Collaboration and coordination with research partners continue to expand Airport Technology Research & Development (ATR)’s research capabilities for the advancement of aviation technologies. Working with others enables us, and our partners, to maximize resources while also leveraging subject matter expertise and capabilities gained through technical interchanges, joint research projects, and committee participation.


ATR partners with airports nationwide to deploy test sets and conduct research activities in real world environments. ATR collaborates with airports across the nation, representing diversity in size and geographic location. The following list represents a collection of airport partners.

Centers of Excellence

The FAA’s COE Program is a long-term, cost-sharing partnership between academia, industry, and government. ATR works with center members and affiliates to conduct research in airspace and airport planning and design, environment, and aviation safety


ATR collaborates with other Federal agencies to facilitate information exchange and maximize use of federal resources to meet research goals as outlined in the National Aviation Research Plan and the RD&T Annual Modal Research Plan. The following list is a sample of our Federal partners.


ATR works with industry to identify the operational drivers and challenges that will prioritize research, as well as support U.S.-based innovation and the safe and reliable implementation of technologies. The following is a representative list of industry partners.


ATR is a global leader, informing International Civil Aviation (ICAO) guidance and the safe and sustainable growth of the global aviation system. ATR researchers collaborate with international experts and organizations by presenting research findings and sharing research techniques.


FAA collaborates with academia on exploratory research to support research goals. The following is a representative list of our academic partners.

University of California

Arizona State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Iowa State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ohio University

Oklahoma State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rutgers University

Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University

Purdue University

Texas A&M University

University of Illinois
University of Massachusetts

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of North Texas