AU Engineering Students Win International Paper Competition

Published: Jan 20, 2006 2:15:00 PM
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Richard Bramlette and Ryan Leurck, seniors in aerospace engineering at Auburn University, captured first place in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Global Technical Paper Competition at the 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Conference.

The conference, held in Reno on January 9, is the largest and most widely attended conference held by the AIAA. There were 1,500 technical papers presented at the conference and more than 2,000 attendees from all areas of the profession in attendance.

Auburn's team beat out 18 other teams from SEC universities in last April's AIAA Southeastern Regional Competition in Gainesville, Fla. With the top place finish, the duo qualified to compete against six national and international teams in the AIAA Global Technical Paper Competition.

Bramlette and Leurck received a $1,000 honorarium for their paper titled "A Method for Control of Surface Deflection Utilizing Piezoceramic Bimorph Actuators."

"This is the most prestigious professional award to an undergraduate aerospace engineering student," says Roy Hartfield, aerospace engineering faculty member in attendance at the conference. "This year's win builds off of last year's spring regional conference where Auburn took first and second place,"

Ron Barrett, former Auburn faculty member now at the University of Kansas, says,

"This achievement marks the first time since the '80s that Auburn has captured this most prestigious prize and probably the first time it has been claimed by an SEC University. This achievement highlights AU's unprecedented AIAA/SEC winning streak as the Auburn Aerospace Engineering Department has claimed more awards in the regional competition than any other university."

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Richard Bramlette, Ron Barrett and Ryan Leurck