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Trevor Weidner, Isaac Andrews and Daniel Sanchez.
Aerospace engineering students (left to right) Trevor Weidner, Isaac Andrews and Daniel Sanchez won the top prizes at the annual Pitch Up! competition. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University hosted their annual Pitch Up! competition, giving undergraduate aerospace engineering students the opportunity to showcase their technical work and receive feedback on their presentation skills.

Based on the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, Pitch Up! challenged the students to effectively communicate their work on a technical project in three minutes. The students presented their work to a panel of judges that included individuals with technical and non-technical backgrounds.

Senior Isaac Andrews won first place and $250 for his presentation on the optimization of an aircraft wing. Second place and a $150 prize went to junior Daniel Sanchez for his presentation on adaptive structures for supersonic aircraft. Senior Trevor Weidner took third place and $100 with a presentation on SpaceCRAFT, which simulates space missions in virtual reality.