Northrop Grumman Challenges Emirati Students to Think In an Unmanned WorldBy Northrop Grumman Corporation, PRNE
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
First-ever Event in the United Arab Emirates Tests Students in UAV Design
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 5, 2011 - Showcasing unmanned technology while raising student interest in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE: NOC) sponsored the first Unmanned Systems Rodeo competition in the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) over a two day period at the Higher Colleges of
Technologies campus in Abu Dhabi.
The Rodeo is a competition that challenges students to design, fabricate
and demonstrate an unmanned system capable of completing a specific and
independent mission while developing teamwork and presentation skills. The
teams developed, produced and tested their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
over a four-month period.
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Northrop Grumman is the lead sponsor for the Rodeo. The competition
consisted of 11 teams from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), two of
which represented the Abu Dhabi Women's Campus (ADWC). Northrop Grumman
aerospace engineers traveled to the UAE and served as mentors to the student
competitors during their preparation.
Team Robotics from Dubai Men's College won the competition with less than
one point separating the top three places. Wes Bush, CEO and president of
Northrop Grumman, awarded them the first place prize, an all-expenses-paid
trip in August to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
(AUVSI) convention in Washington, D.C., USA. During AUVSI, Team Robotics will
discuss their design and presentation.
"Northrop Grumman is honored to sponsor this competition that fosters new
types of innovation in the UAE," said Wes Bush, CEO and president of Northrop
Grumman. "The Rodeo provides an opportunity to transfer knowledge and
technology to the younger generation, which is an important element of the
strategic vision established by UAE leadership. I'm confident that the
enthusiasm we saw at this year's Rodeo competition will inspire its expansion
and will further encourage tomorrow's generation of Emirati scientists and
engineers to develop similar ground-breaking technologies for the future."
In April 2010, Northrop Grumman signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with HCT to collaborate and explore ways to enhance STEM-related
education in areas that build local capacity across various sectors in the
UAE. The Rodeo competition is a direct result of the MoU.
"The Rodeo is a perfect example of how Northrop Grumman continues to
cultivate widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics," said Pamela Frazier, vice president Northrop Grumman
International, Inc. "We aim to support STEM teaching at all educational
levels - domestic and international - with a goal to deepen student
appreciation and excitement for STEM programs and careers, especially among
females and other minorities."
Northrop Grumman was joined by organizers of the event, The Institute for
Near East & Gulf Military Analysis, the host of the event, HCT, and the
associate sponsors, Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investment and UAE Armed
Forces, to judge the competition over a two-day period based upon the teams
UAV speed and endurance score, aircraft weight and overall presentation.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing
innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics,
information systems, and technical services to government and commercial
customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more
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