FAA University Design Competition

FAA's annual design competition is here! This school year's competition has been expanded with new topics in each challenge area.

To submit a design: FAADesignCompetition.odu.edu

About the Challenge

This competition is open to individuals and teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities, working with faculty advisors. New topics have been added under each challenge. Cash awards are offered as well as funded opportunities to present winning designs at a professional meeting. Participants are challenged to consider innovative approaches to the following design areas:

  • Airport Operations and Maintenance
  • Runway Safety: Runway Incursions and Excursions
  • Airport Environmental Interactions
  • Airport Management and Planning
  • Innovative Application of FAA Data

Challenges may be addressed as part of a senior design class or independent study option or through other academic venues, including faculty-mentored, college-based student chapters of professional societies.

The Competition requires evidence of interaction with airport operators and industry experts for feedback on the practicality of the proposed design/approach.

Participants are encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach to the selected topic and a cross-departmental approach where appropriate.

Design submissions must be student written and demonstrate a thorough understanding of current conditions/state of the art approaches relevant to the chosen topic.

Though not required, participants are strongly encouraged to provide a non-binding Notice of Intent by January 31, 2014.

Guidelines for the required elements of the design package, scoring criteria for design review, and additional information about the challenge categories are posted on the Competition website at: FAADesignCompetition.odu.edu.

Important dates

Submission Period:
    Starts: Nov 1, 2013 12:00 AM EDT Ends: Apr 18, 2014 11:00 PM EDT

Winners announced:
    Jun 6, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

Fact Sheet

2013-14 Academic Year Fact Sheet (MS Word)

2012-13 Academic Year Winning Entries