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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: Luis P Zea
  • Category: Graduate
  • Notes: Luis studied Mechanical Engineering at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at University of Central Florida and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Bioastronautics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Luis is passionate about finding ways to use microgravity to explore potential solutions to problems for space exploration and for people on Earth. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on characterizing how bacteria become less susceptible to antibiotics in space. This problem relates to that of drug-resistant bacteria here on Earth, an issue that takes the lives of over 100,000 people every year, in the U.S. alone