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    AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of 2011 - 2012 Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition

    August 30, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation (AIAA Foundation) is pleased to announce that the team “Jayhawk-Jet-120” has won first prize in its 2011–2012 Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition. This year the competition was cosponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Gas Turbine Institute.

    The competition asked teams to design an engine with high power extraction potential, which would power a half-scale model of the Joint Strike Fighter. After submitting their reports, the top teams were invited to make presentations at the AIAA/ASME/ASCE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference held July 30–August 1, 2012, in Atlanta, Ga. Final decisions were based on a combination of the report scores and presentation scores.

    Teams winning awards were:

    First Prize: “Jayhawk-Jet-120,” The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan. Team members: Aditya S. Ghate, Daniel S. Prather (team lead), William P. VanSkike, and Matthew A. Williams. Dr. Saeed Farokhi, faculty advisor.

    Second Prize: “TJ-1,” Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Republic of Turkey. Team members: Cihat Akin, Coşku Çatori, and Burak Özkahya. Dr. Onur Tuncer, faculty advisor.

    Third Prize: “J2SER,” The University of Kansas , Lawrence, Kan. Team members: Justin Howard, Jin Seong Kim, Sara Elizabeth McCandless, and Ryan Schirmer. Dr. Saeed Farokhi, faculty advisor.

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