Duke AMA grew from Duke’s participation in the Shell Ocean X-Prize competition, in which Duke students are using a heavy lift drone to deploy sonar pods to map the ocean floor. Since the heavy lift drone is such an essential part of Duke’s X-Prize submission, students became interested in and learned a lot from working with drones. In order to enable students to continue working on a wide range of drone related projects, Duke’s main campus AMA chapter was formed.

We wrapped up the X-Prize competition in Fall 2018, and started the AMA club, we now welcome student’s new ideas for drone related projects. We are also looking for a new use for the X-Prize heavy lift drone. If you have an idea for a drone project, please contact Virginia Pan at