CEE Airport Design Class Team Wins National FAA Design Competition

Featured Faculty: Jasenka Rakas

A team of four students from CEE capstone design class, CE 153: Transportation Facility Design, took first place at the prestigious National FAA Design Competition for Universities for Airport Management and Planning Challenge.

Team members Andy Chou, Edmund Tam, and Xia Xiao (CEE), and Kevin Leung (IEOR), presented a design that could allow for more effective utilization of all available gates across airlines to minimize delays. Their submission titled, “Collaborative Gate Allocation,” was recognized as a good solution for airlines and airports, as well as the flying public.

Dr. Jasenka Rakas, CE 153 instructor, served as the team’s primary advisor and IEOR Professor Lee Schruben served as secondary advisor. 

The FAA created the competition to engage individual students or teams of students at US universities working under the guidance of a faculty mentor to address airport operations and infrastructure issues and needs. The competition raises student awareness of airports as a vital and interesting area for engineering and technology careers. 

Panels of FAA, industry and academic experts selected the winning proposals. The CEE team will receive its award from the FAA and present its work at the ACC/FAA/TSA Summer Series Workshop in Arlington, VA, July 13-14, 2011.  

Congratulations, all!

Published 07/08/2011