DOT FAA COE Outstanding Students of the Year

Philip James Wolfe Photograph of Philip James Wolfe

Center of Excellence: FAA Centers of Excellence Partnership for Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER)

School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Title of Student's Thesis/Dissertation: Development and Application of Environmental-Economic Models of Climate, Air Quality, and Noise Impacts of Aviation

Matthew Opliger Photograph of Matthew Opliger

Center of Excellence: FAA Joint Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials (CECAM)

School: Wichita State University

Title of Student's Thesis/Dissertation: The Development of the Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) Calibration and Testing Procedures

NEXTOR Presents Airport Systems Planning and Design 43rd Annual Short Course

June 23-26, 2014 in Berkeley, California

For Registration and Details See:

Dear Colleagues,

The University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce that the 43rd Annual Short Course on Airport Systems Planning and Design will be held June 23-26, 2014. The course will take place at the Faculty Club on the Berkeley campus, and is offered through the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR). A discounted early registration fee will be available through March 21. Please forward this announcement to those who might be interested.

This four-day course is an in-depth introduction to the issues involved in planning airport systems, in developing new and existing airports, and in designing airport facilities to handle both aircraft and passenger demand. These topics are examined in light of current, evolving trends in airline service, fuel costs, industry structure, and efforts to address climate change and sustainability. This is an opportunity to explore these issues with industry experts.

Full details of the course, including the program, registration and hotel arrangements are available on the course website. Please note that class size is limited. We look forward to welcoming you to Berkeley!


Jasenka Rakas
Deputy Director, UC Berkeley NEXTOR
Course Director, Airport Systems Planning and Design Course

Mark Hansen
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, UC Berkeley NEXTOR
Faculty Member in Charge, Airport Systems Planning and Design Course

17th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 7:00 AM - Thursday, February 06, 2014 4:00 PM

National Housing Center
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

For more information, including the list of speakers, visit the event page.

October 28-31: NEXTOR 42nd Annual Short Course

FAA COE - NEXTOR 42nd Annual Short Course

The National COE for Operations Research (NEXTOR) is offering the 42nd Annual Short Course: Airport Systems Planning and Design on October 28-31 at UC-Berkeley.

Please visit for additional detail.

March 15: COE for Alternative Jet Fuels & Environment Q&A

FAA Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Energy Questions and Answers

Updated to include questions received through March 15, 2013

View the Q&A Document

March 11: COE - PARTNER 10 Year Symposium

The Center of Excellence Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise & Emissions Reduction (PARTNER) A Center of Excellence sponsored by FAA, NASA, DOD, EPA, and Transport Canada

The COE - PARTNER hosted their 10-year Symposium on Friday March 1, 2013. The presentations from the Symposium are currently available.

Please see

February 1: Final Solicitation for COE AJF&E.

The COE Program has issued the final solicitation for the Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment and will be open through March 20, 2013.

View the Final Solicitation

November 14: Alternative Jet Fuels & Environment Public Meeting

November 14, 2012

Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels & Environment Public Meeting
November 15-16

Agenda (PDF)

COE Briefing
Part 1 (MS PowerPoint)
Part 2 (MS PowerPoint)
Part 3 (MS PowerPoint)
Part 4 COE Fact Sheets (PDF)
Part 5 COE Highlights (PDF)

Technical Briefs
AJF&E Overview (PDF)
Noise (PDF)
Emissions (PDF)
Modeling (PDF)
Technical Assessment (PDF)
Operations (PDF)
Alternative Fuels - Part 1 (PDF)
Alternative Fuels - Part 2 (PDF)
Alternative Fuels - Part 3 (PDF)

Draft Solicitation (PDF)

Public Meeting Attendees (PDF)

October 26: Notice of Public Meeting

October 26, 2012

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

REVISED Notice of Public Meeting: The notice of public meeting to establish the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) for Environment and Energy (E&E) is changed to Notice of Public Meeting to establish the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment (AJF&E).

SUMMARY: The FAA is forming a COE for AJF&E during FY-13. The COE will be a consortium of the FAA, university partners, and private industry affiliates selected by the FAA Administrator to work collectively on business and operational issues of mutual interest and concern.

DATES: As planned, the FAA will discuss COE and technical requirements at a Public Meeting to be conducted on November 15 and 16 in the Washington, DC area. Contact for further information regarding the COE Program, or to register for the COE Public Meeting or to receive additional information, contact Potential applicants are encouraged but not required to attend this meeting.

SELECTION CRITERIA: The COE will be selected on the ability of the applicant to meet the following criteria mandated by Congress:

  • The extent to which the needs of the State in which the applicant is located are representative of the needs of the region for improved air transportation services and facilities.
  • The demonstrated research and extension resources available to the applicant for carrying out the intent of the legislation.
  • The capability of the applicant to provide leadership in making national and regional contributions to the solution of both long-range and immediate air transportation problems.
  • The extent to which the applicant has an established air transportation program.
  • The demonstrated ability of the applicant to disseminate results of air transportation research and educational programs through a statewide or region-wide continuing education program.
  • The research projects that the applicant proposes to carry out under the grant. Specific projects will be defined, evaluated, and funded throughout the life of the Center.


  1. Alternative Jet Fuels - Feedstock Development, Processing and Conversion Research; Regional Supply and Refining Infrastructure; Environmental Benefits Analysis; Aircraft Component Deterioration and Wear Assessment; Fuel Performance Testing.
  2. Environment - Aircraft Noise and Impacts; Aviation Emissions and Impacts; Aircraft Technology Assessment; Environmentally and Energy Efficient Gate-to-Gate Aircraft Operations; Aviation Modeling and Analysis.

The FAA anticipates the COE will attract interest from other organizations such as the airline industry, other industrial groups, airport authorities, and other governmental entities to solve various unique and difficult aviation problems related to environment and energy. These organizations may be considered as affiliate members by the COE core universities and may contribute to and receive funding from the COE.

AWARD DATE: The FAA Administrator will announce the final selection of the Center of Excellence in FY 13

Issued in Atlantic County, New Jersey on October 26, 2012

September 27: New Center of Excellence

September 27, 2012

FAA Establishes New Center of Excellence for General Aviation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for general aviation. The COE will focus research and testing efforts on safety, accessibility and sustainability to enhance the future of general aviation. Read more.