Dates to Remember

Abstract Submission Begins:
16 September 2021

Abstract Deadline:
10 November 2021, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Author Notification:
25 February 2022

Manuscript/Presentation Video Deadline:

3 May 2022, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Presentations and papers can be an effective way to hone scientific and technical ideas, introduce your work to aerospace colleagues, and hone your research questions. Forum paper presentations typically consist of a written document and an oral presentation. Presenting at AIAA AVIATION Forum is a great opportunity for gaining valuable feedback from a community of scholars and for increasing your professional stature in aerospace engineering, research and development.

Student Paper Competitions: Additional Information


For 2022, we are soliciting papers in the following technical disciplines:

Aerospace Traffic Management

Please direct questions to:
Joseph Post
Edward Stanton

Papers are sought relating to policies and strategies that will advance the modernization of Aerospace Transportation Systems, to include traffic management, airspace/space operations integration, capacity improvements, UAS/UTM integration, autonomous operations integration, space operations integration, and related safety enhancements/issues.

  • Economic and Cost/Benefit Analyses to Support Modernization
  • Enabling Growth of Space Operations
  • Enabling Improved Separation Assurance and Self-Separation
  • Innovative Systems Approaches to Aerospace Traffic Management and NextGen
  • International Approaches to Traffic Management and New Vehicle Integration
  • Novel Business Models and Policies for Traffic Management
  • Overcoming Barriers to Integration of Autonomous Vehicles
  • Overcoming Barriers to Space/Air Traffic Management Integration
  • Performance-Based Regulations
  • Policy Trade-Offs between Airspace User Segments
  • Societal Impacts/Lessons Learned of UAS/UTM Integrated Operations
Air Transportation Systems

Please direct questions to: 
David P Thipphavong, NASA Ames Research Center
Peng Wei, George Washington University
Min Xue, NASA Ames Research Center

The Air Transportation Systems Committee invites technical papers that describe the advancement of air transportation systems and operations, including concepts, technologies, procedures, algorithms, functions, analyses that can help improve safety, efficiency, scalability, sustainability of existing airspace, airline and airport management systems; concept, development, algorithms, testing, operations of new traffic systems for improved access to the NAS for new vehicle operations, such as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), UAS Traffic Management (UTM), Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), extensible Traffic Management System (xTM) and their integration into the National Airspace System (NAS); Application of new technologies and methods such as big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligent in related topics; modeling and simulation techniques that help advance conventional and non-conventional air transportation systems.

  • Advanced Operational Concepts for ATC/ATM
  • Air Transportation Safety and Reliability
  • Air Transportation System Economics, Policy, Social Impacts and Operational Implications
  • Airline and Flight Operator Planning, Operations and Decision Making
  • Airport and Metroplex Operations and Technologies
  • Applications of Advanced Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance Technologies
  • COVID-19 Impacts on Air Transportation Systems and Operations
  • Development of AAM/UAM Operational Concepts
  • Extensible Traffic Management for Non-Conventional Air Traffic
  • Human Factors in Air Transportation Systems and Operations
  • Increasing Autonomy and Electrification in Aviation and the NAS
  • Integration and Operation of AAM/UAM/UAS in the NAS
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to Air Transportation Systems and Operations
  • Simulation, Modeling, and Analysis of ATC/ATM Technologies and Procedures
  • Sustainable Aviation
  • Trajectory-Based Operations
  • Weather Impacts on Air Transportation Systems and Operations
Aircraft Design

Please direct questions to: 
Timothy Takahashi, Arizona State University 
Peter Schmollgruber, ONERA 

We seek technical papers in all of areas of atmospheric flight vehicle design, including fixed and rotary wing, subsonic through hypersonic, micro air vehicles to very large aircraft, general aviation, urban/on-demand mobility, and manned or unmanned aircraft. Areas of interest include system level design studies of complete aircraft (both traditional and unconventional). We also seek papers covering the requirements development process as well as discipline-level studies most applicable to the conceptual and preliminary design process including aircraft performance, aerodynamics, propulsion, flight mechanics, structures, manufacturing, overall aircraft sizing as well as subsystem component sizing. Additional Details

  • Aircraft Design Case Studies, Operational Market and Systems Engineering Analysis
  • Aircraft Design Tools & Processes (Aero, Perf, Prop, S&C, Flt Mech, Structures, Weight, Sizing, etc)
  • Aircraft Design Tools & Processes to improve Safety and ensure Regulatory Compliance
  • Aircraft Requirements Studies (to Drive System Design; i.e. UAM, Airports, AirTaxi, Hub & Spoke)
  • Aircraft Subsystems Design, Tools & Processes (i.e. Size, Weight, Power, Thermal, Redundancy)
  • Assessment of Integrated New Technologies at Aircraft Level (Performance, Production, Cost)
  • Assessment of Integrated Propulsion Concepts at Aircraft Level (Open Rotor, Hybrid Electric, H2,…)
  • Complete Aircraft Design (Military, GoFly, UAV, UCAV, UAM, MAV, etc.)
  • Complete Civil Transport Aircraft Design for Minimal Environmental Impact
Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Mehdi Ghoryeshi, U.S. Air Force Academy
Sally A. Viken, NASA
Ovais Khan, Tuskegee University

Papers are solicited in the areas of theoretical, experimental, and computational approaches to aerodynamics applications. Relevant areas of interest include but are not limited to flight or ground vehicle aerodynamic design, analysis of wing/rotor/vehicle aerodynamic performance, methods for modeling aerodynamic bodies, and novel studies or technological applications related to aerodynamic applications. Specific areas of interest are listed below, but work in related areas is also encouraged. For more information, please click Additional Details.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques
  • Aerodynamic Prediction Methods, Aircraft Flight Dynamics, Handling Qualities, and Performance
  • Aerodynamic Testing: Ground, Wind-Tunnel, and Flight Testing
  • Aerodynamic-Structural Dynamics Interaction
  • Aero-Propulsive Interaction (Intake/Exhaust Aerodynamics)
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics
  • Applied CFD Modeling & Numerical Corrections with Experimental Data
  • Drag Reducing Materials
  • High Angle of Attack and High-Lift Aerodynamics
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics
  • Low Speed, Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Reduced Order Aerodynamic Modeling & System Identification
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics
  • Unmanned, Bio-Inspired, Solar Powered Aerial Vehicle Design
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Vortical/Vortex Flow Aerodynamics
  • VSTOL/STOL Applications
  • Special Session: Aerodynamics and Performance of Integrated Propeller Systems
  • Special Session: Aeroscience M&S through Experimental and Computational Integration
  • Special Session: Automotive/Ground Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Special Session: Cavity-Released Store Separation
  • Special Session: CFD Transition Modeling and Prediction
  • Special Session: TRUflow: Thrust Reverser Unit Flow Visualization
  • Other Topics in Applied Aerodynamics
Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Hui Hu, Iowa State University
Steven Barrett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Papers are sought that provide the aerospace community with scientific and technical information concerning interactions between aerospace systems and the terrestrial, atmospheric, and space environment. In addition, new or refined information improving the basic understanding of the atmosphere or their applications to aviation and aerospace vehicle design and operations issues is solicited. For more information, please click Additional Details.

