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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: Mr Matthew James Reilly
  • Entry: AIAA Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award
  • Category: Graduate
  • AIAA Citation: Matthew Reilly is currently pursusing a graduate degree in aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has a research assistantship in the Aerospace Systems Design Lab. Matt grew up in Upper Freehold, NJ and received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Rowan University. He has had four internships, including two of which were with NASA. He is an avid outdoorsman and thrill seeker, with ambitions of becoming an astronaut.