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The FAA Design Competition for Universities has moved to a new home! The FAA is now sponsoring the program under the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board. It is now called, “University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs.” The general format and process remain the same. New challenges have been added. The Virginia Space Grant Consortium will continue to manage the Competition on behalf of the ACRP.
A copy of the Competition Guidelines for the 2014 – 2015 Academic Year is available at the new Competition website at vsgc.odu.edu/ACRPDesignCompetition, which also provides detailed information and a wealth of resources for students.
The new University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs challenges both individuals and teams of undergraduate and graduate students working under the guidance of a faculty advisor to address issues currently facing airports and the National Airspace System. The Competition offers open-ended, real-world issues in four broad challenge areas: Airport Operation and Maintenance; Runway Safety, Runway Incursions and Runway Excursions; Airport Environmental Interactions, and Airport Management and Planning. Student winners earn cash prizes and, for first place design submissions, the opportunity to present at professional venues.
Feedback from Faculty and student evaluations on the educational value of the Competition has been extremely positive. They consistently cite the value of the open-ended challenges, real-world problems and access to airport operators and industry experts. The Competition is often used in capstone design courses, but has also been used by student chapters of professional societies and as an independent study topic. Airport issues cross a wide range of disciplines relating to the management, safety, capacity and efficiency of the nation’s airports.
Questions from faculty and students can be addressed to ACRP@odu.edu.