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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach - 2016

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Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Team Space Transport Design Competition: Undergraduate students in the aeronautics track of the Aerospace Engineering bachelor’s degree program participate in this competition as part of the two-semester spacecraft design class.

ASCE Concrete Canoe: Students around the nation research, analyze, design, and construct a canoe made out of concrete for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe competition. The ERAU student chapter of the ASCE participates in this competition annually, with funding and support from the Department of Civil Engineering. The 2014 “Miracle” canoe was 16 feet long and 300 pounds, and it took 780 hours to complete.

ASCE Steel Bridge: Students around the nation research, analyze, design, and construct a steel bridge for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) competition. The ERAU student chapter of the ASCE participates in this competition annually, with funding and support from the Department of Civil Engineering.

Aquaponics: Students learn the concept of food sustainability and food production through the use of the Aquaponics lab. Each semester they work on assigned research topic and design and conduct the experiments.

AUVSI Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC): An interdisciplinary group of students with funding and technical support from the Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER) participates annually in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Recent Embry-Riddle entries included Alvin, which won fourth in design and fifth in the auto-nav competition, and Molle, a 30-pound vehicle that won first in the design competition.

AUVSI International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC): A covert operative must infiltrate a secure compound using an autonomous aerial drone, which must locate a flash drive, retrieve it, and replace it with a decoy, all while remaining undetected, in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). An interdisciplinary team of students supported by the Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER) competes annually. Recent entries have involved a quadrotor with an intelligent sub-vehicle.

AUVSI Maritime RobotX Challenge: As the only student team participating in the Maritime RobotX Challenge, the Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER) modified a 16-foot standard hull to autonomously navigate in crowded waterways for a competition in Singapore in October 2014, in which ERAU placed 4th in the world.

AUVSI Roboboat Competition: The Autonomous Surface Vehicle Competition (ASVC) is a student competition based around unmanned boats operating under rules of the waterway, including littoral area navigation, channel following, and autonomous docking.

AUVSI Robosub Competition: The Blackfinn underwater vehicle performs complex autonomous missions in a competition for college and high school students. The Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER) participates in this competition annually, in addition to providing support and mentoring for teams of middle- or high-school students participating in the event.

AUVSI Student Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) Competition: Students are engaged in systems engineering for a total solution to a challenging mission, requiring the design, fabrication and demonstration of a system capable of completing a specific autonomous aerial operation in this competition. The Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER) annually sends at least one team to this challenging competition, often claiming top honors.

Boeing Glider Flight Competition: The Boeing Flight contest is a technical competition in which contestants design airborne structures made of balsa wood, which are judged by Boeing engineers at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) National Convention.

Civil Engineering Senior Design Project: Within this two semester long capstone project, students work on various interdisciplinary topics, such as design and construction of concrete remote control airplane, concrete rocket, water purification system to more contemporary issues and projects.

EcoCAR 3: Sixteen North American universities are challenged to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car that will reduce environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car. This will be the third time Embry-Riddle has been invited to participate in North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition.

IEEE eXtreme Programming: A 24-hour programming competition -- sponsored by the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering -- challenges teams of three students to quickly, correctly, and optimally solve programming challenges designed by industry leaders and academic experts around the world.

IEEE Hardware Competition: A team of students builds a ground robot to solve a specific challenge (based around playing a game or a real-world scenario) in a competition against other undergraduate-only teams at the annual Southeastern Regional Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In recent years, this competition has been part of the capstone design experience for undergraduates in the Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering.

International Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition: Undergraduate aerospace engineering students in the propulsion track took first place in this competition in 2013, when the challenge was to design an improved engine for the Northrop Grumman RQ4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle that would provide a ceiling increase to 70,000 feet at Mach 0.6 while lowering overall weight and fuel consumption.

NASA Robotic Mining Competition (Previously known as Lunabotics): Students design and build a remote-controlled or autonomous excavator that can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms of lunar simulant within 15 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the lunar simulant, the weight and size limitations of the lunabot, and the ability to control the lunabot from a remote-control center. This competition is sponsored by the Robotics Association at Embry-Riddle (RAER).

Niksun Cybersecurity Tournament: In the Niksun Cybersecurity Tournament, two-person teams are challenged to solve four real-world cybersecurity challenges as quickly as possible by analyzing recorded Internet traffic.

SAE Formula Hybrid: Graduate and undergraduate students build a single-seat hybrid electric vehicle to compete in autocross, endurance events, an acceleration test, and judging of car design and marketing presentations on a fixed amount of fuel. In 2014, the team collected third place overall, as well as second place for innovation and several other awards.

Women’s Baja SAE: The only all-female collegiate team in the world annually designs, builds, and drives a four-wheel, single-seat, off-road vehicle. The team has a dedicated workspace in the High-Performance Vehicles Laboratory and trains all participants in the end-to-end engineering process, including specialized design and build tools and testing (actually driving the vehicle.)

Other Projects:
•AIAA Design/Build/Fly
•AIAA SAE Aero Design Team
•Urban wind turbine project
•AIAA autonomous aircraft design project
•Silent Aircraft Engine
•Biofuel Engine
•Micro-Air Vehicles Propulsion systems
•UAV Propulsion Systems
•Hypersonic Engine
•Flying Motor Cycle
•Hybrid Electrical Engines
•ADS-B for commercial launch vehicles
•Student Rocketry Projects (Project Icarus Sounding Rocket, Experimental Sounding Rocket Association Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, NASA University Student Launch Initiative, FSGC Hybrid Rocket Competition)
•Dassault Design Institute
•Autonomous lawnmower
•Amusement Park Simulator
•Project Haiti
•Solar projects