5th Annual 2014 Academic High-Altitude Conference
June 25-27, 2014
University of North Dakota - Grand Forks, ND
Additional Workshops: June 23-24, 2014
Welcome to the Academic High-Altitude Conference!
In 2014, the AHAC will be held in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota, located in Grand Forks, ND. Each year, the AHAC has sought to expand its relevance to those working on the academic side of high altitude ballooning.
This year's conference will present talks that focus on:
- Executing high altitude research projects
- Developing operational capabilities for high altitude balloon flights
- Creating educational opportunities incorporating high altitude balloon flights
History of the AHAC
Since 2008, Taylor University and StratoStar Systems have hosted High-Altitude Balloon Workshops for professors through funding provided by a National Science Foundation grant. During these workshops, professors learned how to start their own balloon program using the High-Altitude Research Platform (HARP) and incorporate the balloon into the classroom.
In 2010, Taylor University created the Academic High-Altitude Conference (AHAC) in response to the desire of many of those participants to collaborate with other institutions and advance their programs. The Academic High-Altitude Conference is dedicated to the use of high-altitude platforms to advance STEM education and research. It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, discussing best practices and advancing the use of near-space to inspire students.
Call for Papers, 2014
The committee for the 5th Annual Academic High Altitude Conference is proud to announce a call for papers for this year's conference, June 25-27th. Paper submissions are requested from professionals, faculty, staff and students that are involved in high-altitude ballooning in their respective programs. This year the conference will focus on the topics provided below. Authors are encouraged to submit papers for projects at all stages of development. All abstracts must be submitted on or before March 15, 2014. Full papers must be submitted by May 30th in order to be presented at the conference. Students who submit abstracts can also apply for travel funding. You may download the call for papers here.
2014 Conference Topics
Research in High-Altitude Ballooning
- Meteorology and atmospheric science
- Physics and space science
- Environmental science and remote sensing
- Chemistry and biology
- Collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects
Educational Opportunities in High-Altitude Ballooning
- Balloon flights in K-12 STEM education
- Balloon flights in core undergraduate courses
- Balloon flights in advanced lab courses
- Collaborations between the university and the public through balloon flights
Technical Development in High Altitude Ballooning
- Launch systems and prediction tools
- Data logging and communications systems
- Real-time and programmable control systems
- Flight stability and return systems
- Tracking and recovery
- Engineering special mission requirements
Details and Registration
Register is now open. Please use AHAC2014 as both the username and password.
Preliminary Conference Schedule
|Mon - June 23||Tue - June 24||Wed - June 25||Thur - June 26||Fri - June 27|
|A.M.||Technical Workshop||Technical Workshop||Balloon Launch||Conference||Conference|
|P.M.||Technical Workshop||Education Workshop||Conference and Poster Session||Conference and Banquet|
Including topics such as low cost ballooning, custom hardware/software development and measurement techniques. Please take the workshop survey here.
Workshop led by Matthew Nelson and Ron Fevig. For more information please contact Matthew Nelson at (515) 294-2640 or via e-mail.Fee - $100
Learn how to incorporate high-altitude ballooning into the classroom! It's not as hard as it looks. Design and build payloads to be launched the morning of Wednesday June 25.
Workshop led by Caitlin Nolby and Marissa Saad. For more information please contact Caitlin Nolby at (701) 777-4856 or via e-mail.Fee - $25
Conference: June 25-27
Conference registration also includes select meals, snacks and a banquet dinner on Thursday June 26. Registrations after March 15th will have an additional $25 late fee so register early.
- Students - $100
- Faculty - $200
- Vendors - $300
On-Campus HousingThose interested in on-campus housing will be staying in Swanson Hall on UND campus. This hall is air-conditioned and is located right next to UND's Memorial Union. This is a great option for conference and workshop attendees to get the true UND experience and to save some money on housing. If you are interested in on campus housing, contact Anne Longlet or Caitlin Nolby. Single Room: $38 or Double Room: $40
The Hilton Garden Inn, connected to the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace at UND, where the conference will be held. For amenities and services offered by the Hilton Garden Inn, click here. You may reserve online here.Return to top
If you are planning to fly as a means of travel, the options for airports and taxi services are listed below.
Grand Forks, ND
- Nodak Radio Cab - (701) 772-3456
- S&S Taxi - (701) 772-4142 or (218) 791-4202
- Grand Forks Taxi - (701) 780-8890
- City Cab - (701) 610-3369
- Shuttle - (701) 757-1667
Rental Car Services
- Avis Rent-A-Car - (800) 831-2847 or (701) 241-1580
- Hertz Car Rental - (800) 654-3131 or (701) 365-0878
- National Car Rental - (800) 227-7368 or (701) 235-2549
- Alamo Rent a Car - (800) 462-5266 or (701) 451-9560
Rental Car Services
- Avis Rent-A-Car - (800) 831-2847 or (204) 956-2847
- Hertz Car Rental - (800) 654-3131 or (204) 925-6625
- National Car Rental - (800) 227-7368 or (204) 925-3529
- Alamo Rent a Car - (800) 462-5266 or (204) 925-3448
Other Travel Options
Activities Around Grand Forks
- Splasher's Waterpark at Canad Inn
- Empire Arts Center
- River Cinema 15
- Ray Richard Golf Course
- The Greenway
- Turtle River State Park
- International Peace Gardens