2017-2018 the Airport Cooperative Research Program University Design Competition

New Guidelines for 2017-2018 Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs have been released.  We encourage university students to participate in the competition which offers open-ended, real-world challenges that cross many science, engineering and business disciplines, including computer science.  This is often done as part of a capstone design course, for independent credit or as a student professional society project. 

Students win cash prizes and the university receives special recognition.  This year we have increased the award amounts for the first and second place teams.  First place will receive $3000, second place will receive $2000, and third place will receive $1000.  In addition to presenting their designs at an awards ceremony at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, first place winners will present at a fall national professional meeting relevant to their topic.

Guidelines for the 2017 – 2018 academic year competition are available at http://vsgc.odu.edu/ACRPDesignCompetition/files/2017-2018-ACRP-DesignGuidelines-UPDATED.pdf

In addition to last year’s extensive range of topics, the following new topics have been added; one in each of the four challenge areas:

  • Operation and maintenance procedures to enhance sustainability and resilience at airports.
  • Optimizing NextGen technology to improve runway safety in particular and airport safety in general.
  • Enhancing potential for resilience and sustainability of airport improvement projects in response to climate change effects or other naturally occurring catastrophic events.
  • Planning for the integration and mitigation of possible impacts of drones into the airport environment.



Mary Sandy


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