AERIOUS - SAE Aero Design
SAE Aero Design is an intercollegiate design competition that allows student teams to embrace the tough challenge of constructing a radio-controlled model aircraft from scratch. It exposes students to the nuances of conceptual design, manufacturing, system integration and testing, and sell-off through demonstration. These are topics typically not touched upon in engineering school and allow for a conducive and competitive learning environment.
This school year’s SAE Aero Design West Competition will be hosted in Van Nuys, CA from April 5th to 7th. A total of 75 teams from across the world will come together to compete and fly their planes. Teams travel from as far as China, India, and Poland to demonstrate their aerospace prowess.
This year, SAE Aero Design has been accepted into the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program at NYU Tandon, in which aspiring engineering students are encouraged to engage in technical student team projects and develop a broad range of applicable skills. Students have the opportunity to cultivate their technical skills while continually improving their interpersonal skills. Technical skills range from research to computer-aided design to manufacturing.
Due to the integration with the VIP program at NYU, we're proud to say that we have a record-breaking number of participants and volunteers in SAE Aero Design this year! Our members have already exhibited astounding interest in the competition and strong curiosity for aerospace disciplines. Our membership this year includes a diverse group, from first-year students to graduate students, and from multiple disciplines ranging from mechanical engineering to electrical engineering to computer science.
Last year, the SAE Aero Design team at NYU exceeded expectations, placing third in the U.S. and 10th internationally. Our goal is to do even better this year - we can only go up from here.
Our goal as a team is to not only place highly in the competition, but also to spark interest in the field of aerospace engineering. Aerospace engineering is a challenging but rewarding field, and we want students to experience this through hands-on engineering. This is a great chance for STEM students to learn more about how they can play a role in the aerospace industry and have it as a possible career path.
Funds collected through this campaign will go towards funding the construction of the competition aircraft, including purchasing spare parts for the competition. We plan to build the aircraft using raw materials that are durable, lightweight, and cost-efficient. Funds will also go towards helping the team with registering for the competition, and transportation and housing expenses that are associated with the competition.
Thank you for considering SAE Aero Design at NYU. With your help, we can only fly higher.