Written by Mirna Abdulaal.
During the first phase of the 2019 AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition organized annually by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)- the largest aerospace engineering student competition at a global level – had teams from more than 140 reputable universities participated and submitted a proposal of a manufactured aerospace. These to be scheduled in for a final phase in April 2019. Universities included Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As a yearly competition, these students are set to ‘design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an electric powered aircraft to meet the specified mission assigned’ – changing on a yearly basis.
With the ultimate goal to create an aircraft with excellent flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements as well as a high vehicle performance. Ranking first place was the Cairo University team compiled of students from the Faculty of Engineering –
“This was a fierce and difficult competition as we competed with very prestigious universities around the world, and so to rank first place is an important achievement,” Ahmed Hisham told Egyptian Streets, a student part of Cairo University’s team. “The field of aerospace engineering is also not very developed in Egypt and so this should encourage others in it to advance and grow.”
With such an amazing recognition, President of Cairo University – Mohamed al-Khasht – encouraged students to participate in international competitions to have Egyptian students gain opportunities in the innovation sector and positively network with students from other universities around world.