USC Team a Winner in Airplane Design Competition
USC Advanced Commercial Concepts (UACC) Design Team, a
multi-disciplinary team of USC undergraduate students, won third place
in the 2009-10 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
International Team Aircraft Design Competition.
They were the first USC team ever to place in the more than the 30
year history of this highly completive and prestigious contest, which
annually attracts more than fifty entries from the all over the
world. While most of the team members were students in the Viterbi
School of Engineering Department of Aeronautical and Mechanical
Engineering, the roster also included members from USC's School of
Architecture and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. USC Viterbi
AME professors Oussama Safadi and Ron Blackwelder assisted UACC as the
team's project and faculty advisor respectively.
Dean meets USC's Advanced Commercial Concepts team. Left to
right: Todd Erickson (Propulsion), Kristina Larson
(Configuration Management), Darin Gaytan (Aero-Performance),
Oussama Safadi (Faculty Advisor), Geoffry Spedding (AME
Department Chairman), Sina Golshany (Lead Designer), Ron
Blackwelder (Project Advisor), Yannis Yortsos (Dean of School of
Engineering), John Roehrick (Weight), Michael Zarem (Systems),
Phillip Adkins (Aeroacoustics), Devin Lewis (Payload
Integration), and Chris Nsavu (Structures). Not Picutred: Keith
Holmlund (High-Speed Aerodynamics).
Members of the team were invited to publish and present a
at the 10th Annual AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and
Operations Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Following this success, UACC team members are looking forward to
entering future aircraft design competitions in undergraduate and
graduate levels. Interested individuals in participating in future
undergraduate and graduate competitions may contact the AME student
advisors David Salter,
firstname.lastname@example.org, and Samantha Graves,
Two of UACC's Aircraft Design Concepts. Albatross (Right)
adorns open-fan engines in an over-the-wing installation, and
Egret (left) is configured with aft-mounted open fan engines,
both integrating natural laminar flow over their major lifting
surfaces and folding wings.