Engineers from Boeing Phantom Works took advantage of a unique opportunity in February to exchange ideas with a handful of future engineers at Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. They spent an entire day touring the Boeing-sponsored projects in the laboratories of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering.
The students involved in the program presented their work to the Phantom Works team members.They are building an unmanned air vehicle designed for agricultural surveillance, designed to image a 60-acre field in less than 45 minutes.
The Phantom Works team also witnessed how Purdue students currently learn additive manufacturing technology, specifically 3D printing, right on campus.Phantom Works Director of Special Pursuit Cells, Stuart Voboril, believes the training undergraduate students at Purdue receive very closely mirrors the engineering industry, better preparing them to enter the work force.
“The three strategies of Phantom Works are ‘Engage, Innovate and Prototype.’ They’re doing that in the classrooms,” Voboril said.
The visit to Purdue concluded with a presentation by the Phantom Works team members to a packed classroom. The discussion was titled “Prototyping to win,” and gave the future engineers a behind-the-scenes look at how the advanced manufacturing techniques they are learning in college are applied to rapid prototyping in the engineering industry.After the presentation, several Boilermaker engineering students enthusiastically lined up to converse with the Phantom Works team members.
“They are the future of Aerospace. No question,” Voboril added. “They are moving at a pace, they’re communicating at a pace, and they’re innovating at a pace that’s just extraordinary. And that’s what we need to take Boeing through the next 100 years.”