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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: Miss Rachel Ellman
  • Category: Graduate
  • Notes: Rachel Ellman is a graduate student studying Medial Engineering and Medical Physics with a Bioastronautics focus in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology. She received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2007, where she was President of the AIAA student chapter. Her research is on musculoskeletal adaptation to partial gravity in order to better understand muscle and bone's dependence on mechanical loading and the potential risks to astronaut bone health on long duration missions to planetary surfaces. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys biking around Boston, listening to live music, traveling, and participating in the student council