College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-08 17:26:59


Aerospace Systems Engineering

Honors Course

Aerospace Honors Project

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


The Zips Aero Design Team is a college sponsored design team that competes each year through the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design Build Fly (DBF) competition. The rules generally consist of 3 differing flight missions and a ground mission, with overarching requirements such as size, takeoff distance, and battery limitations. A complex set of rules such as these is meant to be difficult for even the best of teams to master, especially without proper organization and project management. This senior design report outlines the benefits of implementing systems engineering to the Zips Aero Design Team, through multiple avenues such as requirements management, design reviews, model-based systems engineering, manufacturing optimization, and more. The primary goal of this senior design project is to improve the functionality and culture of the Zips Aero Design Team through systems engineering integration, with a secondary goal of improving upon the AIAA DBF technical report score and competition final score as compared to previous years. Through implementation of these systems engineering practices, comments have been received on the 2022-2023 season being the team’s most successful year in many seasons. Overall, systems engineering has made a very positive impact on the Zips Aero Design Team

Research Sponsor

Chen Ling

First Reader

Stephanie Harrison

Second Reader

Rishabh Gadi

Honors Faculty Advisor

Manigandan Kannan

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