  • Aircraft Icing/Deicing
  • Contrails
  • Environmental Impacts to the National Airspace System
  • Observations and Modeling of the Atmospheric Environment
  • Wake Turbulence, and other Atmospheric Hazards to Aviation Operations
Computational Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to:
Manan Vyas, NASA Glenn Research Center
Reetesh Ranjan, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) seeks papers on a broad range of topics relevant to the development, analysis, and application of CFD algorithms for aerospace applications. Submission of papers presenting new algorithms, analysis and evaluation of algorithms, or applications accompanied by rigorous analysis of discretization errors, are strongly encouraged. Papers specific to mesh generation should be submitted to the Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments (MVCE), although papers on topics such as solution algorithms on overset meshes, adaptive meshing and error analysis, present areas with substantive overlap with CFD and may be submitted to either CFD or MVCE. Suggested topics for special sessions and panel discussions should be submitted to the technical discipline chairs well in advance of the abstract deadline. Specific session topics of interest are listed below, but work in other related areas is also encouraged.

CFD of Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (Jointly Sponsored with Thermophysics): This joint session focuses on the simulation of thermal and chemical nonequilibrium in fluid flows. Topics include implementation of reaction and thermal relaxation models in fluid solvers, assessment of model predictions, or predictions of fluid phenomena such as boundary-layer transition and shock wave/boundary-layer interactions in the presence of nonequilibrium.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Computational Fluid Dynamics Student Paper Competition.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Adaptive Meshing and Error Analysis
  • Algorithms for Overset Meshes
  • Analysis of Algorithm
  • Boundary Layer Transition
  • Convergence Acceleration
  • Direct Numerical Simulations
  • Entropy Stable Schemes
  • High-Order Spatial and Temporal Discretizations
  • Hybrid RANS/LES
  • Large-Eddy Simulations
  • Modeling and Applications
  • Multidisciplinary Sensitivity Analysis and Optimization
  • Parallel Algorithm
  • Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Other Topics in Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Special Session: Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (joint CFD/TP)
Computer Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Christopher Coley, U.S. Air Force Academy

Papers are sought on theoretical and practical aspects of computers, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace applications, focusing on energy-efficient computer systems, parallel/high-performance computing, cyber security, reliability, and correctness of aerospace computer systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
  • Energy-Efficient Computer Systems
  • Formal Verification of Aerospace Computer Systems
  • Parallel, GPU, Multicore, and High-Performance Computing
  • Reliability of Aerospace Computer Systems
Design Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Olivia Pinon Fischer, Georgia Tech
Franz-Josef Kahlen, Kahlen GPS

Papers are solicited on design engineering, design process and design education in the aerospace industry as well as industries employing similar design techniques. Design-oriented papers should focus on innovative, novel, or otherwise distinctive designs or concepts resulting in or leading toward products that effectively satisfy requirements or demonstrate design efficiency improvements and robust products in service. Design process-oriented papers should focus on process definition, analysis, architecture, and metrics, as applied to aerospace hardware products from the exploratory design phase through the detailed design phase, manufacturing and service. Papers on advances in model-based design processes and related activities are especially encouraged. Education-oriented papers are solicited that emphasize design in curriculum development, class content, student design/build activities, and student access to space. Design Process and Enabling Digital Systems Technologies papers are solicited that highlight emerging and mature technologies and their applications to enable collaborative design in a global environment and are applicable to commercial and military aerospace industries. Emerging design tools and technologies such as Cloud computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread, Digital Twin, Digital Enterprise, Improved Designs Using Multi-Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO), Design Processes and Tools, Virtual and Augmented Reality applications, intelligent Computer Aided Design, Generative Design, Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge-Based Engineering are requested that can improve efficiency in aerospace design and/or when applied to aerospace component design, prototyping and manufacturing contribute to making complex designs economically feasible.

  • Additive Manufacturing Applied to Aerospace Component Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing
  • Application of Generative Design
  • Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread, Digital Twin, Digital Enterprise
  • Computer Aided Design Including Intelligent Master (Parametric Feature-Based, Linked and Associative) Modeling
  • Design Education - STEM in K-12, University Curriculums, Projects and Activities
  • Design Processes and Tools Such as Managing Teams in a Global Environment
  • Design Tools and Processes for Rapid Prototyping
  • Early Design Approaches for Increased "-Ilities" (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Etc.)
  • Emerging Design Tools Such As Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence
  • Improved Robust Designs Using Multi-Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO)
  • Innovative & Creative Designs in Aerospace and Other Areas
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering Applied to Retention and Reuse of Engineering Knowledge and Data
  • Model-Based Design Applied to Complex Systems and Structures
Digital Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Olivia Pinon Fischer, Georgia Tech
Dave Kepczynski, General Electric
Natalie Straup, The Boeing Company
Mathew French, Northrop Grumman

With emphasis being placed upon model-based engineering of aerospace systems, the concepts of the Digital System Model, the Digital Thread, and Digital Twin are emerging as a means to organize and control the data, models, and other information in the model-based engineering enterprise. The Digital Thread and Digital Twin, together with a Digital System Model, provide a means to digitally define, model, simulate, and manage a physical system and all its associated engineering models and data. The Digital Thread provides a framework for controlling data, information, and knowledge about a system. The Digital Twin is a multi-physics, multi-scale, probabilistic simulation of the physical system.

