The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsors student conferences in each AIAA Region as a means to encourage students in aerospace-related fields to discuss research, exchange knowledge, and generate interest in the field of aerospace engineering. 

The AIAA Region II Student Conference is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research to their peers and professional members from industry. The students’ papers and presentations—in three categories: Undergraduate, Masters, and Undergraduate Team— will be judged and eligible for monetary prizes.

2019 Region II Student Conference Winners

Undergraduate Category

  • 1st place – Airfoil Lift Calculation Using Wind Tunnel Wall Pressures, Sreevishnu Oruganti and Shreyas Narsipur, North Carolina State University
  • 2nd place – Developing a Robust Crack Detection System for Deployment on a UAV Platform, William J. Bell, Mississippi State University
  • 3rd place – Damage Tolerance Investigation of Hybrid Structure under Low-Velocity Impact, Benjamin R. Ingling and Dr. Stephanie C. TerMaath, University of Tennessee

Masters Category

  • 1st place – Design and Testing of a Fault-tolerant Space Suit, J. Sublett, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2nd place – Simulation of Langmuir Probe Response to a Non-Maxwellian Plasma, Alicia C. Sherrod and Trevor Moeller, University of Tennessee Space Institute
  • 3rd place – Experimental Evaluation of Methods for Performance Enhancement of Paraffin Fueled Hybrid Rocket Motors, Reed M. Clay, Mississippi State University

Team Category

  • 1st place – Implementation and Vårification of a Versatile GN&C and Flight Software Architecture for an Active Control Launch System, Kunal S. Gangolli, Athreya Gundamraj, Wyatt Hoppa, and Shrivathsav Seshan, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2nd place – High Altitude/Mach Rocket, Reed Antonich, Jarrett Elrod, Ethan Hunt, David Lomonte, William McCormick, Amanda Noori, Jesse Nyffenegger, and Siliviu Solomon, Florida Institute of Technology
  • 3rd place – Design and Development of an Autonomous Payload Return Vehicle, Sean Widmier, Thomas Salverson, Colin Oberthur, An Nguyen, Sean Mitchell, Kyle Daigle, and Trystan May, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Region II Sponsors Additional Categories for this Student Conference. The Winners are as Follows:

Freshman/Sophomore Open Topic Competition

The Freshman & Sophomore Open Topic category provides students an opportunity to experience participating in the paper competition without requiring the submissions to held to the level of depth of the technical paper competition. 

  • 1st Place  - Propulsion Methods for Interplanetary and Interstellar Space Travel Alyssa Dellinger, North Paulding High School

Community Outreach Competition

The Community Outreach category allows university students to describe activities where they have mentored students from Kindergarten to High School. 

  • 1st Place - FIT Community Outreach, Florida Institute of Technology
  • 2nd Place - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Community Outreach, Daytona Beach, FL
  • 3rd Place – AIAA Community Outreach for Student Branch at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

Regional Design Team Competition

The Regional Design Team Category is for teams of three or more students that have worked on an engineering project together.  No written paper is required as this is a presentation only category.

  • 1st Place – 2018-2019 AIAA Textron Aviation/Raytheon Missile Systems – Student Design, Build, Fly Competition. Florida Institute of Technology
  • 2nd Place – Development of an Attitude Determination and Control System for a 27U CubeSat, University of Alabama
  • 3rd Place – Advanced Transport via Electro Magnetic Injection System (ARTEMIS) Design Project, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

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Call for Papers

Manage Submissions

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsors student conferences in each AIAA Region as a means to encourage students in aerospace-related fields to discuss research, exchange knowledge, and generate interest in the field of aerospace engineering. This Call for Papers solicits papers for the 2019 AIAA Region II Student Conference. 

The conference’s three categories—Undergraduate, Masters, and Undergraduate Team—each have three prizes that are funded by the AIAA Foundation. The prizes are as follows: 

Prizes
  • First place: $500 and a trip to the 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum in January, for one author
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $250  

Region II sponsors additional categories for this student conference. The prizes are as follows: 

For the Regional Design Team Competition, the prizes are recognition for first, second, and third place teams.    

