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    AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of its 2014 - 2015 Undergraduate
    Team Space Transportation Design Competition

    August 27– Reston, Va. – August 25, 2015 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation is pleased to announce the results of its annual Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition.

    The 2014–2015 competition asked contestants to design a reliable and reusable transport vehicle for space missions.

    The winners are



    • First prize: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Illinois, for their design “Hermes: Orbital Transfer Vehicle for Earth-Moon Lagrange Points.” Team members: David Brandyberry, Jake Dluhy, Peter Grega, Kevin Kim, David Knourek, Matt Kosky and Evan White. David Carroll, faculty advisor. The team will receive an award of $500 from the AIAA Foundation.


    • Second prize: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, for their design “Project Aeneas: A Proposal for an Orbital Transfer Vehicle.” Team members: Courtney Best, Nathan Gross, Jacob Madalon, Benjamin Merrel, Abishek Murali, Annie Ping, Rolfe Power and Bryce Prior. Kathleen Howell, faculty advisor. The team will receive an award of $250 from the AIAA Foundation.


    • Third prize: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, for their design “Project Export: Express Orbital Transport.” Team members: Ashley Brady, Brenna Freeman, Thomas Mason, Alex Olmeta, Francisco J. Sanchez, Jacqueline Taylor and Zach Wood. Eric Perrell, faculty advisor. The team will receive an award of $125 from the AIAA Foundation.


    “Each year, the AIAA Space Transportation Technical Committee asks undergraduate AIAA student member teams to address very complex real-world design challenges in the area of Earth-to-orbit and in-space transportation systems,” said Miroslav Sir, an engineering specialist at The Aerospace Corporation, and chair of the competition. “Participation in the space transportation competition gives students the unique opportunity to apply their analytical skills, evaluate design trades, and make well-supported design decisions. A panel of judges, composed of members of the Space Transportation Technical Committee, evaluates student proposals on innovation along with a strong emphasis on feasibility. This year’s winning proposals were outstanding, demonstrating the high level of skill and effort that will be necessary for future work in the aerospace industry.”

    For more information on the AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition, please contact Rachel Dowdy at 703.264.7577 or racheld@aiaa.org.

     

     

     

    About the AIAA Foundation
    The AIAA Foundation seeks to “make it exciting, make it empowering, and make it fun.” That simple, compelling philosophy drives the Foundation’s commitment to math, science, and technology education. The AIAA Foundation offers a wealth of resources to support educators from K–12 through the university level: scholarships, classroom grants, design competitions, and student conferences, improving scientific literacy and advancing the arts and sciences of aerospace. For more information on the AIAA Foundation and its programs for students, teachers, and professionals, please visit www.aiaafoundation.org.

    About AIAA
    AIAA is the world’s largest aerospace professional society, serving a diverse range of more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.


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