UAS Design in Active Learning

Michael Hatfield, John Monahan, Samuel Vanderwaal, Carl France, Logan Graves
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • DOI: 10.18260/p.27085

What is it about?

This paper details efforts by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in utilizing UAS as a means to teach students principles of the Systems Engineering Design Process (SEDP) and aerospace engineering. Aerospace Systems Engineering is not a traditional lecture course, but is an active learning environment where the students form a mock 'company' to learn about the SEDP/systems acquisition process by designing, building, and flying a complex UAS satisfying real-world requirements.

Why is it important?

This course provides students a valuable opportunity to gain experience with popular UAS technology and missions. More importantly, it teaches students the steps and challenges of the broader SEDP process by having them experience it firsthand.

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