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Arpil 30, 2008

Alumna Wins at Aerowest

St. Paul, MN Ashley Chipman, an Augustana College / University of Minnesota Dual-Degree Engineering student, is part of team that recently captured first place in a prestigious international aeronautical design competition. Chipman and her team, the Micro Gophers, competed at the Aero Design West competition against 54 teams from across the United States and a number of foreign countries. The goal of the contest was to maximize the ratio of payload to aircraft weight. The winning design weighed 17 oz, was just over 30 inches tip to tail and had a wingspan of 43 inches. It stood about 12 inches from the top of the fuselage to the ground and carried a payload of twice its weight.

In addition to winning the design competition, the Micro Gopher team took second place in the competition for the best design report. Chipman was the primary author of the report.

Chipman, a 2006 graduate of Augustana with a double major in physics and mathematics, will complete her degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Minnesota this spring. Following graduation, the Fairmont, MN native will be employed by Schlumberger Limited.

The Aero Design West competition is sponsored by SAE International and Lockheed Martin. The contest was held in Ft. Worth, TX in April 2008.

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Ashley Chipman, (middle) and the rest of the Micro Gopher team.