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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.


Nominations may be submitted online by logging into www.aiaa.org, MY AIAA. You will be guided step-by-step through the nomination entry.  OR, if preferred nominations may be submitted in hard copy.  Click to download form.

 

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

 

  • Aerospace Communications Award

    The Aerospace Communications Award is presented for an outstanding contribution in the field of aerospace communications. Candidates are individuals or small teams (up to 4 members) whose achievements have had a positive impact on technology and society. This award is presented annually at the AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • 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

  • AIAA / AAAE / ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award

    The Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award was established in 1983 and is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC). It is presented annually during the AAAE/ACC Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium to the nominee(s) judged to have contributed most significantly in recent years to the enhancement of relationships between airports and/or heliports and their surrounding environments via exemplary innovation that might be replicated elsewhere. Examples of such airport-community-environmental enhancement include noise abatement for aircraft engines; aircraft flight-path modification to reduce time and space requirements for take-off and landing; airport and terminal design to improve sustainability and compatibility with the surrounding area; and airport area ground-transportation systems to increase ease of airport use while minimizing interface with normal lifestyles and the ecosystem. The recipient will be requested to make a brief presentation highlighting the contribution and/or accomplishment that served as the basis for the award. Nomination Deadline: 1 November

  • Children's Literature Award

    The Children's Literature Award is presented for an outstanding, significant, and original contribution in aeronautics and astronautics, and 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

  • Durand Lectureship for Public Service

    The Durand Lectureship, named in honor of William F. Durand, was approved by the Board of Directors in 1983. It is presented for notable achievements by a scientific or technical leader whose contributions have led directly to the understanding and application of the science and technology of aeronautics and astronautics for the betterment of mankind. This lectureship is delivered as the keynote address for the AIAA Public Policy Luncheon during the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. 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. This award is generally presented biennially (odd-numbered years) at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • F. E. Newbold V/STOL Award

    The F. E. Newbold V/STOL Award is presented to recognize outstanding creative contributions to the advancement and realization of powered lift flight in one or more of the following areas: initiation, definition and/or management of key V/STOL programs; development of enabling technologies including critical methodology; program engineering and design; and/or other relevant related activities or combinations thereof which have advanced the science of powered lift flight. This award is generally presented every 18 months in conjunction with the International Powered Lift Conference. The next presentation is anticipated to be in 2015. Nomination Deadline: 1 July of the year preceding presentation

  • Faculty Advisor Award

    The Faculty Advisor Award is presented to the officially recognized faculty advisor of a chartered AIAA Student Branch who, in the opinion of student branch members and the AIAA Student Activities Committee, has made outstanding contributions as a student branch faculty advisor, as evidenced by the record of his or her student branch in local, regional, and national activities. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • 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. 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. Letters of endorsement are not required for this award. Nomination Deadline: 1 July