Infrastructure Commentary

Thought leaders, here at Syracuse University and across the world, are thinking about innovative ways to tackle hard infrastructure problems. Their publications, editorials, and commentary are published to spread their ideas.

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Maxwell Dean David Van Slyke discusses Public-Private Partnerships In Trump’s Infrastructure Plan in Politico

President Trump has repeatedly emphasized the importance of the private sector’s role in a national infrastructure plan. Dean Van Slyke, a leading international expert on public-private partnerships and public sector contracts, offers his insight on the emerging details. He cautions, “The best way for government officials to ensure that a public-private partnership benefits their constituents is to take the necessary time to understand the proposed deal, run the numbers and perform the due diligence.” There are significant benefits to be enjoyed by both the public and the private sector with a partnership, but patience, Dean Van Slyke urges, can optimize those benefits in infrastructure delivery.

The Future of Flight

Drones are household products and are filling the skies. Frank Matus, Thales Director of Digital Aviation Business Development, explains the need for air traffic management systems to incorporate drone flight alongside manned aviators. “The allure of technology solutions and what is possible is winning out over having a closer look at what key elements should be addressed, from basic design standards to cybersecurity.”

Frank also serves as a board member for the Center of Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) at Syracuse University. CASE connects industry partners to researchers and resources at SU and New York State research institutions. The center embodies Frank’s vision for innovative and status quo breaking approaches to incorporating emerging technology into today’s infrastructure.

“With aging infrastructure on the ground, automation systems that work only with predictable manned aircraft, and an ATC workforce shortage globally, how can we accommodate new entrants, resist stifling innovation and create a globally acceptable framework that provides some minimal set of guidelines or a playbook we could all work from?”

The future of flight will need expertise from different disciplines and industries, ranging from policy to cyber security, to cohesively build on existing infrastructure.

Read more about it in the 2019 edition of Air Traffic Technology International Showcase Pg. 60