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Flying Highlander Places Fourth Overall in Aero Design West Competition

Jeffrey Van Fossen, Michael Anderson (team captain), and Michael Melillo. Other design team members were Carl Ritacco, Chamberline Nwokey and Jonathan Weiss; they are juniors. Anderson was also awarded the Curtiss Wright Centennial of Flight Scholarship this past fall.

Sometimes engineering school really is fun. 

Just ask six Newark College of Engineering undergrads, three of whom recently made a remarkable road trip to Fort Worth, Texas to watch the “Flying Highlander” take fourth place in a notable aerospace international competition. The Highlander, an oversized model airplane with a four-foot wing expanse, was designed and built this past winter by team members on the NJIT campus for the annual Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design West competition. Like many competitions which NJIT engineering students regularly enter, the event was sponsored by Newark College of Engineering.  Herli Surjanhata, PhD, a university lecturer in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering, was the advisor.