Team FIU reached the height of success, winning second place in mission performance and second overall at the international SAE Aero Design Competition in June.

Nineteen teams from across the United States, including Puerto Rico, and from countries like Egypt, India and Poland competed in Lakeland, Florida. The FIU team was comprised of mechanical engineering undergraduate students – Clara Bahoya, Walid Esiely, Ruben Fernandez, Hernando Lugo, Andres Salgado, William San Pedro and Geisy Valdes – from FIU’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Student Chapter.

Throughout the last year, the students from the College of Engineering & Computing’s Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering researched, designed, optimized and built their aircraft. They kept in mind limitations imposed by the competition, such as electric motor power consumption, maximum runway length and wingspan and minimum allowable weight of the cargo.

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