A group of students from the Pakistani varsity, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) has secured the second spot in a competition in the USA. A competition titled-Design, Build, Fly was held in America hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Victory for Pakistan
Pakistani students beat the international teams to clinch the second spot in the competition. Teams from reputable institutes like MIT, UC, Berkeley, Stanford had participated in the events.
Teams were expected to build and test a UAV with a towed sensor. All the student teams were assigned to design, fabricate and demonstrate capabilities of their unmanned radio-controlled aircraft, created to meet a specific objective.
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According to the statement released by the university, the Pakistani team used advanced manufacturing techniques which included 3D printed parts and a pod and boom aircraft configuration to produce their design.
The team’s proposal scored 85.9 score- the highest in Asia and second-best in the world. The proposal document consisted of 60 pages with highly technical information plus fly-offs that took place in alternately Kansas and Arizona, USA.
Congratulations 🎊 to Team Invictus, a group of 🇵🇰 students from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa…
Posted by U.S. Embassy Pakistan on Wednesday, February 17, 2021
The team aims to be the face of the radio-controlled aircraft industry in Pakistan. They want to bolster the industry of aviation and aeronautics in the country. United States of Embassy of Pakistan felicitated the team on the success.
Earlier this year, a student of GIKI had won the best intern award at Dawlance. The office of research innovation and commercialization announced that Daniyal Akram, a fourth-year student at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering had won the “Best Intern Award” for the Fresh Start Internship Program 2020.
A group of Pakistani🇵🇰 students from GIKI, KPK won second place in the 2021 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Design, Build and Fly) competition, beating renowned institutions. pic.twitter.com/XsLSFTOkmD
— Khaleej Mag (@KhaleejMag) February 17, 2021
The award is reserved for top-5 best performing interns, who have been entitled to an employment opportunity upon completion of their graduation and also an opportunity to work at the Global Headquarters Arcelik Turkey.
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“As an engineer, with limited insights to supply chain management, getting accustomed to the in-house practices and industrial standards was a tough bargain. Perhaps even more nerve-wracking was realizing that I had to learn SAP and its codes, in a matter of 6 weeks, to secure my spot for the best intern”. Remarked Daniyal as he spoke to the marketing team at GIKI after winning the award.