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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 Power Systems Award

    The Aerospace Power Systems Award, established in 1981, is presented for a significant contribution in the broad field of aerospace power systems, specifically as related to the application of engineering sciences and systems engineering to the production, storage, distribution, and processing of aerospace power. This annual award is generally presented AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum (PROPULSION AND ENERGY). Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • 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 The nomination form and gudelines can be found at http://www.aiaa.org/Speas Award/

  • Air Breathing Propulsion Award

    Established in 1975, the Air Breathing Propulsion Award is presented for meritorious accomplishment in the arts, sciences, and technology of air breathing propulsion systems.This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum (PROPULSION AND ENERGY). Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Daniel Guggenheim Medal

    The Daniel Guggenheim Medal was established in 1929 for the purpose of honoring persons who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics. The Medal is jointly sponsored by AIAA, ASME, SAE, and AHS. Administration of the Medal resides with AIAA.www.guggenheimmedal.org This annual award is generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. However, it may be presented at another event, selected by the Board of Award and Medalist. Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Dr. John C. Ruth Digital Avionics Award

    The Digital Avionics Award was renamed in 2007 to honor Dr. John C. Ruth who founded the Digital Avionics Technical Committee and also served as Chair of the 4th Digital Avionics Conference in 1981. The award is presented to recognize outstanding achievement in technical management and/or implementation of digital avionics in space or aeronautical systems, including system analysis, design, development or application, and is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) at the Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC). Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Energy Systems Award

    Established in 1981, the Energy Systems Award is presented for a significant contribution in the broad field of energy systems, specifically as related to the application of engineering sciences and systems engineering to the production, storage, distribution, and conservation of energy. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum (PROPULSION AND ENERGY). Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Hypersonic Systems and Technologies

    This award is presented to recognize outstanding sustained contributions and achievements in enabling technologies and/or the integration of technologies for system applications in the advancement of hypersonic flight. This award is generally presented every 18 months at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION) or at the International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and technologies Conference (non-U.S.). The next presentation is scheduled during the International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, July 2015. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Missile Systems Award

    This award is generally presented during the AIAA Space and Astronautics (SPACE) Forum and may be presented in two categories, Technical and Management. The Technical Award is presented for a significant accomplishment in developing or using technology that is required for missile systems. The candidate must have demonstrated expertise in aerodynamics, guidance, thermophysics, navigation, control, propulsion, or other fundamental technical disciplines that has led to substantial improvement in missile systems. The Management Award is presented for a significant accomplishment in the management of missile systems programs. The candidate must have demonstrated innovative leadership that has established an environment in which creativity in missile system technology can flourish and which led to the successful management of a major program by a government agency or an industry team. Nominaton Deadline: 1 February

  • Propellants & Combustion Award

    First presented in 1990, the Propellants and Combustion Award is presented for outstanding technical contributions to aeronautical or astronautical combustion engineering. This annual award is generally presented at theAIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum (PROPULSION/ENERGY). Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Space Automation & Robotics

    Reactivated in 2005, the Space Automation and Robotics Award is presented for leadership and technical contributions by individuals and teams in the field of space automation and robotics. This biennial award is now presented (in odd-numbered years) at the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE). Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Space Operations & Support Award

    Established in 1991, the Space Operations & Support Award is presented for outstanding efforts in overcoming space operations problems and assuring success, and recognizes those teams or individuals whose exceptional contributions were critical to an anomaly recovery, crew rescue, or space failure. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) generally at the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE). Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Space Processing Award

    The Space Processing Award is presented for significant contributions in space processing or in furthering the use of microgravity for space processing. Reactivated in 2007, this award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) at the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE). Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Space Systems Award

    Formerly the Spacecraft Design Award, the Space Systems Award is now presented to recognize outstanding achievements in the architecture, analysis, design, and implementation of space systems. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE). Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management

    Approved by the Board of Directors in 1987, the von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management gives national recognition to an individual(s) for outstanding contributions in the management of a significant space or space-related program or project. The award honors Dr. Wernher von Braun, who was one of the world's first and foremost rocket engineers and a leading authority on space travel. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE). Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Wyld Propulsion Award

    The Propulsion Award and the James H. Wyld Memorial Award honoring the developer of the regeneratively-cooled rocket engine were combined in 1964 to become the James H. Wyld Propulsion Award. In 1975 the name was again modified to the Wyld Propulsion Award, which is now presented for outstanding achievement in the development or application of rocket propulsion systems. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum (PROPULSION/ENERGY). Nomination Deadline: 1 February