N.C. A&T and Iowa State University's collaborative senior aircraft project to be presented at White House Maker Faire


Brianna Benedict, a graduate student in the department of industrial and systems engineering has been invited to participate in the White House Maker Faire on September 24, in Washington, D.C.

The White House Maker Faire celebrates students learning STEM skills and entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to present the futuristic Boeing Urban High Rise Rescue Vertical Take off and Lift System (VTOL) prototype at the White House Maker Faire,” said Benedict.

“I was not expecting this, but I am honored,” said the Goldsboro, N.C. native, who was responsible for researching regulatory compliance, safety, and human factors as a part of a collaborative senior project with engineering students from North Carolina A&T State University and Iowa State University.

The aircraft cabin prototype will be the physical model presented at the Faire, and is designed for an urban high-rise rescue based on probable technologies available for production in 2040.