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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 Design Engineering Award

    Approved by the Board of Directors in 1992, the Aerospace Design Engineering Award was established to recognize design engineers who have made outstanding technical, educational or creative achievements that exemplifies the quality and elements of design engineering. This award is presented biennially (in even-numbered years) at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech). Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • Aerospace Guidance, Navigation, and Control Award

    Approved by the Board of Directors in 1998, the Aerospace Guidance, Navigation and Control Award was established to recognize individuals that have made important and substantial contributions in the field of guidance, navigation and control. This award is to be considered a lifetime achievement award, and is presented biennially (in even years) generally at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech). Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • 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 at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition. 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 and Exposition. 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 VFS. 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: 28 February 2019 (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

  • 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 and Exposition (SciTech). Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • 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 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech). Nomination Deadline: 1 July 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 Forum and Exposition (SciTech). 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 Forum and Exposition (SciTech). Nomination Deadline: 15 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 and Exposition. 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

  • 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 Forum and Exposition (SciTech), but may be presented at the Forum which matches the focus of the selected literature. Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • 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 Forum and Exposition (SciTech), but may be presented at the Forum which matches the focus of the selected manuscript. Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • Intelligent Systems

    The Intelligent Systems Award is presented to recognize important fundamental contributions to intelligent systems technologies and applications that advance the capabilities of aerospace systems. Beginning in 2014, this award is presented biennially (in even-numbered years) generally at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • 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 Forum and Exposition (SciTech) Forum. Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • 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 Forum and Exposition (SciTech). 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 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition 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 2019

  • 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 and Exposition in August 2019. Nomination Deadline: 15 February

  • Structures, Structural Dynamics, & Materials Award

    Established in 1967, the Structures, Structural Dynamics, & Materials Award is presented to an individual who has been responsible for an outstanding sustained technical or scientific contribution in aerospace structures, structural dynamics, or materials. It is not presented in the years that the Walter J. and Angeline H. Crichlow Trust Prize, AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes Award or Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity are presented. This biennial award (even numbered years) is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech). Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • 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 Forum and Exposition (SciTech). Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • Survivability Award

    Established in 1993, the Survivability Award is presented to an individual or a team to recognize outstanding achievement or contribution in design, analysis, implementation and/or education of survivability in an aerospace system. This award is presented biennially (in even-numbered years) generally at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech). Nomination Deadline: 1 July 2019

  • 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 2019

  • 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 and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 15 February