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    AIAA To Present Awards at 48th Joint Propulsion Conference
    Awards Recognize Technical and Engineering Achievement and Sustained Service


    July 17, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will honor achievement in technical and engineering fields, as well as sustained service, at a noon awards luncheon on August 1, as part of the 48th AIAA/ASME/ASE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, to be held July 30–August 1, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.

    Walter F. O’Brien, J. Bernard Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va., will receive the AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Award. The award is presented for meritorious accomplishments in the arts, sciences, and technology of air breathing propulsion systems. O’Brien is being recognized for outstanding technical contributions, creativity, and generosity that have inspired hundreds of students to achieve bright careers in gas turbine and high speed propulsion.

    Robert G. Jahn, professor and dean emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., will receive the AIAA Wyld Propulsion Award. The award is presented for outstanding achievement in the development or application of rocket propulsion systems. Jahn is being recognized for pioneering research and educational leadership in the field of electromagnetic plasma propulsion for spacecraft.

    Stephen B. Pope, Sibley College Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., will receive the AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award. The award is presented for outstanding technical contributions to aeronautical or astronautical combustion engineering. Pope is being recognized for original and substantive contributions to the modeling of turbulent reactive flows, in particular for the development of probability density function methods.

    John P. Clark, principal engineer, turbine division, Aerospace Systems Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, will receive the AIAA Engineer of the Year Award. The award is presented to a member of AIAA who has made a recent individual contribution in the application of scientific and mathematical principles leading to a significant accomplishment or event worthy of AIAA’s national or international recognition. Clark is being recognized for contributions to assessment and design of efficient gas turbine components, specifically for inventing optimization methods for shock-interaction reduction and improved film-cooling performance.

    An AIAA Sustained Service Award will be presented to Ian Halliwell, principal engineer-Aerodynamics, Power Systems Mfg, LLC, Jupiter, Fla., for dedicated service.

    For more information about these awards, or about the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7623. For more information on the 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, please contact Duane Hyland at or 703.264.7558. Registration is complimentary for credentialed members of the press.


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and nearly 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit



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