virginia. Partnering organizations include the American Association of Airport Executives, the Airport Consultants Council, the Airports Council International – North America, the National Association of State Aviation Officials, and the University Aviation Association. Partners assist in developing competition guidelines, provide expert advisers for teams, disseminate competition information to organizational members, host student presentations at professional meetings, and participate in design reviews.

Volunteer panels of airport industry and academic practitioners as well as FAA representatives selected the winning proposals. Students from winning teams equally divide cash prizes. First place teams will receive their awards and present their work at the National Academies’ Keck Center in Washington, D.C., on July 31, 2017. In addition, they will be given the opportunity to present their winning proposal at an industry professional conference or workshop in late summer or fall 2017. New guidelines for the 2017 – 2018 academic year competition will be available on the competition website by August 1, 2017.

Copies of designs receiving first, second, and third place awards are available at the competition website.

Other awards are listed below:

Second Place Awardees:

Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions: Tower ASDE-X Improvement, submitted by the University of Southern California. Adviser: Michael Crowley.

Airport Environmental Interactions: Developing Energy Harvesting Prototypes to Generate Electricity from Runway Pavement Infrastructures of Airports, submitted by the University of Texas at San Antonio. Advisers: Samer Dessouky and A.T. Papagiannakis.

Airport Operation and Maintenance: Airport Imagery and Geospatial Data Collection Through the Use of UAS, submitted by Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus. Advisers: Tara Harl and David Burchfield.

Airport Management and Planning: SimpliFlight, submitted by Binghamton University. Advisers: Chad Nixon and Zachary Staff.

Third Place Awardee: Airport Operation and Maintenance: Transtag – A Prioritization of Domestic Transfer Baggage, submitted by Stevens Institute of Technology. Adviser: Eirik Hole.

Contact: Lisa Marflak, Director of Communications/Media Transportation Research Board 202-334-3134; lmarflak@nas.edu

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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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