AIAA Announces 2019 Region V Student Conference Winners Written 30 April 2019


CONTACT: John Blacksten  

April 30, 2019 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Region V Student Conference winners.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsors student conferences in each AIAA region for student members at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students present their research and are judged on technical content and clarity of communication by professional members from industry.

From 4 to 5 April, the 2019 Region V Student Conference was hosted by the AIAA University of Minnesota Student Branch, and there were 67 student members representing 11 universities within Region V. Students presented 26 research papers related to the field of aeronautics and astronautics over the two-day event.

In addition to the competition, the conference provides a venue for students to share AIAA experiences, participate in social activities, connect with industry professionals, and exchange ideas about current topics in aerospace engineering.

Since 2018, Lockheed Martin Corporation’s generous donation to the AIAA Foundation has supported the Regional Student Conferences and the International Student Conference. Funding was provided to the student conference in each region to organize the conference as well as provide prize money for the three categories supported by the AIAA Foundation.

Undergraduate Category

  • 1st place – Aerodynamic Analysis and Simulation of Degraded Flight Configurations of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, Reese Fairchild, Matthew Green, and Thomas R. Yechout, United States Air Force Academy
  • 2nd place – An Energetic Electrostatic Analyser for Polar Earth Orbit Environments, Zachary Eyler, United States Air Force Academy
  • 3rd place – Applications of a Multi-Mode Integrated Monopropellant Electrospray (MIME) Thruster to Swarm Technology, Kyle Craft, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Masters Category

  • 1st place – Simulating a Vortex-Driven Cloud Feature on Uranus, Kevin Farmer, Saint Louis University

Team Category

  • 1st place – Automatic Detection of Auroral Substorms from a CubeSat Platform Using Machine Learning, Valerie Lesser, Christopher Peercy, Vishranth Siva, and Colin Sullivan, University of Colorado Boulder
  • 2nd place – HERMES: Hazard Examination and Reconnaissance Messenger for Extended Surveillance, Marcos Mejia, Quinter Nyland, and Alexis Sotomayor, University of Colorado Boulder
  • 3rd place – Designing and Building a High Aspect Ration Box-Wing Aircraft, Carson Brumley, Elliott Davis, Ryan Davis, Thomas Kisylia, and Connor Myers, University of Colorado Boulder

Please visit the AIAA Regional Student Conferences website ( to learn more about the conferences or contact Rachel Dowdy at or 703.264.7577.

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