Aerospace Students Earn Accolades at AIAA Mid-Atlantic Student Conference

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2011 AIAA Region 1-MA Student Conference award recipients (from left to right): Ryan Robinson (BS'09, MS), Hocking (MS), Teju Jarugumilli (BS '11), Alexander Leishman (BS'11), Robert Vocke (BS'09, MS).

Twenty undergraduate and graduate aerospace engineering students from the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD) competed in the AIAA Region 1-MA (Mid-Atlantic) Student Conference held on April 8-9, 2011, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Four additional universities were represented including Old Dominion University, Penn State University, Virginia Tech, and University of Virginia, Forty-two students presented their research to a panel of judges from industry that selected First, Second and Third Place in five categories: Masters, Undergraduate, Team, Outreach and Other Topics. All winners were awarded certificates and cash prizes from AIAA for their efforts. University of Maryland student who were recipients of awards are listed below. Go Terps!

  • Second Place - Mr. Robbie Vocke: Modeling, Design, and Construction of a Servo Type Actuator Using Miniature Pneumatic Artificial Muscles

  • Second Place - Mr. Teju Jarugumilli: Understand the Effect of Number of Blades and Rotor Configuration On MAV-Scale Cycloidal Rotor Performance
  • Third Place - Mr. Alex Leishman: Experimental Validation of Wind Tunnel Estimation Using a Micro-helicopter

    Community Outreach:
  • Second Place - Ms. Erika Hocking

    "Other Topics:"
  • First Place - Mr. Robbie Vocke: Morphing Aircraft: A Revolution in Aerodynamic Adaptation
  • Second Place - Mr. Ryan Robinson A History of Pneumatic Muscles and their Aerospace Applications

Visit the AIAA Region 1-MA Student Conference Website for more information.

Published April 12, 2011