The FAA has announced it has issued a new contract for NEXTOR III, extending the the eight-university Consortium in Aviation Operations Research for an additional seven years with an expenditure cap of USD 24 million.
This marks the second extension of the original National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR), which was established in 1996.
The announcement comes at a time of critical upheavals in air travel emerging and on the horizon as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Maryland will continue as the lead institution for NEXTOR III. In addition to Maryland, other consortium member universities are George Mason University; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of California, Berkeley; the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; the Georgia Institute of Technology; the Ohio State University; and Purdue University.
NEXTOR began as one of five Centers of Excellence created by the FAA to lead the aviation community in advancing new ideas and paradigms for aviation operations, educating and training aviation professionals, and promoting knowledge transfer among industry, government and academic leaders.