2017 Tidewater Science & Engineering Fair Special Award Winners
Pictured, from left to right, are Miroslava Marinova, Thomas Young and Dr. James Stephenson.
As it has for many years in the past, this year Hampton Roads Chapter presented two special awards at the Tidewater Science & Engineering Fair. The Junior Division (Middle School) award winner received $200, while the Senior Division (High School) received $250. These awards are given to the students with the best projects supporting "the multidisciplinary fields of vertical flight, traditional rotorcraft platforms disciplines, and related support industries." The winners were the judged to be best versed with their work and performed the most unique experiments.
The Junior Division Award Winner was Thomas Young for his work on the effect of camber on lift coefficient. Thomas hand built four wings of 12% maximum thickness, with cambers ranging from 0 to 9%. He then tested their coefficient of lift using an available wind tunnel and a scale personally designed from COTS equipment.
The Senior Division Award Winner was Miroslava Marinova from the Virginia Governor's School for Science & Technology for her work with acoustic liners. She designed an acoustic liner that provided the same flow resistivity and multi-modal frequency damping but required only half the original volume. She demonstrated her technology in NASA Liner Technology Facility (LTF) and was able to provide feedback for future technology development.
The awards were presented by the Chapter Education Director Dr. James Stephenson and supported by chapter judges Dr. Eric Greenwood and Mr. Clement Ng.