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Mechanical engineering graduate student Estefania Bohorquez has been named a member of the 2018 class of 20 Twenties by Aviation Week Network and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This distinction was established by both groups in 2013 to recognize students who are changing the face of the aerospace and defense industries.

Representing undergraduate and master’s degree programs in the U.S., Canada and the UK, Bohorquez was selected from among more than 50 finalists from three continents and 35 universities.

Bohorquez’ research focuses on propulsion and engine materials, specifically through thermal barrier coatings. In 2017, she participated in the Fulbright scholarship program, conducting research at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne. Bohorquez also served as a research project lead for the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium.

In addition to her research, Bohorquez participates in a variety of outreach activities, including the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Central Florida chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Engineers Without Borders.

About the AIAA 20 Twenties Awards

From the AIAA website: Through the annual 20 Twenties program, the Aviation Week Network and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics recognize young, rising stars within the industry, Top students working to solve aerospace challenges are nominated by universities around the world, and a judging panel comprised of hiring managers, engineers and academics selects 20 exceptional winners. Nominees are evaluated based on academic performance, civic contribution and the value of their research or design projects.