If it worked for Bruce Wayne, why not engineering professors? Researchers at Virginia Tech have taken fruit bat wing measurements to create a computer representation of wing motion and airflow that they hope to use for developing robotic vehicles that fly in a similar fashion.
There’s been plenty of controversy over the use of drones lately — even toy drones aren’t immune. That debate will likely get more heated as drone technology continues to get smaller and smarter.
The Air Force, for instance, is paying $3.5 million to Virginia Tech professor Wu-chun Fengto develop micro-air vehicles (MAVs), tiny drones that can do reconnaissance.
The U.S. Department of Energy is keen to see more environmental improvements in the auto industry, and is once again giving eager engineering students a chance to tackle the problem of creating environmentally friendly, commercially viable cars via its EcoCAR competition.
Announced in the spring at the SAE 2011 World Congress, EcoCAR 2: Plugging into the Future pits 15 university teams against each other in a three-year engineering competition to reduce the environmental impact of an existing vehicle without compromising performance, safety, or consumer acceptability. Winners are vying for $100,000 in cash prizes. Continue reading