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John Leland Atwood Graduate Award

The John Leland Atwood Graduate Award is sponsored by endowments from Rockwell and Boeing North American, Inc. The Atwood Graduate Award memorializes John Leland "Lee" Atwood (1904-1999), former chief executive officer of Rockwell North American. Atwood, thought of by many as the "dean of aerospace,” was instrumental in the development of such landmark projects as the P-51, the F-100, the X-15, the B-1 bomber, and the Space Shuttle. Eligible applicants for the Atwood Graduate Award must be actively participating in research endeavors in one of the more than 65 specialty areas represented by AIAA Technical Committees. Official recognition and presentation of the check to the recipient will be made in conjunction with the Awards Presentations Ceremony at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. In addition, the AIAA Foundation will present the recipient with a special recognition plaque in honor of this award. Application Deadline: 31 January
  • Full Name: Dr Noel Bakhtian
  • Category: Graduate
  • AIAA Citation: Graduate Award
  • Notes: Noël Bakhtian is a Ph.D. candidate in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at Stanford University, working in the Aerospace Design Laboratory under Professor Juan Alonso. She received her B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in the area of experimental bird flight, and a M.S. from Stanford University. She has been working in collaboration with the Cart3D group under Michael Aftosmis in the Applied Modeling and Simulation branch at NASA Ames Research Center for 4 years, and has been researching drag augmentation via supersonic retropropulsion, a novel technology which could enable high-mass Mars missions, since 2008