Thomas Ulph - 2014 Winning Essay

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with flight. At the mere age of ten, I experienced being at the controls of a Cessna aircraft. From that point on, I began working towards a career in aerospace. In 2011 I had the privilege of attending a seven week intensive training course with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Upon completion of the course I had earned my Private Pilot License and been named the top cadet pilot in Alberta.

In further pursuit of my passion, I am currently completing a BASc in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto. During second year, I completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award. The journey taught me the significance of being a global citizen and helped direct my focus towards the advancement of sustainable aviation.

As a global engineer I have the ability to make decisions that can drastically reduce the environmental impact of flight. It seems aircraft forms have remained static for many decades. I want to challenge this idea, step outside the box by combining new methods in computational fluid dynamics with developments in flow manipulation to create a more efficient airplane.

Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I intend to continue my education through graduate studies. My hope is that I will eventually be able to work in a research position, where I can apply my passion and knowledge so that we can enjoy the sensation of flight for generations to come.