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AIAA Members in the News

AIAA members make headlines everyday. The Institute celebrates these amazing accomplishments!


26 November
Aviation Week Workforce Study Cites UCF as a Top Supplier of Aerospace Engineering Grads
UCF Today AIAA contributed to the study

14 November
AIAA Journal Mentioned in Popular Science Article
Popular Science The Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets is mentioned in an article by John Wenz

9 November
'First Man' Author Speaks at AIAA Dinner Meeting
Florida Today James Hansen is the author of the official biography of Neil Armstrong

4 November
Supersonic Flight Concepts Attract Attention at NBAA
CompositesWorld AIAA AVIATION Forum also featured a supersonic jet concept unveiled by Boeing

23 October
Journal of Aircraft Paper Featured on UIUC Website
University of Illinois The research paper explored curved winglet designs

21 October
Srinath Ekkad Named AIAA Associate Fellow
North Carolina State University News Ekkad is the head of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NCSU

19 October
Rice University Student Wins Daedalus 88 Scholarship from AIAA
Rice University The scholarship fund was endowed by AIAA President John S. Langford

17 October
UTSA Engineering Researcher Elected AIAA Associate Fellow
University of Texas San Antonio Bhaganagar’s election to AIAA Associate Fellow recognizes her notable contributions in the aerospace community.

15 October
New NASA Deputy Administrator Confirmed
Aviation Week AIAA released a statement congratulating James Morhard

12 October
Honda Aircraft Founder Profiled in the New York Times
New York Times The Honda Aircraft Company received the 2018 AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence

12 October
AIAA Associate Fellow Honored by SASE
Dayton Daily News Dr. Khan Pham is a researcher at AFRL

10 October
Past NASA Administrators Discuss Agency Challenges at AIAA SPACE Forum
Aviation Week  Leaders from the past and present of NASA discussed some of their most difficult problems

2 October
SLS Chief Engineer Driven by 'Challenge' of Building Rocket  Space Launch System (SLS) Chief Engineer Garry Lyles received the 2018 AIAA George M. Low Award for Space Transportation

29 September
KC-Z Concept Floated at AIAA Forum
The National Interest  Air Force exploring stealth tanker options

24 September
Northrop Grumman Looks for Cost Savings in Small Launch Vehicle Programs  The market for small launch vehicles has become more competitive

24 September
Lunar Gateway Plans Discussed at AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum  The Power and Propulsion Element could be the first component of the Lunar Gateway

22 September
AIAA Associate Fellow Presents at HPC Forum in Detroit
Inside HPC  Steve Legensky from Intelligent Light presented his work at HPC User Forum

20 September
Stratolaunch Systems Lays Out Roadmap for Hypersonic Rocket Planes at AIAA SPACE Forum
GeekWire  The rocket planes could serve as a testbed for hypersonic flight

20 September
University of Kansas Aerospace Students Excel in Competitions
University Daily Kansan  Students at the University of Kansas have won awards from AIAA and in the GoFly competition

18 September
Commercial Crew Providers Believe they are Ready to Meet NASA Safety Standards  Boeing and SpaceX representatives discussed the commercial crew program on a panel at AIAA SPACE Forum 2018

17 September
AIAA Convenes Largest-Ever Gathering of NASA Administrators
AP  Every NASA Administrator going back to 1989 appeared at AIAA SPACE Forum 2018

17 September
Current and Former NASA Leaders Discuss Space Agency at 60
Florida Today  Six current and former NASA Administrators spoke at AIAA SPACE Forum 2018 in Orlando, Florida

17 September
Bridenstine Highlights Lunar Exploration Plans at AIAA SPACE Forum 2018
Orlando Sentinel  “It's time we go back to the moon”; NASA Administrator spoke at length about human space exploration during the Forum.

5 September
Daniel Hastings Named to MIT Aerospace Engineering Department Head Role  Hastings is an AIAA Fellow

4 September
AIAA Fellow to Receive Award from American Computer & Robotics Museum
Texas A&M  Bonnie J. Dunbar is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University

31 August
CFD Users See Value in Attending AIAA Forums
Digital Engineering  AIAA CFD workshop discussions are influencing software updates

27 August
Glassman Honored with Guggenheim Medal, a Top Honor in Aeronautics
Princeton University  Glassman is an AIAA Fellow

21 August
Former AIAA Executive Director Sandra Magnus Honored with WIA Award  Magnus has been selected for the Aerospace Awareness Award by the Women In Aerospace

15 August
Pipistrel to Continue Developing Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Through MAHERA Program
Sustainable Skies  Igor Perkon of Pipistrel has spoken about the research at AIAA Forums

