USC’s undergraduate team recently won first prize in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Electric Plane Design/Build/Fly Competition, held in April in Wichita, Kan. This was the first year that USC has entered the competition, which tests speed and maneuvering of model radio-controlled aircraft. The USC team scored 1,042 points to win first place, while the second-place team scored only 516 points. In taking first place, USC’s team defeated teams from other outstanding schools, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois. Team members – shown hoisting their winning entry high – were, from left: David Sandler, Kevin Helm, Stuart Sechrist, Nathan Palmer, QiHuan Chen, Ryan Romo, Philip Haworth and faculty adviser Ron Blackwelder, professor of aerospace engineering. Not shown is team member Jacob Evert.
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