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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


    For over 75 years, AIAA has been a champion to make sure that aerospace professionals are recognized for their contributions.  Join with us throughout the SciTech Forum as AIAA recognizes the very best in our industry: those individuals and teams who have taken aerospace technology to the next level…who have advanced the quality and depth of the aerospace profession…who have leveraged their aerospace knowledge for the benefit of society. Their achievements have inspired us to dream and to explore new frontiers.


    We celebrate our industry's discoveries and achievements from the small but brilliantly simple innovations that affect everyday lives to the major discoveries and missions that fuel our collective human drive to explore and accomplish amazing things.

    AIAA Associate Fellows Reception and Dinner

    Monday, 13 January 2014
    Reception 1830 hrs; Dinner 1930 hrs
    Ticket required 


    Visit our "Celebrating Achievements" page for a list of the newly selected 2014 AIAA Associate Fellows.


    Distinguished Lectureships

    Durand Lectureship for Public Service

    Monday, 13 January 2014
    1230-1400 hrs
    Public Policy Luncheon, Potomac Ballroom A&B


    American Space Strategy: Choose to Steer, Not Drift

    Scott PaceScott Pace
    Director, Space Policy Institute

    Elliott School of International Affairs
    George Washington University

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    Dryden Lectureship in Research

    Monday, 13 January 2014
    1730-1830 hrs,
    Potomac Ballroom C


    Taking the Hype Out of Hypersonics: Research Contributions to Operational High-Speed-Systems


    Mark LewisMark J. Lewis

    Director, The Science and Technology Policy Institute
    Institute for Defense Analyses
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    von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics

    Wednesday, 15 January 2014
    1730-1830 hrs
    Potomac Ballroom C


    Space Transportation: Past, Present, and . . . ??


    Antonio EliasAntonio L. Elias

    Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer
    Orbital Sciences Corporation
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    Awards Luncheon - Celebrating Achievements in Aerospace Sciences and Aerospace Literature

    Tuesday, 14 January 2014
    1230-1400 hrs

    AIAA Aerospace Guidance, Navigation, and Control Award

    Bernard EtkinBernard Etkin

    University Professor Emeritus
    University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada




    "For outstanding achievement in and dedication to research and education in the field of guidance, navigation and control for over a half century."

    AIAA Intelligent Systems Award

    Heinz ErzbergerHeinz Erzberger

    Senior Scientist, Aviation Systems Division
    NASA Ames Research Center
    Moffett Field, California



    "For pioneering research in developing intelligent systems that increase the efficiency and safety of aircraft and air traffic control operations." 

    AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award

    Kimberley ClayfieldKimberley Clayfield

    Executive Manager, Space Sciences and Technology
    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
    Canberra ACT Australia


    "For significant and sustained contributions to the development of the Australian aerospace sector through national public policy, scientific leadership, and education activities."

    (Note: Award will be presented by the AIAA Sydney Section at their year-end celebration)

    AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award

    Maruthi AkellaMaruthi R. Akella

    Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
    University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, Texas


    For far-reaching theoretical and practical advances in aircraft/spacecraft guidance, navigation and control, particularly nonlinear attitude estimation and control."

    ASEE/AIAA J. Leland Atwood Award

    Mark MaughmerMark D. Maughmer

    The Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, Pennsylvania


    "For weaving a unique tapestry of real-world engineering and engineering education."

    AIAA Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award

    William ClanceyWilliam Clancey

    NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
    and Florida Institute for Human and Machine
    Cognition, Pensacola, Florida


    "Working on Mars: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with The Mars Exploration Rovers" 

    AIAA History Manuscript Award

    Lawrence BensonLawrence Benson

    Air Force Historian (retired)
    Albuquerque, New Mexico


    "Quieting the Boom: The Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstrator and the Quest for Quiet Supersonic

    AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award

    Wassim HaddadWassim Haddad

    Professor of Aerospace Engineering
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
    Atlanta, Georgia


    “For paramount and fundamental contributions to the literature of dynamical systems and control for large-scale aerospace systems.”


    Presentation of AIAA Sustained Service Awards

    Wednesday, 15 January 2014
    0930-0945 hrs
    Exhibition Hall Presentation Stage


    Ramana GrandhiRamana Grandhi

    Distinguished Professor
    Wright State University
    Dayton, Ohio


    "For sustained and dedicated service to AIAA through conference leadership, signifiaant publicaitons in structural design, and leadership of the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization and Non-Deterministic Approaches Technical Committee."


    James HorkovichJames Horkovich

    Engineering Fellow, RMS Systems Engineering
    Raytheon Advanced Systems Design Center
    Tucson, Arizona


    “For professional commitment and leadership, for education and mentoring of scientist engineers, and for distinguished contributions to science and innovation of directed energy systems.”


    Paresh ParikhParesh Parikh

    Associate Director for Project Implementation, Research Directorate
    NASA Langley Research Center
    Hampton, Virginia


    “For 30 years of continuous service to AIAA and the Hampton Roads Section, including organization of the "Future In Aerospace" scholarship program and service as a Section Officer, Committee Chair, and Council Member.”


    Balu SekarBalu Sekar

    Senior Aerospace Engineer
    Air Force Research Laboratory
    Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio


    “For 30 years of participation in AIAA technical and section activities.”


    Awards Luncheon - Celebrating Achievements in Aerospace Design and Structures

    Wednesday, 15 January 2014

    AIAA Aerospace Design Engineering Award

    Benjamin-MichaelMichael Benjamin

    Senior Engineer, GE Aviation
    Cincinnati, Ohio


    “For leadership in the design of advanced fuel nozzles and combustors for the next generation of GE aircraft engines including the LEAP and GEnx.”

    AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award

    Daniel InmanDaniel Inman

    "Kelly" Johnson Professor and Chair
    Department of Aerospace Engineering
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan


    “For outstanding contributions and innovative integration of smart materials into both air and space vehicles ranging from flexible satellites to morphing aircraft structures.”

    AIAA Survivability Award

    John ViceJohn M. Vice

    Skyward, Ltd.
    Hendersonville, North Carolina


    “For leadership and technical contributions instrumental in enhancing aircraft survivability through test and evaluation, combat data collection, and aircraft battle damage assessment and repair.”


    International Student Conference Awards

    Monday, 13 January 2014
    1830-2000 hrs
    Potomac Ballroom D

    AIAA Foundation Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards

    Louis ZeaLuis P. Zea

    University of Colorado-Boulder
    Boulder, Colorado





    Daniel CuppolettiDaniel Cuppoletti

    University of Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, Ohio




    AIAA Foundation Abe M. Zarem Award For Distinguished Achievement - Astronautics

    IglesiasEliseo Iglesias

    University of Texas at San Antonio
    San Antonio, Texas




    AIAA Foundation Abe M. Zarem Educator Award - Astronautics

    Harry MillwaterHarry R. Millwater, Jr.

    University of Texas at San Antonio
    San Antonio, Texas



    To Be Announced: International Student Conference Winners

    Recognizing Technical and Scientific Excellence
    Certificates of Merit to Best Paper Authors and Winners of Student

    Tuesday, 14 January 2014
    1730-1900 hrs
    Exhibition Hall Presentation Stage

    ASME/Boeing Best Paper

    AIAA 2013-1702, "Dynamic Aeroservoelastic Response with Nonlinear Structural Elements," Mordechay Karpel, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Alexander Shousterman, Israeli Computational Fluid Dynamics Center, and Carlos Maderuelo and Hector Climent, Airbus Military.

    Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Best Paper

    AIAA Paper 2013-4844, “Virtual Deformation Control of the X-56A Model with Simulated Fiber Optic Sensors,” Peter Suh and Dimitri Mavris, George Institute of Technology; and Alexander Chin, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

    Collier Research HyperSizer/AIAA Structures Best Paper

    AIAA 2013-1769, "Structural Assessment of Advanced Composite Tow-Steered Shells," K. Chauncey Wu, Bret Stanford, Glenn Hrinda, Zhuosong Wang, and Robert A. Martin, NASA Langley Research Center; and H. Alicia Kim, University of Bath.

    Computational Fluid Dynamics Best Student Paper

    AIAA 2013-2940, "Multidimensional Active Flux Schemes," Timothy Eymann, CREATE-AV/Kestrel and Phillip Roe, University of Michigan.

    Gossamer Systems Best Paper

    AIAA 2013-1671 "Deployable Helical Antennas for CubeSats" Gina Olson, Sergio Pellegrino, and Joseph Costantine, California Institute of Technology; and Jeremy Banik, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB.

    Shahyar Pirzadeh Memorial Award for Outstanding Paper in Meshing Visualization and Computational Environments

    AIAA 2013-1162, "Visualization and Analysis of Vortex Features in Helicopter Rotor Wakes" David Kao, Jasim Ahmad, Terry Holst and Brian Allan, NASA Langley Research Center.


    Awards to be Announced:

    Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award

    The Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures

    Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures

    American Society for Composites Student Paper in Composites Award

    Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Student Paper

    Guidance Navigation And Control Student Paper

    Plasmadynamics and Lasers Student Paper

    Thermophysics Student Paper