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CU Aero Design Flies Into Success

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CU Aero Design Flies Into Success

Front Row: Ryan Samuelsen, W. Scott VanDyke, Joshua Perrel, Tim Piette; Second Row: Dr. Tim Norman, Scott Miller, Ricky Young, Nathanael Barham, Frank McCollim. Photo credit: Larry Zavodney

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

June 4, 2007

Cedarville, Ohio-The Cedarville University Aero Design team flew into first and fourth place finishes at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design® East Competition. The contest was held in Ft. Worth, Texas, May 4-6.

SAE hosts two annual Aero Design competitions (East and West) for which students design, build, and fly a remote-controlled airplane under specified constraints. The students are scored on several aspects, including payload fraction of total airplane weight (micro class), maximum payload lifted (regular class), a presentation, and a report.

The plane designed and built by Cedarville mechanical and electrical engineering majors took an impressive first place in the payload lift category of the micro class division. They received fourth place overall among a strong field of international competitors.

The team is advised by Dr. Timothy Norman, professor of mechanical engineering.