Open House Background

The College of Engineering Open House is a big event! Aerospace Engineering (AE) students participate every year: with elaborate presentations showcasing their work, results, and dreams. They even put on their nicest professional clothes. A great mix of K-12 kids, fellow students, industry engineers, VIP’s, faculty, staff, friends, and family attend and ask questions.

Additionally, the best project presentations are recognized with (cash) awards and the department’s outstanding graduating students are announced.

Open House typically makes for a long, stress-filled, and yet exciting day. In short, it is a great event. Sadly, because of COVID-19, a normal Open House event isn’t happening this year.

Virtual Alternative

Like everyone, we are going to “Plan B.” In this case, AE is holding a “Virtual Open House.”

This page gives you a taste of what the seniors did in the two-semester AE capstone design courses. Normally, efforts include conceptual/preliminary/detailed design, prototyping, ground/flight-testing, and mission demonstration phases.

Because of virus related lab access and safety concerns, students were not able to fully prototype, ground/flight-test, and demonstrate mission capabilities. Everyone is disappointed, but they still did a lot of good work (more than most universities do under normal circumstances).

The sections below are filled with information on their projects. A cool graphic image of each team’s design and links leading either a summary or detailed PowerPoint presentation is included.

The students also provide contact information, in their summary or presentation. Feel free to follow up with them or me (scott.miller@wichita.edu) if you have specific questions or would like to share a friendly message.

Judges will review the presentations, selecting the best for College and AE department awards. Watch for official announcements on this web page early Friday evening (May 8th). 

Projects & Information



Team 1 - "The Shockers From Mars," Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition
Team 1 rocket image

Click here to learn more:
Summary, or larger
 Presentation
 


>>>> TEAM MISSION FOCUS AWARD <<<<
Team 2 - "Operation Sunflower," NASA Student Launch Competition

Team 2 rocket image

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Summary, or larger Presentation




Team 3 - "The Breadbox," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 3 airplane image

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Summary, or larger Presentation


**** SECOND PLACE OVERALL ****
Team 4 - "El Agave," AIAA DBF Competition
Team 4 airplane image

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Summary, or larger Presentation

 


**** THIRD PLACE OVERALL ****
Team 5 - "Bomber Barons," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 5 airplane image

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Summary, or larger Presentation



Team 6 - "Crazy Eights," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 6 airplane image

 



Team 7 - "Maroshelite," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 7 airplane image

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Summaryor larger Presentation

 


******* FIRST PLACE OVERALL *******
Team 8 - "The Greater Frigates," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 8 airplane image

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Summaryor larger Presentation

 



Team 9 - "Fly-WU," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 9 airplane image

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Summaryor larger Presentation

 



Team 10 - "Sky Shockers," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 10 airplane image

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Summaryor larger Presentation

 



Team 11 - "VECTR Aerospace," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 11 airplane image

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Summaryor larger Presentation

 



Team 12 - "Wheat Workz," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 12 airplane image

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Summaryor larger Presentation

 


>>>> TEAM INNOVATION AWARD <<<<
Team 13 - "The Glorious Flyer," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 13 airplane image

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Summaryor larger Presentation

 


>>>> TEAM COMMUNICATION AWARD <<<<
Team 14 - "Simetra," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 14 airplane image

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Summaryor larger Presentation

 



Team 15 - "Kamikaze," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 15 airplane image

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Summaryor larger Presentation




Team 16 - "Prepared Scout," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 16 airplane image

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Summaryor larger Presentation




Team 17 - "Hurrycane," Bronze Propeller Competition

Team 17 airplane image 

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Summaryor larger Presentation



Department Awards & Recognition

The AE department faculty gives two awards annually to exceptional graduating students. Some basic information on each award and this year’s recipients are as follows.

Sigma Gamma Tau is the aerospace engineering honor society. Awardees, selected by the faculty, are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements.

  • This year’s Outstanding Student Member of Sigma Gamma Tau award recipient is Claudia Rojo Cazorla!

Department faculty select an outstanding senior/s based on a variety of attributes, including their academic, professional, and service oriented activities.

  • This year’s Bert L. Smith Outstanding Graduating Senior Student award recipients are Brittany Wojciechowski and Lucas Webb!

Congratulations Claudia, Brittany, and Lucas!

Esteemed judges carefully reviewed the projects and made the following Project Award selections:

  • First Place Overall: Team 8
  • Second Place Overall: Team 4
  • Third Place Overall: Team 5
  • Team Communication Award: Team 14
  • Team Innovation Award: Team 13
  • Team Mission Focus Award: Team 2

Congratulations Teams 8, 4, 5, 14, 13, and 2!
(You will be contacted in the comming week/s with specific information on how to collect your prize money.)
 

 

Special Thanks

The department and students would like to share a special thanks to the following:

Boeing - For sponsoring the Bronze Propeller Competition!

Dr. Steve Klausmeyer - For once again mentoring and assisting the WSU rocket teams. He is an amazing engineer, rocket guy, person, and Shocker!

David VanOmmen - For helping teams with part orders and learning how to do lots of valuable things!

Vijay, Linda, Colton, & Gunnar - For helping in the lab and working the students!

 

Important Comments

I’m very proud of our graduating students and all that they have achieved since their freshman year. It has been an even more trying, difficult, and uncertain time recently. The seniors are - using engineering terminology - robust, flexible, and extremely capable. I am certain they will do even more amazing things in the future. They are fine young engineers!

Dr. L Scott Miller
Professor & Chair
Wichita State University
Aerospace Engineering