The objective of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design Build Fly (DBF) Competition is to design, build, test, and fly a remote control aircraft in based on flight mission specifics that change each year. The AIAA DBF Competition allows emerging engineers the opportunity to design an aircraft that can overcome challenges currently faced by the aerospace industry. This encourages research and design in line with NASA’s mission by furthering innovation in aeronautics.
At North Dakota State University (NDSU) the AIAA DBF competition is offered as one of the Senior Design Projects in the Mechanical Engineering Department. The project is led by the senior design group and members of the AIAA NDSU Chapter are team members as well. This AIAA organization gained full status in 2010 and first competed in the AIAA DBF Competition in 2011.
- Bora Suzen
- 2016: 60th out of 80 teams
- 2015: 56th out of 84 teams
- 2014: 69th out of 80 teams (Crash landing on first mission, but it’s all a part of the engineering design process!)
- 2013: 36th out of 81 teams
- 2012: 37th out of 68 teams
- 2011: 32nd out of 82 teams