American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics students present at international conference

Faculty and Students at the International AIAA SciTech Conference

Five students from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, ranging from the undergraduate through the Ph.D. level, recently presented papers at the International American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech Conference in Orlando.

Accompanied by faculty members Steve Tragresser and Lynnane George, this conference gave the students the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the aerospace industry and present their work to a professional technical audience.

SciTech brought together regional leaders, technical experts and academia in the aerospace and aeronautics industry. Its theme, “Outside-In: Expand the Boundaries” represents a paradigm shift in the aerospace industry that embraces interdisciplinary approaches and encourages collaboration among diverse organizations.

“All of our students are excellent scholars and researchers at UCCS, and I expect they will all go on to be leaders in the aerospace industry,” said George. “It is a true pleasure to work with students and professionals like them.”

Ph.D. candidate Samarth Patel expressed his enthusiasm about the remarkable experience at the AIAA SciTech Conference, emphasizing that “it was a unique opportunity for UCCS students to showcase their exceptional work in aerospace research and innovation on a global stage.”

The student presenters were:

  • Ph.D. Candidate Samarth Patel who presented his research titled “A Diffuse Interface Approach to Modeling Acoustic Wave-Droplet Interactions”
  • Ph.D. Candidate Emma Schmidt who presented her research titled “A Diffuse Interface Model for Viscous Compressible Flow in Eroding Porous Materials”
  • Master’s student Andres Gonzalez, who presented “Fast Satellite Circumnavigation via Continuous Control”
  • Master’s student Karel Hernandez Bandrich, who presented “Exoplanet Imaging along a Time-Varying Focal Line Using Tethered Spacecraft”
  • Undergraduate student Jonathan Garbrick, who presented “Mars Trajectories Using an Earth-Departure Space Elevator”