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    MAO Student Paper Competition

    Sponsored by: 

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    The MAO Student Paper Competition will be held during the conference, with the best student paper awards presented at the Awards Luncheon. All undergraduate and graduate students who made significant contributions and are the lead authors are invited to submit their full papers by 13 July 2012 for consideration. The finalists will present their work as posters during the conference and they will be assessed by a panel of experts. The best three papers will be selected for the awards. The 2012 MAO Student Paper Competition is sponsored by Rolls-Royce and Optimization and by Advanced Analytics, Information Analytics, Caterpillar, Inc.


    Challenges in Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization NSF Student Design Essay Competition - 2012

    To encourage students to think about the future of engineering analysis and the role of multidisciplinary optimization, NSF is sponsoring a student essay competition. Winners will be invited to attend and present their work at the 2012 AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference and will receive reimbursement for expenses up to a maximum of $1,250.

    The Competition - Story

    You are a consultant working for a high tech, global aerospace manufacturing
    enterprise. That company wants to position itself to be a leader in the aerospace industry in the year 2030. As a consultant, you want the company to succeed so you will need to:


    • Define the characteristics of a successful high-tech global aerospace industry in the year 2030.
    • Identify the research challenges it will face.
    • Identify the mode of operation of the company.
    • Determine what partnerships it will need to form.
    • Identify what technology will be necessary to support its employees in being
    • globally competitive.


     We are particularly interested in research issues that those in academia will need to address over the intervening years to enhance the competitiveness of this company. We are interested especially in the scientific foundations for understanding the product realization process which are suitable for a global manufacturing enterprise.

    Judging Criteria

    Students are judged on scholarship, the depth and sophistication of their arguments, logical presentation of material, correct English usage, and relevance to problems facing the US industrial/academic community. There are separate categories for graduate and undergraduate students. Awards and Responsibilities A travel grant to cover actual expenses (up to a maximum of $1,250 for each paper) will be made to the winners of this competition. The reimbursement will take place after the conference upon the receipt of an invoice that includes receipts to substantiate expenditures. A winner must be physically present at the conference and present his/her findings at a poster session in order to receive the award. Every person given a travel grant will receive a certificate to record his/her accomplishment.

    Submission Format and Dates

    Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a university anywhere in the world is eligible although the focus is on students enrolled in universities in the United States.

    Essays should be a maximum of 10 pages long.

    Multiple authors are limited to two people. The travel grant is shared between the coauthors.

    A student may receive no more than 2 awards over the years.

    There are separate categories for submissions by undergraduates and graduate students.

    The research paper may be the outcome of a course for which the student receives academic credit.


    1 June 2012 Essay Papers due
    15 July 2012 Notification of winners
    17-19 September 2012 - MAO 2012
    Please include a cover page with:

    Your name (s) Email address, phone number and address for all authors University affiliation including advisor’s name, if appropriate Whether this submission is for the graduate or undergraduate category. NOTE – we will remove this page when sending the submission out for review, so this should be the only page on which your identifying information should appear.

    Submit Entries to:

    Professor Janet K. Allen


    We gratefully acknowledge funding from NSF, Award 1125597. Janet K. Allen and Farrokh Mistree Organizers of the Design Essay Contest.