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John Leland Atwood Graduate Award

Through its annual graduate scholarship program, the AIAA Foundation presents awards to graduate students doing excellent research in the air and space sciences. The John Leland Atwood Graduate Award is sponsored by endowments from Rockwell and Boeing North American, Inc. The Atwood Graduate Award memorializes John Leland "Lee" Atwood (1904-1999), former chief executive officer of Rockwell North American. Atwood, thought of by many as the "dean of aerospace,” was instrumental in the development of such landmark projects as the P-51, the F-100, the X-15, the B-1 bomber, and the Space Shuttle. Official recognition and presentation of the check to the recipient will be made in conjunction with the Awards Presentations Ceremony at the AIAA SciTech Forum. In addition, the AIAA Foundation will present the recipient with a special recognition plaque in honor of this award. Basic Criteria and other information can be found at <a href= >;
  • Full Name: Dr Noel Bakhtian
  • Entry: AIAA John Leland Atwood Graduate Award
  • Category: Graduate
  • AIAA Citation: Graduate Award
  • Notes: Noël Bakhtian is a Ph.D. candidate in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at Stanford University, working in the Aerospace Design Laboratory under Professor Juan Alonso. She received her B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in the area of experimental bird flight, and a M.S. from Stanford University. She has been working in collaboration with the Cart3D group under Michael Aftosmis in the Applied Modeling and Simulation branch at NASA Ames Research Center for 4 years, and has been researching drag augmentation via supersonic retropropulsion, a novel technology which could enable high-mass Mars missions, since 2008