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04-17-2006

Clarkson Students Take Top Honors at AIAA Conference

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Clarkson University seniors Jacob Bosco, James Nobis, William Noun, Keegan O'Donnell and Paul Reittinger presented their paper titled "Modeling, Design and Testing of a Pulse Jet Combustor," at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Student Paper Competition held at Syracuse University on March 31 and April 1, winning first place in the competition. The team performed their research under the direction of Clarkson Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Brian Helenbrook. AIAA 2006

"I am very impressed by the amount of work that has been done by the students to investigate the matter," says Helenbrook. "The students are diving headfirst into technology that has been around a long time and through the project, they are shedding new light on the subject."

Along with the win in the team paper competition, the University also won third place in the individual paper competition for Clarkson senior Conner Shane's paper titled "Structural Health Monitoring of a Wing Using Linear Time Series Analysis Methods," written under the instruction of Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Professor Ratneshwar Jha.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics advances the state of aerospace science, engineering and technological leadership. The AIAA serves over 35,000 members in 65 regional sections and 79 countries. Membership in the organization is drawn from all levels of industry, academia, private research organizations, and government.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson senior Conner Shane (l) won third place in the individual paper competition at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Competition on March 31 and April 1. Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Professor Ratneshwar Jha advised Shane on the research.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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