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ONE-ON-ONE KAITLYN BARON
MOMENTUM with this issue starts running an occasional
short Q/A with a participant in the SAE Collegiate
MOMENTUM caught up via email with SAE Aero
Design East student participant Kaitlyn Baron from the
University of Saskatchewan a few weeks after the seasonending fly-off in Fort Worth, Texas. While pursuing
a degree in mechanical engineering, she served as
technical director for the 2018-2019 season and will do
so again for the 2019-2020 season. Here are her written
responses to MOMENTUM questions.
How satisfied are you with 7th-place place overall, and
top 10 in two of the three main scoring events at SAE
Aero Design East 2019?
Very satisfied! This is the best we've placed in team
history, with our previous high being 12th.
Is 7th better than you expected, worse than you
expected, or right about how you expected the team
About as expected, but for different reasons than
predicted. We did not expect our placing to rely entirely
on our scores for the report and presentation, but we
were expecting them to be high due to the project
management changes we made this year.
"We ended up repairing it for the
third time using a rod from a folding
What was the most important factor in your team's
great success at Aero Design East 2019?
Work ethic and teamwork. When we needed something
to be done, the whole team was there without prompting.
The most notable example of this is when we crashed
our competition plane the day before sending it down
to competition. There was a giant hole in the fuselage, a
wing spar was cracked, and the vertical stabilizer was in
pieces. Thirty-six hours later, the plane was repaired and
looking better than ever thanks to the combined efforts
of our members, including those who were not traveling
What is the most interesting feature of the plane in
terms of engineering?
Three University of Saskatchewan Aero Design team members pose for a photo while
waiting their turn for a flight at SAE Aero Design East 2019. They are (left to right)
Emily Bradshaw, Kaitlyn Baron, and Mayu Imamura. Standing at left in matching team
attire is faculty advisor RLee Prokopishyn.
We built a custom nose gear with suspension and a small brake. Both our
backup nose gear rods sheared off in hard landings, and we were unable
to locate more tubing of the appropriate size until we looked closely at
our seats. We ended up repairing it for the third time using a rod from a
folding lawn chair.
What was the toughest engineering decision the team had to make,
and how did that decision pan out in terms of the fly-off in Fort Worth?
Throughout the year we prioritized flight testing, even at risk of crashing,
to tell us how our design performed in the field as compared to our
predictions. We had flown at 75% of our maximum payload previously,
but wanted to see how she flew in Texas conditions. So, upon arrival
in Texas, we decided to test fly. We experienced control issues, which
resulted in a hard landing that tore out the entire rear landing gear
mount. It was a late-night rebuilding, but the plane was stronger for
it. Taking this risk beforehand, even though we crashed, allowed us to
withstand harder crashes during competition itself.
The main idea behind SAE Aero Design is to give student-engineers
a hands-on educational experience to help prepare them for the
workforce. What was the most important lesson you learned during
SAE Aero Design East 2019-202 season?
If you don't know something, don't be afraid to put yourself out there
and ask. And if you have something to contribute, do it. For example, our
first-year students were very involved with the design process this year,
coming up with our passenger seating configuration. They experienced
design, CAD modeling, and technical writing before their first design
class. Everyone has something to give to a team like this, and we would
not have the plane that we did if people were not willing to go outside of
their comfort zones.
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Momentum - October 2019
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Momentum - October 2019
Momentum - October 2019
Getting a grip on costs
One-on-One – Kaitlyn Baron
It’s all about suspension simulation for Zuura Formula Racing
Engineering the future of two-stroke
Digital suspension keeps cabs stable
Motion sickness meets autonomous adaptable dynamics
SAE 101: Books
Miscellaneous news for SAE Student Members!
Dossier: Justin AndresMooi of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
Momentum - October 2019 - Momentum - October 2019
Momentum - October 2019 - Cover2
Momentum - October 2019 - Contents
Momentum - October 2019 - EDITORIAL
Momentum - October 2019 - BRIEFS
Momentum - October 2019 - STUDENT GENERATION
Momentum - October 2019 - 5
Momentum - October 2019 - 6
Momentum - October 2019 - Getting a grip on costs
Momentum - October 2019 - 75 points
Momentum - October 2019 - 9
Momentum - October 2019 - Major redesign
Momentum - October 2019 - 11
Momentum - October 2019 - 12
Momentum - October 2019 - One-on-One – Kaitlyn Baron
Momentum - October 2019 - It’s all about suspension simulation for Zuura Formula Racing
Momentum - October 2019 - 15
Momentum - October 2019 - Engineering the future of two-stroke
Momentum - October 2019 - 17
Momentum - October 2019 - Digital suspension keeps cabs stable
Momentum - October 2019 - Motion sickness meets autonomous adaptable dynamics
Momentum - October 2019 - SAE 101: Books
Momentum - October 2019 - Miscellaneous news for SAE Student Members!
Momentum - October 2019 - Dossier: Justin AndresMooi of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
Momentum - October 2019 - 23
Momentum - October 2019 - 24
Momentum - October 2019 - Cover3
Momentum - October 2019 - Cover4