Graduate Research Awards

Each year the Department of Aerospace Engineering awards a Ph.D. and M.S. student Graduate Research Awards. These awards are competitvely selected, and students must be nominated by their research advisors for and have a minimum graduate GPA=3.5.

These awards are intended to recognize the scholarly excellence and achievement by the cadre of graduate students in aerospace engineering. Winners of department Graduate Research Awards have the opportunity to compete at the college level. The college competition awards cash prizes to top finalists in both the M.S. and Ph.D. categories.


Past Graduate Research Award Recipients

2016

Sylvie DeLaHunt, M.S.
Second Place Master's Category, Dean's Research Awards
Advisor: Norman Wereley
Paper title: Variable Recruitment of Miniature Pneumatic Artificial Muscles and Space Qualified Pneumatic Artificial Muscles

Robert Fievisohn, Ph.D.
Third Place Ph.D. Category, Dean's Research Awards
Advisor: Ken Yu
Paper title: Steady-State Analysis of Rotating Detonation Engine Flowfields with the Method of Characteristic

 

2015

Christopher Bogdanowicz, M.S.
First Place Master’s Category, Dean’s Research Awards
Advisor: Inder Chopra
Paper title: Development of a Quad-Rotor Biplane MAV with Enhanced Control Authority in Fixed Wing Mode

Andrew Lind, Ph.D.
First Place Ph.D. Category

Advisor: Anya Jones
Paper Title: Aerodynamics of Rotor Blade Airfoils in Reverse Flow

2014

Elena Shrestha, M.S.
First Place Master’s Category, Dean’s Research Awards
Adviser: Inderjit Chopra
Paper title: Development of a 100-gram Micro-Cyclocopter Capable of Autonomous Hover

Levi DeVries, Ph.D.
Adviser: Derek Paley
Paper title: Observability-based Optimization for Flow Sensing and Control of an Underwater Vehicle in a Uniform Flowfield

2013

Jeremy Knittel, M.S.
Adviser: Mark Lewis
Paper title: Optimized Starbody Waverider Shapes for Lifting Aerocapture

Ria Malhan, Ph.D.
Adviser:  Inderjit Chopra
Dissertation: Investigation of Aerodynamics of Flapping Wings for Miro Air Vehicle Applications

2012

Erica Hocking, M.S.
Second Place Master’s Category, Dean’s Research Awards
Adviser: Norman Wereley
Thesis: Analysis of Nonlinear Behavior in Novel Pneumatic Artificial Muscles

Monica Syal, Ph.D.
Third Place Doctoral Category, Dean’s Research Awards
Adviser: Gordon Leishman
Dissertation: Development of a Lagrangian-Lagrangian Methodology to Predict Brownout Dust Clouds

2011

Pranay Seshadri, M.S.
First Place Master’s Category, Dean’s Research Awards
Advisers: Inderjit Chopra and Moble Benedict
Thesis: Biomimetic Insect Flapping Aerodynamics and Controls for Micro-Air Vehicles

Brandon Bush, Ph.D.
Third Place Doctoral Category, Dean’s Research Awards
Adviser: James Baeder
Dissertation: A Computational Study of the Force Generation Mechanisms in Flapping-Wing Hovering Flight

2010

Harinder Singh, M.S.
Adviser: Norman Wereley
Thesis:  Adaptive Magnetorheological Seat Suspension for Shock Mitigation

Jared Grauer, Ph.D.
Adviser: James Hubbard, Jr.
Dissertation: Modeling and System Identification of an Ornithopter Flight Dynamics Model

2009

Bradley Johnson, M.S.
First Place Master’s Category, Dean’s Research Awards
Adviser: Gordon Leishman
Thesis: Mechanisms of Sediment Entrainment and Transport in Rotorcraft Brownout

Grum Ngatu, Ph.D.
Adviser: Norman Wereley
Dissertation: Development of a Snubber Type Magnetorheological Fluid Elastomericlag Damper for Helicopter Stability Augmentation

2008

Inna Kurits, M.S.
Adviser: Mark Lewis
Thesis: Quantitative Global Heat-Transfer Measurements using Temperature-Sensitive Paint on a Blunt Body in Hypersonic Flows

Ananthanarayanan Veeraragavan, Ph.D.
Adviser: Christopher Cadou
Dissertation: Heat Transfer Analysis for Improved In-situ Infrared Tempertaure Diagnostics in Microcombustors

2007

Rama Balar, M.S.
Adviser: Kenneth Yu
Thesis: Fin-Guided Fuel Injection Enhancements for Low Aspect Ratio Scramjet Combustors

Shaju John, Ph.D.
Adviser: Norman Wereley
Dissertation: Development of a Magneto-Rheological Fluid Based Actuation System

Maria Ribera, Ph.D.
Adviser: Roberto Celi
Dissertation: Helicopter Flight Dynamics Simulation with a Time-Accurate Free-Vortex Wake Model