Aerospace giant Boeing is providing technical support for 24 undergraduate students at Qatar University’s (QU) college of engineering to build unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for air-quality monitoring.
In the project, running Feb. 14-May 29, the students are required to build a fixed-wing UAV, which will be fitted with air-quality health-monitoring sensors. Boeing will provide a technical overview of the UAV design, as well as support and mentorship.
The UAVs will be tested and evaluated in May by a panel of judges from Boeing and industrial partners at Al Khor airfield. Students will be assessed on the aircraft’s flight performance and its ability to accurately gather environmental data. The final testing will be followed by an awards ceremony at QU in May.
“This project is every budding engineer’s dream, and to be supported and mentored by experts in the field is an invaluable opportunity that will enhance his/her career aspirations,” says Dr. Rashid Alammari, dean of QU’s college of engineering.
Bernard Dunn, Boeing’s Middle East, Africa and Turkey president, adds, “Boeing is a strong supporter of Qatar’s national development goals, including skills development. We are keen to interest the next generation of Qataris in STEM fields and careers such as aerospace. Projects like this help Qatar University students build those types of skills and passion while also addressing a critical environmental concern.”