The DEIC will accelerate the integration of new and existing digital capabilities for improving National competitiveness, security and operational readiness. The DEIC is the 'home' for currently disparate digital activities (e.g. Digital Twin, Digital Thread, ICME, BIG DATA, etc.). The DEIC supports constituent groups in AIAA for topics related to Digital Engineering. Through DEIC topics, AIAA members can employ in their home organizations methods to simplify maintenance and sustainment activities to reduce product costs, and help create environments to encourage the development of a digital culture.

  • Digital Environment - Provides Digital Twin Context Through Entire Life Cycle
  • Digital System Model - A Digital Representation of a System Which Define All Aspects of the System
  • Digital Thread - Framework of Authoritative Data, Information, and Knowledge to Inform Decisions
  • Digital Twin - Simulation of As-Built System to Mirror the Life of Its Corresponding Physical Twin
  • Elements of Digital Engineering - Viewpoints About Aggregation of Elements
  • Model-Based Engineering - Product and Environment Digital Twin Simulations
  • Prognostics - Ability to Fly-Forward in Time for Quantitative Assessments Due to Requirement Changes
  • Sensor Fusion - Cyber/Physical Relationship Between Simulation and Reality
  • Smart Manufacturing - Digital Twin of Product, Process, and Throughput of Intelligent Machines
  • Value of Digital Engineering - ROI Associated with Enterprise Level Digital Transformations
Flight Testing

Please direct questions to: 
James Childress, The Boeing Company
Or Dantsker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Derek Spear, U.S. Air Force

The Flight Test Technical Committee invites papers focused on advances in the art and science of testing aerospace vehicles. Successful abstracts shall cover the testing of aerospace vehicles in their natural environment with regard to research, development, acceptance, or operational testing of these craft and/or associated equipment. Papers will cover one or more of the following topics: Applications of new flight test techniques or novel application of classical techniques; advances in instrumentation and data handling; approaches to flight test education and training; testing of autonomous aircraft systems featuring non-deterministic, decision-making processes and intelligent capabilities. Of particular interest are recommended approaches to testing systems of various levels of autonomy, discussing the challenges involved and the methods of testing autonomy in a safe, effective and efficient manner. Other items of interest are discussing new flight test methods needed to validate and verify performance of guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) algorithms in abnormal conditions, decision making, and certification standards. Papers should lend interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the field of flight testing.

  • Current State of Supersonic Aerospace Vehicle Design, Integration and Testing
  • Electric Aerospace Vehicle Flight Test Preparations and Lessons Learned
  • Flight Test Techniques, Measurement Technologies and Approaches to Acquire Crucial Flight Data
  • Flight Testing in the Educational Environment
  • Flight Testing Techniques for Space Vehicles
  • GNC Flight Testing in Abnormal Conditions
  • Special Session: Air Worthiness Lessons Learned
Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Andrew Magstadt, Sierra Nevada Corporation
CJ Doolittle, FlexCompute Inc.

Technical papers are solicited in the areas of computational, experimental and theoretical fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications. Emphases should be on basic research and development, and any methodologies/approaches that rely heavily on (or expand) theoretical understanding. Applied research and advanced technology development topics will also be considered. Papers that present new insights into fluid flow physics, address emerging technical challenges, introduce innovative ideas and tools, promote interdisciplinary and synergistic research, or integrate experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches are strongly encouraged. Additionally desired are papers describing new theoretical constructs for flow physics or those applying established theory from other fields to fluid mechanics to make fundamental advances in our knowledge of the physics of flows.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Active and Passive Flow Control Devices and Applications
  • Boundary Layer Theory
  • Combined Experimental/Numerical/Theoretical Approaches
  • Compressible Flow
  • Flowfield Estimation Theory, Machine Learning, Reduced-Order Modeling, and Data-Driven Modeling
  • Hydrodynamics and Marine Flows
  • Instrumentation and Diagnostic Techniques for Fluid Dynamics
  • Low-Reynolds-Number and Bio-Inspired Flows
  • Multi-Phase Flows
  • Multiphysics and Cross-Disciplinary Flows (e.g. Fluid-Structure Interaction, Combustion, etc.)
  • Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (joint FD/TP)
  • Shock-Boundary Layer Interactions
  • Stability and Transition: Hypersonic
  • Stability and Transition: Subsonic
  • Stability and Transition: Supersonic
  • Stability Theory (Local, Global, Transient Growth)
  • Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows
  • Theoretical Aerodynamics
  • Theory of Flow Control and Controller Design
  • Turbulence Theory, Modeling and Characterization
  • Turbulent Flows (Jets, Wakes, Shear Flows, Wall-Bounded, etc.)
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics and Massively Separated Flows
  • Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Vortex Dynamics and Rotating Flows
  • Special Session: A Database for Testing Reduced-Complexity Modeling Methods in Fluids
  • Special Session: Advances from KSASS (Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences)
  • Special Session: In Memory of John Lin (joint APA/FD)
  • Special Session: Recent Advances in Reduced-Complexity Modeling of Fluid Flows
General Aviation

Please direct questions to: 
Nicholas Borer, NASA Langley Research Center

Technical papers and oral presentations are requested in the area of General Aviation, broadly defined as nonscheduled personal or business travel by air. Topics of interest include aircraft design, technology integration, airspace design/usage, safety, and other challenges associated with this type of travel. Given the broad scope of General Aviation topics, papers may be jointly sponsored with other Technical Disciplines within the forum.

  • Advanced Regional Air Mobility Concepts and Operations
  • Approaches to Increase Affordability and/or Utility of General Aviation Operations
  • Approaches to Reduce Environmental Impact of General Aviation Operations
  • Design, Requirements, or Performance of General Aviation Concepts
  • Improved/Streamlined Certification and Safety Assurance Approaches for Existing or New Concepts
  • Quantification/Improvement of General Aviation Safety through Analysis or New Technologies
  • Simplified Operations/Autonomy for General Aviation
Ground Testing

Please direct questions to:
Brandon Chynoweth, Purdue University
Matthew Kuester, Virginia Tech

