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AIAA welcomes student participants to the Region II 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.

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Registration Count

 2018 Counts

At Large: 0
Auburn: 18 
FIT: 11
GT: 8
KSU: 5
MSU: 35
Tuskegee: 3
UA: 54
UAH: 45
UCF: 1
UF: 18
UGA: 5
UMemphis: 8
U South Alabama: 20
USC: 2

Professionals: 8

Total: 247
10 Faculty, 229 Students

2017 Counts

At Large: 1
Auburn: 23
FIT: 21
GT: 0
MSU: 54
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico: 1
Southern Polytechnic: 0
Tuskegee: 4
UA: 31
UAH: 26
UF: 8
UGA: 2
UMemphis: 9
U South Alabama: 7
UT: 1
Vanderbilt: 0

Professionals: 6

Total: 196
11 Faculty, 179 Students

2016 Total: 239
10 Faculty, 209 Students

2015 Total: 223
12 Faculty, 205 Students

2014 Total: 162
9 Faculty, 148 Students

2013 Total: 169
6 Faculty, 155 Students

2012 Total: 252
9 Faculty, 221 Students

2011 Total Delegates: 228

Presentation Counts

2018 Counts

Undergrad: 32
Masters: 8
Team: 17
Open Topic: 9
Design Team: 8
Community Outreach: 4
Exhibitions: 2
Total: 80

By University:
At large: 0
AU: 11
FIT: 6
GT: 2
KSU: 2
MSU: 13
Tuskegee: 1
UA: 8
UAH: 12
UCF: 1
UF: 6
UGA: 2
UMemphis: 3
USA: 6
USC: 1

2017 Totals: 65

2016 Totals: 84

2015 Totals: 74

2014 Totals: 42

2013 Total: 58

2012 Total: 60

2011 Total: 53

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Distinguished Guest Speakers

Thursday Luncheon

Please join us on Thursday for a luncheon that is sure to enlighten everyone.  Mr. David Trent, the site director of the Airbus Engineer Center will be our guest speaker.

David Trent

David Trent - Site Director-Airbus Engineer Center

David (Dave) Trent is the Site Director for the Airbus Engineering Center in Mobile, Alabama. As the first Mobile center employee hired in 2005, Dave has led the office’s growth from its creation to its current size of over 200 engineering and design staff.

Prior to joining Airbus, Dave held engineering management positions at Bombardier Aerospace and Gulfstream Aerospace and was General Manager at Hiller, Inc. He has been involved in the development and delivery of aircraft cabins since 1993. Throughout his career, Dave has been passionate about efficient process improvement, robust design solutions, a drive for excellence, and diversity of decision making.

Dave gives Airbus a strong and welcome community reputation through his civic involvement. He is vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center (having previously been chairman), a member of the University of South Alabama’s College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, a member of the Mitchell College of Business Executive Advisory Council, the secretary for the Alabama Aerospace Industries Association, a member of the Board of the United Way of Southwest Alabama, and a member of the Board of the Ascension Health Gulf Coast Health System.

Raised in Southern California, Dave received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters Degree in Business Administration from the California State University of Fullerton.

About the Airbus Engineering Center in Mobile:
In 2005, Airbus announced its decision to build an engineering center at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookely. An initial team of 35 opened the new building on January 3, 2007. Today, the engineering center specializes in cabin and cargo engineering and contributes approximately 20% of the internal cabin and cargo engineering capability at Airbus.

Friday Awards Banquet

The conference will close with our Awards Banquet Dinner on Friday evening.  Dr. Larry DeLucas will be our distinguished speaker for the evening.

Larry DeLucas

Larry DeLucas - Principal Scientist, Aerospace Corporation


Dr. DeLucas is a Principal Scientist at the Aerospace Corporation. He was previously a Professor in the School of Optometry, Senior Scientist and Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Structural Biology Shared Facility, and Director of the Center for Structural Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  Dr. DeLucas received five degrees from UAB culminating in a Doctor of Optometry degree and a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry. He also received honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Ohio State University, Ferris State University, SUNY College of Optometry and the Illinois College of Optometry.

He published 163 peer-reviewed research articles in various scientific journals, co-authored and edited books on protein crystal growth and membrane proteins and is co-inventor on 43 patents involving protein crystal growth, novel biotechnologies and structure-based drug design. He has been an invited lecturer at numerous national and international scientific meetings concerning biotechnology research.

DeLucas was a member of the 7 person crew of Space Shuttle Columbia for Mission “STS-50”, called the United States Microgravity Laboratory-1 (USML-1) Spacelab mission. Columbia launched on June 25, 1992, returning on July 9. While in space, DeLucas participated in thirty-one different scientific, physics and research materials experiments as a payload specialist. He traveled more than 6 million miles, completing 221 orbits of earth and logging over 331 hours in space. From 1994 to 1995, Dr. DeLucas served as the Chief Scientist for the International Space Station at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dr. DeLucas was a founder and board member of Soluble Therapeutics Inc. (recently acquired by CytoBioSciences, Inc, member of the Board of Directors for Indian Springs School, board member of the Alabama Chapter for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Chairman of the STEM Initiative for the Greater Alabama Council for the Boy Scouts of America. He served on Science Advisory Boards for Minerva BioSciences, Inc. and Space Energy, Inc. and the Board of Directors for Vivo Biosciences, Inc. and Diversified Scientific, Inc. Dr. DeLucas was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at UAB (2000), the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011) and the Howard Heflin Statesmanship Award for Technology (1999).

Dr. DeLucas was the Recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship in the UAB Graduate School (April 2015), a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors (December 2013), and Recipient of the Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award for his outstanding community and educational outreach activities (2012). He received the honorary Alumnus Award, Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (January 28, 2010), at UAB and in 2004 he was recognized as a Top Ten Finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Birmingham Business Journal.