AIAA Student Membership

AIAA Welcomes student participants to the Region V Student Conference. Students must join AIAA to be eligible to compete in the conference. For more information about Student Membership visit us online. Student membership is only $25 USD.

Questions about AIAA? Please contact the AIAA Student Programs Coordator, Rachel Dowdy, at

Future Conference Locations

The AIAA Region V Student Paper Conference will rotate to the following sections:

 2017: TBD

Exact dates and locations will be added as available. Bookmark this site for the latest information.



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2016 Conference

The 2016 Region V Student Conference will be held in Ames, IA.

 April 6-8, 2016

The Conference is Hosted by the Iowa State University student branch of AIAA.

Key Dates

Online Registration Opens

January 11th, 2016

Online Registration Deadline

April 6th, 2016

Late Registration (On-Site)

April 6th, 2016

Abstracts due

March 4th, 2016

Papers due

March 25th, 2016

Awards Banquet

April 8th, 2016, 5:00 pm

Location: Scheman Building Iowa State University

Please note that all times are in Central Standard Time (CST).


AIAA Author Kit

Your paper should be prepared according to AIAA Manuscript Preparation Kit. Please note that the paper can be no longer than 11 pages single column because this is a student competition. Masters Competition papers may have up to two student authors and list one faculty advisor as co-author.

Information for authors and a template can be found on the AIAA website, Author Resources.

Judging Menu
AIAA Region V Student Conference


Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016 AIAA Region V Student Paper Conference!


First Place: Damon Kirkpatrick & Colby McGinley - United States Air Force Academy

1st Place Undergraduate

Second Place: Jacob Fischer & Mitchell Hageman - United States Air Force Academy

2nd Place Undergrad

Third Place: Connor Colas, Charles Wisniewski, & Steve Brandt - United States Air Force Academy

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First Place: Nathaniel Kingry & Yen-Chen Liu - Iowa State University

Masters First

Second Place: Michael Phillips - Iowa State University

Masters 2nd Place

Third Place: John Bazin & Travis Fields - University of Missouri

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First Place: Darren Combs, Gabriel Frank, Sara Grandone, Colton Hall, Daniel Johnson, Trevor Luke, Scott Mende, Daniel Nowicki, & Benjamin Stringer - University of Colorado at Boulder

First Place Team

Second Place: Robert Kephart, Boubacar Kane, Riley Huff, Jonathan Hart, Jeffrey Christensen, & Rachael Ferguson - United States Air Force Academy

Second Place Team

Third Place: Layne Droppers, Veera Sajjanapu, & Akash Vidyadharan - Iowa State University

Third Place Team

Community Outreach

First Place: Andrew Phillips - United States Air Force Academy

Community Outreach 1st

Second Place: Apurva Badithela & Katherine Glasheen - University of Minnesota

Community Outreach 2nd


Iowa State University hosted the 2016 AIAA Region V Student Paper Conference for Aerospace Engineering. The Iowa State University Student Section would like to thank all those who participated in the conference and those who worked hard to make it a success.