AIAA Foundation Announces Winner of 2013-2014 Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition Written 20 August 2014




AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of 2013-2014 Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition
Top Honors Won by Team from University of Kansas

August 20, 2014 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the AIAA Foundation/American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) International Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition, held in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 30.

The winners are:

  • First Prize, $2,500: “Team Casa 25,” The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Team lead: Sunayan Mullick. Team members: Samuel Cott, Adrian Kok, Chiang Lee, and Alex Sizemore. Faculty advisor: Saeed Farokhi.

  • Second Prize, $1,500: “Team MSTY,” The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Team lead: Mary Pat Whittaker. Team members: Sean Derry, Tonderai Kambarami and Yinglong Xu. Faculty advisor: Saeed Farokhi.

  • Third Prize, $1,000: “Team NEO-FBG,” TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey. Team members: Firat Kiyici, Bertan Ozkan, Ozancan Kocaman and Nihan Tunar. Faculty advisor: Sitki Uslu.

“For over 25 years the International Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition has challenged teams of students to create the design for an original propulsion system that conforms to a set request for proposals seeking to improve upon an actual ‘real-world’ engine design,” said the competition’s chair Ian Halliwell, an AIAA Associate Fellow and principal engineer at Power Systems Manufacturing LLC, in Jupiter, Florida. “The challenge requires collaboration, hard work, and the ability of the team to reach beyond their classroom knowledge of propulsion theory and kindle that spark of creativity that is a hallmark of the aerospace community. The three teams selected to compete in the final round of the competition received an added experience – presenting their design, as they will in a work setting, to a panel of evaluators who questioned, scrutinized and rated their work to determine the winners. By closely simulating future workplace conditions, we are confident that students will emerge from school better prepared to shape the future of aerospace.”

This year’s competition asked teams to design a candidate engine for a supersonic business jet, capable of traveling from Europe to North America and back within one business day.

“It’s always great to see undergraduate students taking part in these types of competitions because they are gaining the practical experience necessary to enter the workforce and actively take a role in shaping the future of aerospace,” said Sandra Magnus, AIAA’s executive director.

For more information on the AIAA Foundation/ASME IGTI International Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition, please contact Stephen Brock at 703.264.7536 or

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