18 May 2021 20:12 IST

Manipal team comes second in SAE aerodesign contest

Students from University of Puerto-Rico-Mayquez, US, secured the first position

The ‘AeroMIT’ team from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) secured second rank in the ‘oral design presentation’ at SAE Aerodesign 2021, a competition organised by SAE International. SAE International is a global association of engineers and related technical experts in aerospace, automotive, and commercial-vehicle industries.

The MIT team had participated in the micro class category. The first rank was won by students from University of Puerto-Rico-Mayquez (US). The ‘AeroMIT’ team was also adjudged fifth position in the ‘written design report’ where the Georgia Institute of Technology (US) secured the top position.

Due to the pandemic, this year's competition was organised using a hybrid model. Teams were engaged in the competition through a two-step registration process — the ‘knowledge event’ which was held online, and the ‘validation event’ which is scheduled to be held offline.

Successful pursuit

The ‘knowledge event’ included a written design report and oral technical presentation. Whereas, the ‘validation event’, which is to be held in June, will include a technical inspection and flying rounds. Quoting D Srikanth Rao, Director of MIT, a press statement said, MIT students have been doing exceptionally well despite the limitations imposed by pandemic, and have been winning accolades in international events. The pandemic has not the least effected their pursuit of technical prowess and learning abilities.

Stating that the students have demonstrated that perseverance and determination can help us overcome all difficulties, he said, they have made best use of the available resources and time to keep themselves engaged in educational pursuit. “I am very happy at the achievement of AeroMIT team and wish them best for their next endeavour,” he added.