A team comprising of Aeronautical Engineering Technology and Computer Information Science students from the HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) were among the top six finalists in the prestigious Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Payload Design Challenge, held during the IDEX 2019 event in Abu Dhabi.
The challenge was sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Mubadala and featured more than 60 teams from several universities in the UAE.
The dynamic AAW team Engineering students, namely, Fatima Fahed Nasser Saif Althehli, Mariam Abdulla Ali Almutawa Alnuaimi and Shamma Khalfan Khamis Khalfan Alshamsi. The CIS students were Khuloud Al Kaabi and Rouda Al Nuaimi.
The students were challenged 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, integrated the use of an INDAGO Data Collection (IDC) application. The team successfully competed through a long and rigorous selection process, administered by experts from Lockheed Martin and Mubadala, before they were awarded in the list of top six finalists.
The challenge saw the team apply their theoretical knowledge to provide practical solutions being encountered in the form of real world problems. It was also an opportunity that provided the students an access to an INDAGO III air vehicle along with a pilot for flight testing. In addition, the team received the necessary parts and components, technical support and mentorship from the experienced Lockheed Martin engineers that culminated in understanding the practical nuances from true professionals.
The supervisor for the project was Ms. Ban Al Omar, CIS Lecturer at AAW, with the technical support from Mr. Houcine Romdhane.