ACC Young Professionals Innovation Competition Winners Selected

2014 ACC Young Professionals Innovation Competition Winners Selected

Team of Individuals from C&S Companies, Mead & Hunt, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Haley&Aldrich Win for their Submission, ‘Airports Integrating Resiliency (AIR)’

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 ACC Young Professionals Innovation Competition. The first place team will present their submission at the February 2015 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium in Denver, Colorado.

First place was awarded to a team consisting of Carly Shannon with C&S Companies, Kate Andrus with Mead & Hunt, Inc., Tiffany Jones with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Karin Holland with Haley&Aldrich for their submission Airports Integrating Resilience (AIR): Airports Learning to Bounce Back. It proposes the development of a virtual sustainability/resiliency workgroup with a foundation built on easily accessible web applications and social media.

Second place was awarded to a team made up of Daniel Schoenberg with RS&H, Daniel Pruim with Myrtle Beach International Airport and Jill Geboy with Jacobs for their submission Augmented Reality – Airports in 3D. This project proposes an augmented reality application for airports to provide critical information to airport staff, creating a safer and more efficient airport environment.

"I was impressed with the creativity and topical ideas in the submissions for the ACC Young Professionals Innovation Competition," said 2015 ACC Board of Directors Chair Carol Lurie, principal and senior planner at VHB. "I know that our nation’s airports will be in good hands if we have professionals of this caliber addressing the industry’s future challenges. Congratulations to the winning team and kudos to all that submitted."

ACC thanks all who submitted projects and participated in the competition, including team members from Thornton Thomasetti, Populous, Urban Engineers, and Progresstech.

Competition submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges that included Paul Bowers, publisher of Airport Improvement Magazine; Kristin Shaw, consultant with Cofely Services; Lorena de Rodriguez, president of SSi, Inc.; and Matt Wenham, P.E., manager of the Great Lakes region of C&S Companies.

The competition is part of the larger efforts of the ACC Young Professionals Forum – a means to engage the young professionals in ACC member firms and enhance their professional careers. Targeted for industry professionals that are under the age of 35, the Young Professionals Forum is intended to provide networking, mentoring, education and career growth opportunities.

Sponsored by the Arnold W. Thompson Charitable Trust, the purpose of this competition is to encourage innovative thinking among young professionals who are involved in the development and operations of airports. ACC encouraged teams of young professionals to provide creative submissions that deliver new, innovative ideas that further airport development globally and address current and future challenges.