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CEGE Alumni Speaker Series - Leon Sniegowski

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Thursday, January 26, 2023, 12 pm

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Leon Sniegowski, Senior Consultant, Ricondo and Associates 

O’Hare Modernization Program: A Retrospective Look at Keeping the Busiest Airport Operating


The demand for air travel is ever growing, and existing infrastructure must adapt to efficiently and safely move passengers to their destinations. Over 16 years O’Hare International Airport performed the monumental task of revamping a majority of the airfield. Starting in 2005, only two of the 6 existing runways remain unaltered when the O’Hare Modernization Program was finalized in 2021. This presentation will detail and take a retrospective look at how one of the busiest airports in the country was able to continue operating while under construction. What analysis was used to determine the optimal runway configuration, and how fast time simulation was used to determine environmental impacts and how to efficiently operate the airfield. 


Leon Sniegowski is a Senior Consultant with Ricondo and Associates, a full service aviation planning consulting firm. Since 2013 he has specialized in Airport Master Planning, Airfield Planning, and Airfield and Airspace Simulation. He is a 2012 graduate of Michigan Tech with a BS in Civil Engineering, and was an active member of the Pep Band. His love of hockey has continued into the professional world spending the last 5 years as a referee for amateur hockey in Chicagoland.

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