   Freshman/Sophomore Open Topic Competition

  • First place: $125
  • Second place: $75
  • Third place: $50 

   Community Outreach Competition

  • First place: $200
  • Second place: $100
  • Third place: $50
Category Descriptions
AIAA Foundation Categories

Undergraduate Category
For the undergraduate student category, no more than two student authors may prepare and/or present a paper at any AIAA student competition. Topics submitted may not be the same or a part of any project involving more than two students. Papers prepared jointly by an undergraduate and Master's student will be scored in the Master's category. 

Masters Category
For the Master's student category, no more than two student authors may prepare and/or present a paper at any AIAA student competition. Topics submitted may not be the same or a part of any project involving more than two students. Papers prepared jointly by an undergraduate and Master's student will be scored in the Master's category. 

Team Category
If three of more students were involved in the project effort, then the paper must be entered in the Team category. Team paper entries may be from a mix of both undergraduate and Master’s level participants.

Region II Categories

Community Outreach Category
The Community Outreach category allows university students to describe activities where they have mentored students from Kindergarten to High School. Only one paper should be submitted for each outreach program at each student branch. This category of a 1-page talking-paper and 10 minute presentation. 

Students are encouraged to participate with local design competitions at the high school level (MESA, NASA, Conrad Foundation, Real World Design, and others) to provide technical mentoring and role models for younger students. Other examples might include presenting talks to local K-12 students about design work/projects they are accomplishing as college engineering students. AIAA hopes to promote interaction between our student membership and K-12 students that stimulates students interest in pursuing an aerospace education and career. 

  • The Community Outreach category is open to all student members.
  • This category requires a one page talking paper.
  • The presentation of work will be limited to 10 minutes.

Freshman & Sophomore Open Topic Category
The Freshman & Sophomore Open Topic category provides students an opportunity to experience participating in the paper competition without requiring the submissions to held to the level of depth of the technical paper competition. 

Freshman and Sophomore students are welcome to submit their work in the technical paper competition instead if they feel that their work is better suited for that category. 

  • The Open Topic category is open only to Freshman and Sophomores.
  • Paper submissions need to follow the same formatting guidelines as the technical paper categories 
    (Submitting Documents).
  • The presentation of work will follow the same guidelines as the technical paper categories.
  • No more than two student authors may prepare and/or present a paper in this category.
  • Any engineering related topic will be acceptable for this category (including aerospace historical topics).

Regional Design Category
Teams in this category will only submit a letter of intent.

  1. Design teams are to consist of three or more students. These students may be any combination of graduate and undergraduate students.
  2. Any topic appropriate for engineering design is eligible for the design competition.
  3. Except by prior arrangement with the Judging Coordinator, ALL MEMBERS of the design team must attend the conference. 
  4. A letter of intent to participate must be received by the Judging Coordinator. The Letter of Intent will be uploaded directly through the regional conference website.  The letter of intent will be due the same date as the manuscripts are due for other categories.
  5. The letter must include the following:
  6. Each Student Branch is allowed to enter multiple design teams in the design competition. Student delegates should be limited to participate in only one design team. The conference reserves the right to ask a school that is bringing multiple design teams, to reduce that number if the need arises due to space or scheduling conflicts.

Important Dates to Remember:

Abstracts Due: 18 February 2019 2359 hrs EST
Papers Due: 01 March 2019 2359 hrs EST
Registration Deadline: 18 February 2019 2359 EDT
Registration Cancellation Deadline: 27 March 2019 2359 EDT 
Conference Date: 4-5 April 2019

Student Paper Conference Rules 

Preparation of Papers for AIAA Technical Conferences

For registration information, paper submission, and all logistics, please bookmark this site. You will be notified when your abstract has been accepted.  

Questions?
 Please contact Student Conference Organizer, Cassy Dellinger.

Hotel & Travel

The 2019 AIAA Region II Student Conference will be hosted by the Florida Institute of Technology and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the International Palms Resort and Conference Center in Cocoa Beach, Florida. 

