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    AIAA Foundation Announces Results of its Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition


    August 23, 2017 – Reston, Va. –The 2016–2017 Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition challenge was to design a family of light business jets.


    The winners are:


    • First Place: RMIT University / The University of Kansas
      Team Name: Desprungdarcost Aerospace
      Student Team Members: Marwan Dessouki, Italo Costa, Drew Darrah, Martin Mendoza, Riley Sprunger, Michael Moschetti, Taylor George, Kyle Herda, Megan Burns, and Yizi Zhou
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ron Barrett and Dr. Cees Bil

    • Second Place: University of Liege, Belgium
      Team Name: AeroBEL
      Student Team Members: Nicolas Bouvier, Nicolas Esteves De Sousa, Gilles Goffard, Pierre Lafontaine, Khadija Masrour, Brice Mockel, Benjamin Roulette
      Faculty Advisor: Ludovic Noels

    • Third Place: ISAE-SUPAERO
      Team Name: Flapping Moustache
      Student Team Members: Antoine Duvernay, Jean Wan-Ching Huang, Jonathan Gosch, Kuan Lee, Stepen Stepen, Matias Christiansen
      Faculty Advisor: Emmanuel Bernard


    Details of the Design Competition challenge can be found here.

    “The AIAA design competitions give the students an opportunity to use their developing engineering skills to propose a solution to a real, state-of-the-art, and relevant engineering problem, said Danielle Soban, the competition’s head judge and lecturer in aerospace engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom. “The submissions are continuously of a very high standard, and competition for the top slots is very fierce. This attests to the hard work and talent of our next generation of engineers, as well as indicates the quality of our university-level engineering education and the dedication of our educators. We have a diverse group of volunteer judges from academia, industry and government who truly enjoy assessing the submissions and freely give of their time to do so.” Soban concluded: “This link between the current generation of aerospace engineers and the upcoming generation is one that makes the AIAA design competitions particularly relevant.”

    For more information on the AIAA Foundation Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition, please contact Rachel Dowdy at 703.264.7577 or or 703.264.7577.


    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 university: 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




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