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White Symposium to Examine Role of Helicopters in Society

Hear first-person accounts from a U.S. Army pilot (and Clark School student); a police officer who flies surveillance and search-and-rescue missions for a local law enforcement agency; a noted rotor blade designer--this year's Innovation Hall of Fame inductee; and a member of the Gamera human-powered helicopter team at this year's White Symposium on Engineering Innovation--"The Impact of Helicopters in Society Today: Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and National Defense, with a Special Appearance by the Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter Team," at 5 p.m. on November 8 in the Kim Building rotunda.

The symposium will examine current state-of-the-art helicopter technologies and likely future developments, as well as explore crucial applications of helicopters in society today. Speakers will describe the development and capabilities of the fastest experimental craft. The Clark School's Gamera student team will highlight the challenges of building and flying their human-powered helicopter in pursuit of world records and the American Helicopter Society International's Sikorsky Competition.

This year's symposium is co-sponsored by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International and will be moderated by Mike Hirschberg, AHS executive director. The full slate of speakers follows:

BagaiAshish Bagai '90, '92, '95, rotor blade designer for the Sikorsky X2 TD Demonstrator and this year's Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame inductee.
Captain Daniel Brown, U.S. Army pilot and a Clark School aerospace engineering graduate student
ScheplengDeputy William Schepleng, aero-gyro pilot for the Queen Anne's County, Md., Sheriff's Office
WeinerElizabeth Weiner, student team leader for the Gamera human-powered helicopter team

There will be a question-and-answer session following presentations from the above speakers. A reception will follow.

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Clark School Wins Helicopter Design Competition
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October 17, 2012


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