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Mario Santos, a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering at Missouri S&T has received the Outstanding Student Poster Presentation award as the 3rd place winner at the 16th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW) held in Oxford University, United Kingdom in July 2019. The IPPW is an annual premiere international event bringing together the top-level researchers and students from all over the world to present their latest research on planetary entry science and technologies.
Mario, who is also a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow, attended the IPPW with a poster presenting his recent PhD research with the title “Multi-Fidelity Modeling for Efficient Aerothermal Prediction of Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) Configurations with Surface Scalloping” co-authored by his PhD advisor Dr. Serhat Hosder, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Dr. Thomas West from NASA Langley Research Center. The primary objective of this research is to develop and implement multi-fidelity modeling techniques based on co-kriging for the prediction of aerodynamic heating with surface scalloping inherent to deployable re-entry vehicles, which will be important for efficient and effective design and analysis of HIAD configurations planned for use in future human Mars missions.