Hotel costs for professional members will not be paid for by the conference. Professional members will be included in the conference hotel room block but will need to pay the hotel directly for their room. 

At conference registration, each delegate receives tickets for the events (luncheon, banquet, and field trip) which he or she chose on their registration form. There will be no reimbursal for transportation. 

The hotel allotment is calculated by multiplying the number of school delegates staying in the hotel times the hotel allowance times three nights. This will cover the housing costs for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights at the agreed hotel rate per night per person with four people per room. Each delegate is responsible directly to the hotel for the payment of his or her individual hotel bill (for incidentals). 

The room rates for the 2019 Conference are $110.88 per night. The conference will be paying for the cost of the rooms on a master account. Each student will be expected to give the hotel a credit card number for incidentals during their stay (phone calls, room service, etc). The conference will pay $83.16 per student delegate in each room (or, 1/4 of the room). If you choose to stay with less than 4 people in a room, you will be required to pay for a portion of the room. This payment will be due to AIAA when you pay your registration fee.  Faculty and Professional attendees will be required to pay 100% of their own room costs directly to the hotel. The amounts per student delegate are as follows: 

Per delegate cost for entire conference (3 nights)

One delegate in room: $249.48
Two delegates in room: $83.16
Three delegates in room: $27.72
Four delegates in room: $0.00

One delegate & Spouse in room:  

$249.48


Exhibit or Sponsor

Premier Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors and Partners

Dynetics-Logo
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FIT-Logo
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Moog-Inc-logo
NeXolve-logo
Mike-and-Nancy-Freeman
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UT-Space-Institute-logo
Embry-Riddle-Logo
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Silver Sponsors and Partners

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsors student conferences in each AIAA Region as a means to encourage students in aerospace-related fields to discuss research, exchange knowledge, and generate interest in the field of aerospace engineering. 

The AIAA Region II Student Conference is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research to their peers and professional members from industry. The students’ papers and presentations—in three categories: Undergraduate, Masters, and Undergraduate Team— will be judged and eligible for monetary prizes.

2019 Region II Student Conference Winners

Undergraduate Category

  • 1st place – Airfoil Lift Calculation Using Wind Tunnel Wall Pressures, Sreevishnu Oruganti and Shreyas Narsipur, North Carolina State University
  • 2nd place – Developing a Robust Crack Detection System for Deployment on a UAV Platform, William J. Bell, Mississippi State University
  • 3rd place – Damage Tolerance Investigation of Hybrid Structure under Low-Velocity Impact, Benjamin R. Ingling and Dr. Stephanie C. TerMaath, University of Tennessee

Masters Category

  • 1st place – Design and Testing of a Fault-tolerant Space Suit, J. Sublett, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2nd place – Simulation of Langmuir Probe Response to a Non-Maxwellian Plasma, Alicia C. Sherrod and Trevor Moeller, University of Tennessee Space Institute
  • 3rd place – Experimental Evaluation of Methods for Performance Enhancement of Paraffin Fueled Hybrid Rocket Motors, Reed M. Clay, Mississippi State University

Team Category

  • 1st place – Implementation and Vårification of a Versatile GN&C and Flight Software Architecture for an Active Control Launch System, Kunal S. Gangolli, Athreya Gundamraj, Wyatt Hoppa, and Shrivathsav Seshan, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2nd place – High Altitude/Mach Rocket, Reed Antonich, Jarrett Elrod, Ethan Hunt, David Lomonte, William McCormick, Amanda Noori, Jesse Nyffenegger, and Siliviu Solomon, Florida Institute of Technology
  • 3rd place – Design and Development of an Autonomous Payload Return Vehicle, Sean Widmier, Thomas Salverson, Colin Oberthur, An Nguyen, Sean Mitchell, Kyle Daigle, and Trystan May, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Region II Sponsors Additional Categories for this Student Conference. The Winners are as Follows:

Freshman/Sophomore Open Topic Competition

The Freshman & Sophomore Open Topic category provides students an opportunity to experience participating in the paper competition without requiring the submissions to held to the level of depth of the technical paper competition. 

