Reprinted from Aircraft Design, Systems and Operations Conference: Monterey, CA, August 1, 1993, pages 1-5. AIAA 93-3992.Reprinted with permission of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. Publisher website: http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=2
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author William Durgin was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
One element of WPI's project-based curriculum is its interdisciplinary Advanced Aeronautics Design Program. Students participating in the program are involved in the design, construction, and flight testing of non-traditional aircraft such as an ultralight solar-powered vehicle, microwave-powered long endurance aircraft, or a flying oblique wing. The WPI project philosophy and character are described and illustrated using examples from the AAD program.