AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of 2012-2013 Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition Written 3 September 2013

(AIAA Communications 2008–2017)

September 3, 2013 – Reston, Va. – A team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has won first prize in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation’s annual Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition. Representatives of the team will present their design on September 10, 2013, at the AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.

The 2012–2013 competition asked teams to submit a conceptual design and architecture for a space-based solar power system.

The winners are:

  • First Prize: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,for “Conceptual Design for a Space Based Solar Power System.” Team members: Cory Cameron, Philip Freidin, Brian Levine, Izan Peris Marti, Michael Reindl, Jason Swenson, John Teuber, and Ernest Company Vallet. Faculty advisor: David Carroll. The team will receive an award of $1,500 from the AIAA Foundation.

  • Second Prize: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for “Future Power Systems.”Team members: James Broches, Yolanda Dionicio, Laura Richardson, Kevin Skender, Tomasz Slota, Nick Virgilio, Ariel Wilhelmsen, Joshua Zimmerman. Faculty Advisor: David Carroll. The team will receive an award of $750 from the AIAA Foundation.

  • Third Prize: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., for “1 GW Space-Based Solar Power System Architecture.” Team members: Andrew Allan, Jerry Bracken, Michelle Camagay, Clayton Lay, Hien Le, James Liu, Ross Randall, and Joshua Rottenbacher. Faculty Advisor: Donald Edberg. The team will receive an award of $500 from the AIAA Foundation.

For more information on the AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition, please contact Rachel Andino at 703.264.7577 or

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