  • 1st Place  - Propulsion Methods for Interplanetary and Interstellar Space Travel Alyssa Dellinger, North Paulding High School

Community Outreach Competition

The Community Outreach category allows university students to describe activities where they have mentored students from Kindergarten to High School. 

  • 1st Place - FIT Community Outreach, Florida Institute of Technology
  • 2nd Place - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Community Outreach, Daytona Beach, FL
  • 3rd Place – AIAA Community Outreach for Student Branch at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

Regional Design Team Competition

The Regional Design Team Category is for teams of three or more students that have worked on an engineering project together.  No written paper is required as this is a presentation only category.

  • 1st Place – 2018-2019 AIAA Textron Aviation/Raytheon Missile Systems – Student Design, Build, Fly Competition. Florida Institute of Technology
  • 2nd Place – Development of an Attitude Determination and Control System for a 27U CubeSat, University of Alabama
  • 3rd Place – Advanced Transport via Electro Magnetic Injection System (ARTEMIS) Design Project, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

View Photos

Call for Papers

Manage Submissions

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsors student conferences in each AIAA Region as a means to encourage students in aerospace-related fields to discuss research, exchange knowledge, and generate interest in the field of aerospace engineering. This Call for Papers solicits papers for the 2019 AIAA Region II Student Conference. 

The conference’s three categories—Undergraduate, Masters, and Undergraduate Team—each have three prizes that are funded by the AIAA Foundation. The prizes are as follows: 

Prizes
  • First place: $500 and a trip to the 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum in January, for one author
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $250  

Region II sponsors additional categories for this student conference. The prizes are as follows: 

For the Regional Design Team Competition, the prizes are recognition for first, second, and third place teams.    

   Freshman/Sophomore Open Topic Competition

  • First place: $125
  • Second place: $75
  • Third place: $50 

   Community Outreach Competition

  • First place: $200
  • Second place: $100
  • Third place: $50
Category Descriptions
AIAA Foundation Categories

Undergraduate Category
For the undergraduate student category, no more than two student authors may prepare and/or present a paper at any AIAA student competition. Topics submitted may not be the same or a part of any project involving more than two students. Papers prepared jointly by an undergraduate and Master's student will be scored in the Master's category. 

Masters Category
For the Master's student category, no more than two student authors may prepare and/or present a paper at any AIAA student competition. Topics submitted may not be the same or a part of any project involving more than two students. Papers prepared jointly by an undergraduate and Master's student will be scored in the Master's category. 

Team Category
If three of more students were involved in the project effort, then the paper must be entered in the Team category. Team paper entries may be from a mix of both undergraduate and Master’s level participants.

Region II Categories

Community Outreach Category
The Community Outreach category allows university students to describe activities where they have mentored students from Kindergarten to High School. Only one paper should be submitted for each outreach program at each student branch. This category of a 1-page talking-paper and 10 minute presentation. 

Students are encouraged to participate with local design competitions at the high school level (MESA, NASA, Conrad Foundation, Real World Design, and others) to provide technical mentoring and role models for younger students. Other examples might include presenting talks to local K-12 students about design work/projects they are accomplishing as college engineering students. AIAA hopes to promote interaction between our student membership and K-12 students that stimulates students interest in pursuing an aerospace education and career. 

  • The Community Outreach category is open to all student members.
  • This category requires a one page talking paper.
  • The presentation of work will be limited to 10 minutes.

Freshman & Sophomore Open Topic Category
The Freshman & Sophomore Open Topic category provides students an opportunity to experience participating in the paper competition without requiring the submissions to held to the level of depth of the technical paper competition. 

Freshman and Sophomore students are welcome to submit their work in the technical paper competition instead if they feel that their work is better suited for that category. 

  • The Open Topic category is open only to Freshman and Sophomores.
  • Paper submissions need to follow the same formatting guidelines as the technical paper categories 
    (Submitting Documents).
  • The presentation of work will follow the same guidelines as the technical paper categories.
  • No more than two student authors may prepare and/or present a paper in this category.
  • Any engineering related topic will be acceptable for this category (including aerospace historical topics).

