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Suggested Citation:"Introduction." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues Update: 2008–2017. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24655.
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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration January 2017 Responsible Senior Program Officer: Lawrence D. Goldstein C O N T E N T S Introduction, 1 Academic Year 2016–2017, 3 Academic Year 2015–2016, 4 Papers Scheduled for Publication, 2015–2016, 5 Academic Year 2014–2015, 9 Published Papers, 2014–2015, 10 Academic Year 2013–2014, 14 Published Papers, 2013–2014, 15 Academic Year 2012–2013, 19 Academic Year 2011–2012, 20 Academic Year 2010–2011, 21 Academic Year 2009–2010, 22 Academic Year 2008–2009, 23 Appendix A: Participant Evaluation Survey, Academic Years 2008–2009 Through 2014–2015, 24 Appendix B: Program Participants, 24 Appendix C: Program Sequence, 26 GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD PROGRAM ON PUBLIC-SECTOR AVIATION ISSUES UPDATE: 2008–2017 This digest summarizes the results of the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues (ACRP Project 11-04). This program, sponsored by the FAA and administered by the ACRP, is designed to encourage applied research on airport-related aviation system issues and to foster the next genera- tion of aviation community leaders. Under the program, up to ten awards of $10,000 each are made to full-time graduate students for successful comple- tion of a research paper on public-sector airport-related aviation issues during the academic year. Candidates must be full-time students enrolled in a graduate degree program at an approved accredited institution of higher learning during the academic year. Successful papers are presented at the TRB Annual Meeting following completion of the program, and exceptional papers have been pub- lished in subsequent volumes of the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. This digest provides initial information for the 2016–2017 academic year, includes abstracts for student papers from the 2015–2016, 2014–2015, and 2013–2014 academic years, and lists published papers from prior academic years beginning in 2008–2009. This digest also introduces appendices that describe participant evaluation feedback and the sequence of the program. Abstracts for the earlier papers are available in ACRP RRD 14 and ACRP RRD 19, which may be accessed online at www.trb.org. INTRODUCTION The original FAA-sponsored, TRB- administered Graduate Research Award Pro- gram on Public-Sector Aviation Issues began during the 1986–1987 academic year and continued through 1995–1996. At that time, funds were discontinued and the program was allowed to end. In mid-2007, the pro- gram was reintroduced within ACRP begin- ning with the 2008–2009 academic year, and ACRP funds were allocated to accom- modate up to ten annual, individual awards of $10,000 each.1 The program emphasized that research should be problem-solving and practical, applicable to airports, and useful 1FAA has elected to fund more than ten awards in some years. to airport operators and other airport and aviation industry participants. Since 2008, to help implement and man- age the reinstituted program, a panel of ten experts has included individuals represent- ing the academic world, airport operators, research specialists, private airport/aviation consultants, aircraft manufacturers, FAA liaisons, and state aviation experts. The composition of the panel may change as individuals rotate and new members join as replacements. Because panel members’ expertise cannot be all-encompassing, it was recognized from the outset that addi- tional assistance might be necessary to cover review of topic areas outside of the particular experience of the panel members. Thus, each year, in addition to selection of proposals, Research Results Digest 25

2Table 1 Universities represented in the Graduate Research Award Program since 2008. 1. Arizona State University 2. Auburn University 3. Carnegie Mellon University 4. Columbia University 5. Cranfield University–Bedfordshire, UK 6. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 7. George Mason University 8. Georgia Institute of Technology 9. Georgia Southern University 10. Harvard University 11. Johns Hopkins University 12. Illinois Institute of Technology 13. Indiana State University 14. Iowa State University 15. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 16. Mississippi State University 17. Missouri University of Science and Technology 18. Northcentral University 19. Oregon State University 20. Purdue University 21. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 22. Stanford University 23. Texas A&M University 24. Texas State University, San Marcos 25. The George Washington University 26. The University of Oklahoma 27. University of Arkansas 28. University of California, Berkeley 29. University of California, Irvine 30. University of California, San Diego 31. University of Connecticut 32. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 33. University of Maryland, College Park 34. University of Massachusetts 35. University of Missouri, Columbia 36. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 37. University of North Dakota 38. University of Pennsylvania 39. University of South Florida 40. University of Tennessee, Knoxville 41. University of Texas at Austin 42. University of Toledo 43. Utah State University 44. Vanderbilt University 45. Villanova University 46. Virginia Tech 47. University of Virginia 48. Wake Forest University School of Law 49. Washington University in St. Louis 50. Wichita State University the panel identifies and recruits mentors to assist over- seeing the students’ research. Mentor participation has proved to be an important asset of the program. From the beginning, a broad approach to airport and aviation research was incorporated into the pro- gram design to meet the objective of stimulating future participation by graduate students in the field. Areas of interest were identified to guide the initial selec- tion of candidates and continue to frame the program. In general, research completed under the program is expected to • attract the interest of U.S. airport managers and operators; • address problems that are shared by airport oper- ating agencies but are not adequately addressed by current research efforts, with applied re- search including problems that airport operators experience but cannot easily solve on their own; • address broad analytical areas, such as airport development, capital investment, demand fore- casting, safety planning, environmental issues, airline/airport interaction, operational and institutional issues, and analyses to help inform policy and decision making; • address airport/airspace system issues, with an emphasis on improving system performance, safety, and security; and • build on existing research, such as previously completed ACRP research reports that raise additional issues not funded by the completed research efforts. Via an open call for proposals, students enrolled in a full-time graduate program leading to a degree in a subject related to airports and aviation are invited to submit applications. Students are encouraged to select a research topic that will contribute to comple- tion of their degree requirements. A detailed appli- cation form is offered through the TRB website. Submission requirements include details about the student’s background; long-term career goals; writ- ing samples; past academic achievements; and, of major importance, recommendations from academic advisers and others familiar with the student’s work. In 2008, solicitation of applications began during the spring, with the first group of students selected early that summer. Subsequent program solicitations have begun early each calendar year, with submissions due in late spring. Selections are made during the summer, in time for program initia- tion with the beginning of each new academic year. Student participants are invited to attend the TRB Annual Meeting. In the years since the program reemerged, 81 students have participated represent- ing 47 different universities (Table 1).

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TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Results Digest 25: Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues Update: 2008–2017 provides initial information for the 2016–2017 academic year of the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues (ACRP Project 11-04).

The report also includes abstracts for student papers from the 2015–2016, 2014-2015, and 2013–2014 academic years, and lists papers from prior academic years beginning in 2008–2009. Abstracts for the earlier papers are available in ACRP RRD 14 and ACRP RRD 19.

The program, sponsored by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and administered by the ACRP, is designed to encourage applied research on airport-related aviation system issues and to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders. Under the program, up to ten awards of $10,000 each are made to full-time graduate students for successful completion of a research paper on public-sector airport-related aviation issues during the academic year.

Candidates must be full-time students enrolled in a graduate degree program at a North American accredited institution of higher learning during the academic year. Successful papers are presented at the TRB Annual Meeting following completion of the program, and exceptional papers have been published in subsequent volumes of the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

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