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    Dr. Michael I. Yarymovych to Receive AIAA 2014 Distinguished Service Award
    Honored for 60 years of Service to IAS, ARS, and AIAA

    April 23, 2014 – Reston, Va. – Michael I. Yarymovych, AIAA Honorary Fellow, former AIAA President, and president, and chief executive officer of Sarasota Space Associates, Osprey, Fla., has won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Yarymovych will receive the award on April 30, during the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, D.C.

    The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual member of AIAA who has distinguished himself or herself over a period of years. Yarymovych is being honored for his “60 years of dedicated service to the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (IAS), American Rocket Society (ARS), AIAA and outstanding leadership for the aerospace profession in government, industry and the international community.”

    Yarymovych’s contributions to AIAA include his creation and chairing of the Institute Development Committee, which develops new initiatives for the benefit of AIAA and its members. He has also been involved in clarifying the criteria used to select AIAA Fellows, and developed the Fellows nomination form and process now in use across the Institute. He has served on the Institute’s Membership Committee, International Activities Committee, and Technical Activities Committee, and has chaired the Honors and Awards Committee. He has also chaired and served on the Fellow and Honorary Fellow Selection Committees. Yarymovych has also served as a session chair or co-chair throughout the years at many of AIAA’s technical conferences.

    At an international level, Yarymovych has served as the president of the International Academy of Astronautics and as vice-president – scientific programs and member of the IAA Board of Directors. Yarymovych’s work has ensured that AIAA has had strong involvement in the programs and activities of the International Astronautical Federation.

    A senior fellow of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, Yarymovych has also served on the Defense Science Board, the National Research Council Committee on the Future Air Force Needs for Survivability, and the Strategic Defense Initiative Council. Committed to furthering the education of engineers and scientists, he has also served on advisory boards at Stanford University, the California State University – Long Beach, and the California Polytechnic Institute, among others.

    For more information on the AIAA Distinguished Service Award, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at 703.264.7623 or


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