The students of PESIT set a record at the SAE Aero Design 2014 held in Dallas, where they were announced second in the ‘micro class’, the aircraft design competition, which was held all over the world.
They were the only Indian team to win the competition since it was started in the year 1995.
The competition conducted by Society of Automotive Engineers(SAE).
SAE Aero Design provides students with a real-life engineering challenge – designing and building a radio-controlled aircraft to carry a payload around a closed course and then flying it against other 25 teams in competition.
Team Avions, which won the prize, was assisted by two professors.
All the team members are mechanical engineering and computer science engineering students and worked very hard to design the model.
They also made sure that their design passes all the tests and is able to make it through to the final rounds of the competition.
“With financial support from college and parents, we only had a simple and effective wining strategy which fetched us the 2nd position in the overall competition as well as 2nd position in highest payload lifted category,” says Vikram, a student.
The others said that designing the model was the toughest task and they did a lot of homework before they actually sat to design the models.
“We had a lot of brain-storming sessions and a lot of arguments were placed on the table before we even started designing the model.
It was a great experience to get an international exposure and we also had a lot of fun during the process,” says Goutham, another student.
The students got rave reviews for their designs and were excited, proud and happy that their design was able to impress the jury.
They also got an opportunity to meet many other students and exchange ideas and experiences with them.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience where the students only gained and came back home with a lot of knowledge.