In October, Lockheed Martin gifted a donation of $15,000 to the MACH (Michigan AIAA-DBF Chapter) student team. The donation was presented by Jeff Hamstra, U-M Aerospace alum and Senior Fellow of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.
MACH is a student-led design team centered around the AIAA Design, Build, Fly (DBF) competition. The competition is about designing, building, and testing an RC aircraft to fulfill a set of mission requirements that change every year. The set of missions for each year is based upon a different area within the field of aircraft design.
In 2016, the theme was “Tube Launched UAV;” past year’s themes have included “Backcountry Bush Plane”, “Joint Strike Fighter”, and “Small Passenger Aircraft”.Mr. Hamstra also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) for the Department of Aerospace Engineering.