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    January 30, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 AIAA Foundation International Student Conference “Best Paper” Competition. Awardees were honored on January 11, 2012, at the awards luncheon of the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, held January 9-12 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn.

    Winners of the Undergraduate, Team Undergraduate and Master’s categories received $1,000. The winner of the Community Outreach category received $500. The awardees were:

    • Gary Cai and Jason Ting, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, in the Undergraduate Division, for their paper “Modeling and Optimization of Air Distribution Systems for Commercial Aircraft Cabins Using CFD Techniques.” Cai accepted the award
    • Nathan McKay, Andrew Chou, Daniel Becker, Clark Hoffman, and Jeffrey Walters, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., in the Team Undergraduate Division, for their paper “Research and Development of the eXtendable Solar Array.” McKay accepted the award.
    • James Paulos and Alan Argondizza, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in the Master’s Division, for their paper “Reduced Weight Hydraulic Actuation for Small Mobile Applications.” Paulos accepted the award.
    • Matt H. Summers and Chris Karpuck, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., in the Community Outreach Division for their paper “Integrating Low-Cost Rocket Science into Local Schools.” Summers accepted the award.

    The AIAA Foundation International Student Paper Conference invites undergraduate and graduate AIAA student members who have won their regional student conferences to present and discuss their research in a formal setting. This provides a forum for the recognition of outstanding student research, and strengthens the bonds among university engineering departments. For more information on the AIAA Foundation International Student Conference, please contact Stephen Brock at 703.264.7536 or

    Media Contact: Duane Hyland, 703.264.7558 or  

    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 university: 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


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit



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