June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Systems Engineering and Multidisciplinary Engineering
22.613.1 - 22.613.12
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. https://peer.asee.org/17894
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