Jimmy Chiu, Airport Infrastructure Program Director, led both design and construction efforts for the successful implementation of FAA-required runway safety areas at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Chiu worked to build consensus among the FAA, airlines and airport operations staff to ensure the project would be completed by the December 2015 federal deadline. Providing exceptional technical guidance, Chiu was instrumental in leading the runway safety area design team. He also researched new technologies to ensure the airport could install a fully FAA-compliant safety area, despite being bounded geographically by the San Francisco Bay and Highway 101. In addition to his remarkable management of this extensive project, Chiu provided critical initiative for airfield recovery after the crash of Asiana airlines in July of 2013. As a result of Chiu’s influence, SFO’s runway safety area was completed $3 million under budget and more than a year in advance of the federal deadline.
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