AIAA Paper 2003-947. Presented at the 41st Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, January 6, 2003, pages 1-8. This article is in the public domain. Published by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Russell M. Cummings was on sabbatical leave from Cal Poly.
A multifaceted, novel approach was used to help students create entries for the AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition. Each entry involved the design, analysis, construction, and testing of the aircraft. Three groups were involved for each airplane: the first group was responsible for the airframe, the second group was responsible for the engine, and the third group was responsible for the construction and flight testing of a radio-controlled flying model. There was an overall Chief Executive Officer who insured that engine-airframe integration issues were addressed. Students from a variety of majors, both technical and non-technical, participated in various aspects of the project. This approach is seen as one method to give students a multidisciplinary approach to design and problem solving.