Student Projects

Boeing 747-8

The UCLA branch of AIAA offers hands-on experience and technical management opportunities through its three student projects. Near the end of the school year, each team participates in its respective national competition against leading universities. Gain valuable knowledge and team-building skills to put on your resumes and marvel your interviewers with your stories. This is your chance to apply the material you learn in class!

Design/Build/Fly (DBF)

Project Manager: Megan Jones
Email: dbf dot ucla at gmail dot com

AIAA – Student Design/Build/Fly Competition

The annual Design/Build/Fly competition brings in schools from across the globe to provide real-world aircraft design experience for engineering students. Teams are tasked with designing, constructing, and testing an unmanned, electric-powered, radio-controlled aircraft to meet specified design requirements. Along with the airplane, a professional design report must be submitted. In previous years, design requirements have included various different payloads, size constraints, and propulsion restrictions. Three missions must be completed with the plane, including one speed mission and two payload missions. Design and construction proceed from October through early March, leading up to the competition in mid-April.

Rocket Project at UCLA

President:Iven Chen-Van Dyk
Email: uclarocketproject at gmail dot com

Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition

Every year, the Rocket Project at UCLA competes at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, where each team must launch and successfully recover a 10lb payload to either 10,000 or 25,000 ft. Our group is composed of students from various disciplines, including Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, and many others. We combine our skills and ingenuity in order to build upon the efforts and knowledge of each year. We strive to educate new members so that they may help us explore new technologies and systems. After successfully developing and launching a parallel-staged rocket, our major work will focus on the creation of a liquid bi-propellant rocket that will fly to 45,000 ft!

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

President: David Thorne
Email: Check the website!

AUVSI - Student UAS Competition and International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)

With a focus on avionics and artificial intelligence, UAS brings together an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, electrical engineers, and aerospace engineers to compete in AUVSI's two international student competitions. The Student UAS Competition involves an unmanned aircraft capable of navigation through designated waypoints, autonomous flight maneuvers, and real-time mission updates. The emphasis is on UAV surveillance capability, requiring real-time autonomous image capturing and target recognition. The IARC competition pushes the limits of autonomous systems, demanding an unmanned rotary vehicle capable of "herding" touch-sensitive ground robots across an obstacle course without human intervention. Competition dates for both AUVSI student competitions are held in the summer.