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Call for Awards Nominations

Nominate Your Peers and Colleagues for Technical and Management Awards!

 

Do you know someone who has made notable contributions to aerospace arts, sciences, or technology? Nominate them now!

Nomination Packages are now being accepted for the following awards and must be received at AIAA Headquarters no later than the nomination deadline. The nomination package consist of the nomination form and the required endorsement letters.  No extensions will be granted.

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. 

Current members of the committee responsible for the award are not eligible. Former members are not eligible until one year after expiration of their membership term.

 

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Please be advised that the Online Awards Nomination System has been discontinued.

 

Please submit this forms directly to awards@aiaa.org. Upon verifying information and recording the nomination, the nominator will receive a confirmation email.

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia A. Carr, Manager, Honors and Award Manager at triciac@aiaa.org or 703.264.7523.

The Recognition Awards

  • Aeroacoustics Award

    The Aeroacoustics Award was established in 1973 and is presented for an outstanding technical or scientific achievement resulting from an individual's contribution to the field of aircraft community noise reduction. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA AVIATION Forum or at the AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Aerodynamics Award

    The Aerodynamics Award, approved by the Board of Directors in 1983, is presented for meritorious achievement in the field of applied aerodynamics, recognizing notable contributions in the development, application, and evaluation of aerodynamic concepts and methods. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics (AVIATION) Forum. Nomination deadline: October 1

  • 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 Contribution to Society Award

    The Aerospace Contribution to Society Award, established in 1977, was presented to recognize a notable contribution to society through the application of aerospace technology to societal needs. This award was discontinued in 2005.

  • Aerospace Maintenance Award

    This award was first presented in 1987 to an individual who has made a major contribution to the aerospace maintenance discipline (aviation, missile and space) resulting in a significant improvement in operational and cost effectiveness. The intent was to recognize an individual who has developed and implemented new maintenance concepts and has been instrumental in the resolution of key aerospace issues. This award was discontinued in 2005.

  • Aircraft Design Award

    The Aircraft Design Award was established in 1968 and is presented to an individual or team for an original concept or career contributions leading to a significant advancement in aircraft design or design technology. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Distinguished Service Award

    The Distinguished Service Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1968 to give unique recognition to an individual member of AIAA who has provided distinguished service to the Institute over a period of years. "Period of years" is interpreted as a minimum of five years of identifiable participation, not necessarily consecutive. The recipient must be a member in good standing who has shown particular dedication to the interests of the Institute by making significant and continuing contributions. Technical contributions or contributions to the profession as a whole or to the aeronautical/astronautical/hydronautical disciplines are not a consideration for this award. This annual award is generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October Nominee Eligibility: Current national officers or directors are not eligible for this award.

  • Dryden Lecture in Research Award

    The Dryden Lecture in Research was named in honor of Dr. Hugh L. Dryden in 1967, succeeding the Research Award established in 1960. The Lecture emphasizes the great importance of basic and applied research to the advancement in aeronautics and astronautics and is a salute to research scientists and engineers. This annual Lecture is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Engineer of the Year Award

    The AIAA Engineer of the Year Award is presented to a member of AIAA who, as a practicing engineer, has made a recent, individual contribution in the application of scientific and mathematical principles leading to a significant technical accomplishment This award is intended for recognition of an individual’s single scientific and/or technical contribution. Career or lifetime achievements are not eligible, neither is a team or a management accomplishment. However, a project lead or a member of a team is eligible, provided that he/she has made significant individual contribution to the team’s success. The award name – “Engineer of the Year” implies that it is intended for a recent accomplishment. The idea is to “capture the moment.” Thus, both the individual’s “specific technical contribution” and the “recentness” of the accomplishment need to be conveyed in the award write-up. Nominations will be evaluated on quality of reference, significance of the contribution and impact of the contribution to the aerospace community. Diversity in the reference pool is highly recommended. Nominations begin at the AIAA Section level or may be made by any AIAA members, and are submitted to the appropriate Regional Deputy Director-Honors and Awards and Regional Director who select the one Regional Engineer of the Year. One overall AIAA Engineer of the Year is then selected by the Honors and Awards Committee from the Regional Engineers of the Year. This annual award is generally presented at an appropriate AIAA technical conference selected by the recipient, subject to approval by the Honors and Awards Committee. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Fluid Dynamics Award

    From inception to 1991, this award was presented as the Fluid Dynamics and Plasmadynamics Award. In 1992 it became the Fluid Dynamics Award and is presented for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion as related to need in aeronautics and astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Goddard Astronautics Award

