Three recipients of the prestigious Alexander Lippisch Scholarship have been announced by the Department of Aerospace Engineering: Rigelesaiyin Ji, Haiyang Hu and Seyyed Esfahani Rashidi. All are Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate students who have published research papers on top-ranked journals and conferences based on their research work at Iowa State.
The selection of the Alexander Lippisch Scholarship awardees are based on the achievements of the students at Iowa State, both in academic excellence and research productivity. Ji had four published journal papers as well as four conference papers based on his work at Iowa State. His major professor is Dr. Liming Xiong.
Hu has four published journal papers as well as three conference papers from Iowa State. His major professor is Dr. Hui Hu. Esfanhani Rashidi has two published journal papers along with five conference papers from Iowa State. His major professor is Dr. Valery Levitas.
The scholarship is named after German aeronautical engineer Alexander Lippisch, a pioneer of aerodynamics who made important contributions to the understanding of tail-less aircraft, delta wings and ground effect technology. His most famous designs are the Messerschmitt Me 163 rocket-powered interceptor and the Dornier Aerodyne. From 1950 to 1964 he worked for the Collins Radio Company (now Collins Aerospace) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then he formed his own business, Lippisch Research Corporation.