This project at the University of California-Davis will develop an aerospace engineering course to significantly address contemporary needs within the engineering industry. The course is designed to help undergraduate mechanical and aerospace engineering students understand how airplanes fly by taking them through the process of designing, modeling, manufacturing, and testing a prototype wing. The combination of design, manufacturing, and experimental validation will constitute an educational concept for undergraduate students in engineering, integrating important topics such as physics of flight and manufacturing processes, including sustainability. The contexts of flight and sustainability allow for student engagement, while presenting substantial opportunities for intellectual growth.
Project website: http://research.engineering.ucdavis.edu/stemaerospace/