UAE student engineers honored for UAV designs

May 3, 2013 at 1:51 PM
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 3 (UPI) -- Students from the United Arab Emirates will attend the AUVSI annual convention this year after their wins in an unmanned aerial vehicle competition.

The UAV Innovation Challenge, a flying competition, was sponsored by Northrop Grumman of the United States, Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation.

"We congratulate all of the competing teams and their engineering mentors for the hard work they have put into designing and building their UAVs over the past few months," said Gene Fraser, corporate vice president, programs, quality and engineering at Northrop Grumman.

"The standard of the designs has been extremely high and we look forward to seeing what these talented students achieve in the years to come."

Added Tayeb Kamali, vice chancellor of the Emirates' Higher Colleges of Technology: "Innovation Challenge is an excellent opportunity for our engineering, avionics and aeronautical students to gain new skills while putting into practice those they have learned during their studies.

"This event demonstrates HCT's 'learning by doing' philosophy that underpins how our students learn and prepares them for future careers in the UAE workforce. We thank Northrop Grumman for their partnership on this important event."

The challenge's winning student team was Emirates Robotics from Dubai Men's Campus. The runner-up team was Spirit of Al Ain from Al Ain Colleges. Third place was earned by Seven Stars from Al Ain Colleges.

Their winning designs will be on display at the conference and exhibition, which is set for August in Washington.

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