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Clarkson University Student Takes Third Place at AIAA Conference

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A Clarkson University student took third place at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Region 1-NE Student Paper Conference in March. Students from across the Northeast, including Cornell, Princeton, Syracuse, WPI, SUNY Buffalo, and RPI, compete in the competition, present their research and advance their interest in aerospace engineering. aiaa2009

Senior Jonathan M. Holla, an aeronautical engineering major from Cornwall, Ont., won a $250 prize in the undergraduate category for his paper "High Speed Multipurpose ESTOL/VTOL Aircraft Design."

Junior Brent W. Pomeroy, an aeronautical engineering major from Mechanicsburg, Pa., also presented in the undergraduate category with his paper "Computational Study of Minimum Induced Drag for Spanwise Cambered Wings."

Holla is mentored by Pier Marzocca, an associate professor of mechanical & aeronautical engineering. Pomeroy is mentored by Kenneth D. Visser, also an associate professor of mechanical & aeronautical engineering.

The students who compete at the conference write a technical paper that conforms to the national conference paper standards. The papers are reviewed by experts from across the country. The students then give a 20-minute oral presentation of their work, which is also judged. The combined scores determine the winner.

The conference culminated in an awards luncheon where astronaut Professor Albert Sacco Jr. gave a lecture about his experiences as a member of the astronaut corps. In 1995, Dr. Sacco flew on Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-73, performing microgravity experiments on zeolite crystal growth behavior.

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Photo caption: Clarkson University student Jonathan M. Holla took third place at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Region 1-NE Student Paper Conference in March. Left to right: Holla's mentor, Prof. Pier Marzocca; Holla; Brent W. Pomeroy; and his mentor, Prof. Kenneth Visser.

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