Take Off in a Flying Car With UF Engineers and Alumni (Powering the New Engineer)

Take Off in a Flying Car With UF Engineers and Alumni

As successful serial entrepreneurs, Adam Goldstein (UF BSBA ’01) and Brett Adcock (UF BSBA ’08) are always looking for the next big thing to bring to market. EVTOLs, short for electric vertical take-off-and-landing vehicles, had a compelling appeal, but there were challenges. A sector seated by large aerospace companies, staggering start-up costs and, most importantly, a new space that imposes many technology challenges, the eVTOL industry would deter any seasoned entrepreneur from entering. Yet, a chance meeting with a fellow Gator at a conference turned out to become the beginning of an adventure that could get flying taxis into the air.

While attending an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) conference in early 2018, Adcock met Moses Divaker, a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, where they were both sitting in on a seminar about the engineering and design of eVTOL aircraft.

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