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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.

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Future Conference Locations

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

 2018: TBD

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2017 Conference

The 2017 Region V Student Conference will be held in Denver, CO.

 April 7-8, 2017

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

Key Dates

Online Registration Opens

January 17, 2017

Late Registration Deadline (On-Site)

April 8, 2017

Abstracts due

February 10, 2017

Papers due

March 17, 2017

Awards Banquet

April 8, 2017 

Conference Cost

Registration Fee*: $45

Cancellation Fee: $50

(Cancellation Deadlline: March 31, 2017)


*Registration fee covers meals and other costs associated with hosting the event.

Registration fee does not cover hotel cost. For hotel information please refer to the Hotel lnformation link under Main Menu. 

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.

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AIAA Region V Student Conference

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"