AIAA Announces 2022 Region VII Student Conference Winners Written 16 December 2022


2022 AIAA Region VII Conference participants | Credit: AIAA Region VII–©


December 16, 2022 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Region VII Student Conference, held in November at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Attendees presented 34 papers and represented 23 universities from 12 countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. 

AIAA holds conferences in each region for university student members at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This is the first year since the program’s inception that High School Members were invited to present. These conferences are a way for students to present their research and be judged on technical content and presentation skills by AIAA members working in the aerospace industry. 

Lockheed Martin is the generous sponsor of all seven of the AIAA Student Conferences. Additionally, special thanks to the University of Adelaide, the Adelaide Section, the judges, Professor Rey Chin, Dr. Patrick Neumann, and AIAA Region VII Director Cees Bil for coordinating the Region VII Student Conference.


2022 AIAA Region VII Conference participants | Credit: AIAA Region VII–©

For the undergraduate and masters categories, first-place winners received a cash prize of $500 and an invitation to participate in the AIAA International Student Conference, to be held in conjunction with the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum in National Harbor, Md., 23–27 January. Second-place winners received a cash prize of $300 and third-place winners received $250. The high school winner received $100. 

High School Category
  • “Exploring How the Hybridisation of Laser-Microwave Hybrid Wireless Power Transfer System (LMHWPTS) has Increased Efficiency in Comparison to the Two Commonly Established Traditional Models,” ShivNaveed Raina, Scholars International Academy (United Arab Emirates)
Undergraduate Category
  • 1st Place – “Symmetry-Enforced Coherent Structure Background Oriented Schlieren,” Daniel Smith, Monash University (Australia)
  • 2nd Place – “Neural Network based Model-Predictive Upset Recovery Control in Real-Time,” Omar Mourad, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
  • 3rd Place Tie: “Enhancing 2-Component – 2-Diminsional Particle Image Velocimetry Using Physics-Informed Deep Learning,” Michael Pangestu, Monash Uniarge tversity (Australia)
  • 3rd Place Tie: “Enhancing Large Eddy Simulation Sub-grid Scale Closure Model Estimation Using Convolutional Neural Networks,” Kevin Liu, Monash University (Australia)
Masters Category
  • 1st Place – “Reinforcement Learning Based Linear Quadratic Regulator for the Control of a Quadcopter,” Vishal Kashyap, Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom)
  • 2nd Place – “Magnetic Disturbance Analysis of Spacecraft using Electromagnetic Thrusters,” Celine Jane, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
  • 3rd Place – “Designing an Automated Barking Drone to Detect and Repulse Cattle in Real World,” Aaron Sew, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia)

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