2017 Region V Student Conference
Hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver and USAFA AIAA Student Branches
April 7-8, 2017
Thank you all for a very successful SPC!
This year the Rocky Mountain Section hosted the Region V AIAA Student Paper Conference (SPC). The Student Chair of the SPC was Shawn Sloan, the Vice Chair of MSU Student AIAA Branch, the SPC website was run by USAFA Cadet Jeffrey Layng, and the Region V Deputy Director of Education was Col Angie Suplisson. A total of 111 people were registered for the SPC (105 students and 5 faculty) representing 7 universities including Iowa State University, MSU, Saint Louis University, US Air Force Academy, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Wichita State University. A total of 29 papers were presented (1 in the Master's category, 11 in the Undergrad category, and 17 in the Team category). AIAA Executive Director Dr. Sandy Magnus was the keynote speaker at dinner on Saturday 8 April. Dr Magnus and the AIAA Region V Director John Eiler presented awards to the winners at the awards ceremony directly following the keynote.
The results of the 2017 AIAA Region V SPC are:
In the Master's Category:
1st Place - CU Boulder, Nishant Agarwal for his paper titled "Aerodynamic Behavior of a Cycloidal Rotor System at an Advance Ratio of One"
In the Undergraduate Category:
1st place (tie) - USAFA, Young Wu for his paper titled "Comparison of Low Pressure Turbine Trailing Edge Blowing Techniques for Wake Loss Reduction"
1st place (tie) - USAFA, Nicholas Carpenter and John Deaton for their paper titled "Development of a Flush Air Data System for the SpaceX Dragon Crew Capsule"
3rd place - USAFA, Malik Washington for his paper titled "Effects of Diffuser Area Ratio on Subsonic Ejector Performance"
In the Team Category:
1st place - CU Boulder team Dustin Fishelman, Cody Gondek, Lee Huynh, Aaron McCusker, William Sear, and Nathan Yeo for their paper titled "REPTAR: CubeSat Protection and Recovery Vehicle"
2nd place - CU Boulder team Chad Eberl, Tony Ly, Andrew McBride, Noel Pouldon, and Keegan Sotebeer, for their paper titled "CASCADE - Robotic CubeSat Recovery in Space"
3rd place - USAFA team Andy LeValley and David Wagner for their paper titled "Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS): Mathematical Approaches and Simulink Integration"