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The Grand Challenges in Aviation and Transportation

The Grand Challenges framework serves as the raison d'être for our faculty and students and it multiplies the impact of the five Polytechnic-wide research areas:

  • Future Work and Learning
  • Holistic Safety and Security
  • Healthy and Sustainable Communities
  • Realizing the Digital Enterprise
  • Community and Civic Engagement

Our Focus on Grand Challenges

Three teams from the Purdue Polytechnic Institute won first place in three airport challenges at the Transportation Research Board’s annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, a design challenge presented by the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP). Two additional Polytechnic teams placed second and third.

Blueavion f1, an airport sensor system co-developed by John Mott, associate professor of aviation technology, is now available commercially. The product was tested at the Purdue University Airport.

Yilin Feng, Shelby K. Hobbs, Changmin Xiong and Chuyang Yang, students in Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, won first place in the Airport Cooperative Research Program’s University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs.