Class of 2022 AIAA Associate Fellows Dinner and Induction Ceremony

Monday, 3 January 2022
(ticketed event)
Reception: 1800–1830 hrs
Induction Ceremony: 1830–1930 hrs
Dinner: 1930 hrs
Seaport A-E, Hyatt

Each year, the Institute recognizes exemplary professionals for their accomplishments in engineering or scientific work, outstanding merit and contributions to the art, science, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Join us to congratulate the Class of 2022 Associate Fellows at this annual celebration event.

Admission to the reception, dinner, and induction ceremony is available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased for $110 via the AIAA SciTech Forum registration webpage, or onsite (based on availability). Proof of purchase for the event is required. Dress is business attire or semi-formal.

 Premier Lectures

AIAA is committed to ensuring that aerospace professionals are recognized and celebrated for their achievements, innovations, and discoveries that make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. From the major missions that reimagine how our nation utilizes air and space to the inventive new applications that enhance everyday living, aerospace professionals leverage their knowledge for the benefit of society. AIAA continues to celebrate that pioneering spirit showcasing the very best in the aerospace industry.

Admission to the lectures does not require AIAA SciTech Forum registration.


2022 Durand Lecture for Public Service

William H. Gerstenmaier


Lecture: Human Spaceflight—The Ultimate Team Sport

Lecture Date and Time: Monday, 3 January 2022, 1230–1400 hrs (Luncheon is provided to the first 100 attendees.)

Lecture will occur after luncheon; admission to this lecture does not require AIAA SciTech Forum registration.

2022 AIAA Dryden Lecture in Research

Anthony M. Waas
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Lecture: Digital Tools for Design and Analysis of Composite Aerostructures

Lecture Date and Time: Wednesday, 5 January 2022, 1800 hrs

Admission to this lecture does not require AIAA SciTech Forum registration.

 SciTech Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
(ticketed event)

Thursday, 6 January 2022
1230–1400 hrs
Seaport A-E, Hyatt

We honor our up-and-coming students, our technical innovators, and our seasoned practitioners. We meet to elevate their work and encourage our community. Proof of purchase for the luncheon is required and included in the registration fee where indicated. Admission for guests may be purchased onsite at the registration desk, as space is available. Please join us as we recognize the following winners:

 2022 AIAA ICME Prize

Award winners will be announced at this luncheon

 Education Award

2021 J. Leland Atwood Award

Saeed Farokhi
University of Kansas


For outstanding and consistent contributions to the aerospace profession especially in the areas of propulsion and high-speed aerodynamics, and a profound and long-lasting commitment to the education, mentorship, and professional development of both graduate and undergraduate aerospace engineering students.

 Literary Award

2022 AIAA Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award

John M. Logsdon
Space Policy Institute, George Washington University


For his book: Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier

 Literary Award

2022 AIAA Summerfield Book Award

Don L. Edberg
California State Polytechnic Institute, Pomona


For their book: Design of Rockets and Space Launch Vehicles

 Literary Award

2022 AIAA Summerfield Book Award

Willie Costa
VUONG Global


For their book: Design of Rockets and Space Launch Vehicles

 Service Award

2022 AIAA Diversity and Inclusion Award

Eric B. Holmes
NASA Headquarters


For sustained significant contributions to raise awareness on the value of diversity and inclusion in the aerospace workforce at large, an AIAA core value.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award

Noel T. Clemens
University of Texas at Austin


For the development and application of innovative laser-based imaging techniques to bring new insight into the physics of complex turbulent flows.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Aerospace Design Engineering Award

Michael Buonanno
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics


For design innovation and engineering leadership in the development of X-59, the Quiet Supersonic Technology X-plane.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Aerospace Guidance, Navigation, and Control Award

Siva S. Banda
Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL/RQ (retired)


For outstanding and sustained contributions to advancing flight control theory and its applications.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Award

Srinath V. Ekkad
North Carolina State University


For significant technical contributions to the development of pioneering detailed heat transfer measurements inside gas turbines and continued leadership in the aerospace community to develop new industry-university partnerships.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA de Florez Award for Flight Simulation

Sunjoo K. Advani
International Development of Technology B.V.


