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TULLAHOMA — Two students from the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) have been recognized for their research at one of the nation’s top aeronautic conferences.

The students attending the 2010 Southeastern Regional Student Conference of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) were awarded second and third place in the Masters Division. The conference, held in Destin, Fla. on April 8-9, included over 300 delegates from 14 universities from the southeastern region.

Nadim Zgheib won second place for his paper, “Asymptotic Solutions for Longitudinal Waves in Solid Rocket Motors” and Michel Akiki won third place for his paper “Compressible Integral Formulation of the Two-Dimensional Porous Channel Flow.” The studies focused on the analytical and numerical modeling of either wave propagation or compressible mean flow description in simulated solid rocket motors.

The two studies were supervised by UTSI Professor Joseph Majdalani who appears as second author on both papers.

Zgheib and Akiki are both from Kesrouan, Lebanon, and both graduated from Notre Dame University shortly before joining UTSI. In 2009, they received their master’s degrees in aerospace engineering. Michel is currently working toward his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Zgheib has received a graduate school fellowship to pursue his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Florida.

AIAA is the world’s largest professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space and defense.

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