Two Clark School teams won top spots in the American Helicopter Society International’s 34th Annual Student Design Competition. This year’s competition challenged each student team to design an original vertical lift aircraft that could hover for 24 hours over three stations, each 1 km apart, carrying a human-sized payload of 80 kg, or 176.4 lb. UMD took first place in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions.
In the second SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition held August 25–27, 2017, in Hawthorne, Calif., a team of University of Maryland undergraduate students was one of only six selected to complete an open air run (riding down the track without it being sealed) in the Hyperloop tube. The team, UMD Loop, competed against 24 international teams in this round of the competition.