Carnegie Mellon University
July 30, 2015

Kang Awarded FAA Research Funding

Kang Awarded FAA Research Funding PhD student Minkyung Kang was recently awarded a research grant as part of the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues for the 2015-2016 academic year.

This program, sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration and administered by the National Academies, encourages applied research on airport and aviation issues to stimulate discussion and improvements for the future of the US civil aviation system. Her research is co-advised by professors Burcu Akinci and Mario Berges.

Kang’s project, Towards Robust Demand Response at Airports, will look at how airport facility managers can capitalize on demand response, a voluntary program where facilities better control energy costs by reducing their energy consumption during peak times. When energy grid reliability is threated by heavy usage, non-essential systems can be switched into an energy saving mode or turned off to lessen demand and reduce energy costs.

"We are very excited by the work that Minkyung is carrying out with the Pittsburgh International Airport and Honeywell,” said Berges. “This award is further proof that her ideas are valuable and have the potential to impact the industry."

Her project will utilize machine learning techniques to evaluate demand response opportunities and develop optimal operation strategies for airports while also maintaining a comfortable environment for occupants. This research will not only bring energy cost savings from demand response programs, but also enable airports to prepare for higher electricity demand peaks caused by growing number of passengers every year.