Aerospace engineering students win in AIAA regional contest

Photo of Henrickson, Valasek and ProbeTwo students from the Department of Aerospace Engineering won first place in their divisions in the 2012 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Region IV Student Paper Conference in April at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

James Henrickson won first place in the graduate division for his paper, "Characterization of Shape Memory Alloys Using Artificial Neural Networks." He will compete in the national championship at the 2013 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Conference in Grapevine, Texas. His co-author and research advisor is Dr. John Valasek.

Aggie Austin Probe won first place in the public outreach division is for his presentation, "Texas A&M Sigma Gamma Tau Community Outreach." Probe is the president of Sigma Gamma Tau (SGT), the aerospace engineering honor society, and his presentation highlighted SGT outreach activities.

The contest was hosted by the the AIAA Houston Section and the University of Texas at Austin's AIAA Student Branch.

AIAA Region IV comprises Texas A&M, the University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, University of New Mexico and University of Arkansas.

(Pictured left to right: Henrickson, Valasek and Probe)