The FAA challenges undergraduate and graduate students to develop innovative ways to use smart technology in and around airports to enhance the overall travel experience.
The FAA is using this competition to:
stimulate and advance innovation in aviation research;
promote the development of a robust aviation workforce to support a growing and evolving aerospace system;
develop a pipeline to fill current and projected shortages via partnerships with academia and industry;
and drive a passion for aviation in today’s youth of all ages and backgrounds.
The FAA intends to incentivize university-level students at accredited United States-based colleges and universities to think creatively in developing solutions to transportation technology challenges while addressing the human factors aspects of the traveler’s experience, and to share those innovations with the broader community.
Universities should consider the cutting-edge needs of the FAA and smart airports of the future, focusing on key emerging technology areas of health-smart airports, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), data analytics, and autonomous robotics systems.