Teaching and research helps team create human-powered helicopter
Where does connected university research and teaching lead? For a group of UofT grads and students, it led them to an award-winning flight in an incredible human-powered helicopter.
The team, led by UofT PhD grad Todd Reichert and featuring contributions by many current and former UofT engineering students, won the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Prize for the first-ever sustained flight of a human-powered helicopter.
According to UofT, “dozens of U of T Engineering students have worked with AeroVelo on the Atlas project over the past few years, in roles ranging from repairing the vehicle after crashes to designing and testing components to actually flying the craft. All the students – members of U of T’s Human-Powered Vehicle Design Team – said that working with AeroVelo was a once in a lifetime experience.”
Check out this video of the team’s record-breaking flight:
Without a strong connection between teaching and research, these kinds of opportunities would simply not exist for Ontario’s students. To help our innovators and explorers achieve great things, we need to make sure teaching and research remain at the heart of our universities.