Building Academic Programs to Cultivate Future Airport Industry Professionals

Airports and their support industries have changed significantly over the past several decades; however, many academic programs have remained stagnant in their requirements, and have not evolved with the industry reliant on their training. Current academic curriculums generally still prepare students for initial positions in airport airfield operations, while most current and future trends in the profession are reliant on a comprehensive approach to airport management and consulting careers incorporating engineering, finance, planning, technology, and operations. As a means to prepare students for careers in the airport industry, research is needed to develop a model academic curriculum template to provide a foundation for career success. This effort would likely focus on an evaluation of the current and future succession requirements as outlined by both airport sponsors and consultants, followed by a comparison of existing academic curriculums and graduation requirements. The comparison of industry needs versus the current academic environment would establish a “gap” from which to build a refined track for future students to fulfill positions in current and future airport and consulting professions. Ultimately, this research would seek to bridge the gap that currently exists to ensure both employee, organizational and industry success. The objective of this research is to develop updated academic curriculums and requirements to cultivate airport industry professionals to meet existing and future needs.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 06-07

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Start Date: 20180731
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677265
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 06-07
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2018 3:03PM