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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Call for Awards Nominations

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 Contribution to Society Award

    The Aerospace Contribution to Society Award, established in 1977, was presented to recognize a notable contribution to society through the application of aerospace technology to societal needs. This award was discontinued in 2005.

  • Aerospace Maintenance Award

    This award was first presented in 1987 to an individual who has made a major contribution to the aerospace maintenance discipline (aviation, missile and space) resulting in a significant improvement in operational and cost effectiveness. The intent was to recognize an individual who has developed and implemented new maintenance concepts and has been instrumental in the resolution of key aerospace issues. This award was discontinued in 2005.

  • Aerospace Software Engineering Award

    The Aerospace Software Engineering Award is presented for outstanding technical and/or management contributions to aeronautical or astronautical software engineering. Initially presented annually, beginning in 2007 this award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) generally at the AIAA SCITECH Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Children's Literature Award

    The Children's Literature Award is presented for an outstanding, significant, and original book in aeronautics and astronautics published within the last 2 years. The award is presented biennially (odd-numbered years) generally at the AIAA SCITECH Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • de Florez Award for Flight Simulation

    The de Florez Award for Flight Simulation, named in honor of the late Admiral Luis de Florez, is presented for an outstanding individual achievement in the application of flight simulation to aerospace training, research, and development. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum (SCITECH). Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Diversity and Inclusion Award

    This award recognizes an individual or group within AIAA who has devoted time and effort and made significant contributions to the advancement of diversity and inclusion within the Institute. It also seeks to raise awareness on the value of a diverse membership and inclusive environment, and of important and challenging issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion in the aerospace workforce at large. This award also seeks to bring champions of diversity and inclusion at AIAA to the attention of its members as inspirational figures and enablers of opportunities for successful careers in aerospace. Lastly, this award seeks to inspire other members to engage in activities that will promote the Institute’s diversity and inclusion. Further information about the award can be found at www.aiaa.org/Diversity-and-Inclusion-AwardBrief. This annual award is generally presented during the SciTech Forum. Nomination Deadline for this award is July 1.

  • 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: 1 February 2019

  • Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award

    The Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award is presented for the best original contribution to the field of aeronautical or astronautical non-fiction literature published in the last five years dealing with the science, technology, and/or impact of aeronautics or astronautics on society. It honors David Lasser, an editor of science fiction stories who is considered to be the guiding spirit of the founders of the American Interplanetary Society and its first president, and Lester Durand Gardner, publisher of Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering (which later became Aviation Week and Space Technology) and the founder of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences. The American Interplanetary Society (later known as the American Rocket Society) and Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences merged to form the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum, but may be presented at the Forum which matches the focus of the selected literature. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • History Manuscript Award

    The History Manuscript Award is presented for the best historical manuscript dealing with the science, technology, and/or impact of aeronautics and astronautics on society. The purpose of the award is to provide professional recognition to an author who makes a major and original contribution to the history of aeronautics or astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum, but may be presented at the Forum which matches the focus of the selected manuscript. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Information Systems Award

    The Information Systems Award is presented for technical and/or management contributions in space and aeronautics computer and sensing aspects of information technology and science. All nominations must emphasize the nominee’s specific contributions to aerospace information systems and detail the nominee’s specific contribution to aerospace information. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) generally at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. The next presentation will be in 2019. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Mechanics and Control of Flight Award

    The Mechanics and Control of Flight Award is presented for an outstanding recent technical or scientific contribution by an individual in the mechanics, guidance, or control of flight in space or the atmosphere. This award is normally given to an individual. However a small team of colleagues (nominally two to four) that have collaborated on a technical contribution may be considered for the award. In this case, the nomination package should be submitted for the team of individuals. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SciTech) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Pendray Aerospace Literature Award

    The Pendray Aerospace Literature Award is named in honor of Dr. G. Edward Pendray, a founder and past president of the American Rocket Society. The award is presented for an outstanding contribution or contributions to aeronautical and astronautical literature in the relatively recent past. The emphasis should be upon the high quality or major influence of the piece rather than, for example, the importance of the underlying technological contribution. The award is an incentive for aerospace professionals to write eloquently and persuasively about their field and should encompass editorials as well as papers or books. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Rocky Mountain Section Scholarship

    The AIAA Foundation undergraduate scholarship program offers scholarships to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year, and recipients can apply to renew the scholarships annually until they graduate. The AIAA Rocky Mountain Section sponsors this scholarship. Basic Criteria and other information can be found at http://www.aiaa.org/Secondary.aspx?id=3199

  • Summerfield Book Award

    The Summerfield Book Award is named in honor of Dr. Martin Summerfield, founder and initial editor of the Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics series of books published by the AIAA. The award is presented to the author of the best book recently published (within the last five years) by AIAA. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July

  • Sustained Service Award

    The Sustained Service Award is presented to recognize sustained, significant service and contributions to AIAA by members of the Institute. The nominee/recipient must be a member in good standing who has shown continuing dedication to the interests of the Institute by making significant and sustained contributions over a period of time, typically 10 years or more. Active participation and service at the local section/regional level, and/or the national level is a potential discriminator in the evaluation of candidates. A maximum of 20 awards are presented each year. These annual awards are presented at a Forum or activity with which the recipient is most associated or active, or may be presented by the recipient’s local AIAA section at an appropriate section event. A nomination form, scoresheet and additional information (no more than one page) that provides details to substantiate the scores for various activities is required. Nominees must score a minimum of 100 points on the score sheet. Letters of endorsement are not required for this award. Members of the AIAA Board of Directors are not eligible for this award until their term of service ends. Nomination Deadline: 1 July