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AIAA NJIT Hosts First Glider Building Challenge

From left: Edward Dreizin, NJIT professor of chemical engineering and AIAA NJIT chapter advisor, competition winners Gustavo Alvarez and Toha Poveda and Rayon Williams, AIAA NJIT chapter president.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) NJIT Graduate Chapter, in conjunction with the Northern New Jersey Section of the AIAA, recently hosted a two-day glider building event and competition at NJIT. This was the first event of this kind held on the NJIT campus, aimed at stimulating the creative skills and ingenuity of graduate and undergraduate students.  Teams consisting of a maximum of two students or individuals were allowed to enter the competition and prizes were awarded for the best glider design and the glider traveling the longest distance.  A total of eleven gliders were built by eight individual participants and three teams.  The winning glider for the design portion of the competition was built by Gustavo Alvarez and Toha Poveda, both mechanical engineering graduate students.  The runner up in the design challenge was Nellone Reid, a chemical engineering graduate student.  Alvarez and Poveda also had the glider that traveled the longest distance, with second place going to Kevin Nyamangorora, mechanical engineering graduate student.  View the AIAA online publication for more information about the event.