15 August
ASTERIA Wins Award from AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee
Satnews  ASTERIA earned the Small Satellite Mission of the Year award

14 August
Students from University of Toronto's Space Flight Laboratory Win Awards at Small Satellite Conference
14 News The Small Satellite Conference is sponsored by the AIAA and Utah State University

7 August
AIAA Honorary Fellow Wanda Austin appointed Interim President of USC
Orange County Breeze  Austin was President and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation from 2008 to 2016

7 August
NASA's 'Hidden Figures' Put Forward for Congressional Gold Medal  AIAA endorses the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act

3 August
Decorated WWII Pilot, Former Aircraft Executive Robert "Bob" Little Dies at 93
St. Louis Post-Dispatch  Little was an AIAA Associate Fellow

2 August
Jim Maser Named Aerojet Rocketdyne Space Business SVP
GovCon Wire  Maser is a former president of the AIAA

25 July
Supersonic Flight Could be Affordable in the future
Airways  Boeing and Boom Supersonic have discussed the possibilities for commercial supersonic flight at AIAA Forums

24 July
John W. Dixon Award Given to Leidos Chairman  Leidos chairman and CEO Roger Krone is an AIAA Fellow

20 July
AIAA UIC Wins Award at Spaceport America CUP
Chicago Tribune  AIAA UIC won first place in the "30K Solid Rocket-Student Research and Developed Components" category

20 July
AIAA Associate Fellow Named Dean of Lipscomb University’s Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering
Nashville Post  David Elrod is also a past chairman of the AIAA Technical Committee on Management

18 July
NASA Plots a Return to the Moon within a Decade
Florida Today  AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher quoted

16 July
SDSU Graduate Student Presents Research at AIAA AVIATION Forum
The Brookings Register  Archibald Amoako conducts research on cooling aerospace electronics

13 July
AIAA Fellow to Keynote 2018 SACNAS
News On 6  Dr. Ellen Ochoa has been both an astronaut and the director of NASA Johnson Space Center

11 July
Janet Kavandi Confirms Completion of SpaceX Crew Dragon Thermal Vacuum Tests at AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum
SpaceNews  Crew Dragon was tested at NASA Glenn's Plum Brook Station

10 July
AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum Features Discussion of NASA SLS Plans
SpaceNews  NASA is adding more SLS Block 1 launches to the manifest

6 July
AIAA Associate Fellow Gonored by International Astronautical Federation
Penn State News  David B. Spencer has been named the recipient of the 2018 Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal

1 July
AIAA Forums Feature Discussions About Hypersonic Research Programs
Air Force Magazine  Researchers express concern about hypersonic defense programs

28 June
Boeing Unveils Supersonic Concept at AIAA AVIATION Forum in Atlanta
Washington Post  Passengers would be able to fly from New York to London in only two hours

20 June
AIAA Fellow Named Head of MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
MIT News  Daniel Hastings was also awarded the Losey Atmospheric Sciences Award from the AIAA in 2002

19 June
Justin Ouwerkerk Received Best Presentation Honor at the AIAA/ASME Awards Banquet
University of Cincinnati News  UC Aerospace Engineering Student Awarded Best Presentation Honor for Small Heavy-Lift Drone Design

15 June
AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher Testifies on Capitol Hill
SpaceNews  Dumbacher testified in a hearing held by the House space subcommittee

13 June
AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee Holds Essay Contest
The New Orleans Advocate  Rachel Pizzolato was the national winner of the 8th grade contest

11 June
Parimal Kopardekar Named Finalist for Sammies People’s Choice Award
India West  Kopardekar is an AIAA Fellow

1 June
Student from Connecticut Wins AIAA-Sponsored Prize at 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Connecticut Journal Inquirer  Keshav Vedula's project on airfoils was awarded a $1000 prize

31 May
Keoki Jackson to Join NIST Technology Advisory Committee  Jackson is an AIAA Associate Fellow and serves on the AIAA Foundation Board of Trustees

27 May
Dana Turse Becomes AIAA Technical Subcommittee Chair
CompositesWorld  Turse is a director at Roccor

25 May
AIAA Journal Published Noteworthy Paper on 'Autophage' Engines
International Business Times  New ‘Autophage’ Engine Would Eat Its Rocket's Body For Fuel

24 May
AIAA Associate Fellow Named NASA Associate Administrator
Aero-News Network  Steve Jurczyk is now the highest-ranking civil servant at the agency

23 May
AIAA Vandenberg Sponsors STEM Awards for Students
Santa Maria Times  The awards were given at the 33rd annual Central Coast STEM Expo

23 May
AIAA Fellow Reflects on Career Accomplishments
UT Austin News  Armand Chaput worked for the CIA during the Cold War, and is a professor today

