FAA Centers of Excellence

DOT Secretary of Transportation Student RAISEAward

Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering Award

Open: Through December 30, 2014

The DOT Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, has announced the opening of his RAISE Award to recognize students with the ability to demonstrate unique, innovative thinking in aerospace, science and engineering. In its third year, the Secretary has created two divisions within the award: 1) a high school division, and a 2) university division (both undergraduate and graduate levels). The Secretary intends to use the awards to encourage students to think creatively in developing innovative solutions to aviation and aerospace issues, and to share those innovations with the broader transportation community.

See the 2014 Federal Register RAISE announcement for current application details.

See the 2014 RAISE announcement flyer.

Meet MIT student, Lt. Kyle Smith, our 2013 selected winner during his meeting with Secretary Foxx during the RAISE Award presentation held on March 7 in Washington, DC.


COE UAS Proposal Submission — Closed on Noon EDT on Monday, September 22

FocusFAA Article: Center of Excellence Will Help Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integrate Safely

The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in civil airspace raises many technical, policy and procedure questions. To better understand how the aircraft can be integrated into the National Airspace System, the FAA is setting up a center of excellence (COE).


DOT Summer Internship Opportunity
Application Period Open through January 16, 2015


Photo of Secretary Foxx meeting Lt. Kyle SmithThe Secretary’s RAISE Award, an aviation innovation challenge, asks the best and brightest minds from American high schools, colleges, and universities to help us manage our limited airspace more safely and efficiently, and this year’s winning submission from USAF Lieutenant Kyle Smith promises to do exactly that.

One man, one idea, and millions of air travelers who could benefit…

Read more:
Meet Kyle Smith: USAF Lieutenant, STEM student, aviation problem-solver
USAF Officer Contributes to Commercial Aviation Safety


COE Announces Selection of a New COE for Alternative Jet Fuels & Environment

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for alternate jet fuels and the environment. Led by Washington State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the COE will explore ways to meet the environmental and energy goals that are part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

DOT Sr. Procurement Officers visit the FAA Technical Center

From left: Andrea Simao, Ryan Forman, Kathy Greer, Ellen Shields, and Gregory Cate at the Tech CenterPatricia Watts, director of the FAA‘s Air Transportation Centers of Excellence program, hosted a group of DOT senior acquisition executives for a tour of the William J. Hughes Technical Center. The group – (from left) Andrea Simao, Ryan Forman, Kathy Greer, Ellen Shields, and Gregory Cate, executive deputy director of the DOT‘s Senior Procurement Executive Office – oversees 91 grants programs, awarding $600B annually within the DOT, and provides guidance and fiscal direction to the two Centers programs, the RITA University Transportation Centers and the FAA Centers of Excellence.