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Joint University Program for Air Transportation Research

Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, FAA Grant No. 95-G-011

The Federal Aviation Administration maintains a Joint University Program for Air Transportation Research website which features presentations from previous meetings.

Tentative schedule for following meetings:

  • FAA Washington DC, January 2006
  • Princeton, April 2006

Recent Highlights of the Joint University Program: Solving Critical Problems of Aeronautics for the 21st Century


To materially improve the efficiency, performance, and safety of air transportation in the United States by identifying promising targets for development, by conducting associated long-term research, and by educating technological leaders.


  • Involve leading academic researchers and their students in solving aeronautical problems, particularly those related to aircraft guidance, navigation, and control; meteorological hazards; human factors.
  • Employ state-of-the-art computational, experimental, and communication tools to advance the state-of-the-art of air transportation.
  • Communicate research results to government agencies and the aeronautical community on a regular and frequent basis.
  • Conduct "lean", cost-effective research by focusing on the fundamentals.
  • Minimize unnecessary costs by employing a "flat" research organizational structure.
  • Insure close, detailed, and continuing collaboration among university and government researchers.
  • Provide a unique "high-bandwidth" channel for NASA-FAA-University cooperation.


The program's principal investigators have deep knowledge of the science and technology of air transportation, and their student researchers are the cream-of-the-crop. They are committed to working closely with each other and with NASA and FAA to identify and solve significant problems in air transportation. The cost-benefit of their research is substantially better than that of all potentially competing alternatives. NASA and FAA are able to stretch available research funds to achieve high-priority goals by leveraging each other's support as well as by implicitly benefiting from the research that the principal investigators and their colleagues conduct on related projects. University researchers provide valuable feedback to NASA and FAA technologists regarding the goals and effectiveness of government programs.

The terrorist attacks of September 11th have had a dramatic impact on every facet of air transportation. There is a heightened need for research on methods for improving the efficiency and security of air travel.

Recent Student Awards

  • Ioannis Anagnostakis, 2002/2003 AIAA Foundation Orville & Wilbur Wright Graduate Award, 2002
  • Douglas Burch, Third place winner in the technology innovation category of NASA's 2002 Student Aviation Design Competition, 2002
  • Hayley Davison, Beinecke Brothers Foundation Award for Graduate Study (1998), National Science Foundation Award for Graduate Fellowship (1999), Dan L. Meisinger Learn to Fly Scholarship awarded by the National Air Transportation Foundation (2001), Zonta International Amelia Earhart Graduate Fellowship Award (2001)
  • Silvia Ferrari, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Graduate Award (1998), Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Award (2000, 2001), ASME Graduate Teaching Fellow (2001-2002), AAS Donald K. "Deke" Slayton Memorial Fellowship Award (2001), Princeton University Harold W. Dodds Fellowship (2001-2002)
  • Amy Pritchett, RTCA William E. Jackson Award (1999)
  • Laurence Vigeant-Langlois, Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Award (1999)

Current Research Topics

  • Princeton University
    • Adaptive and robust nonlinear flight control systems
    • Coordinated flight of multiple aircraft
    • Aeronautical design and analysis

  • Ohio University
    • High-accuracy GPS navigation and attitude determination
    • High-performance flight testing of INS/GPS
    • Enhanced use of radio spectrum through modern modulation and coding
    • High-capacity, low-cost radio data links
    • General Aviation display technology

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - website
    • Air Traffic Management
    • Air Transportation Infrastructure and Economics
    • Aviation Safety and Weather
    • Airline Management and Operations
    • Human Factors
    • Flight Instrumentation
    • Environmental Impact of Aviation

Principal Investigators

Affiliated Faculty


Avionics Engineering Center
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
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Athens, OH 45701
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