23 May
AIAA Student Conference Award Winner Heads to Air Force Institute of Technology
The Gazette  Anna DeMoret conducted research on reducing noise from drone propellers

18 May
Al Bowers Profiled by Aerotech News
Aerotech News  Bowers is the Chief Scientist at NASA Armstrong and an AIAA member

14 May
NAVAIR Engineers Recognized by the San Diego Section of AIAA
The Lexington Park Leader  The award was for the development of the F/A-18/EA-18G Cabin Pressure Test Laboratory

11 May
AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher Interviewed on The Space Show
The Space Show  Dumbacher answered questions from the listening audience as well

10 May
CCSD Students Win Awards at Science Fair
Denver Post YourHub  Morgan Cragin and Krithik Ramesh won prizes from AIAA

7 May
AIAA Fellow nominated for Service to America ("Sammy") Award
Fedscoop  Parimal H. Kopardekar is a finalist in the Promising Innovations Medal category

4 May
Three Indian American Scientists Among Latest Group of AIAA Fellows
India West  Supriya Banerjee, Parimal H. Kopardekar and Sankaran Mahadevan became AIAA Fellows

1 May
Michael D. Packer Elected to Manufacturing Leadership Council
Manufacturing News  Packer is an AIAA Associate Fellow

27 April
Three students from Wisdom Lane Middle School win awards in AIAA Long Island essay contest
Leavittown Public Schools  Angelina Pilataxy Erin Alvarez, and Gary Nepravishta won awards

27 April
John Elbon to Become ULA Chief Operating Officer  Elbon is an executive at Boeing and AIAA member

27 April
Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala to be Held in Washington
Politico  The annual gala for the AIAA will be held on 2 May

26 April
Michael Griffin Has a Mandate for Change at DoD
Defense One  Michael Griffin is the new undersecretary of Defense for research and engineering

22 April
Space Industry Expresses Support for Bridenstine’s Confirmation  AIAA released a statement about Bridenstine's confirmation to the NASA administrator post

10 April
Students Prepare for AIAA Design/Build/Fly 2018
The State Press  ASU Air Devils plan to attend the annual competition

6 April
AIAA Paper on Marsbees Cited in Vice News Article
Vice News  NASA funds robot bee research project

5 April
Army Researchers to Serve in AIAA Leadership Roles
APG News  Dr. Sidra Silton and Dr. Matthew Munson elected to leadership roles

3 April
Blended Wing Body Planes Remain Unlikely for Commercial Flight
Leeham News and Comment  The economics of BWB-style planes are hard to justify

3 April
HondaJet Innovation Earns Honda Aircraft Prestigious Aerospace Award
Triad Business Journal  Honda Aircraft Co. will receive the 2018 Foundation Award for Excellence from the AIAA

22 March
University of Central Florida Receives Software Grant from Siemens  AIAA at UCF will have access to software used in industry through the in-kind software grant

8 March
MIT Researchers Study Charging Aircraft to Reduce Lightning Strikes
MIT News  The results of the research were published in the AIAA Journal

7 March
AIAA Fellow Named to Manufacturing Leadership Council's Board of Governors
KAIT  Michael D. Packer will be serving as the Vice-Chair

7 March
Yale Hosts Aerospace Showcase
Yale SEAS  Annual Aeronautica showcase features AIAA-affiliated student group

2 March
AIAA Member Named Director of Texas A&M Turbo Lab
Chemical Processing  Eric Petersen is a 10-year veteran of the Turbomachinery Lab

26 February
AIAA Fellow Named Dean of Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering  Christina Bloebaum is an aerospace engineer

24 February
AIAA at Oregon State University Participates in STEM Event
Corvallis Gazette-Times  AIAA at OSU helps bring STEM activities to local community

23 February
AIAA Fellow Inducted Into Hagler Institute for Advanced Study
KBTX  James E. Hubbard Jr. will be working alongside students and faculty at Texas A&M University

19 February
Engineers in Huntsville Embrace Virtual Reality
Rocket City Now  Members of AIAA in Huntsville are using virtual reality to design spacecrafts

14 February
Society Provides Networking, Mentoring for Young Professionals
The Redstone Rocket  AIAA Huntsville goes the extra mile with YP activities

14 February
Elkton Lbrary to Host Engineering Event
KPVI  AIAA, Orbital ATK, and Discover E team up to show "Dream Big" film in Delaware

12 February
AIAA Associate Fellow Elected to 2018 Wash100
GovConExec  Christopher Jones elected to Wash100 for technical leadership in strengthening enterprise IT infrastructure

