UCCS Student Wins Zarem Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement

2022 AIAA Zarem Award Winner MAE Graduate Student Joseph Day

UCCS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduate student Joseph Day won the astronautics award for his paper, “Tip Shape, Height, and Thickness Influences on Nonlinear Acoustic Damping from Baffle Blades.”

The Abe M. Zarem Graduate Awards for Distinguished Achievement was established by AIAA honorary fellow Abe Zarem, founder and managing director of Frontier Associates. It was established to annually recognize one graduate student in aeronautics and one graduate student in astronautics who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in their field. The results were announced in the October 2022 issue of Aerospace America.

Joseph Day is studying mechanical engineering with an emphasis in thermal fluid sciences. He enjoys working on both experimental and simulation research to study and predict the nonlinear damping that exists in liquid rocket engines.

“I think it is easy to get bogged down in research and the day-to-day monotony of figuring out how in the world to solve a problem and forget that what you are doing is special and important,” he said. “So, this award reminds me that I am doing good work and encourages me to keep pushing toward the finish line.”

He is advised by Matt Quinlan, an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. His work focuses on theoretical, experimental, and numerical study of combustion dynamics and instabilities.

Joseph originally presented his paper at the AIAA Region V Student Paper Conference held at UCCS in April 2022. He was then selected to present his research at the International Astronautical Conference (IAC) held September 18-22, 2022 in Paris, France. He will receive his award at the AIAA SciTech Forum in National Harbor, Maryland, January 23-27, 2023.

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