2009 Hartman Student Paper Competition winners announced

April 12, 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 of $3,000 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; each has received $2,000. Brett's paper is "Improving Model Fidelity through Representative Cruise Procedures within the Environmental Design Space." His advisors were Michelle Kirby and Dimitri Mavris. March's paper is "A Methodology for Integrated Conceptual Design of Aircraft Configuration and Operation to Reduce Environmental Impact," and his advisors were Karen Willcox and Ian Waitz.

2009 Hartman Competition first place winner Emily Schwartz, and second place winners Paul Brett (center) and Andrew March are congratulated by PARTNER director Ian Waitz.

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Three master's candidates received honorable mentions. Matthew Woody of UNC at Chapel Hill wrote the paper "Secondary Organic Aerosol produced from Aircraft Emissions at the Atlanta Airport - An Advanced Diagnostic Investigation using Process-based and Reaction-based Approaches." His advisor was Saravanan Arunachalam. Graham Burdette and Eric Hendricks of Georgia Tech co-authored "A Process for Technology Evaluation Applied to the Aviation Capacity-Environmental Problem." Their advisors were Peter Hollingsworth, Hernando Jimenez, and Dimitri Mavris. Woody received $600 for his award, and Burdette and Hendricks received $300 each as co-authors.

Schwartz and Brett received their awards at the February 2009 PARTNER advisory board meeting in Palm Springs. March, who was unable to attend, received his later at MIT.

The 2010 Competition will be announced later this year.

The competition captures the best technical solutions, economic and policy analyses, methodologies, and processes that work towards reducing aviation noise and emissions exposure through source reduction technologies, alternative fuels, operating procedures, compatible land use management, and policy implementation. 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 State University, a founding PARTNER member and lead investigator, who passed away in 2004.