Northrop Grumman and UAE Partners Announce 2013 Innovation Challenge Winners
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 3, 2013
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman
Corporation (NYSE: NOC) presented awards to the winning teams of engineering
students from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) following the two-day
Innovation Challenge flying competition for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
held April 23-24 in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).
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Now in its third year, Innovation Challenge is sponsored by Northrop Grumman,
Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI) and the Association for
Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 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."
The winning team, Emirates Robotics from Dubai Men's Campus, and the runner-up
team, Spirit of Al Ain from Al Ain Colleges, will receive a trip to the AUVSI
annual convention in Washington, D.C., in August. The teams will exhibit their
winning unmanned aircraft and describe their design process to industry and
The third place team, Seven Stars from Al Ain Colleges, will also receive a
trip to the AUVSI annual convention, courtesy of ADASI.
"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," said Tayeb Kamali,
vice chancellor, HCT. "This event demonstrates HCT's 'learning by doing'
philosophy that underpins how our students learn, and prepares them for future
careers in the U.A.E. workforce. We thank Northrop Grumman for their
partnership on this important event."
Eleven teams of students worked with Northrop Grumman engineers over four
months to design, fabricate and fly unmanned aircraft. As part of the flying
competition, the aircraft had to meet specific criteria related to speed,
endurance and weight. Each team was also judged on an oral presentation.
The flying competition began with a memorandum of understanding between
Northrop Grumman and HCT that was signed in 2010 to create initiatives related
to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the U.A.E. The first
competition was held in 2011 and has expanded over the last two years to
include 11 teams for a total of 77 students.
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