University of Virginia student Matthew Asper was recently recognized among Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders: The 20 Twenties by Aviation Week magazine, in collaboration with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, for his dual research in de-icing methods. The third-year aerospace engineering major was nominated by his university for his research in aircraft icing with Rolls-Royce to prevent ice accretion in turbine engines. Asper is researching one method involving a water-resistant coating used on aerodynamic surfaces to alleviate ice accumulation. He is also experimenting with a second method that involves ceramics; the porous ceramic is used to levitate the droplets, helping the water roll off more easily and reducing the amount of icing.

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