Aerospace Engineering Students Win 1st and 2nd Team Prizes at AIAA Student Conference

Four undergraduate student teams from WPI’s Aerospace Engineering Program participated in the 2014 AIAA Region 1 Student Paper Conference held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY between 25-26 April, with teams taking first and second place in the Team Category.  The “Experimental and Computational Investigation of a Dual Bell Nozzle” with AE students Katlin Davis, Elizabeth Fortner, Michael Heard, Hannah McCallum and Hunter Putzke, advised by AE Professor John Blandino, won 1st prize in the Team Category.  The “Design of a Micro Pulsed Plasma Thruster for a 3U CubeSat” with AE students Sebastian Eslava, Jordan Marchetto and Eric Scougal, advised by AE Professor Nikos Gatsonis, won 2nd Prize in the Team Category. 

Students are required to submit a paper prior to presenting at the AIAA Student Conference. A panel of judges from academia and industry evaluates papers and presentations in single and team categories. Presenters this year came from Boston University, Cornell, Clarkson, Lafayette College, MIT, Penn State, RPI, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Wentworth, and WPI. Additional WPI entries at the Team Category included: the  “Micro-Aerial Vehicle for SAE Competition, Team -1” with Eric Breault, Gary Feldman, Daniel Lipka, Erik McCaffrey, Nicholas Rallis and Erik Scott, advised by Professors Linn and Olinger;   and the “Micro Aircraft Team -2” with George Buscan, Ryan Burgan, Marco Romero, John Stackable and Alexander Szumita, advised by Professors Olinger and Linn. Travel and participation was arranged by WPI’s AIAA Student Chapter.  Travel support by the AIAA New England Section and the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium is greatly acknowledged.  



April 30, 2014

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