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
Team 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.