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AIAA welcomes student participants to the Region VI Student Conference. Students must join AIAA to be eligible to compete in the conference. For more information about Student Membership visit us online. Student membership is only $25 USD.

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Last Updated: March 8, 2017

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2017 Conference

The 2017 Region VI Student Conference will be held in San Jose, CA hosted by San Jose State University

DATE: March 17-19, 2017

Conference Cost

Registration Fee*: $40

Cancellation Fee: $50

(Cancellation Deadlline: March 3, 2017)


*Registration fee covers meals, tour expenses, and tour transprotation.

Registration fee does not cover hotel cost. For hotel information please refer to the Hotel lnformation link under Main Menu. 

Key Dates
 Registration Opens: 
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Friday, 10 February 2017
Papers Due: 
Friday, 3 March 2017
Registration Closes: 
Friday, 17 March 2017

AIAA Author Kit

Your paper should be prepared according to AIAA Manuscript Preparation Kit. Please note that the paper can be no longer than 11 pages single column because this is a student competition. Undergraduate and Graduate Competition papers may have up to two student authors.

Information for authors and a template can be found on the AIAA website, Author Resources.

Judging Menu
AIAA Region VI Student Conference

Hosted by San Jose State University AIAA Student Chapter
San Jose, California
Date: March 17-19, 2017

The Student Paper Conference is a technical paper competition that gives undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to present their research on aerospace topics in the form of a formal presentation. Prize money will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place presenters in each of the three categories; Undergraduate, Master’s, and Team. 

Additionally, the conference is a chance for students to connect with professionals in the aerospace industry and education as well as other students interested in similar fields. The conference is open to all AIAA student members in the region and all are encouraged to attend even if not submitting a paper.

For more information about the conference browse the links under Main Menu.

2017 Region VI Student Conference Results

Technical Paper – Masters

1st place: Origami-based tunable structures with simultaneously foldable and stiff behavior University of Washington
2nd place: Experimental Investigation of Throatless Supersonic Exhaust on a Rotating Detonation Engine University of Washington
3rd place: Design of a Rail Gun System for Mitigating Disruptions in Fusion Reactors University of Washington
3rd place: Finned Projectiles in the Baffled-Tube Ram Accelerator University of Washington

Technical Paper – Undergraduate

1st place: Design and Characterization of a Cylindrical-Orifice Injector for High-Viscosity Monopropellants University of Washington
2nd place: Embedded Piezoresistive Sensor Network for Strain Measurements in Fabric-Reinforced Composite Laminate University of Washington
3rd place: Determining Radiation Damage From Analyzing Neutron Microscopic and Macroscopic Cross Sections California Sate Polytechnic University, Pomona
3rd place: Computational Study of a Low Speed, High Downforce Race Car Designed for Formula SAE Oregon State University

Technical Paper – Team

1st place: Design of a Paddle-Driven Wave Generator University of Southern California
2nd place: Space Rated Fiber Optic Cable Design for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Heat Shield Spectrometer University of Arizona
3rd place: Design and Manufacturing of a New Span Morphing Wing California State University, Northridge
3rd place: Reduction of Semi-Truck Aerodynamic Drag University of Southern California