Aerospace doctoral candidate named top-5 winner in research pitch competition


Graduate student Jessica Morgan was recently named a top-5 winner at the 2nd annual Millennium Café Pitch Competition held at the Millenium Science Complex on May 17.

Approximately 50 students had two minutes or less to introduce their research in a manner that was understandable and inspiring to a diverse panel of judges.

Morgan’s presentation, titled “Noise Reduction of Military Aircraft,” focused on reducing military aircraft noise to mitigate hearing loss and compensation costs for military personnel.

Morgan is advised by Professor Emeritus Dennis McLaughlin.


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