UAB student’s micro-air vehicle paper wins contest

UAB graduate David Cooper is the winner of CD-adapco’s 2011 Academic Paper Contest. The paper on his Senior Design Project, “Performance of a Proposed Micro-Aerial Vehicle Design,” explains how he used a number of STAR-CCM+ techniques to an applied engineering design that otherwise would require completion of the project to test. Cooper says, “My team and I were designing and constructing a micro air vehicle and simulation was the only means available to evaluate critical design parameters, such as the amount of power required and ideal wing motion.”

For his win, Cooper receives an all-expense paid trip to the STAR American Conference 2011 in Chicago. He also has the opportunity to present his work to the gathered audience of distinguished industrial simulation experts. Cooper graduated from the UAB School of Engineering in May.