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Collegiate Innovations Fly High in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, TX, June 25, 2004 - Forty-four (44) collegiate teams competed in last weekend's SAE Aero Design West Competition. The event, part of the SAE Collegiate Design Series, was hosted by the Lockheed Martin Corporation in association with the Fort Worth Thunderbirds Radio Control Association, Inc.

SAE Aero Design West is the second of two collegiate aerospace engineering competitions held in North America each year. The event is the culmination of a hands-on education process that challenges teams to transition engineering concepts to real world application by designing and building an unmanned aerospace vehicle (UAV) that can take flight under its own power and is capable of carrying additional weight. Overall winners of this year's event are as follows:

Class - RankTeamCityTotal PointsWeight Lifted
Regular - 1stEcole de Polytechnique de MontrealMontreal, Quebec25134.03 lbs.
Regular - 2ndAuburn UniversityAuburn, AL23933.14 lbs
Regular - 3rdEcole de technologie superieureMontreal, Quebec23835.96 lbs
Open - 1stUniversity of AkronAkron, OH16547.17 lbs
Open - 2ndUniversity of Missouri - RollaRolla, MO16248.04 lbs

Additional awards were announced as follows:

Most Weight Lifted (Regular)Ecole de technologie superieureMontreal, Quebec35.96 lbs
Most Weight Lifted (Open)University of Missouri-RollaRolla, MO56.56 lbs
Best Design ReportMichigan Tech UniversityHoughton, MI29.80 of 30 pts.
Engineering Design Excellence - Oral PresentationUniversity of AkronAkron, OH29.33 of 30 pts.
Most Innovative DesignColorado State UniversityFort Collins, CO 
Most Interesting Flight Path (Best Crash)University of AkronAkron, OHn/a

For additional information regarding the SAE Aero Design West or other student competitions, please visit the SAE "> Media inquiries may be directed to Mark Burd, SAE Corporate PR, or 1-800-441-2919.