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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Nomination Forms

Nominate Your Peers and Colleagues for Technical and Management Awards!

 

Do you know someone who has made notable contributions to aerospace arts, sciences, or technology? Nominate them now!

Nomination Packages are now being accepted for the following awards and must be received at AIAA Headquarters no later than the nomination deadline. The nomination package consist of the nomination form and the required endorsement letters.  No extensions will be granted.

Awards are presented annually, unless otherwise indicated.

Any AIAA member in good standing may submit a nomination.  Before preparing a nomination, nominators are reminded to read the award guidelines and verify that the nominee is eligible. 

Current members of the committee responsible for the award are not eligible. Former members are not eligible until one year after expiration of their membership term.

 

Award
Nomination
Form

 

Lecture
Nomination
Form

 

Publication
Nomination
Form
 

 

Sustained Service Award Nomination Form
& Scoresheet
 

 

Please submit this forms directly to awards@aiaa.org. Upon verifying information and recording the nomination, the nominator will receive a confirmation email.

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia A. Carr, Manager, Honors and Award Manager at triciac@aiaa.org or 703.264.7523.

The Recognition Awards

  • Aerospace Power Systems Award

    The Aerospace Power Systems Award, established in 1981, is presented for a significant contribution in the broad field of aerospace power systems, specifically as related to the application of engineering sciences and systems engineering to the production, storage, distribution, and processing of aerospace power. This annual award is generally presented AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum (PROPULSION AND ENERGY). Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • Air Breathing Propulsion Award

    Established in 1975, the Air Breathing Propulsion Award is presented to an individual for sustained, meritorious accomplishment in the arts, sciences, and technology of air breathing propulsion systems.This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum (PROPULSION AND ENERGY). Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • Daniel Guggenheim Medal

    The Daniel Guggenheim Medal was established in 1929 for the purpose of honoring persons who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics. The Medal is jointly sponsored by AIAA, ASME, SAE, and VSOL. Administration of the Medal resides at www.guggenheimmedal.org. Please visit this page for nomination form and requirements This annual award is generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. However, it may be presented at another event, selected by the Board of Award and Medalist. Nomination Deadline: 15 February (extended deadline!)

  • David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce

    The David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce Award provides an annual lecture to recognize a prominent industry leader or senior management team (up to three individuals) who have created or grown a space-related business and generated substantial economic benefits and market value. The award is sponsored and endowed by Orbital ATK Inc., to commemorate the long and distinguished career of commercial space pioneer, David W. Thompson. This annual award is to be presented at the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum. EXTENDED Nomination Deadline: 15 February 2019

  • Dr. John C. Ruth Digital Avionics Award

    The Digital Avionics Award was renamed in 2007 to honor Dr. John C. Ruth who founded the Digital Avionics Technical Committee and also served as Chair of the 4th Digital Avionics Conference in 1981. The award is presented to recognize outstanding achievement in technical management and/or implementation of digital avionics in space or aeronautical systems, including system analysis, design, development or application, and is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) at the Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC). The next award will be made in 2019. Nomination Deadline: 15 February 2019

  • Dryden Lecture in Research Award

    The Dryden Lecture in Research was named in honor of Dr. Hugh L. Dryden in 1967, succeeding the Research Award established in 1960. The Lecture emphasizes the great importance of basic and applied research to the advancement in aeronautics and astronautics and is a salute to research scientists and engineers. This annual Lecture is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • Durand Lecture for Public Service

    The Durand Lecture, named in honor of William F. Durand, was approved by the Board of Directors in 1983. It is presented for notable achievements by a scientific or technical leader whose contributions have led directly to the understanding and application of the science and technology of aeronautics and astronautics for the betterment of mankind. This lecture is presented during the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 February

  • Energy Systems Award

    Established in 1981, the Energy Systems Award is presented for a significant contribution in the broad field of energy systems, specifically as related to the application of engineering sciences and systems engineering to the production, storage, distribution, and conservation of energy. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum (PROPULSION AND ENERGY). Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • F. E. Newbold V/STOL Award

    The F. E. Newbold V/STOL Award is presented to recognize outstanding creative contributions to the advancement and realization of powered lift flight in one or more of the following areas: initiation, definition and/or management of key V/STOL programs; development of enabling technologies including critical methodology; program engineering and design; and/or other relevant related activities or combinations thereof which have advanced the science of powered lift flight. This award is generally presented every 30 months in conjunction with the International Powered Lift Conference. The next award will be presented at the IPLC 2020 in San Jose, CA in January 2020. Please visit: https://vtol.org/events/transformative-vertical-flight-2020 for more information. Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • Propellants & Combustion Award

    First presented in 1990, the Propellants and Combustion Award is presented for outstanding technical contributions to aeronautical or astronautical combustion engineering. This annual award is generally presented at theAIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum (PROPULSION/ENERGY). Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • Space Automation & Robotics

    Reactivated in 2005, the Space Automation and Robotics Award is presented for leadership and technical contributions by individuals and teams in the field of space automation and robotics. This biennial award is now presented (in odd-numbered years) and will be presented at the 2019 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in August 2019. Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • Space Operations & Support Award

    Established in 1991, the Space Operations & Support Award is presented for outstanding efforts in overcoming space operations problems and assuring success, and recognizes those teams or individuals whose exceptional contributions were critical to an anomaly recovery, crew rescue, or space failure. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) and will be presented at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in August 2019 Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • Space Processing Award

    The Space Processing Award is presented for significant contributions in space processing or in furthering the use of microgravity for space processing. Reactivated in 2007, this award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) generally at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Meeting. Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • Space Systems Award

    Up to 1976 known as the Spacecraft Design Award, the Space Systems Award is now presented to recognize outstanding achievements in the architecture, analysis, design, and implementation of space systems. This annual award will be presented at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in August 2019. Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management

    Approved by the Board of Directors in 1987, the von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management gives national recognition to an individual(s) for outstanding contributions in the management of a significant space or space-related program or project. The award honors Dr. Wernher von Braun, who was one of the world's first and foremost rocket engineers and a leading authority on space travel. This annual award will be presented at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in August 2019. Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • Wyld Propulsion Award

    The Propulsion Award and the James H. Wyld Memorial Award honoring the developer of the regeneratively-cooled rocket engine were combined in 1964 to become the James H. Wyld Propulsion Award. In 1975 the name was again modified to the Wyld Propulsion Award, which is now presented for outstanding achievement in the development or application of rocket propulsion systems. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum (PROPULSION/ENERGY). Nomination Deadline: 15 February