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Call for Nominations

Recognize the achievements of your colleagues by nominating them for an award!

Nominations are now being accepted here for the following awards and must be received at AIAA Headquarters no later than the nomination deadline. 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. 

 

Note: Current members of the committee responsible for the award are not eligible. Former members are not eligible until 1 year after expiration of their membership term. To verify eligibility for technical excellence awards,  click here to view the TAC Manual.  For assistance, contact bettyg@aiaa.org.

The Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted online here  or by logging into My AIAA at www.aiaa.org. You will be guided step-by-step through the nomination entry.  

 

Or if you prefer, you can submit nominations via a hard copy here:  

 

DOWNLOAD NOMINATION FORM

 

For further information on AIAA’s awards program, please contact Carol Stewart, Manager, AIAA Honors and Awards.

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

  • Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award

    The Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award was approved by Board of Directors in 1995 and is presented for continued contributions and achievements toward the advancement of advanced aerodynamics flowfield and surface measurement techniques for research in flight and ground test applications.This award is presented biennially (in even-numbered years) generally at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautic (AVIATION) Forum. 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 prsented 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

  • AIAA / AAAE / ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award

    The Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award was established in 1983 and is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC). It is presented annually during the AAAE/ACC Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium to the nominee(s) judged to have contributed most significantly in recent years to the enhancement of relationships between airports and/or heliports and their surrounding environments via exemplary innovation that might be replicated elsewhere. Examples of such airport-community-environmental enhancement include noise abatement for aircraft engines; aircraft flight-path modification to reduce time and space requirements for take-off and landing; airport and terminal design to improve sustainability and compatibility with the surrounding area; and airport area ground-transportation systems to increase ease of airport use while minimizing interface with normal lifestyles and the ecosystem. The recipient will be requested to make a brief presentation highlighting the contribution and/or accomplishment that served as the basis for the award. Nomination Deadline: 1 November The nomination form and gudelines can be found at http://www.aiaa.org/Speas Award/

  • 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

  • Chanute Flight Test Award

    This award honors Octave Chanute, pioneer aeronautical investigator. Originally the Octave Chanute Award from 1939 to 1976, the award was presented for an outstanding contribution made by a pilot or test personnel to the advancement of the art, science, and technology of aeronautics. The award was renamed in 1978 to the Chanute Flight Award, but discontinued in 2005. It was reactivated in 2010 as the Chanute Flight Test Award to recognize significant lifetime achievements in the advancement of the art, science, and technology of flight test engineering. The award is presented biennially (in even numbered years) 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 distinguished himself or herself 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 Lectureship in Research Award

    The Dryden Lectureship 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 October

  • 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

  • F. E. Newbold V/STOL Award

    The F. E. Newbold V/STOL Award is presented to recognize outstanding creative contributions to the advancement and realization of powered lift flight in one or more of the following areas: initiation, definition and/or management of key V/STOL programs; development of enabling technologies including critical methodology; program engineering and design; and/or other relevant related activities or combinations thereof which have advanced the science of powered lift flight. This award is generally presented every 30 months in conjunction with the International Powered Lift Conference. The next presentation is anticipated to be in 2016. Nomination Deadline: 1 October of the year preceding presentation

  • Fluid Dynamics Award

    The Fluid Dynamics Award was approved by the Board of Directors in 1992 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). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award

    Recognizing the importance to aeronautics of scientific endeavors in the field of medicine, the Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award was established in 1940 to honor the memory of the American physician, John Jeffries, whose scientific investigations were published in a “Narrative of Two Aerial Voyages” in 1796. This annual award is generally at the International Conference on Environmental Systems. 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). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Plasmadynamics & Lasers Award

    Approved by the Board of Directors 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 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

  • 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. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • Thermophysics Award

    The Thermophysics Award was established in 1975, and is presented for an outstanding singular or sustained technical or scientific contribution by an individual in thermophysics, specifically as related to the study and application of the properties and mechanisms involved in thermal energy transfer and the study of environmental effects on such properties and mechanisms. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Astroonautics Forum (AVIATION). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

  • von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics Award

    In 1975, the Institute changed the name of the von Kármán Lecture to the von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics. Honoring Theodore von Kármán, world famous authority on aerospace sciences, the von Kármán Lectureship 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

  • Yvonne C. Brill Lectureship in Aerospace Engineering

    The Yvonne C. Brill Lectureship in Aerospace Engineering was established in 2013 in memory of Yvonne Brill, pioneering rocket scientist, AIAA Honorary Fellow and NAE member. Topics for the Lectureship include but are not limited to research or engineering issues for space travel and exploration, aerospace education of students and the public, and professional development and recognition. The next lecture will be delivered in 2016. Download the nomination form at http://www.aiaa.org/brillLectureship/ Nomination Deadline: 1 November 2015