Ph.D. graduate earns AIAA best paper award

Posted by on March 7, 2023

Dr. Mario Santos was recently presented with the 2021 AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Best Student Paper Award. He was recognized at the 2023 AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition, which is held every 18 months.

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Han leads committee for global aerospace conference

Posted by on February 1, 2022

Dr. Frank Han served as the technical discipline chair for the Plasmadynamics and Lasers Technical Committee during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech Forum 2022 in January.

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‘Best Paper Award’ goes to Kalany

Posted by on October 6, 2020

Frank Kalany, a mechanical and aerospace engineering student, received theBest Paper Award during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Region V Student Paper Competition held online in April.

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Help Miner Aviation team soar into competition

Posted by on February 27, 2020

The Miner Aviation student design team is raising money to participate in the four-day American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics (AIAA) Design Build Fly Competition in Wichita, Kansas, in April. To help support the team, please visit Miner Aviation’s crowdfunding page by visiting

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Awards go to aerospace engineering students, faculty

Posted by on September 3, 2019

Individuals within the mechanical and aerospace engineering department have received accolades recently. These include:

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Riggins elected AIAA associate fellow

Posted by on February 6, 2018

Dr. Dave Riggins, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of aerospace engineering, was recently elected Associate Fellow of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). He was recognized in January at the 2018 AIAA Sci-Tech Conference in Kissimmee, Florida.

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Rovey earns AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award

Posted by on October 6, 2015

Dr. Joshua Rovey, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Lawrence Sperry Award for 2016. This award honors Lawrence B. Sperry, pioneer and inventor, and is presented for a notable contribution made by a young person to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. Rovey was nominated by Dr. Lokeswarappa Dharani, Curators’ Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, for “exceptional contributions to research in the areas of plasma dynamics and space propulsion, and to the Missouri S&T AIAA student branch.” He will receive a medal and certificate of citation at the AIAA Science and Technology Form and Exposition on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

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