Public Service Award
The Public Service Award honors a person outside the aerospace community who has shown consistent and visible support for national aviation and space goals. Nominees may not be current AIAA members but may be a public figure who is widely known outside of aerospace community, positive public image, a supporter of the aerospace industry who has shown consistent and visible support of national aeronautics and/or astronautics research and development, shown unhesitant willingness to be identified with aerospace programs/supporters, and is not a member of the aerospace community or who has no personal vested interest for advocacy.
Because of the unique nature of this annual award, it is generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.
Nomination Deadline: 1 October
- Full Name: Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Category: Service Award
- AIAA Citation: For exceptional contributions promoting the public consciousness of aerospace’s societal benefits and dynamic advocacy for aerospace education and research, space exploration, and U. S. aerospace preeminence.