Regional Design Category
Teams in this category will only submit a letter of intent.

  1. Design teams are to consist of three or more students. These students may be any combination of graduate and undergraduate students.
  2. Any topic appropriate for engineering design is eligible for the design competition.
  3. Except by prior arrangement with the Judging Coordinator, ALL MEMBERS of the design team must attend the conference. 
  4. A letter of intent to participate must be received by the Judging Coordinator. The Letter of Intent will be uploaded directly through the regional conference website.  The letter of intent will be due the same date as the manuscripts are due for other categories.
  5. The letter must include the following:
  6. Each Student Branch is allowed to enter multiple design teams in the design competition. Student delegates should be limited to participate in only one design team. The conference reserves the right to ask a school that is bringing multiple design teams, to reduce that number if the need arises due to space or scheduling conflicts.

Important Dates to Remember:

Abstracts Due: 18 February 2019 2359 hrs EST
Papers Due: 01 March 2019 2359 hrs EST
Registration Deadline: 18 February 2019 2359 EDT
Registration Cancellation Deadline: 27 March 2019 2359 EDT 
Conference Date: 4-5 April 2019

Student Paper Conference Rules 

Preparation of Papers for AIAA Technical Conferences

For registration information, paper submission, and all logistics, please bookmark this site. You will be notified when your abstract has been accepted.  

Questions?
 Please contact Student Conference Organizer, Cassy Dellinger.

Hotel & Travel

The 2019 AIAA Region II Student Conference will be hosted by the Florida Institute of Technology and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the International Palms Resort and Conference Center in Cocoa Beach, Florida. 

Hotel costs for professional members will not be paid for by the conference. Professional members will be included in the conference hotel room block but will need to pay the hotel directly for their room. 

At conference registration, each delegate receives tickets for the events (luncheon, banquet, and field trip) which he or she chose on their registration form. There will be no reimbursal for transportation. 

The hotel allotment is calculated by multiplying the number of school delegates staying in the hotel times the hotel allowance times three nights. This will cover the housing costs for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights at the agreed hotel rate per night per person with four people per room. Each delegate is responsible directly to the hotel for the payment of his or her individual hotel bill (for incidentals). 

The room rates for the 2019 Conference are $110.88 per night. The conference will be paying for the cost of the rooms on a master account. Each student will be expected to give the hotel a credit card number for incidentals during their stay (phone calls, room service, etc). The conference will pay $83.16 per student delegate in each room (or, 1/4 of the room). If you choose to stay with less than 4 people in a room, you will be required to pay for a portion of the room. This payment will be due to AIAA when you pay your registration fee.  Faculty and Professional attendees will be required to pay 100% of their own room costs directly to the hotel. The amounts per student delegate are as follows: 

Per delegate cost for entire conference (3 nights)

One delegate in room: $249.48
Two delegates in room: $83.16
Three delegates in room: $27.72
Four delegates in room: $0.00

One delegate & Spouse in room:  

$249.48


Exhibit or Sponsor

Premier Sponsors

AIAAF-logo
LM-logo

Gold Sponsors and Partners

Dynetics-Logo
FedEx-logo
Region-II-Pro-Sections
Bama-west-coast-mafia-logo
AR-Logo
bwxt_logo
FIT-Logo
Kord-Technologies-Logo
Moog-Inc-logo
NeXolve-logo
Mike-and-Nancy-Freeman
Jacobs-Logo
UT-Space-Institute-logo
Embry-Riddle-Logo
45-SW-PNG
US-Army-Logo
Army_AFC_Crest
Aviation-and-missile-center-logo

Silver Sponsors and Partners

Bama-by-Distance-Logo
ULA-Logo
Alan-and-Nikki-Lowrey
AIAA-Palm-Beach-Section
MSU-Bagley-SoE-Logo
USCarolina-Logo
USAF-logo
AIAA-Savanah-Section-logo