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    AIAA Announces Class of 2017 Associate Fellows
    Will be Honored on January 9, 2017, In Grapevine, Texas

    October 7, 2016 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce its Class of 2017 Associate Fellows. AIAA will formally honor and induct the class at its AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on Monday, January 9, 2017, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas, in conjunction with the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2017 (AIAA SciTech 2017), January 9-13.

    “I extend my warmest congratulations to the Class of 2017 Associate Fellows,” said AIAA President Jim Maser. “Each of these individuals has performed extraordinary work and advanced the state of the art in aerospace science and technology. I look forward to celebrating their achievements with them at AIAA SciTech 2017 this January. AIAA thanks them for their efforts, and we look forward to seeing how their continued work and effort will shape the future of aerospace.”

    The grade of Associate Fellow recognizes individuals “who have accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work, or who have done original work of outstanding merit, or who have otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.” To be selected as an Associate Fellow an individual must be an AIAA Senior Member in good standing, with at least twelve years professional experience, and be recommended by a minimum of three current Associate Fellows.

    The Class of 2017 AIAA Associate Fellows are:


    • Farooq Akram, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
    • Edward Alyanak, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Paul Anderson, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • Matthew Angiulo, Raytheon Missile Systems Company
    • Keith Bergeron, U.S. Army
    • Jaime Bestard, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Gaudy Bezos-O’Connor, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Mahendra J. Bhagwat, U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate - AFDD
    • Subodh Bhandari, California State Polytechnic Institute, Pomona
    • Raktim Bhattacharya, Texas A&M University
    • Trevor Birch, The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
    • John Blevins, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    • Ruxandra Botez, École de Technologie Supérieure
    • Salvatore Bruno, United Launch Alliance
    • Jonathan Burt, NASA Glenn Research Center
    • Chunpei Cai, Michigan Technological University
    • Victor Canacci, Jacobs Aerospace & Technology Inc.
    • Melissa Carter, NASA Langley Research Center
    • John Celli, SSL
    • Sandy Coleman, Orbital ATK
    • William Cousins, United Technologies Research Center
    • Jeffrey Crouch, The Boeing Company
    • Chris Crumbly, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    • Darold Cummings, consultant
    • Dana Dabiri, University of Washington
    • Misty Davies, NASA Ames Research Center
    • Anthony J. Dean, General Electric Corporation
    • Paul DesJardin, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
    • Atilla Dogan, University of Texas at Arlington
    • Robert Dougherty, OptiNav Inc.
    • Kevin Duda, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc.
    • Parker David Elrod, II, Jacobs Aerospace & Technology Inc.
    • Roberta Ewart, Air Force Space Command, Space and Missile Systems Center
    • Karen Feigh, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Barry W. Finger, Paragon Space Development Corporation
    • Scott Fouse, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • James Fritz, United Technologies Research Center
    • Bharathram Ganapathisubramani, University of Southampton
    • Daniel Garmann, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Michael Gazarik, Ball Aerospace
    • Brian German, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Debasish Ghose, Indian Institute of Science
    • Bryan Glaz, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
    • Ryan Gosse, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Christopher Greek, U.S. Air Force
    • Matthew Grismer, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Brian Gulliver, Kimley-Horn
    • Linda Habash-Krause, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    • John Hanson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    • Jason Hatakeyama, The Boeing Company
    • Jennifer Heeg, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Joseph Roger Herdy, Government Energy Solutions Inc.
    • Ann Heyward, Ohio Aerospace Institute
    • Robert Hiers, QuantiTech, Inc.
    • Serhat Hosder, Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • Florence Hutcheson, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Gregory Hyslop, The Boeing Company
    • William Janick, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
    • Thomas Jenkins, MetroLaser Inc.
    • Naibo Jiang, Spectral Energies LLC
    • Gregory Jones, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Stephen Jurczyk, NASA Headquarters
    • H. Alicia Kim, University of California, San Diego
    • Youdan Kim, Seoul National University
    • William Kimmel, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Teresa Kinney, NASA Kennedy Space Center
    • Christian Klein, German Aerospace Center
    • Mykel Kochenderfer, Stanford University
    • Kimiya Komurasaki, University of Tokyo
    • Ajay Kothari, Astrox Corporation
    • Daniel Kwon, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • Tonghun Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Allen Li, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    • Daniel Livescu, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Randal Lycans, Jacobs Aerospace & Technology Inc.
    • Samantha Magill, Honda Aircraft Company
    • Rodney Makoske, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • James Masciarelli, Ball Aerospace
    • Naomi Mathers, Australian National University
    • James Maus, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    • Todd May, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    • Robert McAmis, National Aerospace Solutions
    • Christopher McLean, Ball Aerospace
    • Kevin Melcher, NASA Glenn Research Center
    • Jason Merret, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    • Michael Meyer, NASA Glenn Research Center
    • Samy Missoum, University of Arizona
    • James Moore, ManTech Nexole Corporation
    • Mark Moore, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Theodore J. Muelhaupt, The Aerospace Corporation
    • Mark Mueller, The Aerospace Corporation
    • John J. Murphy Jr., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
    • Sudheer Nayani, Analytical Service and Materials Inc.
    • James C. Newman, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    • Craig Nickol, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Melike Nikbay, National Institute of Aerospace
    • Michael Oelke, Iron Ring Technologies LLC
    • Carl Ollivier-Gooch, University of British Columbia
    • Timothy Ombrello, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
    • Gustavo Ordonez, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    • Jeffrey S. Osterlund, The Boeing Company
    • Evangelos Papadopoulos, National Technical University of Athens
    • Dario Pastrone, Polytechnic of Turin
    • Tim Pickens, Pickens Innovations
    • Timothee Pourpoint, Purdue University
    • David Richie, U.S. Air Force Academy
    • Donald Rockwell, Lehigh University
    • Julie Sattler, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • Ramin Sedaghati, Concordia University
    • Toru Shimada, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
    • Babak B. Shotorban, University of Alabama in Huntsville
    • Eric Silk, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    • Kumar Singh, Miami University
    • Rabindra “Rob” Singh, SSL
    • Jeffery Slotnick, The Boeing Company
    • Edward Smith, Pennsylvania State University
    • Henry Sodano, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Julio Soria, Monash University
    • James Steck, Wichita State University
    • John Paul Steinbrenner, Pointwise Inc.
    • Cornel Sultan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Eric Swenson, Air Force Institute of Technology
    • Kunihiko Taira, Florida State University
    • Nigel John Taylor, MBDA UK Ltd.
    • William Tomek, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Aaron Tucker, U.S. Air Force
    • Anthony Washburn, NASA Langley Research Center
    • James Weber Jr., U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Joseph Wehrmeyer, Arnold Engineering Development Center
    • Marc Weinberg, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
    • Lesley Weitz, The MITRE Corporation
    • Gerard Welch, NASA Glenn Research Center
    • Edward Whalen, The Boeing Company
    • Andrew Williams, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
    • Richard Wirz, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Nicholas Wyman, Pointwise Inc.
    • Robert Yancey, Altair Engineering Inc.
    • Hong Yang, CFD Research Corporation
    • Xin Zhang, Boston University
    • Zhili Zhang, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


    For more information on the AIAA Associate Fellows Program, please contact Patricia A. Carr at, or 703.264.7523.
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