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    Braden J. Hancock Wins Inaugural Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship
    $5,000 Dollar Award is AIAA Foundation's Newest Scholarship

    July 8, 2014 – Reston, Va. – Braden J. Hancock, a senior at Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, Utah, has won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation’s inaugural Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship. Hancock, who was selected for the award from an outstanding pool of applicants on the basis of his scholarly record, involvement in AIAA activities and the work he has performed in his technical field, will receive $5,000 toward the completion of his undergraduate studies.

    “We initiated this scholarship with AIAA because of the pressing need for more scientists and engineers to create the future,” said AIAA Fellow and past AIAA president, Lt. Gen. George Muellner, U.S. Air Force (retired) and president of advanced systems for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (retired). “I also wanted to acknowledge, and begin to pay back, the benefit I received from a scholarship that I received years ago. Had it not been for an Evans Scholarship that I was given from the Western Golf Association, I likely could not have earned a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois that has led to a most rewarding career. Hopefully, this scholarship will provide similar opportunities for others.”

    The scholarship is the AIAA Foundation’s newest award, and one of its largest designated to assist AIAA Student Members at the undergraduate level. Candidates must have an outstanding record of academic achievement and be studying in a field of science or engineering encompassed by the technical activities of AIAA.

    “AIAA has played a truly pivotal role in all aspects of my career and academic development,” said Hancock. “To now receive the very generous Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship is an incredible honor. I view this scholarship as an investment in me on the part of AIAA, and I promise to uphold my end of the bargain—to give my full effort in school, succeed with integrity, and give back to the local community, the academic community, and the world throughout my life. For the rest of my life, I will remember and value the role that AIAA has played in my growth and development as an engineer and a professional.”

    Hancock, who is from Fairborn, Ohio, is majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in mathematics at BYU. His work on design methods in the area of turbine airfoils with the U.S. Air Force has contributed to a pending U.S. patent. In addition to that work, Hancock has regularly competed in AIAA student competitions, taking first place at the 2013 AIAA Foundation International Student Conference for his paper “Reducing Shock Interactions in a Single Stage High Pressure Turbine via 3D Aerodynamic Shaping.” He has also coauthored a paper on turbo machinery for AIAA’s peer-reviewed Journal of Propulsion and Power. Hancock plans to pursue a doctorate degree in aerospace engineering, with his ultimate goal being to return to academia to help mentor the next generation of aerospace engineers and scientists.

    “I extend my congratulations to Braden Hancock on winning the inaugural Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship awarded by the AIAA Foundation,” said Sandra Magnus, AIAA executive director. “His work in the classroom, the laboratory, and with AIAA demonstrates that the future of aerospace is secure in the hands of the next generation of engineers and scientists. The AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Awards program exists to encourage and support the next generation of aerospace engineers as they shape the future of aerospace. Young people like Braden truly represent the best in our nation’s youth and AIAA wishes him the best as he continues his education.”

    For more information on the Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship, or on the AIAA Foundation Undergraduate or Graduate Awards Program, please contact Rachel Andino at or at 703.264.7577.

    About the AIAA Foundation 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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