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    Awards to be Presented at April Conference in Boston
    Awards Honor Achievements in Aeroelasticity and Structural Mechanics

    March 5, 2013 – Reston, Virginia –The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present awards honoring achievements in the fields of aeroelasticity and structural mechanics at the 54th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, to be held April 8–11, 2013, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston, Mass.

    The AIAA Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity will be presented to Dewey Hodges, professor, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga. Hodges is being honored for lasting contributions to analysis methodology for aeroelasticity of rotorcraft and high-aspect-ratio wings, and development of educational materials for the undergraduate study of aeroelasticity. The award is presented for outstanding contributions to the understanding and application of aeroelastic phenomena.

    The AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes, Jr. Award will be presented to Michael Hyer,N. Waldo Harrison Professor Emeritus, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va., and Keith Kedward, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif. Hyer is being honored for a distinguished career advancing composite structures, serving and promoting the profession, and nurturing the next generation of researchers. Kedward is being honored for his lifelong contributions in the field of composite structural mechanics and his devotion to the mentoring of students and colleagues. Jointly presented by AIAA and the American Society for Composites (ASC), the 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, especially younger colleagues.

    For more information about these awards, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7623.


    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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