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    AIAA Announces Its Class of 2016 Fellows and Honorary Fellows
    Three Honorary Fellows and 24 Fellows Selected

    January 21, 2016 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected its Class of 2016 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The induction ceremony for the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on June 15 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

    “AIAA Honorary Fellows and Fellows represent the best of the aerospace community,” said AIAA President Jim Albaugh. “These individuals have advanced the state of the art of aerospace science and technology, making unique contributions to the profession. AIAA congratulates the members of the 2016 Class of Fellows and Honorary Fellows on their selection.”

    Honorary Fellow is the highest distinction conferred by AIAA, and recognizes preeminent individuals who have had long and highly contributory careers in aerospace and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics. The 2016 Honorary Fellows are:


    • Dennis Bushnell, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Mark Lewis, Institute for Defense Analyses
    • John Tracy, The Boeing Company


    AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon individuals in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics. The 2016 Fellows are:


    • Richard Ambrose, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • Brian Argrow, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Daniel Baker, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Kyung Choi, The University of Iowa
    • John-Paul Clarke, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Steve Cook, Dynetics, Inc.
    • James Crocker, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • Mary Cummings, Duke University
    • Russell Cummings, U.S. Air Force Academy
    • Jean-Jacques Dordain, European Space Agency (retired)
    • James Gord, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Je-Chin Han, Texas A&M University
    • Jonathan How, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • C. Russell Joyner, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    • Konstantinos Kontis, University of Glasgow
    • Ping Lu, Iowa State University
    • Walter O’Brien, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • T. Kent Pugmire, Standex Engineering Technology
    • Ganesh Raman, Illinois Institute of Technology
    • Ajit Roy, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Brian Smith, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • Marilyn Smith, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Robert Strain, Ball Aerospace
    • Mark Whorton, Teledyne Brown Engineering


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

    For more information on AIAA’s Honors Program, or the AIAA Honorary Fellows or Fellows Program, please contact Patricia A. Carr at 703.264.7523 or


    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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