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Third-year student Timothy Wyatt receives graduate research award in public-sector aviation issues

Timothy Wyatt (’10) has received the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) graduate research award in public-sector aviation issues.

Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation and administered by the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the Transportation Research Board/National Academies, the award is for successful completion during the 2009-10 academic year of a research paper on “Balancing Airport Capacity Requirements with Environmental and Community Concerns: Legal Challenges to Airport Expansion.”

“My research project will involve synthesizing the case law from environmental and regulatory challenges to airport development,” Wyatt said. “Professor Sidney Shapiro helped me put together the application and will be advising me on the research.”

The award comes with a research stipend in the amount of $10,000 as part of the Graduate Research Award Program.

The purpose of the program is to encourage applied research on airport and related aviation system issues and to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders, according to the web site. The program is intended to stimulate thought, discussion and research by those who may become the future airport managers, operators, designer and policy makers in aviation. The focus of this research program is on applied research to help the public sector continue to improve the quality, reliability, safety and security of the U.S. civil aviation system well into the foreseeable future.