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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: Dr Luis P Zea
  • Entry: AIAA Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award
  • Category: Graduate
  • Notes: Luis studied Mechanical Engineering at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering at University of Central Florida and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Bioastronautics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Luis is passionate about finding ways to use microgravity to explore potential solutions to problems for space exploration and for people on Earth. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on characterizing how bacteria become less susceptible to antibiotics in space. This problem relates to that of drug-resistant bacteria here on Earth, an issue that takes the lives of over 100,000 people every year, in the U.S. alone