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Gamera Team Honored

The Clark School's Gamera human-powered helicopter team is being recognized with the annual American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) Achievement Award for 2011. This award is presented to a person or organization that has made a significant impact to furthering rotary-wing aviation during the past year.

"This is a testament to everyone who has worked on this project from Day 1," said Clark School Dean Darryll Pines. "This project has put the Gessow Rotorcraft Center, the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and the Clark School on another level. I am proud of the accomplishments to date of the Gamera Team."

After assessing several nominees, AHMEC chose the Gamera team and its record-breaking flights of a human-powered rotary wing aircraft for the award.

"Citing the team's innovation, teamwork and ambition towards overcoming extreme engineering challenges represents a significant accomplishment and is an inspiration to all," the organization said. 

In 2010 the achievement award recognized Sikorsky Aircraft for the X2 Demonstrator record-breaking flight program, in which Clark School alumnus Ashish Bagai, '95, played a key role.

The award is presented annually at the AHMEC Fall Gala.

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August 26, 2011


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