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Student team designs paper hang glider

A team of Miami paper science and engineering majors is preparing for the Energy Challenge 2003: Paper Hang Glider Competition – a national competition that encourages students to design and build full-scale projects out of paper products.

Team captain Jay Stockard will pilot Miami’s hang glider during the final segment of the competition as part of a Centennial of Flight celebration April 5 at Nags Head, near Kitty Hawk, N.C. The winning team will receive $15,000.

The Miami team’s sail is constructed of linerboard, bag paper and postage stock material. The project is part of their senior design project for the paper science capstone course.

Each of the 10 teams competing in the Energy Challenge received a $2,000 start-up grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, which sponsors the annual challenge along with the Institute of Paper Science and Technology. This year’s challenge is also sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites, which provided the hang glider frames and training for the glider pilots.

In last year’s Energy Challenge, Miami’s team won second place and $10,000 for its paper sailboard.

The annual event is designed to increase interest in science and engineering and promote awareness of energy efficiency, manufacturing design, waste minimization and pulp and paper industrial processes.

Date Published: 04/03/2003
Volume: 22   Number: 31

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