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SFO Employees Win First Place in the 2017 ACC Young Professionals Innovation Competition

Team of individuals from San Francisco International Airport, HMMH and RS&H selected for first place for their submission, 'Taxiing Into Autonomy'.

Congratulations SFO employees Christopher DiPrima and Michelle Fong from Planning, Design & Construction for winning the 2017 ACC Young Professionals Innovation Competition.  Their submission, 'Taxiing Into Autonomy', proposes the use of autonomous vehicles to tow aircraft for improved airfield and gate utilization efficiency.  The proposal would make it easier and less costly to tow aircraft to remote parking positions, and reduce pushback maneuvering time by eliminating engine run-up and tug disconnect times.

In addition to Christopher and Michelle, the winning team included individuals from environmental planning company HMMH and engineering company RS&H.  The first-place team will present and display their submission at the 2018 ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium in Denver.

"Congratulations to this year's winning team, who present a futuristic concept that may be a reality before we know it," said ACC President T.J. Schulz.  "This submission represents the key goals of the Innovation Competition - to highlight innovations that reflect evolving trends and addresses growing challenges at airports."

Supported in part by the ACC Members Foundation, the competition is part of a larger program offered by the ACC Young Professionals Forum as a means to engage the young professionals in ACC member firms and enhance their professional careers.  Targeted for industry professionals that are aged 35 or under, the Young Professionals Forum provides networking, mentoring, education, and career growth opportunities.