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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: T Wendell Butler
  • Category: Service Award
  • AIAA Citation: For inspired leadership in the founding and growth of the Young Astronaut program, which now encompasses over 7000 chapters and 300,000 members. The AIAA also recognizes Dr. Butler and his staff''s fine efforts to minimize our school children''s trauma following the Challenger accident