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AIAA Region V Student Paper Conference
Is a Success

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Student Branch at the University of Minnesota, as well as the AIAA Twin Cities Section, hosted the 2014 AIAA Region V Student Paper Conference from April 2 - 4.

Hosted annually by different Region V chapters, the objective of the conference is to provide students with an opportunity to present their research and technical papers in public competition and prepare them for a future in aerospace engineering. In addition to these research competitions, this year's conference also included an AEM open house, with presentations on the department's various research and teaching labs, and tours of the Honeywell and Alliant Tech Systems (ATK) facilities.

"We were pleased to host the 2014 conference with such success," said Akshit Reddit, president of the UMN AIAA Student Branch. "A great showing of talent led to some stiff competition and we are proud to have a team take second place in the Graduate Category."

In total, eight schools were represented by 94 students who made 26 presentations on a diverse range of aerospace-related projects. The presentations were judged by various private-sector professionals, including head judge David Myren of Aerospace Electrical Systems (ASE), and award recipients received cash prizes. A complete list of awardees can be seen below.

Conference sponsors included Alliant Tech Systems (ATK), Honeywell International, Inc., and the University of Minnesota Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. Special thanks is also given to the conference's Committee Chair Members: Kristen Gerzina, chair of the AIAA Twin Cities Section; Professor Yohannes Ketema, faculty advisory for the UMN AIAA Student Branch; Akshit Reddit, president of the UMN AIAA Student Branch; Dr. Martique, post-deputy director for education for the United State Air Force Academy; and Chriss Jesse, program manager activities for AIAA National Chapter.

Award Recipients:

Undergraduate Category - open to freshmen through seniors; maximum of two authors per paper
Place School Presentation Presenter(s) Award(s)
1st University of Colorado, Colorado Springs The Design, Fabrication, and Evaluation of Millimeter Wave Lenses for Beamed Energy Applications Stephen Sloan* $500 and a trip to the Aerospace Sciences Meeting
2nd University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Development of the Dynamic Stereoscopic Long Range System Corbin Spells* $300
3rd United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Investigation of the Unique Stability Characteristics of the NASA Maraia Re-entry Vehicle Christopher Shannon* $250
Graduate Category - open to masters students; maximum of two authors per paper
Place School Presentation Presenter(s) Award(s)
1st University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Comparison of Numerical Methods to Determine the Effect of Non- Equilibrium in Flows from the Laminar to Turbulent Regime Ryan Bosworth* $500 and a trip to the Aerospace Sciences Meeting
2nd University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Bicycle Instrumentation and Preliminary System Identification Modeling Monique Hladun* $300
3rd Missouri University of Science and Technology Radiative heating of a dusty gas by the products of combustion in 1D detonations Shubhadeep Banik* $250
Team Category - open to freshmen through Master's students; two or more authors
Place School Presentation Presenter(s) Award(s)
1st United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Passive Turbulence Generating Grid Arrangements in a Turbine Cascade Wind Tunnel Connor Wiese*, Michael McCleam, Giovanni Allevato, Richard Guttman $500 and a trip to the Aerospace Sciences Meeting
2nd Saint Louis University Design of a Mission Variable UAS Platform Timothy Dreyer*, Daniel Rolfes, Jacob Schreck, Benjamin Winokur $300
3rd University of Colorado, Boulder Development of a Dust Impact Monitor for Exploration of the Inner Heliosphere Chris Nie*, Leonard Komow, Kirstyn Johnson, Michael Lotto, Lauren Hurst, Kier Fortier, Paul Guerrie, Ian Franklin, Sarah Kemp $250
Freshman/ Sophomore Category - open to students with less than 75 university level credits
Place School Presentation Presenter(s) Award(s)
1st United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Orbital Debris Remediation with Droplet Streams Caroline Bates* $100
2nd United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Designing a Main Wing Spar for the B-52 Stratofortress Shane Riley* $75
Community Outreach Category - open tow individuals or teams; freshman through Master's students
Place School Presentation Presenter(s) Award(s)
1st United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) USAFA STEM Outreach For Advancing Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Tyler Hudson* $100 and a trip to the Aerospace Sciences Meeting

*Principle Presenter


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