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    AIAA Congratulates Winners of 2018 AIAA “Look Up!” Award

    15 June 2018
    The AIAA “Look Up!” Award celebrates exceptional high school-level research to encourage further study in aerospace. Winners of the AIAA “Look Up!” Award receive a cash award and one year of AIAA student membership with access to all student programs. We congratulate the 2018 winners:

    Frederik Dunschen, Friedensschule Munster, Munster, Germany, was awarded first place for Designing and Building a Continuously Spinning but Controllable Flying Object at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

    Robert Gabriel Tacescu, Clovis North High School, Fresno, CA, United States of America, won second place for his design, Safecopter: Developing a Collision Avoidance and Mapping System Based on an Array of Time-of-Flight 3D Cameras. The student designed a modular collision detection, avoidance, and mapping system that makes flying a multicopter in autonomous or tele-operated mode safe and responsive to the changing environment. The system used an array of time-of-flight 3D cameras for point cloud data with full 360° view.

    Keshav Vedula, CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, Windsor, CT, United States of America, took home third place for his research; Undulated Leading-Edge Airfoils in Low to Medium Reynolds Number Regime. The student studied airfoils with undulating leading-edges, which have been shown to improve stall characteristics in certain airflow regimes. His research project featured two NACA 2415 airfoils: a traditional design, and an experimental design with a sinusoidal leading-edge that mimics the tubercle protuberances on the leading-edge of humpback whale fins. Wind tunnel testing was conducted in the transitional regime with 3D-printed prototypes; coefficients of lift and drag were calculated for both airfoils at varying angles of attack. A numerical study using Computational Fluid Dynamics was also performed.  

    We encourage students to Look Up! and see their future in aerospace.