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    AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala to Confer Top Honors
    Black-Tie Event Honors Aerospace’s Best and Brightest

    January 27, 2016 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced the 2016 recipients of its most prestigious awards. Presentation of these awards and recognition of the Institute’s newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place on June 15 at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

    The AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala is an annual black-tie event, recognizing the most influential and inspiring individuals in aerospace, whose outstanding contributions merit the highest accolades.

    The winners are:


    • AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award: Wanda M. Austin, The Aerospace Corporation

    • AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award: Earl Dowell,, Duke University

    • AIAA International Cooperation Award: Simonetta Di Pippo, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

    • AIAA Distinguished Service Award: Thomas Crouch, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

    • AIAA Public Service Award: Kay Ivey, Lieutenant Governor, State of Alabama

    • AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence: Gen. John R. "Jack" Dailey, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

    • AIAA/ASME/AHS/SAE Daniel Guggenheim Medal: Antony Jameson, Standord University

    “Each of this year’s Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala recipients have distinguished themselves by improving the state of the art in aerospace science and technology. Their work is a testament to the devotion and dedication that each has to their craft,” said AIAA President Jim Albaugh. “Each is worthy of these honors, which are some of the most important awards our community annually gives. AIAA congratulates each of the recipients and looks forward to seeing how they will continue to shape the future of aerospace.”

    For more information on the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala recipients, please contact Carol Stewart at 703.264.7538.

    To purchase tables and/or individual seats at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, please visit or contact Tobey Jackson at 703.264.7570 or



    About AIAA
    AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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