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SAE International Announces Final Results for the 2009 Aero Design West Competition

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 12, 2009 - Following are the overall results from the 2009 Aero Design® West competition held in Van Nuys, Calif.:

Regular Class Overall / Elliott Green Award:

      1st      #002  Kansas State University

      2nd     #007  Boise State University

      3rd      #004  University of British Columbia

Open Class Overall:

      1st      #217  Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal

      2nd     #212  Polytechnic University – Brooklyn

      3rd      #215  Arizona State University, Tempe

Micro Class Overall: 

1st      #311  The University of Akron

      2nd     #317  University of Central Florida

      3rd      #318  Iowa State University

SAE Design Innovation Award: #318 - Iowa State University Innovation – Use of Turbulator Strips

NASA Systems Engineering Award
: #024 – Ecole de Technologie Superieure

Heaviest Payload Lifted:
#217 – Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (21.2 lbs)

Highest Payload Fraction:
#311 – The University of Akron (0.5417)

Lightest Weight:
#311 – The University of Akron (1.1 lbs)

Best Oral Presentation:
#007 – Boise State University

Best Design Report:
#002 – Kansas State University

Best Crash:
#016 – Interamerican University of Puerto Rico

For a complete list of scores and award results, visit

The Aero Design® competition is intended to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students with a real-life engineering exercise. The competition has been designed to provide exposure to the kinds of situations that engineers face in the real work environment. First and foremost a design competition, students will find themselves performing trade studies and making compromises to arrive at a design solution that will optimally meet the mission requirements while still conforming to the configuration limitations.

Aero Design is part of SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series ™. Other competitions in the series include Baja SAE®, Clean Snowmobile Challenge™, Formula SAE® and Supermileage®.

SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series™ and A World In Motion® curriculum won the National Science Foundation’s prestigious 2008 Public Service Award.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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