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    AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of AIAA Region I Student Paper Competition
    79 Students From 10 East Coast Colleges and Universities Take Part

    May 21, 2013 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation has announced the winners of its Region I Student Paper Competition, held April 5–6 on the campus of the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, Md. The winners are:

    •  Masters Division: First place: Ganesh Raghunath,UMD, for his paper “Wireless Magneto-Elastic Torque Sensor System.” Second place: Benjamin T. Pipenberg,Pennsylvania State University (PSU), College Park, Penn., for his paper “Design, Fabrication, and Analysis of a 600mg Fixed-Wing Nano Aerial Vehicle.” Third place: Kentaro Miura, PSU, for his paper “Passive Tailboom Vibration Control Using Fluidic Flexible Matrix Composite Tubes.”

    • Undergraduate Division: First place: Scott Wingate,UMD, for his paper “Graphene-Silicon Composite Lithium Ion Batteries for Micro Air Vehicles.” Second place: Joseph Tore Mullins, UMD, for his paper “Design and Development of a Flying Cyclocopter.” Third place: Jose Mondragon,UMD, for his paper “Drag Reduction for Ground Vehicles Upon Vortex Generators Implementation.”

    • Team Division: First place: Adam Pranaitis, Steven Ericson, Melissa Kelly, Jeffrey Parkhurst, and Robert Waldron, Daniel Webster College, Nashua, N.H., for their paper “Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.” Second place: Lauren Min, Rehan Kaluarachchi, Eileen Kim, and Daniel Rocio, Cornell University (CU), Ithaca, N.Y., for their paper “Little Gull Ornithopter.” Third place: Al Jean-Francois, Henry Ekwaro-Osire, Peter Ingato, Oliver Kliewe, Nik Lal and Yan Li, for their paper “Wingmill Energy Harvesting."

    • Community Outreach Division: First place: Kaitlynn Mosier and Joshua Jenkins, The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va., for their paper “Atmospheric Teaching Experiment at Virginia Tech.” Second place: Yan Li and Wendy Zhao, CU, for their paper “2013 Wind Turbine Competition: Aeronautics and Alternative Energy Intersect.”

    Other schools taking part in the competition were: Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.; Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.; Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.; the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.; and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

    Please visit AIAA Foundation Student Paper Conferencesfor more information.

    The AIAA Foundation seeks to “make it exciting, make it empowering, and make it fun.” That simple, compelling philosophy drives the Foundation’s commitment to math, science, and technology education. The AIAA Foundation offers a wealth of resources to support educators from K–12 through the university level: scholarships, classroom grants, design competitions, and student conferences, improving scientific literacy and advancing the arts and sciences of aerospace. For more information on the AIAA Foundation and its programs for students, teachers, and professionals, please visit



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