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    Distinguished Lecturers Address AIAA SciTech Forum

    Lectures Recognize Excellence in Astronautics, Research and Public Service

    Three prestigious lecture awards were presented during the AIAA SciTech 2014 Forum, which took place 13–17 January, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. The lectures were awarded for excellence in astronautics, public service and research.


    • Mark J. Lewis, AIAA Fellow and director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute’s Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, VA, presented the AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Research on Monday, 13 January. Lewis’ lecture was entitled “Taking the Hype Out of Hypersonics: Research Contributions to Operational High-Speed Systems.” The Dryden Lectureship in Research emphasizes the great importance of basic research to the advancement in aeronautics and astronautics, and salutes research scientists and engineers.

    • Scott Pace, director, Space Policy Institute, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC, presented the AIAA Durand Lectureship in Public Service on 13 January. Pace’s lecture was entitled “American Space Strategy: Choose to Steer Not Drift” and was the keynote for the annual AIAA Public Policy Luncheon. The Durand Lectureship is presented for notable achievements by a scientific or technical leader whose contributions have led directly to the understanding and application of the science and technology of aeronautics and astronautics for the betterment of mankind.

    • Antonio L. Elias, executive vice president and chief technical officer, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, VA, presented the AIAA von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics on Wednesday, 15 January. Elias’ lecture was entitled “Space Transportation: Past, Present, and…??”. The von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics honors an individual who has performed notably and distinguished themselves technically in the field of astronautics.

    For more information on any of these distinguished lectures, or on the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at carols@aiaa.org or 703.264.7558. 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.