Nic Adams will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to have hisÂ support bracket design incorporated on a future Atlas V missionÂ as the first place winner of theÂ 3-2-1 Liftoff! ULA Rocket Hardware Challenge, ULAÂ said Thursday.
Vishale Gandhele and Winston Jennings will receive $3,000 and $2,000 respectively as the competition’s second and third place winners.
A panel of judges that consisted of ULA CEO Tony Bruno and engineers from the joint venture and StratasysÂ evaluatedÂ the finalists on their proposals’ edge distance, part stress and support materials.
“We were very impressed with the quality of work displayed, and honored to be able to judge the submissions,” said Mark Peller, vice president of ULA’s engineering unit.
He added that the challenge was launched in efforts to reach out and promote the aerospace industry to the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The challenge was hosted by Stratasys’ GrabCAD division.