The 2014 UAE Innovation Challenge, sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), promises to provide plenty of thrills and spills as 14 student teams from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) put their engineering and design skills to the test on April 22 and 23 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
“We are very pleased to partner once again with Northrop Grumman and ADASI on the UAE Innovation Challenge,” said Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of HCT. “Each year of the competition has brought new and exciting challenges for our engineering, avionics and aeronautical students. This event, which gets bigger every year, is a wonderful example of HCT’s ‘learning by doing’ philosophy,” he added.
“The UAE Innovation Challenge is a perfect example of how Northrop Grumman continues to cultivate widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Doug Raaberg, chief executive UAE, Northrop Grumman. “This initiative truly embraces partnership – with HCT and with ADASI – and demonstrates how the partnership between student and mentor can bring about great results,” he added.
The teams of students have been working with Northrop Grumman engineers over the past few months to design, fabricate and fly unmanned aircraft. The students will present their designs to a panel of senior engineers from Northrop Grumman, ADASI and HCT before taking part in a flying competition. During the flying competition on April 22-23 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, each team’s aircraft will need to meet specific criteria related to speed, endurance and weight.
The competition will culminate in an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 24 at the HCT-Abu Dhabi Men’s College from 10am. The competition’s overall winning team will win an all-expenses paid trip to the United States where they will tour Northrop Grumman facilities, as well as educational institutions with specialties in robotics and other areas of interest.
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