Dynetics has gifted $9,000 to the University of Alabama in Huntsville's College of Engineering. The gift will be used for Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering senior class design projects. The projects range from space sciences and autonomous vehicles to synthetic aperture radar development. The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department will use a portion of the gift to support two stems of the capstone design course: $2,500 will go to the airplane design option and $2,000 will be for the lunar rover design option. The projects in airplane design often center on new design ideas in unmanned aerial vehicles. This year the lunar rover design teams will build two pedal-powered exploration rovers for the international competition at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in April 2019 and an additional electric-powered prototype rover as part of NASA's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Dynetics employees Dr. Bob Berinato and Dr. Leandro Barajas were on hand for the check presentation to Dr. Keith Hollingsworth and Dr. Ravi Gorur. Dr. Berinato is an adjunct professor for the college as well as a three-time graduate of the university.