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    Professors Michael Hyer and Keith Kedward To Receive AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes, Jr. Award

    March 5, 2013 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society for Composites (ASC) congratulate the winners of the 2013 AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes, Jr. Award, Michael W. Hyer, N. Waldo Harrison professor emeritus, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va., and Keith T. Kedward, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Hyer and Kedward will receive the award at an awards luncheon at noon on April 10 as part of the 54th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference and Co-located Events, being held 8–11 April 2013 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, in Boston, Mass.

    The AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes, Jr. Award is presented to recognize continued significant contribution to and demonstrated promotion of the field of structural mechanics over an extended period of time emphasizing practical solutions, to acknowledge high professionalism, and to acknowledge the strong mentoring of and influence on colleagues. The award commemorates James H. Starnes, Jr., a leader in the fields of structures and materials.

    Dr. Hyer is the author of “Stress Analysis of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials,” as well as more than 300 journal papers, conference proceedings, and government and university reports. He is a Fellow and former president of ASC, as well as a Fellow of AIAA, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and the American Academy of Mechanics. Among other awards, his research work has won him an Award of Appreciation from the American Society for Testing and Materials in 2002, and the Outstanding Research Award from ASC in 2005.

    Dr. Kedward has worked in both industry and academia, and has made internationally recognized and lifelong contributions in the field of composite structural mechanics, especially in the development of composite fan blades for aircraft turbofan engines. He has also made notable advancements in the understanding of thermal distortions and the design of dimensionally stable composite structures, particularly for satellites and space instruments, and in the understanding of buckling and non-linear collapse of thin-walled structures. He is the recipient of the 2006 ASTM Wayne Stinchcomb Award, recognizing his excellence as a mentor and teacher.

    For more information on the AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes, Jr. Award, or the AIAA Honors and Awards Program, please contact Carol Stewart at 703.264.7623 or

    ASC is an all-volunteer group of dedicated professionals in academia, industry, national laboratories and federal agencies. Their mission is to provide a communication forum for the engineering and scientific community in composites, to expedite the growth of knowledge gained from interdisciplinary engineering and scientific research, and to promote the exploitation of the unique properties of composite materials in emerging applications. For more information, visit


    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and100 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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