AIAA Section Award Winners 2012–2013
The Public Policy Award is presented for stimulating public awareness of the needs and benefits of aerospace research and development, particularly on the part of government representatives, and for educating section members about the value of public policy activities. The Winners are:
First Place Winners
Very Small: Delaware, Timothy Dominick, public policy
officer. The Delaware Section is awarded first place for Public
Policy based on their ongoing involvement in public policy
events. The Section has provided input to their state Senator on
missile defense, NASA reauthorization, and STEM education
legislation as it pertains to local constituents. Two of their members
participated in Congressional Visits Day and the Section cohosted
a town hall meeting with Representative Dr. Andy Harris.
Small: Utah, Jeffrey Boulware, section chair and Ron
Thue, public policy officer (pictured). The Utah Section is awarded first
place for Public Policy based on their participation in August is
for Aerospace where Congressman Jim Matheson spoke about
Washington, DC’s perspective of the technology industry (in particular,
aerospace) and how it affected Utah. They also sent a
member to Congressional Visits Day to present a Utah perspective
to the congressional representatives.
Medium: Long Island, Frank Hayes, public policy officer.
The Long Island Section is awarded first place for Public Policy
based on their activities such as cosponsoring the biannual Pilot
Safety Seminars presented by the Air Safety Institute/AOPA and
sending a team of five to Congressional Visits Day where they
had 29 briefings with members of the Senate and the House.
Large: Large (tie): Phoenix, Tracey Lou Dodrill, public policy officer.
The Phoenix section is awarded first place for Public Policy
for their efforts in stimulating awareness of public policy issues
through several events, especially their August is for Aerospace
panel discussion at Arizona State University, which included not
only state and local legislators and AIAA members, but also university
students, who were involved in the planning.
and Atlanta, Ben Walker, public policy officer. The Atlanta section
is awarded first place for Public Policy for holding the Georgia
Aerospace Legislative Breakfast, whose theme was “Aero
Economics 101: The Dynamic Impact of Aerospace on Georgia,”
which attracted 50 industry leaders and over 40 legislators.
Very Large: (tie): Greater Huntsville, Tom Hancock, public
policy officer. The Greater Huntsville section is awarded first
place for Public Policy based on the creation and implementation
of their inaugural civil space symposium, “Civil Space 2013:
Accelerating Tomorrow’s Commercial Space Marketplace.”
Rocky Mountain, Pamela Burke, public policy officer.The
Rocky Mountain section is awarded first place for Public Policy for
their focus on issues affecting Colorado in particular, including
their Colorado Space Economy Forum and the revival of Capital
Aerospace Day, held to remind statehouse representatives of the
key role that the aerospace industry plays in Colorado’s economy.
Second Place Awards
Very Small: Sydney, Michael West, section chair.
Small: Twin Cities, Lindsay Wagner, public policy officer
Medium: Cape Canaveral, Kevin Simmons, public policy officer
Third Place Awards
Small: : Savannah, Michael Wolff, public policy officer
Medium: Tucson, Elishka Jepson, vice chair, and Jeff Jepson, membership officer.
Large: Northern Ohio, Amber Abbott, public policy officer and Orange County, Kamal Shweyk, public policy officer.
Very Large: Hampton Roads, Lena Little, public policy officer.