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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Engineer of the Year Award

The AIAA Engineer of the Year Award is presented to a member of AIAA who, as a practicing engineer, has made a recent, individual contribution in the application of scientific and mathematical principles leading to a significant technical accomplishment This award is intended for recognition of an individual’s single scientific and/or technical contribution. Career or lifetime achievements are not eligible, neither is a team or a management accomplishment. However, a project lead or a member of a team is eligible, provided that he/she has made significant individual contribution to the team’s success. The award name – “Engineer of the Year” implies that it is intended for a recent accomplishment. The idea is to “capture the moment.” Thus, both the individual’s “specific technical contribution” and the “recentness” of the accomplishment need to be conveyed in the award write-up. Nominations will be evaluated on quality of reference, significance of the contribution and impact of the contribution to the aerospace community. Diversity in the reference pool is highly recommended. Nominations begin at the AIAA Section level or may be made by any AIAA members, and are submitted to the appropriate Regional Deputy Director-Honors and Awards and Regional Director who select the one Regional Engineer of the Year. One overall AIAA Engineer of the Year is then selected by the Honors and Awards Committee from the Regional Engineers of the Year. This annual award is generally presented at an appropriate AIAA technical conference selected by the recipient, subject to approval by the Honors and Awards Committee. Nomination Deadline: 1 October
  • Full Name: Dr Prasun N Desai
  • Category: Technical Excellence
  • AIAA Citation: For superior accomplishments and significant contributions to the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Project.