Undergraduates from CEE's Airport Design class (CE 153) won second place at the National Federal Aviation Administration Airport Management and Planning Challenge. The team was advised by Dr. Jasenka Rakas, lecturer in the CEE Transportation Engineering program.
Their design, "Dynamic Collaborative Gate Allocation," included a stochastic optimization model that helps airlines and airports collaboratively determine gate usage in real-time. The model would enable airports to increase capacity without additional infrastructure, and would help airlines decrease flight delays, gate delay variance, and fuel usage.
The CEE team's design was reviewed by a panel of experts from the Federal Aviation Administration, industry, and academia. Judges commented that the students' approach was sound and well written. They understood the problem with gate allocation and proposed a model that would enable airports to increase capacity. Rakas was congratulated her work in engaging and encouraging the student winners on an outstanding effort.