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AAE Research Symposium Series

$1300 in Cash Prizes!


2017 Prizes

  • $500, $300, $200 for best three presentations
  • $150 for best undergraduate presentation
  • $150 for best abstract

The Research Symposium Series is a department-sponsored forum for graduate students and advanced-level undergraduates to present their research to a general audience. The Research Symposium Series is designed to:

  • Facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge among faculty and graduate students.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their technical presentation skills.
  • Promote the research activities of the department to undergraduates and other interested individuals.


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2017 Abstracts

  • Seminar 1

    • Diane Aloisio, Accidental Knowledge

    • McClain Goggin, CubeSat Sensor Platform for Entry Aerothermodynamics

  • Seminar 2

    • Catriona White, Size-velocity pdfs for Drop Fragments Formed via Bag Breakup

    • Apoorv Maheshwari, Discovering Legacy Product Requirements using Machine Learning

  • Seminar 3

    • Roshan Thomas Eapen, Averaged Solar Radiation Pressure Modeling for High Aera to Mass Ratio Objects in Geostationary Space

    • Mitchell Woolever, A CFD Study of Upstream Fuel Injection for Hypersonic Inlet Flow Control

  • Seminar 4

    • Benjamin Gutman, Fragmented Size and Velocity pdfs Produced by Impinging Jets Atomizers

    • Alex Friedman, Improved Sensor Tasking for Orbital Debris by Maximizing the Amount of Information from Optical Observations

  • Seminar 5

    • Prashanth Bangalore Venkatesh, Deflagration-to-Detonation Transition and Flame Acceleration in Nitrous Oxide-Ethylene Mixtures

    • Raj Deshmukh, Optimal Discrete-Time Kalman Consensus Filter

  • Seminar 6

    • Utsav Jain, Characteristics and Parameterization of Spray Combustion in Laminar Counter-flow Jet Flames

    • Varun Sudarsanan, Cooperative Planning System for Self-Separation in the En-route Airspace

  • Seminar 7

    • Akshay Shrikant Deshpande, Supersonic flow control of Swept Shock-Wave/Boundary layer interaction using Plasma Actuators

    • Shubham Singh, Use of Analytical Methods for Trajectory Optimization

2017 Student Judges

  • Alden Black, Major: Aerospace Systems, Minor: Aerodynamics
  • Jannuel Cabrera, Major: Astrodynamics & Space Applications, Minor: Aerodynamics
  • Vladlen Podolsky, Major: Propulsion, Minor: Aerodynamics
  • Orzuri Rique, Major: Structures & Materials, Minor: Aerospace Systems
  • Waterloo Tsutsui, Major: Structures & Materials, Minor: Aerospace Systems

Award Ceremony

Monday, April 24, 2017
ARMS, 3rd floor (lounge adjacent to the elevators)

Congratulations to the 2017 Research Symposium Series Winners!

Left to Right: Prof. Wayne Chen, McClain Goggin, Alex Friedman, Prashanth Bagalore Venkatesh, Akshay Shrikant Deshpande, Catriona White, Prof. Tom Shih.

  • Best Presentation - Prashanth Bangalore Venkatesh“Deflagration-to-Detonation Transition and Flame Acceleration in Nitrous Oxide-Ethylene Mixtures”
  • Second Place Presentation - Akshay Shrikant Deshpande, “Supersonic flow control of Swept Shock-Wave/Boundary layer interaction using Plasma Actuators”
  • Third Place Presentation - Alex Friedman, “Improved Sensor Tasking for Orbital Debris by Maximizing the Amount of Information from Optical Observations”
  • Best Abstract - McClain Goggin, “CubeSat Sensor Platform for Entry Aerothermodynamics”
  • Best Undergraduate Presentation - Catriona White, “Size-velocity pdfs for Drop Fragments Formed via Bag Breakup”

A plaque commemorating the best presentation of each year is on display on the 3rd floor of Armstrong Hall. Previous winners are: 

  • Heather Weist
    The Effect of Fuel Heating on the Penetration of a Liquid Jet in Crossflow (2015-2016)
  • William O'Neill
    Heat and Mass Transfer Analysis of a Film Evaporative MEMS Tuneable Array Thruster (2014-2015)
  • Christopher Ward
    Crossflow Instability and Transition in a Mach-6 Quiet Tunnel (2013-2014)
  • Nithya Subramanian
    Parallel Genetic Algorithm with Population-Based Sampling Approach to Discrete Optimization Under Uncertainty (2012-2013)
  • Mar Vaquero
    Design of Transfer Trajectories Between Resonant Orbits in the Restricted Three-Body Problem (2011-2012)
  • Cody Short
    Lagrangian Coherent Structures in the Restricted Three-Body Problem (2010-2011)
  • Katya Casper
    Hypersonic Wind-Tunnel Measurements of Boundary-Layer Pressure Fluctuations (2009-2010)
  • Joseph Gangestad
    The Dynamics of Lorentz Spacecraft with Application to a Mission to Enceladus (2008-2009)
  • Lindsay Millard
    Control of Spacecraft Imaging Arrays in Multi-Body Regimes (2007-2008)
  • Matthew Churchfield
    Numerical Computations of a Wingtip Vortex in the Near Field (2006-2007)
  • Arun Subramaniyan
    Toughening Polymeric Composites using Nanoclay (2005-2006)
  • Tyler Robarge
    Computations of Mean Flows and Instabilities on Axisymmetric Blunt Cones at Hypersonic Speeds (2004-2005)
  • Fong Loon Pan
    The Use of Integral Methods in Computational Aeroacoustics (2003-2004)
  • Ali Uzun
    3-D Large Eddy Simulation for Jet Noise Prediction (2002-2003)

Contact Information

Questions about the 2017 AAE Research Symposium Series may be directed to The RSS Team (