Cal Poly Pomona’s student engineering teams took first and second place at the Mac Short Competition at UC Irvine on April 24. The teams were among five finalists invited by the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) to the competition.
The Mesospheric Exploration Research Vehicle (MERV) Team won first place and $1,000, and the Human Asteroid Exploration (HAES) Team received second place and $750. Both teams were composed of aerospace engineering seniors and were advised by Professor Don Edberg. The prize money will benefit the aerospace engineering department as it upgrades its laboratories.
Team HAES’s challenge was to design a Human Asteroid Exploration & Sample return system. Team MERV’s challenge was to design an aerospace vehicle suitable for sampling the composition and physical parameters of Earth’s mesosphere. Each team gave a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation that was judged on technical soundness, organization and presentation skills.
“The team thought the experience was great. We looked at this competition as a practice for our upcoming preliminary design review at the aerospace engineering’s symposium,” says MERV leader Kenneth Orleans.
Team MERV members are: Orleans, James Brown, Nathan Byrd, Alain Chau, Janessa Godwin-Austin, Brandon Olson, Andie Phan, Jesus Rovira and Mark Walters.
Team HAES is led by Matt Sipek, and team members are Narek Der Sahakian, Huan Le, Shobhit Mehrotra, Anthony Parabicoli, Michael Parker and Sergey Yushin.