Submissions are solicited by the Ground Test Technical Committee on topics related to Ground Testing research, application, and administration. Topics may incorporate facility capabilities (new, upgraded, expanded, or improved), test techniques, test instrumentation, and integration of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or flight data. Submissions from all types of ground test facilities (aerodynamic, propulsion, space environments and systems, etc.) related to any speed regime, Reynolds number, and physical scale are encouraged. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancements in Test Techniques, Test Processes, and Facility Management
  • Capture and Transfer of Knowledge Related to Ground Test Facilities, Systems, and Techniques
  • Data Management and Model Based Engineering Integration in Ground Test Facilities
  • Design, Development, and Performance of New/Modified Ground Test Facilities
  • Development, Application, and Validation of Flow Diagnostics for Use in Ground Test Facilities
  • Developments Resulting in Facility Operational Cost or Productivity Improvements
  • Flow Quality, Data Quality, and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Integration of Ground Testing with CFD and Flight Testing
  • Real-Time Facility Control Systems, Data Acquisition, Processing and Presentation
  • Test Article Design, Fabrication, and Utilization Improvements
  • Unique or Innovative Uses of Existing Ground Test Facilities and Support Systems
  • Other Topics in Ground Testing
High-Speed Air Breathing Propulsion

Please direct questions to:
Zekai Hong, National Research Council Canada
Justin Kirik, Northrup Grumman Corporation

Technical papers are sought for fundamental research and applied development efforts to advance the state of the art of high speed, air breathing propulsion. Topics in numerical analysis, theory, ground test, or flight test are desired. Papers should be relevant to the development, analysis, optimization, or integration of scramjet, ramjet, dual-mode, and their components (e.g. inlets, isolators, combustors, injectors, nozzles).

  • Additive Manufacturing Techniques, Including Thermal-Mechanical Material Characterization
  • Chemical Mechanism or Thermal Models for New Fuels, Including Reduced Models
  • Flowpath or Component Optimization and Performance Prediction
  • Fuel Injection, Mixing, and Flameholding, Including Characterization of Losses or Gains
  • Modeling and Simulation Development, Including Efforts in Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Novel Combined Cycle Concepts
  • Pulse or Rotating Detonation Engines for High Speed Applications
  • Thermal Management
  • Turbine- or Rocket-Based Combined Cycle Concepts
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Propagation
Hybrid Rockets

Please direct questions to:
Trevor Elliott, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Matthew Hitt, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command

This topic involves experimental, theoretical, and numerical work in all areas related to design, novel fuel chemistry, enhancement of fuel and oxidizer performance and internal geometry requirements for liquid, solid, and gaseous fueled Hybrid and Bi-Propellant Rocket Systems for stable operation.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques and Contemporary Materials
  • Combustion Stability, Combustion Dynamics, Mixing, Motor Performance, and Related Issues
  • Descriptions of Current Programs – Their Objectives and Progress to Date
  • Design and Development of Novel Hybrid Rocket Motor Concepts
  • Development and Evaluation of Novel Oxidizer and Fuel Formulations and Combinations
  • Educational STEM Initiatives for Hybrid Propulsion Systems
  • Fuel Characterization, Visualization, and Controls for Hybrid Propulsion Systems
  • Green Propulsion Systems: Design and Application
  • Injector Designs and Effect on Engine Performance and Stability
  • Internal Ballistics Modeling Including Predictive Capability
  • Oxidizer Vaporization, Heat Transfer, Species Evolution, and Mixing of Oxidizer and Fuel Species
Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Please direct questions to:
Ragini Acharya, University of Tennessee Space Institute
Ann Khidekel, Collins Aerospace, RTX

Integration of affordable and innovative propulsion systems has received renewed interest in recent years owing to new vehicle missions, airframe concepts, engine technologies, and exciting ways to exploit these factors for system level improvements. More efficient propulsion system designs and technologies are being investigated that present unique integration challenges for existing and new aircraft designs operating in flight regimes from subsonic through hypersonic. Likewise, new vehicle concepts present interesting integration challenges to these new propulsion systems and technologies in terms of performance and operability. We seek papers exploring the above topics and trends and in the following areas:

  • Boundary Layer Ingesting Inlet Design, Integration and Performance
  • Inlet/Exhaust System Integration Design, Performance, and/or Operability
  • Integration and Performance of Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems
  • Integration of Secondary Power Systems and Impact on Performance
  • Optimization of Propulsion System Design and Integration
  • Propulsion Controls and Integration of Propulsion and Vehicle Controls
  • Propulsors and Subsystems for Air Breathing Electric Propulsion
  • Thermal Management Aspects of Propulsion System Performance
  • Unducted Fan Design, Performance or Analysis

Please direct questions to: 
Scott Sherer, Air Force Research Laboratory 
Rick Graves, Air Force Research Laboratory 

In the ongoing effort to improve the impact of AIAA events for members, ITAR sessions will continue to be organized with the intent of expanding the breadth of topics and emphasizing sessions with relevance to Forum 360 events and major elements of the open technical sessions. Submissions of groups of presentations representing major accomplishments or status updates of significant system development programs are encouraged. Suggested topics for special sessions and panel discussions should be submitted to the technical discipline chairs well in advance of the abstract deadline. While ITAR papers will be considered across all technical disciplines, particular areas of interest are listed below. All abstracts must be unrestricted and cleared for public release, though the final papers and presentations will be ITAR restricted. Please verify that you meet the attendance and submission requirements to present in ITAR sessions. Additional Details

  • Aeroelasticity
  • Digital Engineering
  • Directed Energy Systems
  • Ground Test & Flight Test Capabilities
  • High-Speed Vertical Take-Off & Landing Technology
  • Hypersonics
  • In-Flight Rearming, Recharging, & Refueling Technology
  • Kinetic Weapons Integration
  • Lighter-than-Air Vehicle Technology
  • Propulsion/Airframe Interaction
  • Thermophysics and Heat Transfer
Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
David McDaniel, DoD HPCMP CREATE™

The Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments (MVCE) Technical Committee solicits papers describing tools and techniques that facilitate the simulation of real-world problems in all areas of computational field modeling and simulation, including all parts of the pre- and post-processing toolchains, as well as both serial and parallel software tools, frameworks and environments, and workflows pertaining to the end-to-end simulation process. Application areas of interest cover the full spectrum of aerospace simulations, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational aeroacoustics (CAA), computational solid mechanics (CSM), and computational electromagnetics (CEM).

Papers whose main contribution is specific to flow solver algorithms should be submitted to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Papers that address topics with substantial overlap between CFD and MVCE or may be submitted to either discipline area.

