A team made up of Aeronautical Engineering Technology and Computer Information Science students from the HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) has successfully qualified for the final stage of the prestigious Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Payload Design Challenge, sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Mubadala.
The dynamic team is comprised of three students from the Engineering Division, namely, Mariam Al Nuaimi, Shamma Khalfan, Fatima Fahad, and two students from Computer Information Science – Khuloud Al Kaaabi and Rouda Al Nuaimi.
The core idea of the project is to design a Smart Reader Payload that can collect electricity and water usage data of residences in remote areas.
The unique proposal from the AAW students, which got them to the final stage, hovered around the use of an INDAGO Data Collection (IDC) application. The team’s concepts were presented in the form of an abstract which was followed up with a detailed proposal and oral presentation.
The team successfully competed with more than 60 teams from several universities in the UAE through a long and rigorous selection process, administered by experts from Lockheed Martin and Mubadala before they were awarded the position among the top six finalists.
Through this challenge, the team will not only have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to create practical solutions for real world problems, but will also be provided an access to an INDAGO III air vehicle and a pilot for flight testing.
In addition, the team will receive the necessary parts and components, technical support and mentorship from Lockheed Martin engineers. They will also have the chance to conduct live field demonstrations of the projects.
Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari, AAW Director, congratulated the team and the mentors. “These platforms enable the students to handle practical challenges offered in a real life situation,” she said.