Boeing challenges college students to create green concepts for Chinese aircraft maintenance facility
(photo: Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services)
Tue 20 May 2008 – Boeing, Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services, Tsinghua University and the University of North Carolina are hosting a competition for college students from select universities in the US and China to create “more environmentally progressive ways” of operating an aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility.
The 2008 Boeing Shanghai Challenge invites teams of up to three university students and one faculty adviser to prepare green concepts for the new Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services operation. Entries will be judged on creativity of solution, technical feasibility, depth and completeness of technical analysis, and clarity of presentation. Entries are to be received by June 1.
All entries will be reviewed by a panel consisting of Boeing executives and university faculty from participating institutions. On June 15, the five finalist teams will be announced, who will meet on July 9 in Beijing to give their final presentations. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers at a competition dinner later that day.
“We are committed to creating an MRO business in China that minimizes the carbon footprint of operations and is sensitive to environmental concerns,” said Per Noren, leader of Environmental Strategy for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. “Going green is no longer just an option – it is essential. One key opportunity to reduce the environmental footprint of the aviation industry exists in the MRO supply chain.”
The 2008 Boeing Shanghai Challenge is sponsored by Boeing and the Research Center for Logistics and Economic Development, a joint effort of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Tsinghua University. To register for the Challenge go to www.ie.tsinghua.edu.cn or www.clds.unc.edu.