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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

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Honors and Awards

In Honoring Others – We Honor Ourselves!

AIAA is honored to honor you—the very best! A primary goal of the Institute is to recognize those who are making earthshaking achievements that make us stand up from our seats and cheer. Since the inception of AIAA Honors and Awards Program, collectively we’ve recognized thousands of your colleagues for their meritorious achievements, technical contributions, committed service, section participation, and loyal membership.

Because shaping the future of aerospace is a community effort, AIAA is also flying high to partner with other societies for certain elite awards.

Here’s a complete list of all AIAA Honors and Awards, or you can select an award category below to learn more:

  • Premier Awards
    AIAA's highest awards, presented during the annual Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.

  • Lectureship Awards
    Distinguished lecturers share their research, contributions, and technological insights with AIAA members.

  • Educator Awards
    Awards recognize educators for contributions and for motivating the next generation of aerospace professionals.

  • Publication Awards
    Those who record aerospace science and technology are honored for their contributions.

  • Section Awards
    The outstanding performance of sections or section members in areas such as communications and public policy are recognized each year.

  • Service Awards
    AIAA members are recognized for dedication and participation in AIAA activities over a period of time.

  • Student Awards
    Undergraduate and graduate students are recognized for their accomplishments and contributions.

  • Technical Excellence Awards
    Significant achievement in specific technical fields of aerospace is honored by these awards.

  • Best Paper Awards
    The most innovative technical papers in aerospace design and structures, aerospace sciences, propulsion and energy, space and missiles, and other important areas are recognized each year.  


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