Aircraft Project Kicks off National Engineering Week this Friday
February 13, 2008
Southern Utah University's engineering faculty and students will join local members of the flying community at the Cedar City Airport on Friday, February 15, to welcome the arrival of aerospace designer/developer Marc Zeitlin and the long-range efficient aircraft he will be piloting.
SUU’s Integrated Engineering Department invited Mr. Zeitlin, developer of new research aircraft at Scaled Composites (Mojave, CA), to kick off this year's National Engineering Week activities with the showing of the Long-EZ aircraft, a two-place canard aircraft constructed from composite materials.
Zeitlin will be working with SUU’s student team in building an aircraft designed for long-range efficiency. Also, SUU is partnering with the Davis Area Technology Center in Kaysville, UT, to complete this project. Upon completion, the aircraft will have a custom aircraft system management and control and proudly carry the university's logo.
"One of the College’s strategic goals is to involve students to industry-demanded projects,” said Dr. Mikhail Bouniaev, Dean of the College of Computing, Integrated Engineering and Technology. “Cooperation with Zeitlin and the Davis Area Technology Center is a good example of this type of project. We hope that his cooperation will expose the best features of SUU’s Integrated Engineering Program national wide."
National Engineers Week was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers and has since been celebrated annually nation-wide. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to raise public awareness of engineers' contributions.