SAN is committed to developing the next generation of innovators that will take our airport, and the larger aviation industry, to the next level. The DesignAHEAD program is a central way we are achieving this goal. In the first year, nearly 75 students from three different San Diego-based educational institutions participated, each tasked with a real-world design challenge faced in an airport environment. The resulting conceptual projects range from inventive monument signs that might welcome travelers to SAN, to imaginative architectural models for a new terminal. These young designers represent the pioneering spirit of SAN, and among them just might be the next airport professional that will push airport design forward.