Aerospace engineering graduate students win awards at CERS 2018


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Aerospace engineering Ph.D. candidates Ethan Corle and Scott Hromisin won first prize and third prize, respectively, in the Art in Science competition at the 15th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS) held April 10 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

CERS is a student-initiated and student-run event that provides a networking opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and industry representatives. The symposium showcases the cutting-edge interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research being conducted at Penn State through oral/paper and poster presentations and an "Art in Science" competition from the engineering disciplines.

Corle won for his submitted image titled “Tiltrotor In Motion.” His image shows the vortical structures that are formed by the rotating prop-rotor blades of a tiltrotor aircraft and then swept over the wing and behind the vehicle. The data are produced using a coupled computational fluid dynamics and computation structural dynamics simulation which will enable more accurate predictions of vehicle aeroelasticity in the future. Shown in the image pictured above are the wing and rotors colored by energy and vorticity iso-surfaces in the wake.

Hromisin won for his submitted image titled “Supersonic Impinging Jet Laser Doppler Velocimetry,” which shows the transmitting and receiving optics that are part of a laser Doppler velocimetry system. In his image, a coherent pair of green laser beams is shown being focused into a small optical probe volume within a supersonic air flow impacting on a flat plate. Experiments are designed to replicate the flow field generated by STOVL aircraft during a vertical shipboard landing. The laser Doppler velocimetry system provides the capability to nonintrusively measure velocity and turbulence levels throughout the supersonic impinging jet flow field.

First- and second-place awards were given for paper/oral presentations. First-, second- and third-place awards were given for poster presentations and Art in Science submissions.

First-place paper/oral presentation winners received $400, first-place poster winners received $225 and the first-place Art in Science winner received $150.

A complete list of winners is available on the CERS website.


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Chris Spallino

Ethan Corle, Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering

Ethan Corle, Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering

Scott Hromisin, Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineeringScott Hromisin, Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering



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