Frequently Asked Questions
Is it for me?
For many of you doing your thesis, or any type of project, the abstract, paper and presentation should simply be adapting how you present your work, and not a large extra workload. You do not need to have any ground-breaking results; it is ok to present your methods, what you have achieved and/or what is being developed with your work. The topic of the paper must have some relation to aerospace or aviation, but does not have to be on mainstream topics. For example, business, chemical engineering (bio fuels), sustainability topics etc are all eligible.
If you are in lower years in your university study we encourage people to at least register to attend to see the research that is being done, hear from some expert Keynote Presenters, network with your peers and have a great time!
What are the costs?
You need to be an AIAA member to register, but membership is only $25 USD, and can be done online through www.aiaa.org. There are many benefits to this, but just at the conference you get more than $50 worth of value! Registration includes lunches, morning and afternoon tea on each day, as well as a Conference Dinner. Amongst the activities are a range of social events to encourage networking with peers (just having a good time) and getting to know professionals and academics.
For interstate and international travellers there will be costs involved with flights to and from Melbourne, transport to the university and accomodation. At minimun you will need accomodation for two nights (22nd and the 23rd), and there are a variety of options within walking distance of RMIT or a short distance away with public transport available. Contact the organising committee if you require more advice in regards to transport and accomodation.
What are the benefits?
This conference is specifically for undergraduate students and provides an opportunity to write a technical paper and present it to an audience. Both the full paper and oral presentation will be reviewed and the best papers will be recommended for submission to the AIAA's range of high-impact journals including the AIAA Journal, Journal of Aircraft, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Journal of Propulsion and Power, and the Journal of Aerospace Information Systems. This is an amazing opportunity for your career in general, and even more so if you are even remotely considering research (will help massively when applying for an APA).
Another benefit is that the winner of the paper conference will have the chance to present their work at SciTech 2018 and compete for further prize money. The AIAA SciTech conference is one of the largest and most interesting aerospace conferences in North America - a fantastic experience for any student!
What if I have more questions?