Cornell AIAA Newsletter

Week of October 31, 2013

Table of Contents

  1. Space and Earth Exploration: Challenges and Innovation
  2. NEW: NASA 2014 Spring Internships Office of Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs
  3. NEW: Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge
  4. REPOST: NASA Seeks America's Best and Brightest for Space Technology Research Fellowships
  5. REPOST: Third Annual Research Forum
  6. REPOST: AIAA Region I Young Professional, Student, and Education Conference 2013
  7. REPOST: Private Pilot Ground School Lessons with the Aviation Society
  8. REPOST: AIAA Scholarships and Graduate Awards
  9. REPOST: Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Research Internship Program
  10. REPOST: Welcome from Student Programs at AIAA
  11. Cornell AIAA Open Board Meetings
  12. Publicize with AIAA!

1. Space and Earth Exploration: Challenges and Innovation

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 7pm

Philips Hall 101

MAE hosts an annual distinguished lecture, the William R. Sears Memorial Lecture, featuring prominent scientists in aerospace engineering.
This year's lecturer, Dr. Charles Elachi, is Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science at the California Institute of Technology.

Interested in attending this lecture? Please fill out this form!

2. NASA 2014 Spring Internships Office of Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs


National Aeronautics & Space Administration Headquarters, 300 E St. S.W., Washington, D.C.


Spring semester (Part-time, 20 hours, flexible schedule, beginning in late January or early February through May)


NASA Headquarters, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (OLIA), Outreach Division, is accepting applications for part-time unpaid internships for Spring 2014.

OLIA interns will learn about how a Federal agency’s legislative affairs office functions. Intern responsibilities will include: assisting with planning and executing events on Capitol Hill, researching legislation, database entry, and other administrative tasks as assigned.

OLIA provides executive leadership, direction, and coordination of all communications and relationships, both legislative and non-legislative, between NASA and the United States Congress as well as state and local governments.

Candidates should possess strong organization, good communication skills, a professional attitude, and an interest in the legislative process. Students majoring in politics, policy, communications or science and engineering fields preferred. An interest in aeronautics, space science and exploration is also desired. U.S. Citizenship required.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in interning at NASA and your relevant skills and experience to Lisa Stewart, at by Dec. 6.

3. Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge

The Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge is to design low cost UAVs that can be deployed over the rugged terrain of Kruger, equipped with sensors able to detect and locate poachers, and communications able to relay accurate and timely intelligence to Park Rangers. The Challenge is to design aircraft that can be launched in the bush, operate for hours over the rugged terrain, detect and locate poachers, communicate over existing commercial infrastructures, and recover in the bush -- all for under $3,000.

The Challenge is created to stimulate innovation among bright people from around the globe to take on some of the world’s biggest problems. The objectives seem daunting to governments and large corporations, but they are in reach to students, hobbyists, innovators and many more due to revolutions in additive manufacturing and smart phone technologies. Makers use 3D printers to fabricate aircraft structures out of inexpensive polymers. They automate aircraft with inexpensive computers made from smart phone components, and they stream video and other data from the aircraft using TCP/IP protocols over 4G networks at very low cost. What they need is a Challenge to focus their efforts and a success to inspire their next endeavors. With the help of Makers around the world we can stop the poaching and save the rhinos.

Grand Prize: $35,000

To learn more visit:

4. NASA Seeks America's Best and Brightest for Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from U.S. graduate students for the agency's Space Technology Research Fellowships. The research grants, worth as much as $68,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2014 fall term.

Applications will be accepted from students pursuing or planning to pursue master's or doctorate degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. The grants will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's strategic space technology objectives through their studies. To date, NASA has awarded grants to 193 student researchers from 68 universities located in 33 states and one U.S. territory.

Application deadline: November 13, 2013

For more information and instructions on how to submit applications, visit:
For more information about NASA's Space Technology Program, visit:

5. Third Annual Research Forum

The Cornell Undergraduate Research Board is now accepting abstracts from undergraduates interested in presenting their research from the summer or current semester at the 3rd Annual Fall Research Forum! The event will take place on November 13th, and they are looking for researchers in all disciplines. Fill out the submission form at by 11:59 pm on November 1st, 2013. Reach out to if you have any questions or concerns.

