Aviation Students Nationally Recognized by FAA
photo by Wendy Townley
From left, recent graduate Joseph Rotterdam, and graduate students Michael Cameron and Jess Potthoff recently earned a third-place award at the Federal Aviation Administration 2009 Design Competition for Universities. The trio developed a project titled 'Technology-Based Communication Solutions for Reduced Fuel Consumption in the Airport Environment,' which aims to reduce airline fuel consumption.
The UNO Aviation Institute and School of Public Administration have combined forces to offer a graduate degree program in aviation administration. Students interested in careers in airport management, aviation policy and regulation, and other aspects of aviation should consider the opportunities for advanced training through UNO’s fully accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.
The MPA program is structured around core courses in public administration, as well as courses in public finance, policy design, implementation and evaluation, and personnel management. Students seeking a concentration in aviation administration receive additional training and instruction in aviation policy and regulation, airport administration, planning, development, and other aviation issues. This curriculum prepares graduates for the challenges of the dynamic world of modern aviation.
UNO offers a rare opportunity for students to seek advanced degrees from an institution that is nationally recognized for both its administration and aviation programs. UNO’s Public Administration program, for example, ranks among the top thirty public affairs graduate programs in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.
Under the School of Public Administration, UNO is one of only eight Master’s programs with an aviation specialization in the country. With the implementation of the new transportation specialization, UNO is one of the first aviation institutions to focus on transportation and policy issues at the national level, such as intermodal transportation and the commercialization of space. The Aviation Institute is prepared to escalate its position in aviation and transportation education as the aviation industry continues to advance. The growth of the Aviation Institute will allow for a focus on more integrated solutions to intermodal challenges, to include air, surface, rail, and space transportation components.
The School of Public Administration is a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). UNO’s MPA program is among the longest continuously accredited programs in the country. Initially, NASPAA identified programs which were “in substantial conformity” with standards for Professional Master Degree Programs in Public Affairs and Administration. Starting in 1980, the MPA Program was placed on the National Roster of Programs found to be in substantial conformity with NASPAA standards.
Graduate Assistantships are available at the Aviation Institute for students enrolled in an Aviation Graduate degree program. Graduate Assistants at the Institute perform various duties such as research, teaching, and administrative support. Graduate Assistants work approximately 23 hours per week and receive a graduate tuition waiver in addition to their salary. To inquire about applying for a Graduate Assistantship at the Aviation Institute, please call (402) 554-3424. For more information about Graduate Assistantship opportunities in other departments at UNO, please refer to the UNO Graduate catalog.