7 February
AIAA Tennessee Section to Host Distinguished Lecturer
Herald Chronicle  Dr. Rostislav Spektor to speak during Engineers Week Banquet Feb. 22

5 February
AIAA at University of Illinois Chicago Featured in Short Film
Motherboard  Rocket engines burning in slow motion captivates YouTube audience

2 February
Aurora Executives Inducted into Fellows Class
Inside NOVA  Chief Innovation Officer John Tylko and Chief Operating Officer Matthew Hutchison joined the Class of 2018 AIAA Associate Fellows

31 January
Physicist Michael H. Moloney Named New AIP CEO
WBCB  Moloney is an AIAA Senior Member

30 January
AIAA Associate Fellow Puneet Singla Named AAS Fellow
Penn State News  Singla is also associate editor for AIAA’s Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics

29 January
‘We’re not moving fast enough,’ Air Force Leader Says
Dayton Daily News  Air Force listening tour will stop at AIAA Forum in Cincinatti

26 January
AIAA Paper Cited in MIT News Article about the Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative
MIT News  Ariel Ekblaw and Joseph Paradiso wrote an AIAA paper on self-assembling space structures

25 January
Experts Discuss Pilotless planes in The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail  Public acceptance of pilotless planes is a major hurdle

24 January
AIAA Fellow Appointed Acting Dean of Engineering at Yale
Yale News  Mitchell Smooke appointed as acting dean of engineering

22 January
University of Virginia Student Recognized on 20 Twenties list
UVA Today  Matthew Asper is researching aircraft icing with Rolls-Royce to prevent ice accretion in turbine engines

19 January
AFRL Announces 14 “Listening Sessions" for Science and Technology Review
Air Force Magazine  A listening session will be held at AIAA AVIATION Forum in Atlanta, Georgia

16 January
No Official Comment on SR-72 Development  Ambiguous wording at AIAA SciTech stokes rumors, but no official comment from the military or Lockheed Martin

16 January
America’s Fastest Spy Plane May Be Back—and Hypersonic
Bloomberg Technology  AIAA SciTech Forum fuels talk of SR-71 successor

15 January
Boeing Unveils Model of Hypersonic Demonstrator at AIAA SciTech Forum
Futurism  The twin-tail, tapered-wing concept hasn't yet been approved for full-scale development

14 January
Boeing Shows Off New Warplane Design at AIAA SciTech Forum
IB Times  The design is meant for speeds over Mach 5

14 January
NMSU Retiree Receives Lifetime Aeronautical Achievement Award
KRWG  Erich Klein received a lifetime achievement award from the AIAA

12 January
NMSU Retiree Erich Klein Receives Lifetime Aeronautical Achievement Award
Santa Fe New Mexican  Erich Klein received the Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement award

12 January
Boeing Attempts to Build off of X-51 Waverider Concept
Popular Mechanics  The aerospace industry is racing to build a hypersonic strike and reconnaisance vehicle

12 January
AFRL's Advanced Multi-Junction Solar Cells Deliver High Efficiency, Reduced Costs for Space
Andrews Gazette  The advanced solar cells are undergoing testing and qualification to the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics S-111 standard

11 January
Aviation Week Hosts Podcast at AIAA SciTech Forum
Aviation Week  Aviation Week interviews Pratt & Whitney’s Executive Director for Advanced Programs and Technologies James Kenyon at SciTech

11 January
AEDC Gearing Up to Host Area High School Students for 2018 National Engineers Week
Herald Chronicle  AIAA Tennessee will be assisting with Engineers Week

11 January
Aurora Executives Inducted into AIAA’s 2018 Associate Fellows Class
Earth Imaging Journal  Chief Innovation Officer John Tylko and Chief Operating Officer Matthew Hutchison were inducted as AIAA Associate Fellows

10 January
U of T Engineering Student, Alumnus Named to List of Future Aerospace Leaders
U of T News  University of Toronto shines in 20 Twenties

9 January
Aviation Week Network Announces 20 Twenties Winners for 2018
WBOC  Aviation Week and AIAA announced the 2018 winners of the 20 Twenties awards

8 January
Sikorsky Chief Engineer Talks Future of CH-53K at AIAA SciTech Forum
Rotor and Wing International  The CH-53K will be Sikorsky’s first paperless design

8 January
MIT, Johns Hopkins Students Win Top Prize at SmallSat Conference
Satellite Today  Julian Brown and Keaton Stubis were awarded the top prize at the 2017 Conference on Small Satellites

5 January
Meet Morgan: Broncos Rookie Cheerleader and Aerospace Engineer
Before It's News  Morgan has presented her work at AIAA conferences

4 January
Report Calls for ISS Research Transition Plan and Use of Alternative Platforms  AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher quoted