Global Design Challenge is an academic competition sponsored by Spirit AeroSystems that encourages college engineering students to seek out new thinking in “outside-the-box” fashion while using new technologies to design processes and aviation structure. Now in the fifth year of the challenge, the competition has grown to include nine universities across the globe that will all interact with each other suppliers in industry.
With guidance and mentoring from Spirit engineers, university professors and associated engineering and aerospace experts, the students do research and formulate design concepts. They screen their designs, select an approach and work together to validate it. The teams’ final reports are presented at the conclusion of the challenge.
The competition is to encourage a new generation of engineering talent to join its expanding presence in the global aviation industry.
In 2012, participating universities are Wichita State University, North Carolina State University, and six universities in India. A total of 48 students from these universities were divided into eight equal teams; each team was given a different section of an aircraft, such as the wing or forward fuselage, and was responsible for all design and aircraft integration aspects of the project.
A panel of Spirit AeroSystems experts judged the competors' written and video reports. Winners were:
- Traveling Fuselage -- representing Wichita State University, North Carolina State University and SDM College of Engineering and Technology
- Stationary Fuselage -- representing Wichita State University, North Carolina State University, Hindustan University and Rajalakshimi Engineering College
- Stationary Forward Fuselage -- representing North Carolina State University, SDM College of Engineering and Technology and Sathyabama University