The AIAA Foundation Announces the Winners of Its 2013 - 2014 Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition Written 24 September 2014




The AIAA Foundation Announces the Winners of Its
2013-2014 Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition

September 24, 2014 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation has announced the winners of its 2013 – 2014 Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition.

. The 2013 – 2014 competition required teams to design an advanced, turbo-prop powered passenger aircraft.

The winners are:

  • First place: “Team University of Kansas,” Lawrence, Kansas (Kan.), for their design “Jayhawk Economic Turboprop Transport (J.E.T.T).”Team members: Brandon Basgall, Katie Constant, Alejandra Escalera, Eleazar Lachino, Adrian Lee and Emily Thompson. Ron Barrett, faculty adviser.

  • Second place: “Team Efficient Regional Aircraft,” California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly State Univ.), San Luis Obispo, California (Calif.), for their design “The Aeolus.” Team members: May Chauvin, Michael Duffield, Michael Labdon, Cameron Law, Juan Lazarin, Kyle Rom and Connor Sousa. Nicholas Brake and Bruce Wright, faculty advisers.

  • Third place (tie): “Team University of Kansas,” Lawrence, Kan., for their design “Dragonfly.” Team members: Ryan Evans, Luiz Toledo, Nathan Smith, Ryan Su and Yinglong Xu. Ron Barrett, faculty adviser.

  • Third Place (tie): “Team Eta Aviation,” Cal Poly State Univ., San Luis Obispo, Calif., for their design “Aria.”Team members: Victor Hernandez, William Hilgenberg, Doug Howe, David Kuratomi, Tyler Swope and Robert Weinberg. Nicholas Brake and Bruce Wright, faculty advisers.

“The AIAA Foundation’s Team Undergraduate Aircraft Design Competition provides a unique opportunity to undergraduate and graduate students by exposing them to the challenges inherent in aircraft design,” said Hernando Jimenez, a member of the research faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, and chair of AIAA’s Aircraft Design Technical Committee. “More importantly, this competition allows students to synthesize a wealth of technical knowledge and skills, acquired over the years in academic courses and puts them into practice.” Jiminez concluded “by competing in this competition, and the other design competitions offered by the AIAA Foundation, students also sharpen many non-technical skills like teamwork, decision-making and negotiation of design solutions, effective written and oral communication, and time management among others. I believe this is an important contribution to the formation of well-rounded and highly capable professionals that will help shape and lead the aerospace domain in the future.”

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




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