The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced their sponsorship of a challenge for college and university students addressing airport design challenges.
The competition, for teams of undergraduate and graduate students of the 2010-2011 academic year, must be overseen by an academic advisor and be enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. Participants must use innovative approaches to airport design, in the following areas:
- Operation and Maintenance
- Runway Safety
- Environmental Interactions
Evidence must be presented that teams were in correspondence or interaction with airport operators and industry experts for information, assistance, feedback, etc. Guidelines, requirements and additional information about the challenge categories are posted on the competition website. All submissions must be completed by students, with understanding of current circumstances and approaches for each topic.
The challenge opened November 1, 2010, and closes on April 15. Winners will be announced on June 6, and awards will be offered in cash as well as funded opportunities to present winning designs at a professional meeting.
Though not required, participants are strongly encouraged to provide a nonbinding Notice of Intent by January 30.