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Enhanced Airport Management Information System for Small and Medium-Sized Airports: A Systems Engineering Capstone Design Experience

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

SE Capstone Design Projects, Part II

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Systems Engineering and Multidisciplinary Engineering

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22.613.1 - 22.613.12



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Radu F. Babiceanu University of Arkansas, Little Rock

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Radu F. Babiceanu received the Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2005, specializing in modeling and analysis of intelligent manufacturing and service industries systems. Dr. Babiceanu also holds a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and a B.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has published his work in journals such as: International Journal of Production Research, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing. His research uses systems engineering process and methodologies, and computational intelligence tools for the design and operation of complex enterprise systems. More specific, his research looks at system requirements, the architecture, integration, and evaluation of complex enterprise systems considering their lifecycle effectiveness and sustainability characteristics.

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Daniel Rucker University of Arkansas, Little Rock


Hussain M Al-Rizzo University of Arkansas, Little Rock

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Hussain Al-Rizzo received his B.Sc. in Electronics and Communications (1979) (High Honors), Postgraduate Diploma in Electronics and Communications (1981) (High Honors) and M.Sc. in Microwave Communication Systems (1983) (High Honors) from the University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq. From May 1983 to October 1987 he was working with the Electromagnetic Wave Propagation Department, Space and Astronomy Research Center, Scientific Research Council, Baghdad, Iraq. On December, 1987, he joined the Radiating Systems Research Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada where he obtained his Ph.D. (1992) in Computational Electromagnetics, Wireless Communications, and the Global Positioning System. For his various academic achievements, he won the nomination by the University of New Brunswick as the best doctoral graduate in science and engineering. Since 2000, he joined the Systems Engineering Department, University Arkansas, Little Rock, where he is currently a tenured Professor. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed journal papers, 70 conference presentations, and two patents. He won the UALR’ excellence awards in teaching and research in 2007 and 2009, respectively. His research areas include implantable antennas and wireless systems, smart antennas, WLAN deployment and load balancing, electromagnetic wave scattering by complex objects, design, modeling and testing of high-power microwave applicators, design and analysis of microstrip antennas for mobile radio systems, precipitation effects on terrestrial and satellite frequency re-use communication systems, field operation of NAVSTAR GPS receivers, data processing, and accuracy assessment, effects of the ionosphere, troposphere and multipath on code and carrier-beat phase GPS observations and the development of novel hybrid Cartesian/cylindrical FD-TD models for passive microwave components.

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Seshadri Mohan University of Arkansas, Little Rock

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Dr. Seshadri Mohan is currently a professor and the chair of the Systems Engineering department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). He brings more than 28 years of experience and knowledge in the field of telecommunications. Prior to his current position, he served as the CTO and acting CEO of IP SerVoniX, where he consulted for telecommunication firms and venture firms. He has also served as the CTO of Telsima (formerly known as Kinera), where he carried out extensive business development with telecommunications and wireless carriers, both in the US and in India. Before joining Kinera, he was the CTO at Comverse in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Telcordia, he was an associate professor at Clarkson and Wayne State Universities, where he developed the communications curriculum and conducted research in computer networking and source coding algorithms.

Dr. Mohan authored/co-authored over 95 publications in the form of books, patents, and papers in referred journals and conference proceedings. He has co-authored the textbook Source and Channel Coding: An Algorithmic Approach. He has contributed to several books, including Mobile Communications Handbook and The Communications Handbook (both CRC Press). He holds several patents in the area of wireless location management and authentication strategies. He received the SAIC 1997 Publication Prize for Information and Communication Technology. He has served on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Personal Communications and IEEE Surveys and chaired sessions in many international conferences and workshops. He has also served as a Guest Editor for several special issues of IEEE Network, IEEE Communications Magazine, and ACM MONET. He was nominated for 2006 GWEC's Global Wireless Educator of the Year Award, as well as 2007 ASEE Midwest Section Dean's Award for Outstanding Service. He has currently undertaken another book-writing project titled "Mobile Multimedia Internet", for publication by Wiley Interscience.

Dr. Mohan holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McMaster University, Canada, a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the India Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Telecommunications.

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Enhanced Airport Management Information System for Small and Medium- Sized Airports: A Systems Engineering Capstone Design ExperienceThis paper discusses both the educational aspects, in terms of pedagogical approach to teachsystems engineering and assessment of the learning outcomes, and technical aspects of the 2006-2007 Systems Engineering Capstone Design course at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.The students enrolled in the Systems Engineering undergraduate program at the University ofArkansas at Little Rock are introduced to the basics of systems engineering analysis starting withtheir freshman year in introductory courses of specific engineering specialties. Subsequently,they are exposed to systems engineering quantitative modeling and analysis techniques in severalcourses at the sophomore and junior levels. This approach builds up a robust systemsengineering education that reaches its highest point with the required systems engineeringcapstone design project. At the same time, the current UALR Systems Engineering curriculumgives its graduates a solid engineering education in one of the following four option areas:electrical, computer, telecom, and mechanical engineering. This unique approach preparesgraduates to be specialists in one of the above four areas, with the key benefit of building thespecialty engineering education on a strong systems engineering foundation.Being close to graduation, students enrolled in the capstone design course expect that theprojects selected for the course are part of the real world such that they can apply the knowledgeand skills acquired in the undergraduate program to solving problems that have relevance to areal-world organization, and thus being better prepared to start their career, upon acceptance of ajob offer. They expect to be actively involved with the client organization in data collection, andinformation sharing with both management and the engineering department. The clientorganization also benefits from the capstone design course, since the delivered engineeringsolution is validated by the expertise of the faculty. As a consequence of attempting to solve real-world large-scale systems design projects, a group of students usually works on an open-endedproblem which will be further detailed or interacted with others until the design of the large-scalesystem is obtained.One example of this successful approach is the 2007 systems engineering class. The graduates ofthe 2007 class had the opportunity to collaborate during their capstone design course with a veryimportant local industrial partner: The Little Rock National Airport. Current business climatedemands that small and medium sized airports obtain real-time information about theiroperations and expenses to serve the passengers and associated commercial airlines partnersmore efficiently. This information cannot be obtained manually given the time and expense tocollect the information. The capstone design project proposed a management information systemwhich organizes the airport operations into four main subsystems corresponding to the mainactivities that deal with the sharing and exchange of information within the airport facilities: thegate information subsystem, the ticket counters information subsystem, the flight informationdisplays scattered around the airport, and the runway monitoring subsystem. The proposedsystem uses databases to store information for each subsystem and is designed to providecomprehensive reports on demand. As a result of automating the flow of information, theproposed system, if implemented, may help small and medium-sized airports improve theiroperational efficiency and increase its incoming cash flows.

Babiceanu, R. F., & Rucker, D., & Al-Rizzo, H. M., & Mohan, S. (2011, June), Enhanced Airport Management Information System for Small and Medium-Sized Airports: A Systems Engineering Capstone Design Experience Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17894

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