Four undergraduate students in the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies were recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration for their proposal to improve airport efficiency.
The students’ proposal suggested that airlines and airport operators share gates as well as real-time information on gate utilization in order to reduce the time and fuel that are wasted as well as decrease emissions when an arriving aircraft must wait on the tarmac for a gate to open, according to a statement from the institute.
Panels of experts from the FAA, industry and academia selected the winning proposal. The first prize award was presented to the students during an annual summer workshop series held in Arlington, Va., from July 13 to 14.
The four students — Andy Chou, Edmund Tam, Xia Xiao and Kevin Leung — developed the proposal through an airport design class taught by UC Berkeley lecturer Jasenka Rakas.
The class gives students the opportunity to apply concepts they have learned from other courses to an airport design project, which is equivalent to their graduation thesis, according to the statement.
Allie Bidwell is the news editor.