The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017-2018 student design competitions.
The winners for the five competitions are as follows:
For the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition – Pluto Orbiter AIAA student teams developed an orbital exploration mission of the Pluto-Charon system using a spacecraft with the minimum nominal instrument load (i.e., dry mass) of New Horizons.
The winners are:
- First Prize: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, for their design "AstroHawks." Team members: Jordan Alonzo, Frank Bonet III, Jack Cozzi, Taylor George, Miranda Myer, James Peters, Nathaniel Routh, Bradley Schroeder, Joseph Vincent, Luke Wehrkamp. Dr. Mark Ewing, faculty advisor.
- Second Prize: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, for their design "Orpheus." Team members: Daniel McGrath, Rob Engebretson, Timothy Hughes, Jon-Paul Query, Clifton Reese. Prof. Kevin Shinpaugh, faculty advisor.
- Third Prize: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, for their design "Persephone." Team members: Chelsea Dalton, Ryan Decker, Layne Droppers, Zachary Harmon, Nicholas Malone, Ashley Miller, Sahil Pathan, Joshua Prentice, Andrew Townsend, Nicholas Wijaya. Professor Dale Chimenti, faculty advisor.
The 2017-2018 Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition – Robotic Lunar Crater Resource Prospecting had AIAA student teams design a robotic mission to the surface of the moon with the explicit goal of determining the locations and quantities of water deposits in two lunar craters.
The winners are:
- First Prize: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, for their design "Project Penguin." Team members: Ethan LeBoeuf, Brian McLemore, Allison Quinn, Peter Bradley Smith, Amanda Swanson, Michael Valosin III, Vidya Vishwanathan. Dr. Kevin Shinpaugh, faculty advisor.
- Second Prize: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, California, for their design "Ascension Industries." Team members: Will Morris, Max Feagle, Thomas Fergus, Samuel Kim, Marco Fileccia, Josh Kennedy, Damian Mangaña. Dr. Donald Edberg, faculty advisor.
- Third Prize: RMIT University, Bundoora VIC, Australia, for their design "Penguins." Team members: Nathan Long, Samuel Dowling, Alain Haddad, Hyacinth Jimenez, Kit-Ho Kwok, Tony Nguyen, Stevie Nuss-Soeharto, Maria Pantelidi, Nilkumar Shah, Ramez Wassef. Dr. Graham E. Dorrington, project advisor; Prof. Pier Marzocca, faculty advisor.
The 2017-2018 Undergraduate Individual Aircraft Design Competition – Close Air Support Aircraft (A-10 Replacement) asked AIAA student member teams to design a new Close Air Support aircraft as a replacement for the A-10.
The winners are:
- First Prize: Ryan Morse of Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, for his design "ZA-20 Colt." Prof. Neil Weston, faculty advisor.
- Second Prize: Frank Bonet of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, for his design "A-21 Valkyrie II." Dr. R. Barrett-Gonzalez, faculty advisor.
- Third Prize: Pedro Toledo of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, for his design "A-X Overseer." Dr. R. Barrett-Gonzalez, faculty advisor.
The winners of the 2017-2018 Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition – Advanced Pilot Training Aircraft designed an advanced pilot training aircraft.
The winners are:
- First Prize: University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, for their design "FSB-TX Project." Tibor Gašparac, Matea Lišni?, Hrvoje Magdi?, Antonio Golub, Kristijan Rukli?, Vjekoslav Sraga, Antonio Klasni?, Antonio Juriši?, Fran Deli?, Ivan Kovačevi?. Prof. Pero Prebeg, faculty advisor; Prof. Milan Vrdoljak, faculty advisor.
- Second Prize: Université de Liège, Liège, Belgium, for their design "The Coyote-a-V-Tail Pilot Training Aircraft." Raphaël Duois, Thibault Laurent, Bao Long Le Van, Nayan Levaux, Guillaume Noiset, Axel Piret, Arthur Scheffer, Vincent Schmitz. Dr. Grigorios Dimitriadis, faculty advisor; Dr. Ludovic Noels, faculty advisor.
- Third Prize: Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, for their design "ShadX." Zahra Kamankesh, M. Hasan Sabeti, S. Reza Fattahi M., Farid Rasouli, Ashkan Bagherzadeh, Milad Gheibi, Amir Hajizadeh, Mahsa A. Nakhost, Mohammad Beigi, Sina Nazifi, Amir Jahanbakhsh. Prof. S. Mohammad Bagher Malaek, faculty advisor.
For the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition – Hybrid-Electric General Aviation Aircraft (HEGAA), AIAA student teams designed a new Hybrid-Electric General Aviation Aircraft (HEGAA).as a replacement for the A-10.
The winners are:
- First Prize: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, for their design "The HT-LIT Hybrid Electric Experience." Ethan Clemmitt, Alec Cepeda, Logan Brodhead, Zongxu Dong, Arvinto Pratomo, Joseph Lullo. Dr. Huy Tran, faculty advisor.
- Second Prize: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, and Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom, for their design "Project HEGAAsus." Sammi Rocker, Daniel Guerrero, Kyle Silva, Ashley Peyton-Bruhl, Danny Fritsch, Nathaniel Marsh, Troy Bergin, Jennifer Glover, Alexander Mclean, Dhirun Mistry. Dr. Pradeep Raj, Virginia Tech, faculty advisor; Dr. James Knowles, Loughborough University, faculty advisor.
- Second Prize: Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, for their design "Dolphin."Alexandre Acerra Gil, Eduardo Pavoni Gamba, Gabriel Araújo Hernández, Guilherme Miquelim Caires, Higor Luis Silva, João Paulo Vieira, Kimberlly Costa Carvalho, Luiz Gustavo Santiago, Pedro Brito, Roberto Martins de Castro Neto. Dr. Thiago A.M. Guimarães, faculty advisor.
- Third Prize: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, for their design "HEAT Family Aircraft." Sean Berger, Bradley Polidoro, Carli Rau, Amelia Wentzel, Nicholas Ferentinos, Zachary Stossel, Josh Fang, Kapil Gadre. Dr. Pradeep Raj, faculty advisor.
For more information about the AIAA Foundation design competitions, please contact Rachel Dowdy at [email protected] or 703.264.7577.
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