Hailey Nichols Wins Aviation Week 20 Twenties Award

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August 22, 2022

The Aviation Week Network recently announced the winners of this year’s 20 Twenties Award. WNCG student Hailey Nichols was among the students chosen for the class of 2022.

The 20 Twenties Award is part of an international program aimed at providing opportunities to students and young professionals in the field of aerospace and defense. This year’s winners were selected from a pool of applicants representing 36 colleges and universities worldwide. The award celebrates students who not only demonstrate academic excellence but also show commitment to civic contribution and significant research or design projects.

Nichols' research has certainly been impactful. In 2021, her work led to the launch of Locus Lock, an early-stage technology startup providing high-integrity, centimeter-accurate, real-time positioning with global availability. The software-defined Global Navigation Satellite System receiver she developed is poised to deliver end users precise heading and positioning at a low cost.

Last fall, the startup was also recognized at the Female Founder Pitch competition held by the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute, where Nichols won first place in the Graduate/Postdoc category.

The winners of the 20 Twenties Award will be honored at the upcoming Aviation Week Network’s 65th Annual Laureate Awards in Washington, D.C.

Hailey Nichols is a master’s student in UT Austin’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and is part of the Radionavigation Laboratory advised by Prof. Todd Humphreys. Nichols plans to develop and grow Locus Lock full-time after her expected graduation in Summer 2022. Nichols earned her Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2019.

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