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Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards

The AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards have been established by the AIAA Evolution of Flight Campaign and the AIAA Foundation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight. The Awards recognize the Wright brother’s aeronautical achievements and contributions to the evolution of flight. The AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards provide 10,000 awards bestowed annually to four graduate-level students participating in research endeavors as part of their engineering/science graduate studies. These endeavors include master’s or doctoral thesis research and master’s (non-thesis option) research projects. These awards are nonrenewable; that is, a selected candidate may receive the award only once.
  • Full Name: Chandrashekhar Tiwari
  • Category: Graduate
  • Notes: I am a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. I have been awarded a degree in Bachelor of Technology in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India in 2007 with a gold medal for best undergraduate thesis work. I have completed MS in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State in 2009. Currently I am pursuing my research on Innovative Energy Absorbing Composite Material for Crashworthy Structures. I have been awarded Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships from American Helicopter Society in the year 2008 and 2009. I am thankful to AIAA for finding me a deserving recipient of Orville and Wilbur Wright award this year.