Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles

What is MAAV?
MAAV strives to be the premiere Unmanned Aerial Vehicle organization at the University of Michigan. Our goal is to challenge our members' technical creativity and engineering capabilities by competing in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC).

Learning by

Members engage in designing, manufacturing, programming, and testing every aspect of a small, autonomous quadrotor.

Covering all
our bases

Members gain experience and apply skills in areas such as structural design and manufacturing, embedded programming, control theory, navigation and mapping, and computer vision.


Students only get out what they put into an experience. That's why MAAV gives all members the freedom to pursue whatever relevant projects that interest them to ensure the perfect learning experience.

What is

Learn more about the International Aerial Robotics Competition's current mission rules—as well as past missions—by clicking here.

Our engineering team is divided into four subteams.


All of MAAV's major structural components are made in-house. We design and fabricate aluminum airframe molds allowing us to create strong and light-weight airframes that can hold up during aggressive manuvers. If you're interested in being a part of the structures team, feel free to join the Structures mailing list.


MAAV engineers team up to design hardware and circuits that make up the pipelines through which all of the electrical components interact. If you're interested in being a part of the circuits team, feel free to join the Circuits mailing list.


Quadrotors require an accurate, high-speed control algorithm to achieve stable flight. This allows the on-board computers to adjust the motors and guide the vehicle. If you're interested in being a part of the controls team, feel free to join the Controls mailing list.


In order to add autonomous capabilities to our quadrotor, we design and implement computer algorithms that allow it to traverse its environment. If you're interested in being a part of the navigation team, feel free to join the Navigation mailing list.

Here at MAAV, we use Redmine to manage our tasks. If you'd like to see what we're working on, take a look at our Redmine server.

Meet our team leads!

James Holper

James' CAD experience and his training in the Aerospace Engineering department make for a natural fit as lead of the structural side of MAAV.

Jason Leung

This guy you have to see to believe. When you get him behind a breadboard he is unstoppable.

Sajan Patel

With a name like Sajan Patel you know this kid has to be pretty smart. If you're looking to make a vehicle autonomous, this is your man.

Alec Ten Harmsel

Or in Alec speak, "01000001 01101100 01100101 01100011 00100000."

Here at MAAV our number one priority is to get our little guy to soar, but that wouldn't be possible without the help of our sponsors.If you're interested in sponsoring us, please contact the leads at
Northrop Grumman University of Michigan College of Engineering Saleae Saturn Electronics Lockheed Martin 3D Robotics
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