Fifteen AIAA Student Members Named to 20 Twenties List Written 3 March 2016

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15 AIAA Student Members Named to 20 Twenties List
Awards Recognize Outstanding Engineering, Math, Science and Technology Students

March 3, 2016 – Reston, Va. – Fifteen student members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) have been named winners of Aviation Week Network’s awards program, “Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties.”

“AIAA congratulates its student members who have been named as awardees in the 20 Twenties program,” said Sandra Magnus, AIAA executive director. “Each of these outstanding students is making significant contributions to their fields of study – ranging from cryptology to autonomous systems to propulsion – as well as working to make the world a better place. Their research is shaping not only the future of aerospace, but the future of humanity, and each nominee is uniquely worthy of our praise and this award.”

The winners will be honored during Aviation Week’s 59th Annual Laureate Awards on March 3 at the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C.

The awardees are:

  • Deepak M. Atyam, Purdue University

  • Trevor J. Bennett,University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Kathrine N. Bretl, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Imon Chakraborty, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Wout De Backer, University of South Carolina

  • Sylvie DeLaHunt, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Markus Geiss,University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Thomas B. Green, University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Viha Parekh, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

  • Elaine Petro, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Ariel Sandberg, University of Michigan

  • James P. Stewart, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Lauren N. Trollinger, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Christopher Weston, University of Michigan

  • Tyrell Tysheen Yorke, Tuskegee University

Penton's Aviation Week Network created the "Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties," awards to recognize top engineering, math, science and technology students. The program connects the next generation of aerospace and defense talent with established leaders who have created many of the "firsts" driving innovation in the 21st century.



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