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Soaring High

Two Viterbi Trojans win an international contest for their aircraft structural analysis research.
BY: Breanne Grady
October 27, 2016 —
L-R: Bo Jin, Ph.D. student from the Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Department and Xiaochen Li from the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science;  Photos courtesy of Bo Jin

When boarding a plane, who really thinks about all the research and testing that go into the materials for the plane’s structure?

It is a complex question that most of us just don’t ponder. Instead, we think about what food or entertainment we might order during the flight, failing to reflect on the structural innovation behind the plane itself.

Tackling some of this aerospace innovation, two Trojans from the USC M.C. Gill Composites Center took home first place in the University Category at the 2016 MSC Software Simulating Reality International Contest.

Viterbi Ph.D. candidates Bo Jin from the Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and Xiaochen Li from the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science were awarded for their presentation entitled “Structural Analysis of Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Hat-Stiffened Composite Panels for Aerospace Applications.”

Jin and Li won facing stiff competition from nine other university finalists from the following countries: U.S.A. (two other universities: University of Missouri and University of Texas), United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Egypt and Belgium.

For their award, Jin and Li each received a cash prize and GoPro Hero4 Session motion camera. Both students, who are advised by M.C. Gill Professor Steven Nutt, will also be exhibited in the “Simulating Reality” Contest Gallery on the MSC software website and be featured in the 2016 Summer issue of MSC Software’s magazine Simulating Realty.

Congratulations to the USC M.C. Gill Composites Center, and Fight On!!!