Two teams split the 2016 Kalenian Award. Kinetic Batteries, which seeks a new way to manufacture lithium-ion batteries, and Autonomous Cargo Aircraft Project (ACAP), which hopes to build autonomous civilian aircraft, will share the $20,000 prize.
Kinetic Batteries team members included PhD candidate Aaron Birt and Ali Valamanesh '19. Mechanical engineering professor Diran Apelian advised the group.
ACAP team members included Nicholas Cyganski ’17, Benjamin Gillette ’17, Killian Henson ’18, Xavier Little ’19, Erik Nadel ’17, Tyler Nickerson ’17, and Keshuai Xu ’18. Advisors were Fred Looft, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Mike Ciaraldi, senior instructor of computer science.