MARCH 2007 : Dr. Liling Ren, who received his S.D. from the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in February, has won the First Place Graduate Paper Award in the PARTNER Joseph A. Hartman Student Paper Competition 2007 for his paper, "Modeling and Managing Separation For Continuous Descent Arrivals." (Download paper .pdf 980K)
Ren is a research engineer in the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Aerospace Engineering. His doctoral dissertation, "Modeling and Managing Separation for Noise Abatement Arrival Procedures," was completed under the guidance of former PARTNER director Professor John-Paul Clarke, and was supported in part by the PARTNER Project 4, Continuous Descent Arrival.
Ren and Daniel Robinson (Purdue MS '06), who won the 2006 First Place Graduate Paper Award, were honored for their achievement and made presentations about their work at the March PARTNER Advisory Board meeting in Cincinnati. Robinson's paper, "Thresholds for Rattle Onset: Theoretical Development and Experimental Evaluation," was one of three chosen for special recognition in 2006. The other two papers, whose authors are unable attend the PARTNER meeting, were "High-Resolution Simulations of Early-Stage Aircraft Contrails," by Dr. Anup Shirgaonkar (Stanford PhD '07) taking the Second Place Graduate Paper Award 2006, and "Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport: Three Case Studies on Land Use," by Evan Baach and Kimberly Beckett of Purdue, earning Honorable Mention for the Undergraduate Paper Award.
The competition captures the best technical solutions, economic analyses, methodologies, and processes that work towards reducing aviation noise and emissions exposure through source reduction technologies, noise abatement operating procedures, compatible land use management, and airport operational control measures. A panel of experts from academia, industry, government, and aviation environmental community organizations judge the contest
The PARTNER Student Paper Competition is named in memory of Professor Joseph A. Hartman of Boise University, a founding PARTNER member and lead investigator, who passed away in 2004.
Daniel Robinson and Liling Ren (second and third from left) receive citations for their first place awards in the 2006 and 2007 Hartman Student Paper Competition from FAA Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Environment Lourdes Maurice and PARTNER Director Ian Waitz.