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Polytechnique students short-listed for Round 2 of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas (FYI) challenge

February 22, 2011 - Source : NEWS
The best ideas at the service of greener aviation, with a €30,000 prize going to the winning team

Polytechnique's team consists of three dual-degree master's students: Jacopo Lucioli, an aerospace engineering student at Politecnico di Milano; Benjamin Coup, who studies industrial engineering at École nationale supérieure des mines de Saint-Étienne; Vincent Helpin, an energy engineering student at the same institution. They enter the competition's second round with their project entitled Energy-Harvesting Seats.

Over 2,600 students have registered for the second Airbus Fly Your Ideas (FYI) university contest which challenges students from all around the world to develop new ideas for a greener aviation industry. Students of 75 nationalities made up the 315 teams which entered in Round 1. This is a 40% increase in the number of teams compared with FYI 2009. Of these 315 teams representing 287 universities, 84 teams have been selected to advance to Round 2 with a chance to participate in the final at the International Paris Airshow - Le Bourget in France.

Airbus invited students to make proposals on any or all stages of the aviation "Environmental Life Cycle," an approach Airbus uses to improve the environmental performance of an aircraft and its production process in five areas: design; supply chain; manufacturing; aircraft operations and aircraft end-of-life.
The Round 2 teams were chosen following a thorough, questionnaire-based assessment of their proposals. They will now be supported by an Airbus mentor as they develop their initial ideas into more detailed submissions. One in five participants to FYI 2011 came from a non-technical discipline such as marketing, business, management or design, twice as many as in 2009. Four out of five have a science and / or engineering background.

The biennial contest involves three progressively challenging rounds. Five teams with the most exciting projects will be chosen in May and advance to the FYI final. The winning team will be picked by a high-profile panel of judges and take home the €30,000 first prize. The runner-up will receive €15,000.

Best of luck to the Poly team!

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