A Partnership in Research and Outreach


The Center of Excellence for Airport Technology is a research center with its home in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CEAT was founded in 1995 as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence focusing on airport pavement improvement and safety issues, including wildlife, anti-icing and lighting. In 2004, the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP) initiated a research program through CEAT that targets technical issues related to construction of new and extended runways at O'Hare International Airport.

Both the FAA and OMP recognize that our nation's air traffic infrastructure requires ongoing improvement, made possible only through significant public investment. Our research partnership delivers new knowledge that is relevant for improving performance, increasing quality and lowering costs. Stronger and more durable materials, better understanding of structural behavior, enhanced construction techniques, and improved safety are the outcomes of our work. To accomplish this work, we have assembled a team of leading academic researchers and students, and through CEAT we have built a partnership with researchers and engineers at FAA and OMP. Our mission statement expresses how our work delivers value to government and industry, students, and the public.

Mission Statement

The mission of the FAA Center of Excellence for Airport Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is to develop new scientific knowledge and technology for the development, maintenance and operation of airports by conducting research in cooperation with government, industry and the private sector, enriching the engineering community through technology transfer, serving a diverse student population through educational programs, and educating the public to appreciate its investment in airport infrastructure.

Our Doors are Open

We welcome your participation in CEAT. Whether you are a student considering a graduate program, an engineer or scientist desiring new knowledge, or a member of an organization whose concerns intersect ours, I invite you to contact us.


David A. Lange
Director of CEAT