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Father Of F-14 Tomcat And Astronaut To Address Clarkson Student Aeronautics And Astronautics Conference

The Clarkson University chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will host the Northeast Region I Student Conference April 14-15 on the Clarkson campus.  Region I encompasses chapters at 24 colleges and universities and three high schools throughout New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Ontario and Quebec.

Renso L. Caporali, Clarkson class of ‘54, “The Father of the F-14 Tomcat;” and Joseph P. Allen, astronaut and chairman of the board of Veridian Corporation, will be the keynote speakers.

Caporali, a former senior executive with the Grumman Corporation and the Raytheon Company, and a former Navy pilot, is an AIAA Fellow and a member of the Clarkson University Board of Trustees.

Allen flew on two Apollo missions and two space shuttle missions as a scientist-astronaut for NASA, and later served as assistant administrator and director of Astronaut Training. He is also a Fulbright scholar and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

“This conference is beneficial to our students for two reasons,” says Kenneth D. Visser, assistant professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering.  ”First, it gives them an opportunity to write and give a technical paper presentation on their research in a formal atmosphere.  Second, it allows them to interact and exchange ideas with other students and professors from schools in our region.

“We have hosted this conference twice before. That this year’s conference coincides with the tenth anniversary of Clarkson’s Aeronautical Engineering program makes it a very special event for our department and our University.”

Student presenters compete for three cash prizes in graduate and undergraduate categories.  Papers will be evaluated for both technical content and presentation delivery.  First place regional winners are invited to the AIAA National Student Conference competition, which is held during the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting each January in Reno, Nev.

Anthony G. Collins, vice-president for Academic Affairs, will deliver opening remarks on the first day of the conference. The day will include student paper presentations throughout the morning and afternoon, and a luncheon with Allen as the featured speaker.

Clarkson students and professors will be featured presenters on day two of the conference.  Papers include: Drag Reduction of Tractor-Trailers; Design, Build and Fly Competition; Flow and Particle Transport in a Rotating Flow; Turbulent Deposition of Aerosol Particles in Ducts; and Spherical Droplet Dispersion in a Turbulent Spray.

Caporali will speak at an awards luncheon following the day’s presentations.

The nonprofit American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the principal society and voice serving the aerospace profession.  Its primary purpose is to advance the arts, sciences and technology of aeronautics and astronautics and to foster and promote the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits. In addition to its nearly 30,000 individual professional members worldwide, AIAA has over 145 active student branches, including 12 foreign student branches, with a total active membership of over 5,000 students.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Kenneth Visser, associate professor of Aeronautical Engineering, at 315-268-7687; or Michael P. Griffin, director of News Services, at 315-268-6481 or]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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