2017 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala
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2017 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala

3 May 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Venue: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

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AIAA ignites and celebrates ingenuity and collaboration and ensures aerospace professionals are recognized for their contributions to making the world safer, more connected, more prosperous—from the major missions that reinvent our national uses of air and space, to the inventive new applications that enhance everyday living.


Attire: Black Tie or Mess Dress


2017 Presentation of Awards


AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award: William H. Gerstenmaier, NASA
“For leadership of America’s space flight program, commitment to international space cooperation, and inspiration of a new generation of space explorers.”

AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award: Edward M. Greitzer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“For outstanding and sustained contributions to solving real world problems in aerodynamics of propulsion components, systems, and integration, and for the development of successful collaborations with academia, industry and government.”

AIAA Distinguished Service Award: Robert C. Winn, Engineering Systems Inc.
“For over 3 decades of exemplary service and leadership to AIAA including 11 years on the Board of Directors as Director at Large, as Vice President of Technical Activities, and as Vice President Finance.”

AIAA International Cooperation Award: Richard Wahls, Advanced Air Vehicles Program, NASA Langley Research Center, Melissa B. Rivers, NASA Langley Research Center, and John C. Vassberg, The Boeing Company, Operations & Technology
“For vision, leadership, and implementation of the NASA Common Research Model advancing United States and international research collaboration on industry relevant challenges in open forums.”

AIAA Public Service Award: Charles F. Bolden Jr., NASA
“For outstanding service and leadership to our nation’s space program, advancing its economic competitiveness and ensuring the nation’s security.”

AIAA Foundation Award for ExcellenceNASA Langley Research Center
In recognition of 100 years of excellence in aerospace achievements, scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs.

AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement AwardKathy Biernat, St. Mary's Visitation School, Alexandra Kindrat, St Thomas High School, David A Root, Lyons Township High School, Kevin L. Simmons, The Weiss School, and Tracey L. Dodrill, Cocopah Middle School


Honorary Fellows

  • Natalie W. Crawford, RAND Corporation
  • Alan H. Epstein, Pratt & Whitney
  • Bradford W. Parkinson, Stanford University


AIAA Fellows

Dailey Austin-Portrait Dowell
AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence
Gen. John R. "Jack" Dailey, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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 Goddard Astronautics Award
Wanda M. Austin, The Aerospace Corporation
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 Reed Aeronautics Award
Earl Dowell, Duke University
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DiPippo Kay-Ivey Crouch-portrait
International Cooperation Award
Simonetta Di Pippo, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
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 Public Service Award
Kay Ivey, Lieutenant Governor, State of Alabama
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 Distinguished Service Award
Thomas Crouch, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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 Jameson Fellows_HonoraryFellows2015
2016 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows
 Daniel Guggenheim Medal
Antony Jameson, Stanford University
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This black-tie occasion provides you with the unique opportunity to invite officials and constituents from the DoD, NASA, the FAA, and other government agencies for an evening of socializing and celebration.

To order Individual Tickets, ($350), please click the "Register Now"  button at the top of this page (to be made available soon, 9 February 2017).

To reserve your Table of Ten, ($3,500), please contact Chris Semon, or Paul doCarmo.