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    AIAA Congratulates Paromita Mitra As as She Competes In The Miss USA Pageant
    AIAA Student Member and Aerospace Engineering Major Will Represent the State of Mississippi

    June 15, 2013 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates Ms. Paromita Mitra as she competes in Sunday’s Miss USA Pageant. Mitra, representing the state of Mississippi, is an AIAA student member.

    “Good Luck to Aerospace Engineering student and AIAA member Paromita Mitra from Mississippi State University as she competes in the Miss USA pageant Sunday night,” stated AIAA executive director Sandra H. Magnus. “I am excited to see a young person successfully reaching for their dreams - and in multiple ways! In today's world there are so many possibilities and opportunities and I encourage all young women and young men to find their passion, whatever it is, and pursue it."

    Mitra, an aerospace engineering major at Mississippi State University, joined AIAA in March, 2012 and competed in the Institute’s 2013 International Student Paper Conference, held this past January in Dallas, Texas. Mitra and her MSU team were recognized at the conference for their project “Space Cowboys’ Community Outreach 2012 – 2013.” The project involved community visits to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; discussions on rocketry; a model rocket launch with local scout groups; and outreach to the MSU college community to stress the importance of STEM education and space science. Mitra is also a member of MSU’s “Space Cowboys’ Rocket Design Team,” which competed in NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative.

    Mitra, a Bangladeshi-American, has also spent time performing volunteer work in Bangladesh for the charity Operation Smile Bangladesh, promoting health education to impoverished children suffering from cleft lips and cleft palates.

    A national advocate for STEM education, who recently spoke at a conference at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Mitra hopes to work for NASA’s Johnson Space Center upon the completion of her academic career.

    The Miss USA Pageant will air on Sunday, June 16, at 9:00 p.m.(EDT) on the NBC Television Network. Mitra is the first AIAA member to take part in the competition.


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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