SJSU Students take Third Place at ACRP Design Competition!

Every year, the students of Aviation 190, taught by Professor Falcon, are required to submit proposals to the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) University Design Competition.  

Knowing that the competition was a requirement in order to successfully pass the class and graduate, students Eduardo Coronel, David Delacruz, and Karl Madrona embraced the challenge and enrolled in Aviation 190. The team focused on the subject matter of “Harvesting Energy from Biodegradable Waste” and submitted their proposal to the “Airport Environmental Interactions Challenge” category of the competition. Their hard work paid off when the proposal took Third Place in this year’s competition.  

The ACRP competition encourages students to develop practical solutions for frequently faced problems at airports. Especially with the increasing demand for air travel, they felt it was necessary to take on an issue not only related to airports, but also to the environment.

The team took interest in finding an alternative energy source that could be produced and utilized at airports in order to reduce the usage of fossil fuels. Their main goal was to find a unique and sustainable source of energy to introduce to the aviation industry.

With the guidance and immense support of Professor Falcon, the team members showcased all of the knowledge they have gained from their studies in the Aviation Department. The team learned new skills of writing and formatting a technical paper, as well as valuable personal and professional development. Though the subject was quite intimidating at first, the team was motivated to thoroughly break down and understand each aspect of harvesting energy from biodegradable waste.

“Working on this project called for our team to get out of their comfort zones in order to fulfill their part of the research background on the subject matter,” said Coronel.

When placed in group projects, Coronel also suggests that creating mock deadlines before any real deadline is a great way to stay on track and make progress. The team also thanks Professor Falcon for creating these mock deadlines because it allowed them to stay motivated.

This opportunity in the design competition also required the team to reach out to industry personnel in order to conduct interviews, allowing them to network and establish connections pertaining to a field they wish to pursue in the future.  Not only that, but the team established even stronger connections within their own group.

"Just knowing that we had each other’s backs at all times, the members that were less busy would pick up the slack and cover, just so that we would remain on schedule. We believe that the biggest takeaway from this experience is the bond that we built working together as a group."

A big thanks to Professor Falcon for supporting the team and their road to success. For more information about the team’s proposal, please visit