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    CONTACT: DUANE HYLAND
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    Awards to be Presented at AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition
    Awards Recognize Technical Achievements and Literary Excellence

     

    December 5, 2013 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will recognize technical achievements and literary excellence during the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech 2014), 13 – 17 January 2014, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. The following individuals will receive awards for technical achievements in aerospace sciences or for literary excellence at a noon awards luncheon on January 14:

     

    • Bernard Etkin, university professor, emeritus, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, will receive the AIAA Aerospace Guidance, Navigation, and Control Award. Etkin is being honored for his “outstanding achievement in and dedication to research and education in the field of guidance, navigation and control for over half a century.”

    • Heinz Erzberger, senior scientist, aviation systems division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will receive the AIAA Intelligent Systems Award. Erzberger is being honored for his “pioneering research in developing intelligent systems that increase the efficiency and safety of aircraft and air traffic control operations.”

    • Maruthi R. Akella, associate professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, will receive the AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award. Akella is being honored for his “far-reaching theoretical and practical advances in aircraft/spacecraft guidance, navigation and control, particularly nuclear attitude estimation and control.”

    • Mark D. Maughmer, professor/educator, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn., will receive the ASEE/AIAA J. Leland Atwood Award. Maughmer is being honored for “weaving a unique tapestry of real-world engineering and engineering education.”

    • William Clancey, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, Fla., will receive the AIAA Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award. Clancey is being honored for his book “Working on Mars: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers.”

    • Lawrence Benson, chief, Air Force Historian’s Pentagon Office (retired), Albuquerque, N.M., will receive the AIAA History Manuscript Award. Benson is being honored for his manuscript “Quieting the Boom: The Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstrator and the Quest for Quiet Supersonic Flight.”

    • Wassim Haddad, professor, aerospace engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga., will receive the AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award. Haddad is being honored for his “paramount and fundamental contributions to the literature of dynamical systems and control for large-scale aerospace systems.”

     

    The following individuals will receive awards for technical achievements in aerospace design and structures at a noon awards luncheon on January 16:

     

    • Michael Benjamin, senior engineer, GE Aviation, Cincinnati, Ohio, will receive the AIAA Aerospace Design Award. Benjamin is being honored for his “leadership in the design of advanced fuel nozzles and combustors for the next generation of GE aircraft engines including the LEAP and GEnX.”

    • John M. Vice, president, Skyward, Ltd., Hendersonville, N.C., will receive the AIAA Survivability Award. Vice is being honored for his “leadership and technical contributions instrumental in enhancing aircraft survivability through test and evaluation, combat data collection, and aircraft battle damage assessment and repair.”

    • Daniel Inman, “Kelly” Johnson Professor and Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, will receive the AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award. Inman is being honored for his “outstanding contributions and innovative integration of smart materials into both air and space vehicles ranging from flexible satellites to morphing aircraft structures.”

     

    Kimberley Clayfied, executive manager, space sciences and technology, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Canberra, ACT, Australia, will receive the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award Award in December at a special ceremony hosted by the AIAA Sydney Section in Sydney, Australia. Clayfield was honored for her “significant and sustained contributions to the development of the Australian aerospace sector through national public policy, scientific leadership, and education activities.”

     

    For more information on the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at carols@aiaa.org or 703.264.7623. For more information on the AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition, please contact Duane Hyland at duaneh@aiaa.org 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, and100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.


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