AIAA Announces 2019 Region II Student Conference Winners Written 26 April 2019


CONTACT: John Blacksten  

April 25, 2019 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Region II Student Conference winners.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsors student conferences in each AIAA region for student members at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students present their research and are judged on technical content and clarity of communication by professional members from industry.

Held from 4 to 5 April, the 2019 Region II Student Conference was hosted by the AIAA Florida Institute of Technology Student Branch. There were 247 student members representing 16 universities within Region II. Students presented 68 research papers related to the field of aeronautics and astronautics over the two-day event.

In addition to the competition, the conference provides a venue for students to share AIAA experiences, participate in social activities, connect with industry professionals, and exchange ideas about current topics in aerospace engineering.

Since 2018, Lockheed Martin Corporation’s generous donation to the AIAA Foundation has supported the Regional Student Conferences and the International Student Conference. Funding was provided to the student conference in each region to organize the conference as well as provide prize money for the three categories supported by the AIAA Foundation.

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

Please visit the AIAA Regional Student Conferences website ( to learn more about the conferences or contact Rachel Dowdy at or 703.264.7577.

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