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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: DUANE HYLAND
    703.264.7558
    duaneh@aiaa.org

     

    AIAA AEROSPACE SPOTLIGHT AWARDS GALA TO CONFER TOP HONORS
    AND RECOGNIZE NEWLY ELECTED AIAA FELLOWS AND HONORARY FELLOWS

    Also Celebrating the Thirty-Year Legacy of the Space Shuttle Program

     

    April 2, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of its most prestigious awards. Presentation of these awards, and recognition of the newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows of AIAA, will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, May 9 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, D.C. This annual black-tie event recognizes the most influential and inspiring individuals in aerospace, whose outstanding contributions merit the highest accolades. This year’s event will also feature a special celebration of the thirty-year legacy of NASA’s space shuttle program, and of the men and women who made it possible.

     

    AEROSPACE SPOTLIGHT AWARDS

    The honors to be conferred at the 2012 AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala include:
    • AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award – David W. Thompson, Orbital Sciences Corp.
    • AIAA International Cooperation Award – Jean-Michel Contant, International Academy of Astronautics
    • AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award – Preston Henne, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
    • AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence – 787 Dreamliner, The Boeing Company
    • AIAA Distinguished Service Award – Donald Richardson, Donrich Inc.
    • Daniel Guggenheim Medal – Burt Rutan, Scaled Composites Inc.

    2012 AIAA FELLOWS AND HONORARY FELLOWS

    Honorary Fellow, the highest distinction conferred by AIAA, is granted to preeminent individuals who have had long and highly contributory careers in aerospace, and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics. The 2012 AIAA Honorary Fellows are:

     

    Arnold D. Aldrich, Aldrich & Associates
    Paul D. Nielsen, Software Engineering Institute
    Robert J. Stevens, Lockheed Martin Corporation

    The distinction of Fellow is conferred by AIAA upon those members of the Institute who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics. The 2012 AIAA Fellows are:

    Nadine Aubry, Carnegie Mellon University
    Carlos E. Cesnik, University of Michigan
    John W. Daily, University of Colorado Boulder
    David B. Doman, Air Force Research Laboratory
    J. Phillip Drummond, NASA Langley Research Center
    Jeffrey M. Forbes, University of Colorado Boulder
    Subramanyam R. Gollahalli, The University of Oklahoma
    Ralph Heath, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    David K. Holger, Iowa State University
    James A. Horkovich, Raytheon Missile Systems
    James E. Hubbard Jr., National Institute of Aerospace
    Mordechay Karpel, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
    Hitoshi Kuninaka, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
    John S. Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences
    Azad M. Madni, Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc.
    Moshe Matalon, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
    Arun K. Misra, McGill University
    Roger Ohayon, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
    Ellen M. Pawlikowski, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center
    J. V. R. Prasad, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Mark E. Russell, Raytheon Company
    Robert S. Ryan, Consultant
    John D. Schmisseur, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    Mary L. Snitch, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    John Sullivan, Purdue University
    Miguel R. Visbal, Air Force Research Laboratory
    Norman M. Wereley, University of Maryland
    David A. Whelan, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

    In 1933, Orville Wright became AIAA’s first Honorary Fellow, and AIAA Honorary Fellows and AIAA Fellows continue to be the most respected names in the aerospace industry.

    For more information on the Aerospace Spotlight Award recipients, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at 703.264.7623 or carols@aiaa.org.

    For more information on the AIAA Honorary Fellow or Fellow Programs, please contact Sonja Moore at 703.264.7537 or sonjam@aiaa.org.

    To purchase a table or individual seats at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, please contact Merrie Scott at 703.264.7530 or merries@aiaa.org.

     

    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 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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