AIAA Foundations Announces AIAA Region II Student Paper Competition Winners Written 2 May 2013




AIAA Foundation Announces AIAA Region II Student Paper Competition Winners
150 Students from 16 Universities Competed on the Campus of North Carolina State University

May 2, 2013 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation has announced the winners of its AIAA Region II Student Paper Competition, held April 8–9, on the campus of North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, N.C. 150 students from 16 universities and colleges took part in the competition.

The winners are:

  • Masters Division: First place: Andrew Fist,University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI), Tullahoma, Tenn., for his paper “Improved Mean Flow Solution for Solid Rocket Motors.” Second place: Dimitri Kavelakis, UTSI, for his paper “Nusselt Number Correlation for Cyclonically-Cooled Liquid Rocket Engines.” Third place: Yi Zhang Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona, Fla., for his paper “Measuring Attenuation of Polymer Materials Using Drop Ball Test.”

  • Undergraduate Division: First place: Lauren McManus, Auburn University (AU), Auburn, Ala., for her paper “Plenoptic Camera to Study Three-Dimensional Turbulent Flow over Vortex Generators.” Second place: Eric Robertson, Mississippi State University (MSU), Mississippi State University, Miss., for his paper “Two- and Three-Dimensional Laminar and Turbulent Flow Simulations Using OpenFOAM.” Third place: Hisham Ali, University of Alabama (U. of Ala.), Tuscaloosa, Ala., for his paper “Identifying and Testing Candidate Parts and Techniques for Rapid Prototyping in Microgravity.”

  • Team Division: First place: Josiah Thomas, Bryant Finney, Annalisa Fowler, and Iris Lin, University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Ala., for their paper “ATeP – UAV Sensor Testing Platform.” Second place: Eric Citron, John Hamilton, Stephen Jacobson, and Karl Mecklenborg, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., for their paper “Energy Savings/Recovery With Industrial Exhaust Stack Redesign.” Third place: Philip Cross, Michael Holmes, Austin Millwood, Randy Panacek, Rohan Patel, and Andrew Twesme, AU, for their paper: “Design and Testing of a UAV with Internal and Asymmetric External Store Requirements.”

  • Regional Team Design Division: First Place: Ahren Leith, Jacob Edwards, and Erik Gutekunst, NCSU, for their paper “Improving Operational Effectiveness of the U.S. Coast Guard through the Use of Unmanned Systems.” Second place: Jacob Shapiro, Kyle Kreiter, Douglas Meade, and Naveen Saini, The University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, Fla., for their paper “UF Rocket Team – The Most Interesting Rocket in the World.” Third place: Hisham Ali, Michael Bradshaw, Alan Hawkins, Dillon Malone, and Mark Wysock, U. of Ala., for their paper “The University of Alabama Hovercraft Team.”

  • Freshman/Sophomore Open Topic Division: First place: Eric Gonzalez and Vencut Viewly, UF, for their paper “Effects of Long-Term Microgravity Exposure on Human Physiology.” Second place: Blake Krause and Joshua Thibaudeau, UAH, for their paper “Deployable Stable Particle Deflector for Cubesats.” Third place: Lexington Studevant,UA, for his paper “Use of Electromagnets and Ducted Fans for Propulsion on Ultralight and Light-Sport Aircraft.”

  • Community Outreach Division: First place: DeAnna Brown and Amy Sanford, MSU, for their paper “Mississippi State University Space Cowboys Community Outreach.” There was a tie for Second place between Sahadeo Ramjatan and Kevin Lane, UFA, for their paper “University of Florida Small Satellite Design Club Community Outreach,” and Markus Murdy and Mark Becnel, UAH, for their paper “STEM Outreach – Engaging 8th Graders with Astronauts through the ARISS Program.” Third place: Matthew Hitt, Adam Dziubanek and Josiah Thomas, UAH, for their paper “UAH Community Outreach.”

Other schools taking part in the competition were: Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla.; Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.; Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.; University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.; University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn.; and the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

Please visit AIAA Foundation Student Paper Conferences for more information.

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