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WPI Team competes in SAE Aero Design East Competition

Team of six WPI students participated in the 2012 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design East competition in Marietta, Georgia. Learn more...

A team of six WPI students participated in the 2012 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design East competition in Marietta, Georgia. The Aero Design® East Competition is an aircraft, design, build, defend and fly competition between international collegiate teams. This year Canada, China, Poland, India, Venezuela, Brazil, Turkey, and the USA were represented. World-class organizations also participate including Lockheed Martin, SAE International, Autodesk, & FAI Materials. 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 engineering industry.

The WPI ‘Goat Works’ Team with Ethan Connors, Paul Crosby, Keegan Mehrtens, Carlos Sarria-Pardo (AE ‘12), James Blair and David Irwin (ME ’12 with Aeronautics Concentration), advised by AE Program Professors David J. Olinger and Simon Evans, 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 ‘Goat Works’ team finished 6th out of 26 teams in the micro-aircraft class. Their high ranking is particularly impressive given that this is the first time WPI’s AE Program participated at the AeroDesign East and competed against ‘legacy’ and experienced teams. The WPI airplane was on display at the AE exhibit during TouchTomorrow.

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

June 16, 2012

 
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