2012 Academic High Altitude Conference


June 27-29, 2012
Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, Tennessee

Additional workshops to be held June 25-26, 2012





The conference will be able to offer a limited number of student participants financial aid towards travel costs (up to $500). Please email mhuddleston@trevecca.edu for details.


Don't forget to register for one of the workshops!

Welcome to the Academic High-Altitude Conference!
In 2012, the AHAC will be held at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville Tennessee.  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 1.) executing high altitude science research projects, 2.) developing operational capabilities for high altitude balloon flights, and 3.) creating educational opportunities incorporating high altitude balloon flights.  In addition to faculty in the math and sciences, education faculty are encouraged to attend this year’s conference.

History of the AHAC
Since 2008, Taylor University and StratoStar Systems have hosted High-Altitude Balloon Workshops for Undergraduate professors through funding provided by a National Science Foundation Grant.  During these 2-day 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. The conference is open to all faculty and their students.

Call for Papers, 2012
The committee for the 3rd Annual Academic High Altitude Conference is proud to announce a call for papers for this year’s conference, June 27th-29th.  This year the conference will be held at Trevecca Nazarene University, located in Nashville, TN.  Papers 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 May 11th 2012.  Full papers must be submitted by June 11th in order to be presented at the conference.

2012 Conference Topics

Research Projects with High Altitude Ballooning

  • Meteorology and atmospheric science
  • Physics and space science
  • Environmental science and remote sensing
  • Chemistry and biology
  • Collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects

Operational Capabilities for High Altitude Ballooning

  • Launch systems and prediction tools
  • Data logging and communication systems
  • Real-time and programmable control systems
  • Flight stability and return systems
  • Tracking and recovery
  • Engineering special mission requirements

Educational Opportunities with 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

Submit Your Paper

Poster Competition


Abstracts - May 11th 2012

Notification of acceptance into the conference - May 14th 2012

Full paper submission - June 11th 2012

Presentation materials submission - June 18th 2012

Call for Papers Submission Requirements

Abstracts – 100 to 250 words.  May be submitted in .odt, .doc, .docx, .pdf or LaTeX format

Full Papers - Papers may be submitted in .odt, .doc, .docx, .pdf or LaTeX format.  However, all papers will be converted to PDF format for the conference CD and on the website.  Specific guidelines will be sent to authors upon notice of acceptance.

Presentation submissions - Presentations materials must be submitted by June 18th to be included in the conference CD.  Materials submitted after June 18th will only be available from the conference website.  Presentation files in .pdf, .ppt or .pptx format are highly recommended.  

Call for Posters Submission Requirements


Poster Requirements:

  • The poster competition is open to all full time undergraduate and graduate students. There will be a formal poster presentation for judging on Wednesday, June 27 from 1:45 pm – 4:45 pm. You should be prepared to discuss your poster with faculty, students and other attendees. The research should be presented by giving sufficient background material so that it is understandable to someone not knowledgeable in your topic. You are required to have your poster and abstract completed prior to your arrival. All posters are to have a maximum measurement of 48"wide x 36" tall.  The poster font should be readable at a distance of 5 feet, preferably size 14 or larger and double spaced text. Your abstract should also be displayed.
  • Posters should address a topic that aligns with the conference focus including:
    • High Altitude Ballooning and Education 
    • HAB Operation Techniques and Practices 
    • HAB Engineering, Design and Implementation 
    • HAB in Scientific and Research Applications

This is not a complete list but should serve as a guide. 

The following information should be somewhere on your poster: 

  • Title of the Research Project
  • Student Researcher(s): your name and the names of any collaborators
  • Advisor: Name of your faculty or staff advisor
  • Name of College / University you attend
  • Department name

The judging of the posters and abstracts will be based on the following criteria:

  • Poster abstract will be judged on both content and clarity of writing 
  • The research or scholarship on which the poster is based is excellent 
  • The poster content is accurate, correct and referenced 
  • The poster communicates well to a general audience 
  • The poster is interesting, creative and attractive  
  • The layout of the poster is well organized and easy to follow 
  • The author(s) effectively use figures, charts and pictures 


  • If you are selected for an award, you will be notified Thursday morning. The First, second and third place awardees are expected to make a PowerPoint presentation on their project on Friday morning. Your presentation must be limited to 20 minutes (including Q&A). Your presentation should be on a USB Flash Drive. 


Abstract Requirements:

The poster abstract is limited to no more than 250 words. The abstract should include: 

  • What problem did you study and why is it important to this conference?
  • What methods did you use?
  • What were your results?
  • What conclusion can you draw from your results about the problem you studied?

The abstract should be single spaced, no smaller than Times New Roman 12 point font, and with 1” margins.


First Place $500

Second Place $250

Third Place $250