AIAA Student Membership

AIAA Welcomes student participants to the Region IV 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.

Questions about AIAA? Please contact the AIAA Student Programs Coordinator, Rachel Dowdy, at

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Important Dates


Registration Opens

Monday, January 1, 2018, 12:00am

Abstracts Due Friday, March 2, 2018, 11:59pm

Papers Due Saturday, March 31, 2018 11:59pm

Registration Closes Saturday, April 14, 2018 11:59pm

Cancellation Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018 11:59pm

Conference Begins Friday, April 13, 2018

Conference Ends Saturday, April 14, 2018 

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. Masters Competition papers may have up to two student authors and list one faculty advisor as co-author.

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

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AIAA Region IV Student Conference


2018 Region IV Student Conference will be hosted by 

University of New Mexico

Friday, April 13 - Saturday, April 14, 2018


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) sponsors student conferences in each AIAA Region for student members at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students from regional schools are invited to submit papers and give formal presentations that are judged for technical content and communication skills. Monetary prizes are awarded to the top three winners in each category.


The conference is open to anyone interested in aerospace related fields. Students are highly encouraged to attend even if they don't plan to submit a paper for judging. The conference provides a venue for students, faculty and industry professionals to interact and discuss current aerospace topics while participating in local social activities. 

You must be an active student member of AIAA and you must subsequently register for the appropriate division using the Registration tab found in the menu on the left. 



2018 AIAA Region IV Student Conference Winners 


1. Payload Design and Development for Orbital Structural Heath Monitoring 

New Mexico Tech

Luke Byrom, Carl Bancroft, Douglas MacNinch, Shane Mckinney, Daniel Pacheco, Michael Underwood, Arjun Tandon, and Andrei Zagrai

2. Design, Fabrication, and Uniformity Testing of a Versatile Low-Cost Student Wind Tunnel

The University of Oklahoma

Samuel V. Jett, Karen Martinez Soto, and Orhan Roksa, Dr. Thomas C. Hays

3. Designing of a 2-kN Rocket Engine

Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua

Luis R. Garcia-Mendoza, Fidel Baez-Avila, Samuel Anchondo-Rodriguez, Eduardo Calva-Quintana, Eloy N. Marquez-Gonzalez



1. Comparison of Linear and Nonlinear Dynamics of a Virtual Telescope

The University of New Mexico

Richard Adcock, Dr. Asal Naseri



1. Application of Computational Intelligence for Command & Control of Unmanned Air Systems

Texas A&M University

Hannah C. Lehman, Prof. John Valasek

2. Characterization of a 50 kW Inductively Coupled Plasma Torch for Testing of Ablative Thermal Protection Materials Using Non-Air Gases

The University of Texas at Austin

Han A. Cha, Benton Greene

3. Preliminary Evaluation of Enhanced Vision Head Worn Display for FAR Part 23 Aircraft

Texas A&M University

Alexandra Heinimann, Prof. John Valasek