For his exceptional impacts on simulation science, particularly in the worldwide implementation of objective measures of the quality of flight simulation motion systems.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Energy Systems Award

George Crabtree
University of Illinois Chicago/Argonne National Laboratory


For his seminal contributions to defining the next-generation energy system and innovative technological and workforce development pathways to achieve it.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Intelligent Systems Award

Ella M. Atkins
University of Michigan


For outstanding, creative, interdisciplinary solutions in the theory and deployment of intelligent autonomous aerospace vehicles over the past two decades.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award

Mark L. Psiaki
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


For the development of new nonlinear estimation algorithms and for their application to problems in satellite attitude and orbit determination and in GPS signal processing.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Microgravity and Space Processes Award

Carlos Fernandez-Pello
University of California, Berkeley


For decades of microgravity research in smoldering, flame spread and spacecraft fire safety and for leadership in the microgravity research community.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award

Tim C. Lieuwen
Georgia Institute of Technology


For outstanding leadership in research and development of high-performance, fuel-flexible power and propulsion combustion technologies.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Survivability Award

Alex G. Kurtz
Survivability Assessment Flight, Aerospace Survivability and Safety Office, 704th Test Group, USAF (Retired)


For distinguished service and contributions to the aircraft/aerospace survivability/vulnerability community and discipline.

 Technical Excellence Award

2022 AIAA Wyld Propulsion Award

Daniel J. Dorney
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center


For his leadership, sustained contributions, and outstanding dedication to the design, development, testing, and operation of propulsion systems critical to our nation’s future in space.

 AIAA Student Paper Competitions

Winners will also be announced at this awards luncheon.

  • Aerodynamic Measurement Technology, Plasmadynamics and Lasers, Propellants and Combustion Student Paper Competition
  • Aerospace Power Systems Student Paper Competition
  • American Society for Composites Student Paper Award
  • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Best Student Paper Competition
  • David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award Student Paper Competition
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control Student Paper Competition
  • Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures
  • Intelligent Systems Student Paper Competition
  • Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award
  • Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures
  • Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments Student Paper Competition
  • Sensor Systems and Information Fusion Student Paper Competition
  • Small Satellites Student Paper Competition
  • SwRI Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches
  • Thermophysics Student Paper Competition
 Best Professional Paper Awards

These awards will be presented at the sponsoring committees.

