Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The FAA Challenge Program team has been closely monitoring developments of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and are aware that many of your universities have restricted or suspended physical access to campuses that may impact your team’s ability to design and build your concepts’ technical demos as proposed.

The FAA Challenge is NOT being cancelled, and the expectation is that teams will still participate at some level. The FAA and NIA want teams to continue working on their projects to the best of their abilities, and we are actively researching options for students to present their research and technology demonstrations via a virtual Forum, if needed as a worst-case scenario.

Announcing The FAA Challenge:
Smart Airport Student Competition Finalists

Purdue University
“Mobility and Accessibility in Airport Infrastructure”
Industry Partner: Ceros Solutions, Inc.
Advisors: Dengfeng Sun (Purdue), Jeff Tyrcha (Ceros Industries, Inc.)


University of North Dakota
“FlashTag”
Advisor: Kim Kenville (UND)


University of Texas at Arlington
“WheelTrip: A holistic approach to improving passenger experience for the differently abled at airports”
Industry Partners: TransSolutions LLC, Per4max Medical
Advisors: Jay Rosenberger (UTA), Gloria Bender (TransSolutions), Willie Hernandez (Per4Max Medical)


The FAA Challenge:
Smart Airport Student Competition

The Federal Aviation Administration is sponsoring the FAA Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition (“Smart Airport Challenge”) to recognize students with the ability to demonstrate innovative thinking focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of smart technology in and around the airport environment while enhancing the overall traveling 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.