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AME Student Wins SGT Undergraduate Award

Dancer-pianist-tennis player-snowboarder-engineer will build micro-airplanes as intern this summer
Eric Mankin
March 31, 2009 —

Shanling Yang, a senior who serves as one of the captains of the USC AeroDesign team, is one of eight winners of regional awards from the national aerospace engineering honor society Sigma Gamma Tau.

Shanling Yang: "one of our best"

As winner for the Southern Pacific Region, she will receive a $250 prize, and be a contender for SGT’s Ammon S. Andes National Award.

“Shanling is one of our best students in AME and has been very active on the AeroDesign Team, Viterbi Ambassadors and other student affairs,” said Professor Ron Blackwelder. “This is not only an honor for her, but also for AME and the Viterbi School."

Yang, a native of Centennial, Colorado, expects to receive her B.S. in December 2009, and then continue at USC working toward a 2010 M.S.

In addition to her leadership of the AeroDesign group, "I'm a member of Break Through Hip Hop Team and USC Repertory Dance Company, an undergraduate engineering tutor, and a Supplemental Instruction Leader for Calculus 3," she says. She also enjoys piano playing, tennis and snowboarding.

She is looking forward to spending the summer as an intern at AeroVironment in Simi Valley working on micro aerial vehicle projects.