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CITRIS Aviation Prize: Info Session

Are you a UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, or UC Santa Cruz student and want to learn more about our first-ever CITRIS Aviation Prize? Sign up for the info session!

Learn more about Aviation Prize and how to develop your team’s winning proposal. Presenters include:
-Professor Costas Spanos, Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
-Associate Professor Erin Hestir, Environmental Engineering at UC Merced
-Asst. Professor Brandon Stark, Director, UC Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety

Created in collaboration with the Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley, this competition challenges student teams to design, develop and demonstrate a long-distance, fully autonomous flight with a small UAV. We invite student teams from our four CITRIS campuses – UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz – to compete. The winning proposal will be recognized with the first CITRIS Aviation Design Prize, including a $2,000 cash award and up to $25,000 to demonstrate the actual flight in Spring 2022.


  • Team Registration Open: Aug. 19, 2021, to Oct. 15, 2021
  • Info Session: Sept. 2, 2021
  • Proposal Submissions Due: Nov. 19, 2021
  • Proposal Winner Announced: Dec. 17, 2021
  • Winning Flight Plan Executed by End of Academic Year: Spring 2022

Learn more & sign up on the CITRIS Aviation Prize webpage.

CITRIS Aviation Prize Info Session