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 preceding presentation. Because of unique nature of this award, it is presented during the annual Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October
- Full Name: Dr Ryan P Starkey
- Category: Technical Excellence
- AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions in multidisciplinary hypersonic vehicle design and propulsion/airframe integration/optimization for both access to space and hypersonic cruise vehicles, and computational chemistry for combustion and plasma analysis.