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Call for Nominations

Recognize the achievements of your colleagues by nominating them for an award!

Nominations are now being accepted here for the following awards and must be received at AIAA Headquarters no later than the nomination deadline. Awards are presented annually, unless otherwise indicated.


Any AIAA member in good standing may submit a nomination. Before preparing a nomination, nominators are reminded to read the award guidelines and verify that the nominee is eligible. 

 

Note: Current members of the committee responsible for the award are not eligible. Former members are not eligible until 1 year after expiration of their membership term. To verify eligibility for technical excellence awards,  click here to view the TAC Manual.  For assistance, contact bettyg@aiaa.org.

The Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted online here  or by logging into My AIAA at www.aiaa.org. You will be guided step-by-step through the nomination entry.  

 

Or if you prefer, you can submit nominations via a hard copy here:

 

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For further information on AIAA’s awards program, please contact Carol Stewart, Manager, AIAA Honors and Awards.

The Recognition Awards

  • Aerospace Software Engineering Award

    The Aerospace Software Engineering Award is presented for outstanding technical and/or management contributions to aeronautical or astronautical software engineering. Initially presented annually, beginning in 2007 this award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) generally at the AIAA SCITECH Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity

    The AIAA Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and application of aeroelastic phenomena.  It commemorates the accomplishments of Prof. Holt Ashley, who dedicated his professional life to the advancement of aerospace sciences and engineering and had a profound impact on the fields of aeroelasticity, unsteady aerodynamics, aeroservoelasticity, and multidisciplinary optimization. The award is presented every four years generally at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum (SCITECH). The next award presentation will be in 2017. Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2016

  • Children's Literature Award

    The Children's Literature Award is presented for an outstanding, significant, and original book in aeronautics and astronautics published within the last 2 years. The award is presented biennially (odd-numbered years) generally at the AIAA SCITECH Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • de Florez Award for Flight Simulation

    The de Florez Award for Flight Simulation, named in honor of the late Admiral Luis de Florez, is presented for an outstanding individual achievement in the application of flight simulation to aerospace training, research, and development. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum (SCITECH). Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Engineer of the Year Award

    The AIAA Engineer of the Year Award is presented to a member of AIAA who, as a practicing engineer, has made a recent, individual contribution in the application of scientific and mathematical principles leading to a significant technical accomplishment This award is intended for recognition of an individual’s single scientific and/or technical contribution. Career or lifetime achievements are not eligible, neither is a team or a management accomplishment. However, a project lead or a member of a team is eligible, provided that he/she has made significant individual contribution to the team’s success. The award name – “Engineer of the Year” implies that it is intended for a recent accomplishment. The idea is to “capture the moment.” Thus, both the individual’s “specific technical contribution” and the “recentness” of the accomplishment need to be conveyed in the award write-up. Nominations will be evaluated on quality of reference, significance of the contribution and impact of the contribution to the aerospace community. Diversity in the reference pool is highly recommended. Nominations begin at the AIAA Section level or may be made by any AIAA members, and are submitted to the appropriate Regional Deputy Director-Honors and Awards and Regional Director who select the one Regional Engineer of the Year. One overall AIAA Engineer of the Year is then selected by the Honors and Awards Committee from the Regional Engineers of the Year. This annual award is generally presented at an appropriate AIAA technical conference selected by the recipient, subject to approval by the Honors and Awards Committee. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Excellence in Aerospace Standardization Award

    The Excellence in Aerospace Standardization Award is presented to recognize substantive contributions by individuals that advance the health of the aerospace community by enabling cooperation, competition, and growth through the standardization process. Such individuals may have been committee chairs, project leaders, or industry executives; the award is intended to recognize substantive accomplishment. Professional activity to be documented in the nomination package should include contributions that occurred within the last 5 years. Specific to this award, AIAA must receive five complete nominations in order for the award to be made. The nominee may not be a member of the Standards Executive Council for the past two years (24 months). This award is generally presented biennially (odd-numbered years) at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. The next award will be made in 2017. Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2016

  • Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award

    The Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award is presented for the best original contribution to the field of aeronautical or astronautical non-fiction literature published in the last five years dealing with the science, technology, and/or impact of aeronautics or astronautics on society. It honors David Lasser, an editor of science fiction stories who is considered to be the guiding spirit of the founders of the American Interplanetary Society and its first president, and Lester Durand Gardner, publisher of Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering (which later became Aviation Week and Space Technology) and the founder of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences. The American Interplanetary Society (later known as the American Rocket Society) and Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences merged to form the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum, but may be presented at the Forum which matches the focus of the selected literature. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • History Manuscript Award

    The History Manuscript Award is presented for the best historical manuscript dealing with the science, technology, and/or impact of aeronautics and astronautics on society. The purpose of the award is to provide professional recognition to an author who makes a major and original contribution to the history of aeronautics or astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum, but may be presented at the Forum which matches the focus of the selected manuscript. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Information Systems Award

    The Information Systems Award is presented for technical and/or management contributions in space and aeronautics computer and sensing aspects of information technology and science. All nominations must emphasize the nominee’s specific contributions to aerospace information systems and detail the nominee’s specific contribution to aerospace information. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) generally at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Lawrence Sperry Award

    The Lawrence Sperry Award is presented for a notable contribution made by a young person, age 35 or under, to the advancement of aeronautics or astronautics. This award honors Lawrence B. Sperry, pioneer aviator and inventor, who died in 1923 in a forced landing while attempting a flight across the English Channel. Note: The recipient must be under 35 years of age on December 31 of the year preceeding presentation. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Mechanics & Control of Flight Award

    The Mechanics and Control of Flight Award is presented for an outstanding recent technical or scientific contribution by an individual in the mechanics, guidance, or control of flight in space or the atmosphere. This award is normally given to an individual. However a small team of colleagues (nominally two to four) that have collaborated on a technical contribution may be considered for the award. In this case, the nomination package shuld be submitted for the team of individuals. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Pendray Aerospace Literature Award

    The Pendray Aerospace Literature Award is named in honor of Dr. G. Edward Pendray, a founder and past president of the American Rocket Society. The award is presented for an outstanding contribution or contributions to aeronautical and astronautical literature in the relatively recent past. The emphasis should be upon the high quality or major influence of the piece rather than, for example, the importance of the underlying technological contribution. The award is an incentive for aerospace professionals to write eloquently and persuasively about their field and should encompass editorials as well as papers or books. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Summerfield Book Award

    The Summerfield Book Award is named in honor of Dr. Martin Summerfield, founder and initial editor of the Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics series of books published by the AIAA. The award is presented to the author of the best book recently published (within the last five years) by AIAA. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Sustained Service Award

    The Sustained Service Award is presented to recognize sustained, significant service and contributions to AIAA by members of the Institute. The nominee/recipient must be a member in good standing who has shown continuing dedication to the interests of the Institute by making significant and sustained contributions over a period of time, typically 10 years or more. Active participation and service at the local section/regional level, and/or the national level is a potential discriminator in the evaluation of candidates. A maximum of 20 awards are presented each year. These annual awards are presented at a Forum or activity with which the recipient is most associated or active, or may be presented by the recipient’s local AIAA section at an appropriate section event. A nomination form, scoresheet and additional information (no more than one page) that provides details to substantiate the scores for various activities is required. Nominees must score a minimum of 100 points on the score sheet. Letters of endorsement are not required for this award. Members of the AIAA Board of Directors are not eligible for this award until their term of service ends. Nomination Deadline: 1 July