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    AIAA Announces 2014 Zarem Distinguished Award Winner
    Winner is From University of Texas San Antonio

    August 11, 2014 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that Armando Gomez-Farias, of the University of Texas, San Antonio, has won the 2014 AIAA Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics .

    Gomez-Farias, a Master Student at the University of Texas, San Antonio, was selected to receive the award in astronautics for his research paper “A Novel Finite Element Sensitivity Method for Plasticity.” Gomez-Farias will present his paper during the International Astronautical Congress, September 29 – October 3, in Toronto, Canada.

    The Zarem award also recognizes the faculty advisor of the award winner. This reflects Dr. Zarem’s belief that the guidance of faculty members is fundamental to the success of student research. Gomez-Farias’ advisor is Dr. Arturo Montoya, assistant professor, civil engineering, University of Texas, San Antonio. He will receive a certificate of recognition for this work with Gomez-Farias.

    “AIAA offers its sincere congratulations to Armando Gomez-Farias on his selection as this year’s Abe M. Zarem Distinguished Achievement Award winner,” said Sandy Magnus, AIAA executive director. “The Zarem award is truly about shaping the future of aerospace, as it honors graduate students for their superior technical work – work that one day will help advance the state-of-the-art in our community. AIAA also congratulates Gomez-Farias’ mentor, Dr. Arturo Montoya, whose guidance and encouragement helped Gomez-Farias achieve such wonderful results. In honoring both the student and the mentor, the Zarem award clearly demonstrates that our community is about everyone working together to better our world.”

    Additionally, both Gomez-Farias and Montoya will be recognized at the 2015 AIAA SciTech Forum in Kissimmee, FL, January 5-9, 2015. Montoya will be presented with his certificate, and Gomez-Farias will an encased medallion recognizing his achievement.

    AIAA Honorary Fellow Dr. Abe M. Zarem, founder and managing director of Frontier Associates established the Abe M. Zarem Distinguished Achievement award to annually recognize two graduate students, one in aeronautics and one in astronautics, who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in their fields and who are pursuing Master’s degrees.

    For more information on the Abe Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement, please contact Stephen Brock at 703.264.7536 or


    AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 35,000 individual members from 80 countries, and 100 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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