  • Applied Meshing for Real-World and AIAA Workshop Applications
  • Automated Workflows and Toolchains for Large-Scale Post-Processing and Data Synthesis
  • Geometry Modeling for Meshing and Simulation
  • Grid Quality Metrics and Refinement Techniques Related to Solution Accuracy
  • High-Order Meshes and Geometry-Consistent Mesh Generation
  • In Situ/In Transit Computational Environments for Visualization and Data Analytics
  • Mesh Storage, Algorithms, and Workflows for Massively Parallel and Distributed Computing Platforms
  • Meshing Techniques for Moving and/or Deforming Configurations
  • Scalable Techniques for Large (> Billion) Mesh Generation/Adaptation on Current and Emerging Hardware Architectures
  • Solution Adaptive Meshing/Workflows, Error Estimation, and Uncertainty Quantification Techniques
  • Structured, Unstructured, and Overset Meshing and Associated Toolchains and Workflows
  • Visualization, Including Feature Detection, Knowledge Extraction and Capture
Modeling and Simulation Technologies

Please direct questions to: 
Nishanth Goli, Engenius Micro
Thomas Powelson, Lockheed Martin

Modeling and Simulation Technologies seeks papers on the latest findings in the development and application of modeling and simulation particularly related to flight simulator technologies. Areas of interest are rotary-wing and fixed-wing human-in-the-loop simulation, development of full-flight simulators, human factors, air traffic management, unmanned aerial systems training and operations, space vehicle dynamics, and aerospace cybersecurity. Although the discipline is broad in scope, submissions with a link to the development, utilization, and enhancement of flight simulator technologies, including human-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop studies, will be given preference. Submissions relating to exclusive disciplines without an obvious link to flight simulator technologies are more appropriate for other disciplines. Additional Details

  • Design, Development, Testing, and Validation of Human-in-the-Loop Simulations
  • Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Air Traffic Management
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Uninhabited Aerial Systems
  • Model and Simulation Integration
  • Model-Based Design, X-in-the-Loop Simulation, and LVC (Live, Virtual, and Constructive) Simulation
  • Modeling and Simulation for Aerospace Cybersecurity
  • Modeling and Simulation for Certification and Qualification
  • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments
  • Simulation-Based Software Development and Verification
  • Simulator Hardware and Facilities
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Geojoe Kuruvila, The Boeing Company
Turaj Ashuri, Kennesaw State University

AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Technical Committee has been bringing together industry practitioners, government employees, and academics to present and discuss the latest developments in multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization for decades.

With significant progress in algorithms and computing power, multidisciplinary optimization has been successfully carried out for problems ranging from the design of individual components to complex aircraft. Additionally, theoretical advances, from new optimization algorithms to approaches for robust and reliability-based design are playing an ever-growing role in the design and development of air and space vehicles.

Technical papers are sought in areas related to the application of numerical optimization, uncertainty quantification, multi-fidelity analysis methods, and machine learning approaches to multidisciplinary and single disciplinary design optimization of aircraft, spacecraft, and watercraft.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Student Paper Competition.

  • Aerodynamic Design/Shape Optimization
  • Aeroelastic and Aero-Structures Optimization
  • Aircraft Design Optimization
  • Design Optimization of Complex Engineered Systems
  • Emerging Methods, Algorithms and Software Development in MAO
  • Metamodeling, Reduced-Order Models, and Approximation Methods
  • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) integration with MDO
  • Multi-Fidelity Methods for Vehicle Applications
  • Non-deterministic Design Methods and Applications
  • Physics-informed Machine Learning
  • The AGILE4.0 Project
  • Topology Optimization for High-Performance Structures
  • Special Session in Memory of Prof. Manav Bhatia
Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Please direct questions to: 
Eric Matlis, University of Notre Dame

Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, theoretical, or applied research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with application to aerospace systems. Efforts combining contemporary theoretical/computational analyses with experimental verification/validation and which represent notable advancements in the aerospace sciences are especially encouraged. Special consideration will be given to works reporting milestone R&D and/or engineering achievements related to aerospace system application of plasma and laser technologies. Survey papers on the current state of the art and historical perspectives are also desired. Works on femtosecond and short-pulsed laser physics and applications are especially encouraged.

  • Atmospheric and Space Plasmas (Rarefied Plasma, Dusty Plasmas, Lightning, etc.) (joint PDL/ASE)
  • Computational Methods for Plasma (Particle Simulation, MHK, EM, Parallel Computing Algorithms, etc.)
  • Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques (Laser, Flow characterization, Lab Simulation)
  • Aero Optics (Aero-optical measurements and results, beam control, atmospheric aberrations)
  • Laser and Plasma Physics (Laser Plasma, Basic Process, Plasma Surface Interaction, MHD, etc.)
  • Laser-Enabled Plasma Interactions for Aerodynamics and Combustion
  • Physics of Weakly Ionized Plasma (Nonequilibrium Plasma Formation, Discharges, E-Beams)
  • Plasma Actuators (Vortex Generators, Microactuators, Nanosecond Pulses, Novel Designs)
  • Plasma Aerodynamics (Flow Control, Chemical Kinetics, Discharge/Shock Propagation, Ionized Gas Flow)
  • Plasma and Laser Propulsion (Thrusters, Processes, Beamed Energy, Spacecraft Interactions)
  • Plasma Assisted Combustion and Ignition (Pulsed Plasma, DBDs, Microwave and Laser Plasmas, Kinetics)
Pressure Gain Combustion

Please direct questions to: 
Mirko Gamba, University of Michigan

Papers are sought that are pertinent to the development and application of Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC) system with application to propulsion and power systems. Papers on applications are particularly encouraged. PGC covers any periodic process producing work through confinement during heat release. Relevant subtopic areas are listed below. Additional Details 

  • Applications and System Integration
  • Component and Subsystem Design and Evaluation
  • Combustor Testing, Operability, and Performance
  • Measurement and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Physics Modeling and Exploration
Solid Rockets

Please direct questions to: 
Reid Young, Northrop Grumman
Wes Ryan, NASA

Papers are sought that relate to all aspects of solid rocket propulsion systems, including component and system-level design, material development/selection, manufacturing, testing, ballistic prediction methodologies, performance evaluation, and state-of-the art technology advancements. Additional areas of interest include overviews of historical solid propulsion systems, lessons learned from development, testing and flight experience, and current status of upcoming solid rocket motor systems/programs. Discussions focused on STEM initiatives, university capabilities, and shifting or emerging trends in government and industry are also welcome.

