APRIL 2009 — Six graduate students representing Georgia Tech, MIT, Stanford, and the University of North Carolina are the winners in the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction's 2009 Joseph A. Hartman Student Paper Competition.
The first place award went to Emily Schwartz of Stanford for her paper "Aircraft Design: Trading Cost and Climate Impact." Schwartz is a doctoral candidate; her advisor was Ilan Kroo. Doctoral candidates Paul Brett of Georgia Tech and Andrew March of MIT tied for second place. -more-
MARCH 26, 2009 — Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative Environment Team lead and FAA scientist, Dr. Lourdes Maurice, testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics on the topic of Aviation and the Emerging Use of Biofuels. In her remarks Dr. Maurice noted that alternative jet fuels have the potential to improve air quality and reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions while also enhancing energy security and supplies. “Aviation has made enormous progress in the last three years identifying and testing technologies,” she said. “We’re convinced that the public-private partnership that CAAFI represents will help commercial aviation be a ‘first mover’ in the deployment of alternative fuels.” Dr. Maurice is the FAA's PARTNER lead. PARTNER is a member of CAAFI and CAAFI sits on the PARTNER Advisory Board. Read Dr, Maurice's testimony
MARCH 11, 2009 — Community members, civic leaders, homebuyers, and others concerned about aviation noise have a new Web site to help them understand noise sources and effects, explore options for dealing with noise, and access noise-related resources. PARTNER's NoiseQuest site, developed by Penn State, includes information about aviation noise sources, what to do about noise, land use planning. reducing noise in homes, guidance for homebuyers, ongoing research and more. -more-
JANUARY 26, 2009 — Dr. Tom Reynolds, a UK aerospace engineer who has contributed to numerous PARTNER and University of Cambridge joint initiatives, will join PARTNER in March as a research engineer. An initial focus for Reynolds will be managing MIT’s efforts in support of the Aviation Portfolio Management Tool (Project 3) development. -more-
JANUARY 20, 2009 — PARTNER lead investigators Dr. Sarav Arunachalam and Dr. Jonathan Levy have been named recipients of the 2008 FAA Centers of Excellence Faculty of the Year Award. Arunachalam is a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development. He is principal investigator for PARTNER Project 16, Investigation of Aviation Emissions Air Quality Impacts. Levy is a professor in the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health and principal investigator for PARTNER Project 11, Health Impacts of Aviation Related Air Pollutants. -more-
JANUARY 9, 2009 —Two university graduate students who are working on PARTNER research have been named Federal Aviation Administration Centers of Excellence 2008 Students of the Year. Peter A. Barros Jr., a doctoral candidate in the Georgia Institute of Technology Aerospace Department, and Hsiao-Hsien “Leon” Hsu, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health, will receive the award, which includes a $1,000 check for each, at the February 2009 PARTNER advisory board meeting in Palm Springs where they will make presentations on their research. - more-