2020 Aero Team Description
This year, our design team has been presented with a brand-new, unique challenge: the optimization of a Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) aircraft with a minimized wingspan and a high-volume cargo. Each of our members are hand-picked from Texas A&M’s Engineering programs, and they comprise the following six sub-teams. Every sub-team has an essential role in the design process, and makes our continued success possible.
Director: Jack Kassing
Chief Engineer: John Blausen
Sub-team Lead: Will Cunningham
Applies aerodynamic principles to design the optimal lifting and control surfaces. Utilizes software such as MATLAB, XFLR5, Star-CCM, and our proprietary algorithms for airfoil selection and optimization.
Avionics and Propulsion:
Sub-Team Lead: Nathan Davis
Responsible for all electronic systems and propulsion, from control surface actuation to propeller selection.
Structures and CAD:
Sub-Team Lead: Saboor Qudsi
Responsible for the structural design of the airframe, ensuring desired performance and minimizing the overall weight. The sub-team also produces SolidWorks models of the aircraft and creates parasolids for CFD analysis.
Stability and Controls:
Sub-Team Lead: Evan Kelly
Computes the optimal stability requirements for the aircraft, a process which involves the application of high-level dynamics to determine control and stability derivatives.
Manufacturing and Materials Science:
Sub-Team Lead: Luke McFarling
Determines the building techniques, materials, and procedures that will produce the best outcome for the competition aircraft. This sub-team is also responsible for the supply chain management of materials and tooling.
Performs the business tasks which underpin the team’s operations, such as budgeting, fundraising, logistics, and the maintenance and development of corporate and sponsor relations.