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Graduate Team Wins RASC-AL Competition

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A team of Aerospace Engineering graduate students won their category at the 2014 NASA/NIA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) forum in June.

Ghassan Atmeh, Pavan Nuthi, Pengkai Ru, Ameya Godbole, Laura Henderson, Alok Rege, and Paul Quillen, along with faculty advisor Kamesh Subbarao, presented their proposed concept, "SMIRFF: Smart Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Free-Flyer", in the Tele-operated Robot Theme. Atmeh also earned the Best Presenter award in the Graduate Category.

The citation accompanying the award reads, "The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) bestow this first place award for the best architecture concept and associated systems analysis in support of NASA's Vision for Human Space Exploration."

UTA defeated teams from the University of Maryland, Norwich, and the Colorado School of Mines

Other forum finalists across all three themes included teams from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Virginia Tech, Drexel, West Virginia University, and the University of Colorado-Boulder.