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    In Honoring Others – We Honor Ourselves!

    AIAA is honored to honor you—the very best! A primary goal of the Institute is to recognize those who are making earthshaking achievements that make us stand up from our seats and cheer. Since the inception of AIAA Honors and Awards Program, collectively we’ve recognized thousands of your colleagues for their meritorious achievements, technical contributions, committed service, section participation, and loyal membership.

    Because shaping the future of aerospace is a community effort, AIAA is also flying high to partner with other societies for certain elite awards.

    Here’s a complete list of all AIAA Honors and Awards, or you can select an award category below to learn more:

    • Premier Awards
      AIAA's highest awards, presented during the annual Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.

    • Lectureship Awards
      Distinguished lecturers share their research, contributions, and technological insights with AIAA members.

    • Educator Awards
      Awards recognize educators for contributions and for motivating the next generation of aerospace professionals.

    • Publication Awards
      Those who record aerospace science and technology are honored for their contributions.

    • Section Awards
      The outstanding performance of sections or section members in areas such as communications and public policy are recognized each year.

    • Service Awards
      AIAA members are recognized for dedication and participation in AIAA activities over a period of time.

    • Student Awards
      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.

    • Best Paper Awards
      The most innovative technical papers in aerospace design and structures, aerospace sciences, propulsion and energy, space and missiles, and other important areas are recognized each year.