The Richmond Register

May 11, 2013

Combs honored by aerospace society


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Richmond native and University of Texas doctoral student Christopher Combs has been honored by the leading aerospace engineering professional society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). 

Christopher and his co-authors have received the 2013 AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Techology Best Paper for their technical work on the subject of “NO PLIF Visualization on the Orion Capsule in LENS-I.” 

As corresponding lead author for the technical paper, Combs will receive a certificate of merit and be recognized at the AIAA Fluid Dynamics convention in San Diego in June. 

Combs is currently completing his third year of post-graduate studies at the University of Texas-Austin, and his second year under a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.

His winning technical paper describes some of the results from his primary area of doctoral research; investigating space vehicle heat shield physics in an effort to improve capsule design.   

A 2006 graduate of Model Lab School, Combs received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Evansville in 2010.

He is the son of Craig and Dorie Combs of Richmond.