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AAE Research Symposium Series

$1,300 in Cash Prizes!


2018 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.


Evaluation Forms

Tips for Making a Successful Abstract and Presentation

2018 Abstracts (Information coming soon)

2018 Student Judges (Information coming soon)

Award Ceremony (Information coming soon)


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 2018 AAE Research Symposium Series may be directed to The RSS Team (