Oakland University Engineering Team Propels to the Top

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

It is not often you’ll see a device that can fly through both air and water – unless you’re watching James Bond movies.

Loon Copter
The Loon Copter, engineered by Oakland University students

James Bond’s gadget guru “Q”,  inventor of the jet pack and the Lotus Esprit with submarine mode, would be proud of the Oakland University Engineering Team for coming in first place last weekend in the United Arab Emirates “Drones for Good” Competition.

The team tests the drone before the competition

Over 1,000 teams from 165 countries took part in the competition.   The Oakland University team won the one million dollar grand prize, which was well worth the 18 months of dedicated work they put into their drone called the Loon Copter.

team with check

The City of Auburn Hills is proud of Oakland University’s Engineering Team for their tremendous accomplishment and Oakland University for their commitment to providing educational excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Go Grizzlies!