Engineering students bag global aero-design contest

Few members of team Arcis posing with the aircrafts they built.

Team Arcis of the Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering bagged 4 medals -- 1 gold and 3 silvers -- at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) aero-design competition held at Los Angeles, California.

The international contest is held every year with engineers from all over the world participating. This year 75 teams from across the world took part in the contest, out of which six were from India.

Team Arcis is a 46-member team of engineers from all streams and years, and 18 of them flew to the USA for the competition. It was also the only team that took part in all the three categories -- micro, regular and advanced.

Elaborating on the contest, Yogeshwar Bhat, third-year aeronautical engineering student and managing director of Arcis, says, “We design aircrafts to tackle real-world problems and build them according to the rules set by the SAE. We work around for 10 to 11 months for this project.”

He further adds about their designs, “We innovated the landing gear in our aircraft. It was also designed in such a way that the aircraft could drop other planes and supplies, which could be helpful during floods.”

When asked about their win at the contest, he says, “We will take this opportunity to build more aircraft, that could help the defence system.”

The team also took part in SAE India 2018 and came out as overall champions. They are also preparing for the ‘Design Your Destiny’ contest that is set to happen in July.

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