COMPETITION: AIAA Foundation Design Competitions 2021
The AIAA Foundation sponsors design competitions every year. These competitions offer a great opportunity for students to participate in a simulated real-world problem, allowing students to gain experience and receive useful and constructive feedback from technical experts who sit on AIAA Technical Committees.
Several of the competitions allow students to perform theoretical work and gain real-world insight into the design process. Whether students are designing an aircraft, engine, or space vehicle, they will go through all of the primary design steps involved in determining a solution to a Request for Proposal (RFP). This includes determining a hypothetical solution, testing the hypothesis, evaluating its effectiveness, possibly doing some cost analysis, and finally preparing a report that will be submitted in response to the RFP. These responses are reviewed by experts in the field who will provide constructive responses to the students.
This year’s competitions are listed below. Show the world you've got the right stuff in design, and you may win cash prizes while you're at it!
*This competition is subject to all applicable laws, including US export laws. US law prevents AIAA from awarding prize money to, or providing substantive feedback on entries from, persons residing in Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Crimea, Sudan, or Syria.
Note to Report Submitters: Only the person who submitted the letter of intent may submit the final report. All materials, including letters of intent and final reports, must be submitted online via www.aiaa-awards.org – AIAA will not accept for submission any materials mailed to the AIAA office.
If you would like a certificate of participation for your team, please e-mail us at email@example.com. Certificates will be provided only upon request and will be sent in electronic format only.
Due to the high volume of final reports we receive, you must strictly adhere to formatting and membership requirements. For 2021, any final reports submitted that do not adhere to formatting or membership requirements will be automatically rejected.
2021 Design Competitions
For 2021, AIAA will offer the following competitions:
Team Aircraft Design – Graduate Team
Team Aircraft Design – Undergraduate Team
Team Space Design – Undergraduate Team
Team Missile System Design – Graduate Team
Team Engine Design – Undergraduate Team
For 2021 there will be no individual design competitions.
If you have any more questions about the upcoming design competitions, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Design RFPs
Letter of intent submitted via online submission site – 12 February 2021 (2359 hrs US Eastern Time)
Proposal submitted via online submission site – 14 May 2021 (2359 hrs US Eastern Time)
Announcement of Winners (via email) – August 2021 (Dependent on review committee schedule)
Gas Turbine (Engine) Design:
Round 1 evaluations completed – 30 June 2021 (2359 hrs US Eastern Time)
Round 2 presentations at 2021 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum
Basis for Judging
Conflict of Interest
Frequently Asked Questions
Previous Years' RFPs
Aircraft Design Competitions
Gas Turbine (Engine) Design Competitions
Space Systems Design Competitions
Missile Systems Design Competitions
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