    The Goddard Astronautics Award is the highest honor AIAA bestows for notable achievements in the field of astronautics. It was endowed by Mrs. Goddard to commemorate her husband, Robert H. Goddard-rocket visionary, pioneer, bold experimentalist, and superb engineer, whose early liquid rocket engine launches set the stage for the development of astronautics. The award received its current form in 1975, when the Institute changed the name and widened the selection criteria of its former Goddard Award (which had been bestowed for contributions in the engineering science of propulsion and energy conversion). This annual award is generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Ground Testing Award

    Established in 1975, the Ground Testing Award is presented for outstanding achievement in the development or effective utilization of technology, procedures, facilities, or modeling techniques for flight simulation, space simulation, propulsion testing, aerodynamic testing, or other ground testing associated with aeronautics and astronautics. This annual award is presented annually at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Program Management

    The Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Program Management was approved by the AIAA Board of Directors in 1997 and was named in honor of General Henry “Hap” Arnold, a life-long devotee to the concept of air power and Chief of the Army Air Corps in 1938. The award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in the management of a significant aeronautical or aeronautical related program or project. this annual award is presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION). Nomination Deadline 1 October

  • International Cooperation Award

    Approved by the Board of Directors in 1988, the International Cooperation Award is presented to recognize an individual/s who have made significant contributions to the initiation, organization, implementation and /or management of activities with significant United States involvement that includes extensive international cooperative activities in space, aeronautics, or both. A successful candidate for this award must have demonstrated a personal and long-term commitment to the encouragement of international cooperation among individuals and/or organizations within the world-wide aerospace community. This commitment to cooperation should be demonstrated by more than a professional assignment. It should involve unique and innovative leadership of such cooperation, and/or voluntary contributions to internally cooperative effects or even personal writings or speeches advocating this cause. Supporting letters from appropriate individuals from countries other than that of the nominee are strongly encouraged. Nominations are encouraged from both the aeronautics and astronautics communities. This annual award is generally presented during the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • James A. Van Allen Space Environments Award

    The James A. Van Allen Space Environments Award is presented to recognize outstanding contributions to space and planetary environment knowledge and interactions as applied to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. The award honors Prof. James A. Van Allen, an outstanding internationally recognized scientist, who is credited with the early discovery of the Earth’s “Van Allen Radiation Belts.” This award is presented biennially (in even-numbered years) at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION). The next award will be presented in 2018. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • 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

  • Losey Atmospheric Sciences Award

    In 1940, the Robert M. Losey Award was established in memory of Captain Robert M. Losey, a meteorological officer who was killed while serving as an observer for the U.S. Army, the first officer in the service of the United States to die in World War II. In 1975 the name was changed to the Losey Atmospheric Sciences Award. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the atmospheric sciences as applied to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award

    Established in 1993, the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the development and/or application of techniques of multidisciplinary design optimization in the context of aerospace engineering. This award is presented biennially (in even-numbered years) at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Piper General Aviation Award

    Formerly the General Aviation Award, the Piper General Aviation Award is presented for outstanding contributions leading to the advancement of general aviation; honoring William T. Piper, Sr., who made the name Piper synonymous with general aviation. Beginning in 2010, the award is presented biennially (even numbered years) at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION). The next award will be presented in 2018. Nomination Deadline: 1 October 2017

  • Plasmadynamics & Lasers Award

    Established as a separate award in 1991, the Plasmadynamics & Lasers Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the physical properties and dynamical behavior of matter in the plasma state and lasers as related to need in aeronautics and astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation Forum (AVIATION). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Public Service Award

    The Public Service Award honors a person who has demonstrated sustained and visible support for aviation and space goals. Nominees may or may not be members of AIAA and should be widely known outside of the aerospace community, should present a positive public image, should support and advocate for the aerospace industry through consistent and visible support of aeronautics and/or astronautics research and development, should demonstrate unhesitant willingness to be identified with aerospace programs/supporters, and should have no personal vested interest in advocacy. Because of the unique nature of this annual award, it is generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Reed Aeronautics Award

    The Reed Aeronautics Award is the highest honor an individual can receive for notable achievement in aeronautics. The award is named after Dr. Sylvanus A. Reed, the aeronautical engineer, designer, and founding member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences in 1932. Reed was the first to develop a propeller system composed of metal rather than wood. His aluminum alloy propeller gave Jimmy Doolittle's plane the speed it needed to win the 1925 Schneider Cup race and brought the inventor much credit and many rewards. This annual award is generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics Award

    In 1975, the Institute changed the name of the von Kármán Lecture to the von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics. Honoring Theodore von Kármán, world famous authority on aerospace sciences, the von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics Award recognizes an individual who has performed notably and distinguished himself technically in the field of astronautics. This annual lecture is generally presented at the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE). Nomination Deadline: 1 October