UI Students, Alumni Attend Quad City Air Show

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Seven UI students and alumni -- most of them from the College of Engineering -- stopped by to visit the college's exhibit at the Quad City Air Show August 9-10 at the Davenport, IA, Municipal Airport.  Hosting the group was Tom Schnell, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of the Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL).  Schnell and lab team members displayed the college's research jet, one of two L-29 Delfin aircraft used by OPL to study human-in-the-loop and intelligent autonomous systems to increase efficiency, inter-operability, and safety.

The group included (back row, from left) Schnell; Kyle Salsbery (BSE 2011 industrial engineering); Mike Harris, mechanical engineering student; and Luke Rebik, biomedical engineering student; (front row, from left) Grant Woodward (BSE 2011 industrial engineering); Nick Martin (BSE 2011 industrial engineering); Janet Torres (BA 2010 political science and Spanish); and Matt Harris (BSE 2011 industrial engineering).

The Quad City Airshow has been hosted at the Davenport Municipal Airport since 1987. It is in the top ten for the longest and best airshow in the U.S. The show has hosted all of the North American Military Demonstration Teams, and several International performers.