Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

AMAT team placed second overall in the Advanced Class at the SAE Aero Design West competition in Van Nuys, April 12-14, 2013.

 AMAT TeamAMAT, a multidisciplinary team of students from MAE, CS and EE, won the best technical report and the second best oral presentation. Due to the complexity and the lack of clarity of the rules, AMAT team was unable to score flights.  Team participants had to drop a humanitarian package, a 3-pound sandbag, from 100 feet on a ground target. The airplanes were equipped with altimeter and camera with transmission to a laptop on ground to activate the drop. During the team’s first attempt, the pilot and laptop controller lost contact with the airplane at takeoff (for unknown reason) and the airplane had a hard landing, requiring to rebuild the front landing gear. During the last round, the AMAT airplane made a nice takeoff, climbed to 100 ft and dropped the package too far from the target, then landed safely. Of the 10 or so teams at the East competition, none succeeded in scoring a flight. This weekend, only the team from Poland was successful with their airplane (from last year). Congratulations, AMAT Team!

-Jean-Jacques Chattot, Stephen K. Robinson
AMAT faculty advisors