Thursday, April 28, 2016

Filipino student wins 1st in NASA competition

Posted By: The Mail Man - Thursday, April 28, 2016


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Jose Mari Tuason, a Filipino studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, won First Place together with his team at the NASA BIG Idea Competition!

Jose Mari Tuason, a Filipino studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, won First Place together with his team at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea challenge!

Tuason's team from UIUC, composed of Sam Wywrot, Steven Kosvick, Austin Scott, Sashank Gummella and himself, designed the Cable-Controlled Aeroshell Deceleration System in response to the need for an inflatable heat shield technology. The team had to present and defend their design and solution at the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia.
NASA's site states,

"NASA is investing in Hypersonic Aerodynamic Inflatable Decelerator (HIAD) technology because it is a leading candidate to enable large aeroshells."
Development of technologies around these will enable progress towards sending humans to Mars.

UIUC AE Assistant Prof. Zach Putnam, an expert in planetary entry, descent, and landing systems, served as the team’s faculty advisor.
More information about the competition may be found at:

•    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Wins NASA/NIA BIG Idea Challenge
•    NASA BIG Idea Challenge
•    Finalists Announced for NASA’s BIG Idea University Design Challenge
•    NASA Seeks Big Ideas from Students for Inflatable Heat Shield Technology
•    NASA picks AE team’s design for next step in BIG Idea Challenge

Tuason is the only Filipino in the team and belongs to the Xavier School Class of 2010.

Image credit: NASA


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