George Mason University competes in 2023 FAA Challenge

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Earlier this week, students from George Mason University's data analytics engineering program competed in the 2023 FAA Data Challenge Forum, using AI strategies to navigate air travel solutions and improvements. 

Led by advisor Isaac Gang, associate professor in Mason's College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), the team tied second place alongside Duke University for their proposal called Modernized Flight Risk Assessment Tool for General Aviation Pre-Flight Planning.

“Congratulations to the Mason data analytics engineering program student team - Hunter Walden, Kathleen Hill, Chi Quinn, Erick Torres - and their advisor Dr. Isaac Gang for being one of 10 finalists selected to compete for the $25,000 top prize in the 2023 FAA Data Challenge Forum,” said Bernard Schmidt, acting director of the MS data analytics engineering program within CEC. 

The FAA Data Challenge focuses on the use of AI/Machine Learning and advanced analytics to address aviation-related problems and opportunities. The challenge provides an opportunity for university students to be involved in FAA’s mission, and offer creative, unique solutions for current and future challenges and serve as a pathway for students to become future transportation leaders. 

The challenge this year was held at the MITRE campus in McLean, Va.