The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is again sponsoring a national FAA Design Competition for Universities that engages undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. colleges in addressing issues relating to airports for the 2011 – 2012 academic year. This competition opens on August 30, 2011 and closes on April 27, 2012.
Students can address technical challenges regarding the safety, capacity and efficiency of the nation’s airports, offer innovative solutions, and win cash for outstanding proposals. The FAA hopes that the Competition challenges will provide a meaningful educational experience for individual students or students working in teams either as part of a class assignment, independent study or a project undertaken by a student professional society. Challenges are interdisciplinary in nature, encouraging participation from many engineering, technology and science disciplines. The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is managing the program for the FAA.
Technical Design Challenges are offered in four broad categories:
- Airport Operation and Maintenance
- Runway Safety/Runway Incursions
- Airport Environmental Interactions
- Airport Management and Planning
For more information, please visit the competition website at http://faadesigncompetition.odu.edu/