The Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

09 March 2016

A University of Queensland graduate is the only individual outside of America to receive an accolade as part of the 2016 Aviation Week and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) awards.

UQ Bachelor of Engineering alumnus, Viha Parekh has been recognised as part of the Aviation Week and AIAA’s ‘Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties’ award program, which celebrates the young innovators and passionate believers of the next generation.

Viha said she was incredibly honoured to be the only Australian university graduate to receive such an award.

“Having graduated from UQ last year, I’m grateful for the numerous opportunities I received during my studies,” Viha said.

“I was fortunate enough to study abroad at Purdue University in the USA, undertake research projects with UQ’s Centre for Hypersonics and Centre for Advanced Imaging, and intern with Qantas Defence Services.”

“A career in the aviation and aerospace industry has been a dream of mine since a very young age, and receiving such an award gives me confidence that hard work pays off, and a renewed enthusiasm and drive with which to approach future endeavours”

The ‘Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties’ awards recognise top engineering, mathematics, science and technology students from around the world.

The winners were honoured at the Aviation’s Week 59th Annual Laureates Awards in Washington DC. They are also featured in the February 29th digital and print publications of Aviation Week & Space Technology.