  • Acoustic Characterization and Combustion Stability
  • Analytical Uncertainty Quantification and Risk Assessment
  • Case, Nozzle, and Ignition System Design Innovations
  • Controllable Solid Propulsion/Thrust Management Techniques
  • Current Solid Propulsion System Development Efforts and Program Status
  • Future Solid Propulsion Technologies
  • Historic Solid Propulsion Systems and Lessons Learned
  • Modeling and Simulation Advancements
  • Motor Design and System Optimization
  • Propellant Chemistry, Synthesis, and Characterization
  • Propellant Geometry and Ballistics
  • University-Based Solid Rocket Motor Programs

Please direct questions to: 
David Lazzara, The Boeing Company
Darcy Allison, Raytheon

The new Supersonics session is co-listed between the Supersonics Integration & Outreach Committee (IOC), the Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee, and the Transformational Flight IOC. Innovative research contributions related to civil supersonic flight vehicles are solicited. Topics include, but are not limited to, takeoff and community noise, low-speed operations, air traffic management/integration of supersonic vehicles, sonic boom, low-boom design, environmental impact (including high altitude emissions), policy, modeling and simulation, vehicle design, engine design and integration for civil supersonic aircraft, structures, ground/flight testing, manufacturing, economics, operational forecasting, materials, and aeroelasticity.

  • Aerodynamic Performance
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Air-Traffic Management/Integration of Supersonic Vehicles
  • Application of MDAO to Supersonic Vehicle Design
  • Community Noise
  • Conceptual Design Methods
  • Economics
  • Engine Design and Integration for Civil Supersonic Aircraft
  • Environmental Impact, Including High Altitude Emissions
  • Ground/Flight Testing
  • Low-Boom Design
  • Low-Speed Operations
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Operational Forecasting
  • Policy
  • Sonic Boom
  • Structures
  • Uncertainty Quantification for Supersonics Vehicles
  • Other Topics in Supersonics
Terrestrial Energy Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Tarek Abdel-Salam, East Carolina University
Pablo Bueno, Southwest Research Institute

Technical papers are sought that address research, technology development, and the implementation of fuels and fossil-fuel power systems for both aerospace and terrestrial applications. Renewable Energy Technology and Research including Wind, Solar, Hydro, Biomass, Fuel Cells, Photovoltaic, and Geothermal Energy. Energy-Efficient Topics include supercritical combustion, combined heat and power, energy saving technology, advanced combustion, advanced power-cycles, innovative energy management and controls, nuclear power for aerospace and extraterrestrial use, energy storage, thermal management, and advanced materials for power cycles, waste to clean energy, efficiency improvements in engines. Also, technical papers are being sought that address the latest research, developments, and viable new technologies applicable to energy delivery for terrestrial systems, e.g., electric grids, micro grids, district thermal energy systems, ground-based battery charging. Subtopics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advances in Renewable Energy
  • Carbon Capture and Storage, Carbon Sequestration and Utilization
  • Combined Heat, Power with Ultra-Low Emission of Pollutants and sCO2
  • Combustors, Micro-Combustors, Turbines, Advanced Cycles & Designs
  • Energy Management and Green Infrastructure
  • Fire, Super-Critical Combustion
  • Fuel and Heat from Waste and Other Sources
  • Fuels, Alternative Fuels and Novel Combustion Concepts
  • Hydrogen-Powered Systems
  • Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Fossil-Fuel Power Technologies
  • Pollution and Chemical Kinetics, CO2 Use for Fuels and Value Added Products
  • Other Topics in Terrestrial Energy
Thermophysics and Heat Transfer

Please direct questions to: 
Daniil Andrienko, University of Colorado Boulder
Kyle Hanquist, University of Arizona
Sandra Boetcher, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

The Thermophysics Technical Committee continues a 52-year tradition between the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee (TPTC) and the ASME Heat Transfer Division (HTD). Abstracts for topics in thermophysics and heat transfer are solicited on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy and heat transfer and their related aerospace applications for aviation and space flight. Contributions based on analytical, numerical and/or experimental studies are welcomed as are timely survey and review articles. Please contact one of the three Technical Chairs listed above if you would like to help organize a special session. ITAR session topics and ideas are welcomed and encouraged through the ITAR section in the call for papers. To find out more about the past work between AIAA and ASME, click here.

  • Aerothermodynamics and Thermal Protection Systems
  • Ablation: Modeling, Experiments, and Applications
  • Advanced Thermal Management Technology Development and Validation
  • Air Quality and Comfort in Stationary and Mobile Confined Spaces
  • Application of Local or Global Optimization Techniques in Modeling of Heat Transfer Applications
  • CFD of Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (joint FD/TP)
  • Computational Modeling of Heat Pipes
  • Cryogenics and Extreme Environments
  • Emerging Thermal Technologies: 3D Printing, Oscillating Heat Pipes, Thermionics, and Other Areas
  • Fundamentals of Ice Formation and De-Icing
  • Heat and Mass Transfer for Natural and Stationary or Mobile Built Environments
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting
  • Heat Transfer in Chemically Reacting, Explosive, UV and Corrosive Medium, Multicomponent Plasma
  • Heat Transfer in Cooling, Heating, and Power Generation Systems
  • Inverse Analysis Methods in Computational Heat Transfer
  • Methods and Effects of the Urban Heat Island
  • Mini-, Micro-, Nano-, and Multi-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Multiphase, Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, and Two-Phase Heat Transfer
  • Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (joint FD/TP)
  • Novel Computational Methods for Inverse Analysis and Optimization in Computational Heat Transfer
  • Spacecraft Thermal Control and Thermophysics in Spacecraft Applications
  • Theoretical and Computational Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, and Phase Change
  • Thermal Analysis of Industrial Equipment and Systems Operating under Extreme Process Conditions
  • Thermal Management and Thermal Control: Applications, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned
  • Transport Properties and Thermophysical Properties
Transformational Flight Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Siddhartha Krishnamurthy, NASA Langley Research Center
Cedric Justin, Georgia Institute of Technology

Technical papers are requested relating to innovative manned/unmanned aircraft concepts and technologies for emerging markets. One emerging market is Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), which includes urban air mobility (UAM), regional air mobility (RAM), transformational applications with small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), and other transformational missions. Other emerging markets are civil supersonic transportation and civil hypersonic transportation. Topics of interest for all of these aviation markets include aircraft configuration design, electric propulsion integration and component technologies (including hydrogen powertrains), autonomous systems research, market studies, and vehicle operations. Papers on sustainability, ground-infrastructure, and related challenges to vehicle operations may also be submitted. Papers are also requested on transformational applications, design, and/or operations of fixed wing aircraft and vertical and short take-off and landing (VTOL and STOL, or collectively V/STOL) aircraft systems, regardless of propulsion type.

