2005 Society of Automotive Engineers AeroDesign West Project

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) holds an annual intercollegiate contest called AeroDesign. The design and performance requirements change each year, but the core concept remains the same - design and build an aircraft that can carry as much weight as possible while successfully completing a simple flight circuit. The aircraft must take off within a specified distance and touch down within that same runway length. 

 

During the 2003 - 2004 academic year I observed Rice University's 2004 team, and in 2005 I was named captain of one of two teams fielded by the school. My team - dubbed the A-Team - placed 8th/25 teams in competition, Rice's best finish ever and a significant improvement over 14th place the year before.


Below are some interesting links related to the project.

 The Rice University "A-Team", from left to right (currently): Adam Dowell (commissioned officer, United States Navy), Decio Comin (BP), Achintya Madduri (University of California - San Diego), Christian Kollik (Austria), Me 

Missing from picture: Daniel Wang (Toyota?)