The UC San Diego Autonomous Airplane Team, from the Jacobs School of Engineering, has been competing and providing students with real-world experience for the past nine years. Each year students design, fabricate, test, and fly a self-flying airplane and flight system. The completed system is brought to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, where it is judged by military and industry professionals and competes against 35 teams from around the world.

The UCSD Autonomous Airplane Team reflects a professional business environment in which students gain experience in design, fabrication, coding, assembly, testing, benchmarking, as well as project management, leadership, and public relations. We are the most multi-disciplinary student project teams at UC San Diego, including students from the aerospace, mechanical, structural, electrical, computer engineering, and computer science fields. Our students develop the technical and communication skills vital for success under future employers.

Creation of an autonomous flight system requires a large amount of raw materials and equipment. Our project relies heavily upon sponsorship from businesses and companies like you. In the past, monetary, product, and service contributions have accounted for over 80% of our total budget. We cannot continue to innovate and compete without these generous donations; without our sponsors the UCSD Autonomous Airplane Team would cease to exist.

There are several ways of sponsoring the UCSD Autonomous Airplane Team. Sponsors can provide materials, services, or financial support. Depending on your contribution, you can have your logos proudly displayed on the airframe or on the UAV ground station. The team banner is displayed at every AUVSI tabled meeting, including at the AUVSI competition, in student organization meetings, and in corporate events. The team display board is set up during flight testing and community events. This provides your corporation a substantial amount of exposure and brand recognition.

Aside from publicity, all sponsors gain access to top engineering talent. The autonomous airplane team is often eager to receive sponsor facility tours, and the possibility exists of scheduling corporate presentations at UC San Diego. All donations to the team are tax deductible.

If you are interested in potential sponsorship opportunities and would like to receive more information, please contact:

Professor Ryan Kastner
Office Phone: (858) 534-8908
Fax: (858) 534-7029
Email: kastner [at] ucsd.edu

If you would like to make a contribution to the University of California, San Diego’s Autonomous Airplane Team, please refer to the following:

All Checks Payable To:
Mailing Address:
Professor Ryan Kastner
2112 Computer Science and Engineering Building
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0404
La Jolla, CA 92093-0404