Honors and Awards
Honoring Achievement – An AIAA Tradition
Recognizing the very best in our profession for their outstanding achievement is one of the primary goals of the Institute, undertaken through its Honors and Awards Program. Since its inception, the program has honored thousands of the aerospace profession’s best and brightest for their meritorious achievements, technical contributions, committed service, section participation, and continued membership. AIAA is also pleased to partner with other societies for certain awards.
To view a full list of all AIAA Honors and Awards, visit the Honors and Awards list page. Select an award category below for a list of awards in that category.
AIAA's highest awards, presented during the annual Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.
Distinguished lecturers share their research, contributions, and technological insights with AIAA members.
Awards recognize educators for contributions and for motivating the next generation of aerospace professionals.
Those who record aerospace science and technology are honored for their contributions.
The outstanding performance of sections or section members in areas such as communications and public policy are recognized each year.
AIAA members are recognized for dedication and participation in AIAA activities over a period of time.
Special Service Citation
Members are recognizedfor voluntary contributions of time and effort that have substantially and uniquely benefited a branch, section, or region during the section year.
Undergraduate and graduate students are recognized for their accomplishments and contributions.
Technical Excellence Awards
Significant achievement in specific technical fields of aerospace is honored by these awards.