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Radu Teodorescu

University of Maryland

Radu Teodorescu is a junior aerospace engineering major at the University of Maryland, College Park with a minor in robotics and autonomous systems. He has been involved in VTOL projects since the beginning of his undergraduate studies. During his first two years at UMD, he was a member of the UMD Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle (AMAV) Team, led by Dr. Paley, where he aided in the design, manufacture and flight testing of a UAV testbed for the team’s autonomous flight program, along with the team’s largest multicopter which was built for the Vertical Flight Society’s inaugural Design-Build-Vertical-Flight Challenge, where the team won second place. Since May 2021, he has been an undergraduate research assistant in the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center (AGRC) under Dr. Chopra where he designed and built support structures for UAV wind tunnel tests, aided in those tests, and integrated a rotor test rig with numerous sensors for compound helicopter hover tests. Radu is currently completing his own research project into the design, manufacture and wind tunnel testing of a mach scale propeller to support AGRC’s future compound helicopter research. After graduation, he would like to pursue opportunities that contribute to the research and development of new VTOL aircraft designs.

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