6. AIAA Region I Young Professional, Student, and Education Conference 2013

Dear AIAA Region I Members,

The AIAA YPSE team is pleased to announce that Dr. Sandy Magnus will deliver the keynote address at our 2013 conference scheduled for November 15 at APL. Dr. Magnus is a former NASA astronaut and current Executive Director of AIAA. Her talk is titled "Everything Necessary for Success I learned in Kindergarten!".

We are now accepting abstracts for presentations at the sessions and registration for conference attendees. If you are a student or young professional, please consider presenting your work at YPSE this year. You can submit your abstracts at Abstracts are due October 15th.

We are also looking for volunteers to help us run the conference. If you are interested in serving as a judge for the student paper competition or being a session chair, please contact us at or register for one of these roles at

Look for future announcements about YPSE at our web site - Check out our flyer:

Date: November 15, 2013

Location: Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory Kossiakoff Center

7. Private Pilot Ground School Lessons with the Aviation Society

Interested in getting your private pilot's license? The Cornell Aviation Society is offering free Ground School Training during the Fall 2013 semester.

Weekly class sessions are aimed at preparing students to take the private pilot written exam and earn their pilot license. Lessons open to entire Cornell community --anyone interested in aviation, with or without flight experience, is invited to attend. Please contact the Cornell Aviation Society at if you have any questions.

When: Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Where: 165 Statler Hall

8. AIAA Scholarships and Graduate Awards

The deadline to apply for AIAA Scholarships and Graduate Awards is January 31, 2014.

Selected awards include:

Undergraduate Awards (all $2500)

  • David and Catherine Thompson Scholarship
  • Leatrice Pendray Scholarship
  • Three (3) Orville and Wilbur Wright Scholarships
  • Liquid Propulsion TC Scholarship
  • Space Transportation TC Scholarship
  • Four (4) Digital Avionics Scholarships

Graduate Awards

  • Two (2) Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards - $5000
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control Graduate Award - $2500
  • William T. Piper General Aviation Systems Graduate Award - $2500
  • John Leland Atwood Graduate Award - $2500

9. Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Research Internship Program

The NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA) offers paid, year-round (3 sessions), highly competitive research internships for exceptional students to work with Langley engineers and scientists on some of the Nation’s most important, difficult, and challenging problems. The LARSS program emphasizes multi-disciplinary and collaboratively developed solutions to problems in such broad areas as (1) flight, including entry, descent, and landing, in all atmospheres; (2) Earth systems science, including the characterization of all atmospheres; (3) affordable, safe, and sustainable space exploration systems and technology; and (4) materials and structural concepts, analysis, and integration.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Classification as a rising undergraduate junior or senior, or graduate student (master’s or doctoral level)
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale


Summer Program Dates: 6/2/2014 - 8/8/2014 (Application Deadline: February 1, 2014)


Phone: 757-864-5215

Fax: 757-864-9701

10. Welcome from Student Programs at AIAA

Be an active part of the quarterly “Student E-Newsletter,” which shares news on student branches, rising stars of AIAA, and professional members and details student programs such as scholarships, regional student conferences, design competitions, and graduate awards! Submit your experiences, stories or ideas to the student programs coordinator, Rachel Andino (

AIAA Student members can now take advantage of a discount for a subscription to Aviation Week Magazine. Get your AIAA National Student Membership today! Also, check out the many 2013-2014 AIAA Design Competitions.

Other AIAA Events and Activities:

  • AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology Conference Student Paper Competition (
  • International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) Student Poster Competition (
  • AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference Graduate Student Paper Competition
  • AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference Best Student Paper Competition
  • Infotech@Aerospace Student Paper Competition (

11. Cornell AIAA Open Board Meetings

Join us for our Open Board Meetings! Get involved –we want to hear your input and ideas!

Dates: Every Thursday, 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Location: Upson Hall, Room 205

12. Publicize with Cornell AIAA!

Interested in publicizing your event or organization through the Cornell AIAA Newsletter? Just fill out the submission form here! AIAA newsletters are sent out every other Thursday, so make sure your event is submitted by Wednesday at 12:00 pm to make it into the next newsletter.