Supporting Our Student Groups
The Department’s mission is to turn our students into future engineering leaders who will make an impact on the world. Student projects, organizations and research offer unique opportunities for our students to network with peers and faculty, travel to national conferences and competitions and explore possible career paths while building up a strong resume. In addition to these valuable benefits, our students also gain important technical knowledge and critical thinking skills. The real leaders in ASE/EM are the alumni, parents, corporate partners and friends who provide financial support to our students.
This year in AHS, officers will lead students during the first semester in a quad-copter competition. Students will be split into teams and will design and fly quad-copters to compete in several different tasks and meet certain design parameters to mimic real world industry conditions. Students will also learn how to use various Cockrell School of Engineering resources such as the MakerSpace and 3D Printers. In the spring, students will engage in an exploratory research project in the field of helicopters. Estimated Cost: $1,830
The UT Design/Build/Fly (DBF) team is developing a radio-controlled aircraft for the annual AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition, hosted by Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas in April 2016. This year’s competition theme is “Distributed Manufacturing” and requires the construction of 2 planes. The tasks for the competition this year include a Manufacturing Support aircraft arrival flight, a delivery flight where the larger Manufacturing plane will carry a disassembled Production aircraft internally, a Production flight with a 32 oz. payload, and a quick assembly ground mission of the Production plane. The team will utilize composite materials, wood, testing equipment, and electric motors to optimize aircraft performance. Estimated Cost: $9,000
Following the establishment of the propulsion, structures and flight instrumentation research groups, the Longhorn Rocketry Association hopes to use the data and experience gained to enhance its entries into nationally recognized competitions, and proudly represent The University of Texas at Austin. This year, the Intercollegiate Engineering Competition held by the ESRA was chosen as the LRA’s first entry in a national competition. The competition rules call for a 10 pound payload and a target altitude of 23,000 feet. The payload currently under development consists of an auto-stabilization flight module, with servo operated forward canards and inertial measurement units calculating and correcting the rockets attitude in real time. With this shift in focus towards competitions, the LRA has merged its certification groups into a single group, but also retained its high-power teams which have continued to work towards the goal of launching to 100,000 feet. The new certification group will guide new and veteran members through the science, design, and construction of a dual-deploy rocket in order to attain level 1 and 2 certification with the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). The high-power teams this year will focus their attention on the problem of parallel staging, and following in the footsteps of SpaceX’s Grasshopper, design a rocket that will descend under compressed gas power.
Estimated Cost: $19,600
The UT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle team will compete again this year in the AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems competition, after taking 15th of 39 teams despite using their secondary video system this past summer. The air vehicle the UAV Team develops will have student designed and built composite wings, real-time video surveillance, automatic image processing, and autonomous takeoff, flight, and landing capabilities. The team will need to purchase a backup fuselage and components, as well as cover travel costs to the competition in Maryland.
Estimated Cost: $3,350
The Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development (WIALD) student organization is competing in the RASC-AL Robo-Ops competition. WIALD will submit a proposal outlining their design for a planetary rover. If they are selected to compete based on their proposed design, they will build the rover to compete at NASA JSC’s Rock Yard against rovers built by other university teams. The competition is held in May, and involves the majority of the WIALD team remotely controlling the rover from the UT Austin campus, while the rover itself would travel with only a few team members to JSC. The rover would be required to navigate the simulated Martian and lunar surfaces of the Rock Yard, in order to pick up rock samples, and return them to a landing pad. Estimated Cost: $8,000
Learn more about our ASE/EM student projects.
UT Design, Build, Fly 2015
The University of Texas at Austin’s Design, Build, Fly team placed fifth at the 2015 annual Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems AIAA Student Design/Build/Fly competition.
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