The 2018 Airbus/Aerospace Engineering Wingbox Contest!

(Updated - April 1, 2017)

The Airbus/WSU Aerospace Engineering wingbox design competition gives students and the public an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of structural analyses and design.

The competition provides Airbus and WSU with access to next-generation engineers whom can be groomed for the future workforce. Airbus will be actively involved with faculty in developing competition guidelines each year and in interacting with students.

Perhaps most exciting, there is $6,500 of prize money available in three competition categories!



High School - Open to high school student teams. Competitors will design and construct wingboxes and also create a poster display describing their design philosophy and contest-related activities.

   1st place $1,000
   2nd place $500
   3rd place $250

Rules and other information for this category are included in the attached document (click here to download). Please note - the high school category rules are different than those for the WSU AE 525 students and open category participants.

Keep in mind, we can help teams find mentors (likely from Airbus or WSU). Having a mentor is not required, but strongly suggested. Send an email to this address if you have any questions or if you need a mentor. 

AE 525 - Open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the WSU AE 525 flight structures course. The wing-box design challenge will be mandatory for students enrolled in this course. Airbus representatives will be invited to provide guest lecture(s) encompassing practical aspects of designing airframe structures in this course. This category will have a time constraint of one semester. As part of the deliverables, teams will provide a power point-style report at the end of the semester.

   1st place $1,000
   2nd place $500
   3rd place $250

Open CategoryOpen to the public at large (including all WSU undergraduate and graduate students). Practicing engineers in the local aviation industries and hobbyists also are encouraged to compete. Ideally, a group of students will team with or consult with engineers from the industry. In addition to a wingbox, teams must produce a summary report of their structural analysis methods and salient results. Click here to download rules and other information and here for an entry form.

   1st place $1,500
   2nd place $1,000
   3rd place $500



Feel free to contact Dr. Suresh Raju with any contest related or technical questions. Lets go!