Aerospace students shine at AIAA student conference

Posted: May 7, 2019

Department aerospace students went three-for-three taking home top honors at the 2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Region III Student Conference.

Collin O
Winning first place in the undergraduate category was Collin O’Neill with his presentation "Active Flow Control in a Compact High-Speed Inlet/Diffuser Model." O’Neill is in his final year of undergraduate studies and is a member of Mo Samimy’s research group. He has been awarded an Ohio Space Grant Consortium Fellowship to continue his graduate studies at The Ohio State University.

Photo of Braxton Harter
Harter, right
Graduate student Braxton Harter won first place in the master’s category with his presentation "Lagrangian Coherent Structures in Optimal Vortex Ring Formation." Harter is advised by Jim Gregory, and he is a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow.

Photo of Nicole Whiting
Whiting, right
Second place in the master’s category went to Nicole Whiting for her presentation "Design of an Experimental Facility for Characterization of Dynamic Stall." Advised by Mo Samimy, Whiting is also an Ohio Space Grant Consortium Fellow.

As first place winners, Harter and O’Neill have also earned a trip to the AIAA SciTech Forum in January 2020 to compete at the national level with other regional winners.

According to its website, the conference encourages students in aerospace-related fields to discuss research, exchange knowledge and generate interest in the field of aerospace engineering. This year’s event was held at Cleveland State University and was represented by schools across the Midwest, including Purdue University and University of Michigan, among others.

Congratulations to Braxton, Nicole and Collin!

by Jonathon Miles, department communications intern