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Aerospace Students Score High in Regional Competition

May 3, 2007

Aerospace Engineering students at the University of Texas at Arlington recently competed in a regional student paper conference organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and received many of the top awards. The students, all seniors, were competing against entries from universities in Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Alexander Ngugi and Michelle Craig won first prize in Undergraduate Design Presentation for “Conceptual Design of Aircraft Systems.” Craig is the current president of the UT Arlington student branch of the AIAA.

The UT Arlington AIAA Student Branch was voted the “Outstanding Student Branch in Region IV” for the year 2005-2006. Linda Phonharath was the president during that time period.

Satoshi Ukai took third place in the Undergraduate Paper competition for his work on “Inverse Design of Subsonic and Transonic Airfoils Using the Elastic Membrane Approach.”

“It has been an honor to work with such a dedicated team of students who brought us these accolades,” said Dr. Kamesh Subbarao, the student branch faculty advisor since 2005. “The students presented themselves as perfect ambassadors and won special kudos from the AIAA national representatives as well as the Region VI representatives.”