FAA Smart Connected Aviation (2022)

A team of five Purdue engineering students won this year's FAA Challenge by demonstrating how a successful air taxi service will need to manage their electricity needs. They showed how balancing the use of renewable energy and the electricity grid will be necessary as Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicles enter into regular service, and developed sophisticated software to optimized power usage. The team won both their category and the overall win in the competition, taking home a total $25,000 cash prize.