Volume X / 2021
The University of Texas at Arlington | College of Engineering

Team Competes in Drone Showcase

Teams from UTA, UT Dallas, and UT El Paso designed and showcased their own autonomously flying unmanned aerial systems at a Raytheon-sponsored event in May.

Students put into practice their project-management and problem-solving skills on open-ended tasks set in an industry environment. The teams competed in three events: The first verified that the drones worked; the second required the drone to lift off, ascend to a prescribed altitude, and autonomously find and land on a 2-foot-by-2-foot school logo; and the third required the drone to lift off, negotiate through and avoid obstacles, and land on the logo.

UTA’s team comprised students from the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering departments, along with faculty advisors David Wetz and Greg Turner (EE), Bob Woods (MAE), and Chris McMurrough (CSE).

“It’s really beneficial for our students to learn how to work in teams from multiple engineering disciplines to create something that can successfully perform a set of tasks,” Dr. Wetz says. “This experience will give them a leg up when it comes to entering the workforce.”