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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: Miss Rachel Ellman
  • Entry: AIAA Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award
  • Category: Graduate
  • Notes: Rachel Ellman is a graduate student studying Medial Engineering and Medical Physics with a Bioastronautics focus in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology. She received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2007, where she was President of the AIAA student chapter. Her research is on musculoskeletal adaptation to partial gravity in order to better understand muscle and bone's dependence on mechanical loading and the potential risks to astronaut bone health on long duration missions to planetary surfaces. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys biking around Boston, listening to live music, traveling, and participating in the student council