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    Electric Cargo Airplane

    Meet the Instructors

    PaulWiedornPaul Wiedorn is a Technology and Engineering educator at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland. A 1978 graduate of the Naval Academy, he has been able to apply his degrees in Naval Architecture and his engineering experience to help his students excel in the Maryland Engineering Challenges. His perennial favorite is the Electric Cargo Airplane, not just because his students often place high in the standings but because the design is limited mostly by physics.

    The cargo airplane challenge rewards the ability to apply STEM to solve an authentic problem. For the past several years he has been called upon to bring his knowledge of the Electric Cargo Airplane to teachers around Maryland and is now bringing this challenge to teachers around the nation.




    ThomasMilnesThomas Milnes is a Principal Mathematician and Navigation Modeling Section Head at the Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) and an expert at Strategic and Underwater Navigation Systems and Instrumentation. He has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Math and a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Studies from Brown University.He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a winner of its prestigious Sustained Service Award. AIAA activities have including serving as Region I (North-East) Director, Membership Committee Chair, Deputy Director Region I Membership and Precollege, and a member of the AIAA Election, Nomination, and K-12 STEM Outreach Committees. On the local AIAA Section Level he has been K-12 STEM Outreach Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Section since 1992 having secured 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention categories of the Harry Staubs Precollege Outreach Award for the Mid-Atlantic Section.

    He is organizer and head judge for the Maryland Engineering Challenges Elementary School Paper Airplane and Middle and High School Electric Cargo Plane Challenges. He is also Judge Adviser for the Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge, president of the non-profit Partnership and Inspiration for Engineering Education and Entrepreneurship (PIE3), and technical adviser for Maryland Math, Engineering, Science Achievement, a mentor in the JHU/APL High School Mentor Program and a mentor for the Award Winning FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2199 “Robo-Lions”. He is married to the former Elizabeth Hopkins Bell with whom he has two children Tommy and Coralie.


    Engineering Design Process

    State the Problem   •   Generate Ideas   •   Select a Solution

    Build the Item   •   Evaluate and Test   •   Refine   •   Present Results