2012-2013

Aerospace Engineering Team Is Top U.S. Team and 4th Overall in the SAE International Competition

A team of four WPI AE students earned a fourth-place finish in the 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design West Competition. The event invites international collegiate teams to conceive, design, and build a radio controlled aircraft that can take off and land while carrying the maximum cargo. Learn more...

A team of four WPI Aerospace Engineering students competed in the 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design West Competition held April 12-14, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. The Aero Design® West Competition is an aircraft design, build, and fly competition between international collegiate teams. This year, universities from Canada, India, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, and the USA were represented. World-class organizations also participated, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Augusta-Westland and SAE International. The competition challenges engineering students to conceive, design, fabricate and present a radio controlled aircraft that can take off and land while carrying the maximum cargo. The students follow a design process much like what is used in the aerospace engineering industry.

The WPI ‘Quarter Chord Quartet’ of Kyle Crathern, Reinaldo Lopes, Timothy Momose and Neil Pomerleau (all AE ‘13), advised by AE Program Professors Simon Evans and David Olinger, competed in the Micro-Aircraft class. These teams had to build and successfully fly small micro-aircraft that were designed to lift the most payload weight with the lightest aircraft. Teams were also required to submit a design report and give a 15 minute presentation summarizing their design to a panel of judges at the competition.

The WPI team finished 4th out of 28 teams in the micro-aircraft class and was the Top Placed U.S. team, only narrowly missing a podium finish. A video can be seen at https://www.dropbox.com/s/jf1vjlsk5l4hwte/IMG_2988.mp4  

Travel support by the AIAA New England Chapter and the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium is gratefully acknowledged.

April 22, 2013

 
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