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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards

Through its annual graduate scholarship program, the AIAA Foundation presents awards to graduate students doing excellent research in the air and space sciences. The AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards were established by the AIAA Evolution of Flight Campaign and the AIAA Foundation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight and to recognize the Wright brother’s aeronautical achievements and contributions to the evolution of flight. The AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards are bestowed annually to two graduate-level students participating in research endeavors as part of their engineering/science graduate studies. Basic Criteria and other information can be found at <a href= >;
  • Full Name: Chandrashekhar Tiwari
  • Entry: AIAA Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award
  • Category: Graduate
  • Notes: I am a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. I have been awarded a degree in Bachelor of Technology in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India in 2007 with a gold medal for best undergraduate thesis work. I have completed MS in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State in 2009. Currently I am pursuing my research on Innovative Energy Absorbing Composite Material for Crashworthy Structures. I have been awarded Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships from American Helicopter Society in the year 2008 and 2009. I am thankful to AIAA for finding me a deserving recipient of Orville and Wilbur Wright award this year.