A delocalized international team of Graduate and Undergraduate students conceive, design, implement, and operate a 3 meter wingspan aircraft with the intent to investigate numerous new ‘green’ aircraft technologies. The project, known as Hyperion, teaches essential systems engineering skills through long-distance design collaborations with multidisciplinary teams of engineering students located around the world. Project partners are the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, the University of Sydney, Australia, and the University of Stuttgart, Germany. The teams on three continents are distributed 8 hours apart; students can relay select work daily so that progress can “Follow The Sun (FTS).” As a result three workdays are packaged in one 24 hour period. The student teams operate as a single, independent entity; structuring themselves as a simulated industry operation. Thus, project management and systems engineering principles are learned through a real-world design and deliver experience. The project also teaches delocalized manufacturing: select components are manufactured by each team and integrated both in Stuttgart and Colorado, giving the students an opportunity to learn multifaceted design for manufacturing. The project incubated many problems which lead to mitigation techniques for global collaboration as well as generating a better educated workforce to enter modern industry.

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