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    AIAA to Present Awards at September Conference
    Awards Honor Achievements in Design and Aeronautical Program Management

    September 17, 2012 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present awards recognizing achievements in design and aeronautical program management at a noon awards luncheon on September 18, as part of the 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference and the 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, September 17–19 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.

    • Michimasa Fujino, president and chief executive officer, Honda Aircraft Company, Greensboro, N.C., will receive the AIAA Aircraft Design Award. The award is presented to a design engineer or team for the conception, definition, or development of an original concept or career contributions leading to significant advancement in aircraft design or design technology. Fujino is being recognized for pioneering the unique over the wing engine mount configuration and the design and development of the HondaJet light business jet.

    • Ralph D. Heath, executive vice president, aeronautics (ret.), Lockheed Martin Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas, will receive the AIAA Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Program Management. The award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in the management of a significant aeronautical or aeronautical related program or project. Heath is being recognized for leadership and program management in the transition of the USAF F-22 Raptor from development to production.

    • Christina L. Bloebaum, Dennis and Rebecca Muilenburg Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, will receive the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award. The award is presented for outstanding contributions to the development and/or application of techniques of multidisciplinary design optimization in the context of aerospace engineering. Bloebaum is being recognized for seminal MDO research contributions in method development, interactive design and n-dimensional visualization tools and for exceptional leadership and service to the MDO profession.

    For more information on these awards, or on the AIAA Honors and Awards Program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7623. For more information on the 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, or the 14th AIAA/ISSMO Analysis and Optimization Conference, please contact Duane Hyland at or 703.264.7558.



    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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