What is the time commitment to be a member?
As often as you can help out. Some team members commit 20 hours or more a week, others work from home on their computers. We understand that engineering school is busy and many of our members are heavily involved with campus research. Time spent working will only play into decisions for who to send to competition and who to promote to team leads. The more involved you are, the more you learn.
What work can I do on the team?
Sub-teams are Mechanical, Electrical, Coding, and Business. On those teams you might: design and build fixed wing and rotor aircraft, design test equipment, design communication and control systems, assemble computer hardware, code image recognition software, code GPS navigation software, code autonomous operation software, manage team finances, manage the team website and facebook page, make competition videos and technical reports, outreach to potential sponsors, and file for team non-profit status.
What competition do you compete in?
Our main focus is the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition. We have prepared for and competed in other competitions in the past, but competition is dependent on member commitment and funding.
What majors are you looking for?
Anything that can help. Engineers and business majors are the most common.
Are you an official MSU student group?
Yes. We are an official student group within the Michigan State University College of Engineering.
Who is your faculty advisor?
Stephen Blossor, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. We also work with other faculty when we require help with our advanced systems.