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STUDENT
GENERATION

U CALGARY IS MVP OF UAVS AT

SAE AEROCONNECT CHALLENGE
A "PERFECT BLEND OF THE BEST electrical, computer,
geomatics, and mechanical engineering students"
made winners of a team from the University of Calgary
competing in the first ever SAE AeroConnect Challenge.
At least that's the assessment of someone who should
know: the team's faculty advisor, Chris Morton.
"My expectations were surpassed in their attention to
detail," said Morton, elaborating on his team members'
engineering acumen. "This was expected from the team
in the design of the aircraft, but surpassed expectations
in their technical reporting and presentations."
Added Shadman Sajid, president of the UAV-focused
team at the University of Calgary called Schulich UAV:
"Our habit of asking difficult questions and paying
attention to the details helped us as both individuals and
as a team to learn, grow, and inevitably succeed."
Finishing second in SAE AeroConnect Challenge 2020
was Concordia University.
SAE AeroConnect Challenge is the inaugural student
engineering design competition in the SAE Emerging
Technology Series, which provides an opportunity for
students to think critically about current and future
emerging technologies in the mobility engineering
industry. Each program within the SAE Emerging
Technology Series challenges universities to create a team
of multi-disciplinary engineers to collaborate, design,
present, and defend conceptual designs to industry
professionals."
The major difference between SAE AeroConnect
Challenge and the various competitions that make up the
SAE Collegiate Design Series is that student competitors
in AeroConnect are not tasked with building or retrofitting
any physical vehicle. It's all about design concepts and
presentations. In a regular year, which 2020 has been
anything but, teams were to be judged in three "Events":
Technical Design Report, Preliminary Design Review
Presentation, and SAE AeroTech Floor Showcase Booth.

Shadman Sajid serves as
president of a University
of Calgary UAV-focused
team called Schulich UAV, of
which the SAE AeroConnect
squad is part. He is a senior
majoring in chemical
engineering.
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Emerging Technology Series

Orlando, Florida
March 9-11, 2021

Visit saeaeroconnectchallenge.
com/ for information about
SAE AeroConnect Challenge
2021.

AeroConnect was to be held as part of the AeroTech conference in
Pasadena this past March, but the conference was pivoted to a virtual
affair because of Coronavirus, and so were two of the three AeroConnect
Events; the Showcase Booth Event was cancelled.
"We were obviously disappointed that we couldn't host SAE
AeroConnect Challenge on-site at AeroTech," said Allison Hostetler,
Director of Pre-Professional Development at SAE. "The commitment
from our volunteers and teams who were able to pivot in an
unprecedented year and still be able to present their projects to a panel
of industry experts was a true testament to the educational value the
program provides."
From his perspective as faculty advisor for the University of Calgary
team, "the experience the team has gained in presenting and defending
their engineering design decisions is not something to be overlooked
here," said Morton, who at the university is Associate Professor and
Associate Head of Graduate Studies, Mechanical and Manufacturing
Engineering. "In most undergraduate curriculum, there is one correct
answer to an engineering problem posed in course-work, despite the
fact that, as engineers, we are faced with balancing several conflicting
challenges: cost, weight, safety, manufacturability, etcetera."
"Student team competitions such as SAE AeroConnect Challenge
provide a much-needed multidisciplinary experience which challenges
engineering students to face real-world problems and apply their
fundamental skills that are still in development," Morton continued.
"It also pushes students to be resilient in the face of failure-which
is inevitable when designing UAVs from the ground up-own their
mistakes, and grow/learn from them to enhance their knowledge."

By Patrick Ponticel, MOMENTUM editor

Look for in-depth, student-authored feature articles in future issues
of MOMENTUM from teams at the University of Calgary and Cetys
Universidad about their 2020 SAE AeroConnect Challenge experiences.

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Momentum - September 2020
Don’t worry students, you got this!
Benefits U
Formula SAE pivot puts focus on adaptability
U Calgary is MVP of UAVs at SAE AeroConnect Challenge
Avoiding burns in the SAE Supermileage ‘trial by fire’
Air domination
Teams from India on rise at Formula Hybrid
After 21 tries, Michigan Tech snowmobile team finally sleds to victory in 2020
Team from U Michigan takes all 3 titles in re-imagined Baja SAE competitions
Briefs
COMVEC 2020 preview
The IC future points to more downsizing, lean mixtures
SAE 101: Scholarships
Dossier: María Fernanda Castillo of VIKUA
Networking helps keep your options open
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Momentum - September 2020 - Cover2
Momentum - September 2020 - 1
Momentum - September 2020 - Don’t worry students, you got this!
Momentum - September 2020 - Benefits U
Momentum - September 2020 - Formula SAE pivot puts focus on adaptability
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Momentum - September 2020 - U Calgary is MVP of UAVs at SAE AeroConnect Challenge
Momentum - September 2020 - Avoiding burns in the SAE Supermileage ‘trial by fire’
Momentum - September 2020 - Air domination
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Momentum - September 2020 - Teams from India on rise at Formula Hybrid
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Momentum - September 2020 - Team from U Michigan takes all 3 titles in re-imagined Baja SAE competitions
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Momentum - September 2020 - Briefs
Momentum - September 2020 - COMVEC 2020 preview
Momentum - September 2020 - The IC future points to more downsizing, lean mixtures
Momentum - September 2020 - SAE 101: Scholarships
Momentum - September 2020 - Dossier: María Fernanda Castillo of VIKUA
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