Faculty Advisor

Robertson, Thomas B.

Faculty Advisor

Sakulich, Aaron R.

Project Center

Panama City, Panama


This project addressed the problem of bird-aircraft collisions, or bird strikes, at Panama’s Tocumen Airport. Bird strikes threaten passenger safety, damage aircraft, and harm wildlife. Through report analysis, interviews, observations, benchmarking, and case study research, we determined Tocumen Airport has many factors that attract birds to the property. These factors can be categorized as man made or environmental. No single method can remove all the contributing factors, so the airport should consider using multiple bird strike prevention methods.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering