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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: Prof Sertac Karaman
  • Category: Graduate
  • Notes: Sertac Karaman is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working under the supervision of Prof. Emilio Frazzoli. He is affiliated with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) as well the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at MIT. Before joining the Ph.D. program, he has obtained an S.M. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT (2009), and B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey (2007). His primary research interests lie in the analysis, design, and optimization of safety-critical embedded planning and control architectures for cyber-physical