Monthly Archives: August 2015

University of Arizona, UA Senior Design Program, Senior Design, Engineering 498
Project Title: Design and Demonstration of a Head-Up Display honeywell

Team 1405 Members:
Adam Blumer, optical sciences and engineering
Michael Green, systems engineering
Matthew Hart, mechanical engineering
Erick Leon, systems engineering
Nick Paco, electrical engineering
Stephania Vasilieva, systems engineering

Sponsor: Honeywell

1405_webTeam 1405’s holographic head-up display, or HUD, was a double award winner at Engineering Design Day 2015. Team members took home the Honeywell Excellence in Aerospace Electronic System Design Award and the II-VI Optical Systems Award for Best Use of Optical Design and Technology.

Using holographic waveguide technology, the HUD puts images of real-time flight and aircraft performance data in front of pilots, which allows them to stay focused on the outside world. The device has the potential to reduce eye fatigue and improve safety during takeoff and landing in poor visibility and degraded weather conditions.

“I’ve always been into airplanes. Since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted to be a pilot,” said team leader Erick Leon, who also won the Honeywell Team Leadership Award. “Even though I have a pilot’s license, I enjoy supporting the pilots by creating technology for planes and making the passenger experience better.”

Not only was the project an award winner, but Leon was a job winner. Just after graduation he began working with Honeywell full-time as an application engineer, testing avionics – electronics and instruments – in commercial airplanes.

University of Arizona, UA Senior Design Program, Senior Design, Engineering 498
Project Title: Sabino Canyon VTOL UAVrincon-research-corporation-squarelogo

Team 1463 Members:
Rita Ezeugwu, aerospace engineering
Nestor Franco, aerospace engineering
Nicolle Hervey, aerospace engineering
Youra Jun, aerospace engineering
Sean Parker, aerospace engineering
Steven Rishor, aerospace engineering
Yiming Zhang, aerospace engineering

Sponsor: Rincon Research Corp.

1463_webThe final product was a UAV with a fixed wing and tail, five motors and propellers, and a flight controller that switched between hover, slow forward flight and fast forward flight.

The surveillance drone performed as expected – it could take off and land vertically and move through mountains and canyons. The team’s performance earned members the 2015 Ventana Award for Innovation in Engineering.

At times, however, success of the Rincon Research Corporation-sponsored mission – create a UAV that can take off vertically, fly to a location four miles away, cruise at an altitude of 500 feet in a half square mile, then return within 30 minutes – seemed impossible.

“We were having a problem with the center of gravity,” explained team leader Steven Rishor. “Whenever it took off, it would want to divert to the aft section, so it would go straight backwards.”

With a hybrid aircraft that combined the vertical takeoff and landing capabilities of an H-frame quadcopter and the flight characteristics of a fixed-wing aircraft, the team was finally in business.

University of Arizona, UA Senior Design Program, Senior Design, Engineering 498
Project Title: X-56A DART: Dynamically Scaled Aircraft for Research and Testing Nasaafosr_logolockheed martin

Team 1461 Members:
Rosanna Bether, aerospace engineering
Kristofer Drozd, aerospace engineering
Phillip Greenberg, aerospace engineering
Brianna Grembowski, aerospace engineering
Harry Powell, aerospace engineering

Sponsors: Lockheed Martin, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and NASA

Remotely piloted experimental aircraft are key to testing new aircraft designs.1461_web

Team 1461 worked on modifying the X-56A, which originally had a swept-wing configuration. They developed a half-scale model of the experimental aircraft with straight wings and a tail.

The Dynamically Scaled Aircraft for Research Testing, or DART, will be used to assess the safety and efficiency of various wing configurations – flexible, rigid, straight and swept – in aircraft design.

For their outstanding modifications, the team received the CAID Industries Innovation in Manufacturing Award at Engineering Design Day 2015.

The DART’s successful design was not the only accomplishment that made the team proud.

“We had a lot to do, and one of the biggest things I learned was how to communicate about a very technical project with people who are not as technically experienced,” said team member Phillip Greenberg, who described the design project as the best part of his college experience.