2020 AIAA Pressure Gain Combustion Best Paper Award 
“MHz Mid-infrared Laser Absorption of CO and CO2 for Pressure, Temperature, and Species in Rotating Detonation Rocket Flows” (AIAA-2020-3867) 
Authors: Anil P. Nair, Daniel D. Lee, Daniel I. Pineda, and R. Mitchell Spearrin, University of California, Los Angeles; Jason Kriesel, Opto-Knowledge Systems Inc. (OKSI); William A. Hargus Jr., John W. Bennewitz, and Stephen A. Danczyk, Air Force Research Laboratory 
2021 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Best Paper Award 
“Stall Model Identification of a Cessna Citation II from Flight Test Data Using Orthogonal Model Structure Selection” (AIAA 2021-1725) 
Authors: Joost B. van Ingen, Coen C. de Visser, and Daan M. Pool, Delft University of Technology 
2021 AIAA Design Engineering Best Paper Award 
“Small UAS Design Toolkit: Characterization and Development using Optimization and Advanced Manufacturing Modeling” (AIAA-2021-0625) 
Authors: Brandon E. Sells and Philip Baldwin, Purdue University 
2021 AIAA Electric Propulsion Best Paper Award 
“Performance Measurements of a 5 kW-Class Rotating Magnetic Field Thruster” (AIAA 2021-3384) 
Authors: Christopher L. Sercel, Tate Gill, Joshua M. Woods, and Benjamin Jorns, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
2021 AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Best Paper Award 
“Convex Optimization Guidance for Precision Landing on Titan” (AIAA-2021-1345) 
Authors: Rayan Mazouz and Marco B. Quadrelli, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Erwin Mooij, Delft University of Technology 
2021 AIAA Intelligent Systems Best Paper Award 
“Multi-Class Anomaly Detection in Flight Data Using Semi-Supervised Explainable Deep Learning Model” (AIAA-2021-0774) 
Authors: Milad Memarzadeh, Bryan Matthews, and Thomas Templin, NASA Ames Research Center 
2021 AIAA Liquid Propulsion Best Paper Award 
“Chemical Composition of Mixed Oxides of Nitrogen using Raman Spectroscopy” (AIAA-2021-3589) 
Authors: Alicia Benhidjeb-Carayon, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Victoria M. Boulos, Catriona M. L. White, Jason R. Gabl, Robert G. Orth, and Timothée L. Pourpoint, Purdue University 
2021 AIAA Modeling and Simulation Best Paper Award 
“Deriving an Estimated Time of Arrival Accuracy Requirement for Departure Scheduling Operations” (AIAA-2021-0672) 
Authors: Lesley A. Weitz, Brock J. Lascara, and Stephanie Priess, The MITRE Corporation 
Z021 AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Best Paper Award 
“Active Manifold and Model Reduction for Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization” (AIAA 2021-1694) 
Authors: Gabriele Boncoraglio and Charbel Farhat, Stanford University 
2021 AIAA Pressure Gain Combustion Best Paper Award 
“Individual Wave Detection and Tracking within a Rotating Detonation Engine through Computer Vision Object Detection applied to High-Speed Images” (AIAA-2021-1382) 
Authors: Kristyn B. Johnson and Donald H. Ferguson, National Energy Technology Laboratory; Andrew C. Nix and Zachary Tallman, West Virginia University 
2021 AIAA Small Satellite Best Paper Award 
“Formation Flying Orbit and Control Concept for the VISORS Mission” (AIAA-2021-0423) 
Authors: Adam Koenig and Simone D’Amico, Stanford University; and E. Glenn Lightsey, Georgia Institute of Technology 
2021 AIAA Small Satellite Best Paper Award 
“Adaptive Double-Layer Continuous Super-Twisting Control of a Satellite Formation” (AIAA-2021-0560) 
Authors: Mason Nixon, Leidos; Yuri B. Shtessel, University of Alabama, Huntsville 
2021 AIAA Small Satellite Best Paper Award 
“Novel Approaches to Environmental Shielding for Small Satellites” (AIAA-2021-0806) 
Authors: Coen J. Williams, Johnathan W. Ford, Jonathon L. Gabriel, Kaleb D. Overby, and Michael L. Anderson, United States Air Force Academy; Jason H. Niebuhr, SAFE, Inc. 
2021 AIAA Solid Rockets Best Paper Award 
“Implicit Large-Eddy Simulation of Solid Rocket Motors using the Immersed Boundary Method” (AIAA-2021-3696) 
Authors: Matteo Bernardini, M. Cimini, and F. Stella, Sapienza University of Rome; E. Cavallini, Italian Space Agency; A. Di Mascio, University of l’Aquila; F. Salvadore, CINECA; E. Martelli, Università degli Studi della Campania "L. Vanvitelli" 
2021 AIAA Structural Dynamics Best Paper Award 
“Fundamental Understanding and Prediction of Loads and Stability of a Full-scale Hingeless Tiltrotor” (AIAA-2021-0090) 
Authors: Seyhan Gul and Anubhav Datta, University of Maryland, College Park 

2021 Collier Research HyperX/AIAA Structures Best Paper Award 
“Structural Joints and Repairs: Bearing Fatigue Response in Bolted Hybrid Composite Joints” (AIAA-2021-1402) 
Authors: John Brewer and Anthony Palazotto, Air Force Institute of Technology; Casey Holycross and Michael Gran, Air Force Research Laboratory 

2021 Shahyar Pirzadeh Memorial Award for the Outstanding Paper in Meshing, Visualization and Computational Environments 
“Sparse Spatial Sampling: A mesh sampling algorithm for efficient processing of big simulation data” (AIAA-2021-1484) 
Authors: Daniel Fernex and Andre Weiner, Technische Universität Braunschweig; Bernd Noack, Harbin Institute of Technology; Richard Semaan, Technische Universität Braunschweig 

 Best Student Paper Awards

These awards will be presented at the sponsoring committees

2021 AIAA Small Satellite Best Student Paper Award 
“Quantifying Characterizations of CubeSat Swarms Based on Chaotic Circuit Analysis” (AIAA-2021-1255) 
Authors: Alec C. Nichols and John Baker, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Jeffrey W. Hudack, Air Force Research Laboratory 


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