Public-Private Collaboration Enters National Competition
(Binghamton- NY) In an exciting, local, public-private collaboration, students and faculty from Binghamton University are teaming with officials from the Greater Binghamton Airport and local engineering firm McFarland-Johnson, Inc. to enter the National Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Design Competition. The competition gives students at U.S. colleges and universities an opportunity to address technical challenges and develop innovative solutions in the areas of Airport Operation and Maintenance; Runway Safety/Runway Incursions; Airport Environmental Interactions; and Airport Management and Planning.
Lead by Binghamton University (BU) Professor William Ziegler, Faculty Master of Newing College and Associate Professor of Computer Science, two groups of undergraduate students from the T.J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at BU are entering the competition. Their work will focus upon Airport Operation and Maintenance and Airport Environmental Interactions categories. The first student group has chosen to tackle a challenge that involves developing new approaches to recycling of aircraft de-icing fluids – a concept that could be beneficial to both airport and airline operators. The second group has chosen another important airport issue involving the development of an alternate method to remove snow and ice from airport pavement surfaces using Geothermal Heat
“This is one of the most exciting projects I have worked on in my 30 years at Binghamton University. I am extremely fortunate to be working with Chad Nixon and Carl Beardsley, and they are providing an experience that my students will never forget”, said Ziegler.
Both teams have the goal of developing practical and environmentally sensitive solutions that improve airport operations. “The aviation industry has tremendous challenges and this design competition is providing a great opportunity for the students to develop innovative solutions to real world problems,” said Carl Beardsley, Commissioner of Aviation at the Greater Binghamton Airport. “We are thrilled to be working with Binghamton University and McFarland Johnson to create a test-bed to analyze potential solutions while meeting the airport’s desire to be a good steward of the environment.”
As a leading firm in sustainable design solutions, McFarland-Johnson, Inc. is providing the team with aviation industry insight and engineering guidance. Chad Nixon, Aviation Director for McFarland-Johnson expressed excitement at the company’s involvement in the collaborative effort. He stated that “MJ is constantly looking to improve our processes and designs. This gives us an opportunity to work with some great young minds to help develop solutions to the day-to-day challenges our clients face.”
For more information about the National Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Design