  • Aircraft and Autonomous Systems Testing (joint FT/TF)
  • Electric/Hybrid/Hydrogen Propulsion Integration and Contributory Technologies
  • Innovative/transformational Fixed Wing Aircraft Concepts
  • Improved Certification and Safety Assurance Approaches for Existing or New Concepts (joint GA/TF)
  • Operational and Sustainability Aspects of Urban and other Advanced Air Mobility (UAM and other AAM)
  • Simplified Operations/Autonomy for Regional Air Mobility (joint GA/TF)
  • Small/Medium Unmanned Aircraft Systems Concepts
  • Transformational Civil Supersonics/Hypersonic Integration, Market Studies, and Operations
  • UAM and other AAM Concepts and Market Studies
  • UAM and other AAM Technological Developments Outside North America
  • V/STOL Urban and Regional Air Mobility, Aircraft Design, Analysis, and Testing
Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) Aircraft Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Jacob Cook, NASA
Geoffrey Jeram, U.S. Army
Sienna Whiteside, NASA

The AIAA V/STOL Aircraft Systems Technical Committee (ASTC) invites technical papers with presentations in keeping with the committee's charter to Advance the technology, science, and practice in the design of, and the requirements for, Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing aircraft, their systems, and their methods of operation, while promoting the preservation and dissemination of this knowledge. This committee pursues the V/STOL aspects in Areas of Interest that involve:

  • Aircraft configurations
  • Engines and motors
  • Lift- and thrust-production systems
  • Attitude controls and high-lift devices
  • Flight Control Systems design and operation
  • Optimization of distributed lift and/or thrust production
  • Handling qualities, low- to high-speed maneuverability and agility
  • Navigation and Air Traffic Control
  • Semi- and fully autonomous system design and operation
  • Noise and pollution emissions reduction/suppression
  • Ground operations, including hazard prediction and mitigation
  • Safety of flight and airworthiness certification
  • Concept of Operations, requirements, and regulatory considerations
  • Economic analysis of aircraft design, development, and operations
  • Aircraft Case studies

For Aviation 2022, the V/STOL ASTC calls for papers addressing current Research and Development or the Design, Development, and Operation of the V/STOL subtopics below.

  • Combining Runway Independence of Helicopters with the Payload, Speed, and Range of Mid-Size Jets
  • Cooperative Teaming to Allow Greater Sling-Load Capacity, Formation Hovering, Sensing, etc.
  • Short Takeoff or Landing (STOL) Aircraft Design, Development, and Operation
  • Ultra-Heavy-Lift V/STOL Aircraft (Takeoff Wt. > 100,000 Lbs)
  • V/STOL Air Vehicles that Can Operate a Variety of Settings: Urban, Forested, Mountainous, Maritime
  • V/STOL Ports in Geographically-Constrained Megacities
Student Paper Competitions

The following Student Paper Competitions are being held in conjunction with the Forum:

Student Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student author(s) must be a member of AIAA in order to enter the competition.
  • Student author(s) must be full-time students in good academic standing at their university/institution at the time of submission.
  • Manuscript content represents the work of the author
  • Student(s) must be the primary author(s) of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author(s) was a student.
  • Student author(s) must be able to attend the Forum to present their work should it be selected for presentation.

Student Submission Requirements:

  • Student Paper Competition submissions must adhere to the overall Forum Abstract Submission Requirements.
  • Students must select the “Student Paper Competition” presentation type during the electronic submission process. Do not submit the abstract more than once. Only submissions with Student Paper Competition” presentation type indicated will be eligible for the competition.
  • All submissions must be made by the Forum abstract submission deadline of 10 November 2020, 2000 hrs Eastern Standard Time Zone, USA.
  • For further requirements and instructions, please refer to the detailed descriptions of each Student Paper Competition as described in their call below. 
Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Brett Hiller, NASA Langley Research Center

Undergraduate and Master’s-level graduate students are invited to submit papers for consideration in the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition. Papers should report on original work conducted by the student in collaboration with faculty advisor(s) and mentors. The student submitting a paper for consideration must be the primary author.

Eligibility Requirements & Other Rules:

Entries to the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition must undergo the regular abstract review process, and if accepted, will be included in the regular technical sessions with other papers in their topic area and be archived as AIAA conference papers. When submitting an abstract for the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition, authors must choose a "Presentation Type" from the drop-down menu on the abstract submission website and click on "Student Paper Competition" and select the topic "Applied Aerodynamics”.

The manuscript submission deadline for the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition is the same as the submission deadline. All entries to the Student Paper Competition must be received by this date to be considered in the competition.

Selection Criteria:

The submissions will be judged based on the paper ONLY. Criteria for judging the paper include 1) originality of the work; 2) relevance to the field of Applied Aerodynamics; 3) technical quality and completeness of the work; and 4) clarity and style consistent with AIAA paper guidelines.

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Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Hui Hu, Iowa State University
Steven Barrett, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers for consideration in the Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition. Entries to the Student Paper Competition will be presented in regular technical sessions with other papers in their topic area and archived as AIAA papers.

Eligibility Requirements & Other Rules

To be eligible for this award, the student must be an AIAA member or student member, the primary author of the paper, and in attendance at the conference to present the paper. In addition, all work must have been performed while the author was a student.

Selection Criteria

The written papers will be judged based on the following criteria: (1) originality (is the work original, or is it something that has been addressed in the past); (2) technical quality (appropriate level of technicality and free of errors); (3) organization, completeness, grammar and usage (style and clarity); (4) literature review/acknowledgement of prior work and explanation of the relevance to the work presented in the paper; (5) accuracy of experimental or numerical results (ref. AIAA standards for journals); (6) importance/contribution to field. The student author of the best paper will receive a certificate and a cash award after the conference.

