About Us

The Design/Build/Fly (DBF) team at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) seeks to educate its members on the fundamentals of aircraft design in a collaborative project environment. Over the course of the academic year, the team engineers, fabricates, and demonstrates the flight capabilities of an electric-powered, radio-controlled aircraft that can best meet a set of mission requirements established by competition rules.

Competition

Since 1998, UCSD has participated in the Design/Build/Fly Competition, hosted by Textron, Raytheon, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the spring of each year. The contest provides a real-world aircraft design experience for engineering students by giving them the opportunity to validate their analytic studies and compete against other student teams in Tucson, Arizona or Wichita, Kansas.

AIAA@UCSD

We are a part of the pre-professional student organization American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) UCSD branch. AIAA’s goals are to provide students with an inclusive, supportive group that emphasizes mentorship, learning, and interconnectivity; connect them to a national network of industry and academic professionals; and prepare them for a future in the aerospace industry.