At the 59th annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Southeastern Regional Student Conference, Auburn students placed first and third in the Undergraduate Technical Paper Competition and second in the Master's Technical Paper Competition. This year's conference, held in Cape Canaveral, Fla., included more than 290 student participants and 70 student presentations, marking one of the largest student conferences ever held by AIAA.
Kyle Lynch placed first in the undergraduate technical paper competition with his paper entitled "Three-Dimensional Flow Visualization Using a Pulse Burst Laser System." He received a $500 prize and is invited for an all-expenses-paid trip to the international paper competition to be held at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in January 2009. His advisor was faculty member Brian Thurow.
David Wall and Robert Thompson placed third in the same competition for their work entitled "The Fabrication and Initial Analysis of a Counter-Current Shear Layer Facility." They received a $250 award. Their advisor on the project was faculty member Brian Thurow.
Ryan Sherrill received a $300 prize for placing second in the master's category for presenting his paper, "Scene Generation and Target Detection Development for HWIL Simulations." His advisor was faculty member Andrew Sinclair.
Sixteen schools participated in this year's conference including Embry-Riddle University, Florida Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Middleton Academy, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Memphis, University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee Space Institute and Vanderbilt University.