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Computational Fluid Dynaimcs (CFD)

Please direct questions to:
Reetesh Ranjan, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Student Paper Competition provides students the opportunity to share their research findings. Participation is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an engineering or scientific discipline at an accredited college or university.

A cash prize of $300 will be awarded to the first-place winner, $200 to the second place, and $100 to the third place. Awards are based on a combination of the extended abstract, the final conference paper, and the presentation. The judges will use the extended abstracts to initially screen the competition entries. Further details of the eligibility and requirements for the submission and the judging criteria are provided below.

The competition results will be announced after the Aviation Forum, and checks will be mailed to the winners. All submissions must meet the deadlines given in the general information section of this Call for Papers. During the submission, please indicate that the paper is a Student Paper Competition Entry on the title page. Papers submitted to the CFD Student Paper Competition will be presented in regular technical sessions with other papers in the relevant topic area. Student Paper Competition entries will be treated as regular AIAA conference papers in the conference proceedings and will be archived as AIAA papers.

Selection Criteria
Criteria for judging include:
  • The work’s importance in advancing the state of the art
  • The technical approach
  • Rationale for the work
  • Sufficient and consistent results
  • Verification and validation
  • Style, clarity, and format of the paper and presentation

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Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Laura Mainini, Collins Aerospace ART
Ashwin Renganathan, University of Utah

The MDO Student Paper Competition, sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center, encourages undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers to the technical topics listed in this call for papers. Co-authored papers are welcome; however, the first author must be an AIAA member and a registered student at the time the abstract is submitted. The student must have played a primary role in the research and writing of the paper. When submitting an abstract for the MDO Student Paper Competition, authors must choose a "Presentation Type" from the drop-down menu on the abstract submission website and click on "Student Paper Competition" and select the topic "Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization”. This will ensure that the abstract is submitted to the MDO topic. If you are unable to enter the student paper competition, because you must submit to a different topic, then please email the chair (Laura Mainini: and ask to be included. Abstract acceptance notification will occur at the same time as the regular papers. Students will be notified if they are finalists, or not, approximately 2 weeks after the final papers are due. As mentioned above, the finalists will present their papers in a special MDO session during the first day of the AVIATION Forum..

Eligibility Requirements & Other Rules:

The deadline for the student paper abstracts is the same as the conference abstract deadline and the student paper abstracts will be reviewed in the same way as the regular conference abstracts. The full papers of the Student Paper Competition are due at the same time as the regular papers. No extensions will be granted (to the full manuscript submission deadline), if you wish to remain in contention of the award. At the time of the final submission the authors will be required to identify, through a communication to the chair of the competition, the individual contributions of each listed co-author. Papers that do not show primary contributions from the first author will not be considered for this competition.

Selection Criteria

The papers will be judged by expert reviewers, and finalists will be selected to present at a special MDO session during the first day of the AVIATION Forum. The award decision will be based on both the paper and the presentation. The judging criteria are: i) the originality and technical quality of the work and its novelty and importance to the field; ii) the clarity of the presentation, with special emphasis given to visuals and their contribution to the understanding of the material; iii) the clarity of research objectives and the organization and conciseness of the paper. A soft word limit of 5000 will be imposed (not including abstract, figures, captions, or bibliography), with the judges’ discretion used to decide if additional length added meaningful value to the paper. First prize is $2,000 and the runner-up will receive $1,000.

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V/STOL (Vertical/Standard Take-Off and Landing)

Please direct questions to: 
Jacob Cook, NASA
Geoffrey Jeram, U.S. Army

The AIAA V/STOL Aircraft Systems Technical Committee (ASTC) sponsors a Best Student Paper Competition for undergraduate and graduate students at the AIAA AVIATION Forum. Student Paper Competition authors will present their papers early in the conference so that the V/STOL ASTC may recognize the winner at the awards luncheon. Entries to the Student Paper Competition will be archived as AIAA papers. To be eligible for this award, the student must meet the AIAA requirements for student eligibility and student submissions.

Eligibility Requirements & Other Rules:

Entries to the V/STOL Aircraft Systems Student Paper Competition will undergo the regular abstract review process. When submitting an abstract for the V/STOL Aircraft Systems Student Paper Competition, authors must choose the "Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) Aircraft Systems" technical discipline.

Selection Criteria:

The papers and presentations will be judged based on the following criteria and weighting:

  • Technical quality: Rigor and elegance of arguments and/or design, quality and accuracy of experimental or numerical results (ref. AIAA standards for journals); (40%)
  • Originality: Originality of the paper's subject; (20%)
  • Importance: Literature review and explanation of the paper subject's relevance and contribution to the field; (20%)
  • Style and clarity: Organized, complete, concise, and grammatically correct; (20%)

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Flow Visualization Showcase

Please direct questions to:
Ivan Bermejo-Moreno
CJ Doolittle, FlexCompute Inc.

The Annual Flow Visualization Showcase will provide an opportunity to display computational and/or experimental fluid-dynamics visualizations that support a technical concept. It is open to anyone who submits an abstract to Applied Aerodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Meshing, Visualization and Computational Environments, or Plasma Dynamics and Lasers. Submissions will be considered for this event whether or not the abstract is accepted. See below for instructions if you do not have an abstract for a technical paper and would like to participate.

The flow visualization should enhance the understanding of the flow, rather than be simply an impressive visual display. The event will last approximately two hours, during which authors will be assigned a 30-minute slot to describe their visualizations to attendees and judges. It is recommended that the visualization be 3–5 minutes in length and run on a loop. Large-screen displays will be provided. The submissions will be judged and a 1st place award presented in each of the following categories at the conclusion of the event: (1) Most Artistic Flow Visualization, (2) Most Quantitatively Descriptive Flow Visualization, and (3) Most Comprehensive Flow Visualization. Each of the 3 winners will be asked for a copy of their visualization to display on the FDTC or AIAA website as well as sign a release form for AIAA. Winning visualizations from the past showcases will be available for review by spring 2021.

To indicate your interest in participating, please check the box during Step 2 of the abstract submission process available within participating technical disciplines. If you would like to participate in the showcase, but do not plan on submitting an abstract for a technical paper and presentation, email the contacts above with a short abstract. Participants will be emailed to verify interest in showcase participation after abstract notifications are sent.


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