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    CONTACT: DUANE HYLAND
    703.264.7558
    duaneh@aiaa.org

     

    AIAA to Present Awards at August Conference
    Awards Recognize Technical and Engineering Excellence

    August 14, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the AIAA Foundation will honor technical and engineering excellence at a noon awards luncheon on August 14 as part of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, and the AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, being held August 12–16 at the Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, Minn.

    • Jason L. Speyer, distinguished professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of California – Los Angeles, will receive the AIAA Aerospace Guidance, Navigation, and Control Award. Speyer is being recognized for significant contributions to deterministic and stochastic optimal control theory and their application to important aerospace engineering problems.
    • Mark E. Dreier, staff engineer, advanced concepts and preliminary design, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, will receive the AIAA de Florez Award for Flight Simulation. Dreier is being recognized for 34 years of outstanding, innovative contributions to simulation of rotary wing aircraft, understanding of vortex ring state, fuzzy logic control, teaching, and publications.
    • John L. Crassidis, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, will receive the AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award. Crassidis is being recognized for fundamental theoretical, computational, and mission support developments in spacecraft attitude estimation.
    • Ved Chirayath, a graduate student at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., will receive the AIAA Foundation Guidance, Navigation, and Control Graduate Award. The award is presented to promote the areas of guidance, navigation, and control by rewarding promising graduate students who have a demonstrated interest in one or more of these areas.


    For more information about these awards, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at carols@aiaa.org or 703.264.7623. For more information on the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference or the AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, please contact Duane Hyland at duaneh@aiaa.org or 703.264.7558. Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the press.

     


    The AIAA Foundation seeks to “make it exciting, make it empowering, and make it fun.” That simple, compelling philosophy drives the Foundation’s commitment to math, science, and technology education. The AIAA Foundation offers a wealth of resources to support educators and students from K–12 through the university level: scholarships, classroom grants, design competitions, and student conferences, improving scientific literacy and advancing the arts and sciences of aerospace. For more information on the AIAA Foundation and its programs for students, teachers, and aerospace professionals, visit www.aiaafoundation.org.

     

    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and nearly 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org.


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    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500, Reston, VA 20191-4344
    Phone: 703.264.7558 Fax: 703.264.7551 www.aiaa.org