ACRP Ambassador Program
Our Ambassador program is a key component of ACRP’s efforts to bring timely and useful publications to the airport industry and engage airport practitioners in ACRP’s many activities. Our Ambassadors volunteer to represent ACRP at industry conferences and events. They use the opportunities to talk with practitioners, answer questions, and share the goals and value of the program.
Meet our current group of Ambassadors
Ambassadors serve a two-year term (i.e., January of year-1 through December of year-2) and agree to represent ACRP at a minimum of 4-6 airport industry conferences or events during that two-year term. All Ambassadors attend a one-day, in-person orientation meeting and receive the training, guidance, support, and materials they need to fulfill their assignments.
ACRP accepts applications year-round and selects a new group of Ambassadors every Fall. To apply:
Ambassadors enjoy a unique connection as a volunteer to ACRP, TRB, and the National Academies—all widely respected organizations at the forefront of transportation research. They also attend key industry events at minimal personal expense, network and share experiences and best practices with industry colleagues, and bring this experience back to their home institution, agency, or company.
ACRP provides all program materials and pays for:
- The cost of Ambassadors’ onsite accommodations (generally up to the GSA-defined limit based on location).
- Attendee and/or exhibitor registration fees.
ACRP will not pay a stipend nor, in most instances, Ambassadors’ transportation, food, or incidental expenses. Please see the ACRP Ambassador Program Guidelines for additional information.
Ambassadors are selected through a competitive application process. To apply, please review the ACRP Ambassador Program Guidelines and submit the ACRP Ambassador Application on or before the application deadline.
ACRP’s general selection criteria for new Ambassadors include:
- Applicable experience working in the airport industry.
- Familiarity with the ACRP research process and products, with first-hand experience developing or using these products.
- Willingness and ability to present on the ACRP program and research process or other airport industry topics.
- A clearly expressed commitment to promoting ACRP’s goals before, during, and after tenure as an Ambassador. Following the two-year commitment, ACRP may call upon former Ambassadors to present on the merits of the program, participate in Ambassador Orientations or webinars, and share lessons learned.
- A strong professional network within the U.S. airport industry.
Although Ambassadors are volunteers, their conduct reflects upon NAS, TRB, and ACRP. ACRP expects Ambassadors to comport themselves with professionalism at any event in which they are serving in their role as Ambassador. Inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to actively soliciting business during Ambassador activities or through ACRP affiliation, will be taken seriously, formally reviewed by ACRP, and may lead to removal from the Ambassador program. Applicants who are actively involved in business development activities, particularly when attending conferences and other industry events, should not apply.