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    AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala to Confer Top Honors
    Black Tie Event Honors Aerospace's Best and Brightest

    February 3, 2015 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced the 2015 recipients of its most prestigious awards. Presentation of these awards and the recognition of the Institute’s newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows, will take place on 6 May at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, D.C.

    The AIAA Spotlight Awards Gala is an annual black-tie event, recognizing the most influential and inspiring individuals in aerospace, whose outstanding contributions merit the highest accolades.

    The honorees are:

    • AIAA/ASME/AHS/SAE Daniel Guggenheim Medal: Alan Mulally, executive vice president, The Boeing Company (retired)

    • AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award: Jean-Jacques Dordain, European Space Agency

    • AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award: Ramesh Agarwal, Washington University at St. Louis

    • AIAA International Cooperation Award: Russell M. Cummings, U.S. Air Force Academy and Andreas Schuette, Deutschen Zentrums für Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR German Aerospace Center)

    • AIAA Distinguished Service Award: Roy Harris, NASA Langley Research Center (retired)

    • AIAA Public Service Award: The Honorable Ralph Hall, U.S. House of Representatives (retired)

    • AIAA Foundation Award of Excellence: X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Team

    • AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Awards: Mohamad Barbarji, West Point High School, West Point, Virginia; Gary Garber, Boston University Academy, Boston, Massachusetts; Kaci Heins, Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, Arizona; Heather Stewart, Paxton School, Paxton, Florida; and Paul Wiedorn, Wilde Lake High School, Columbia, Maryland

    • AIAA National Capital Section Barry Goldwater Educator Award: Christopher Scolese, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    “The awards presented at the AIAA Spotlight Awards Gala are among the highest honors in aerospace, and recognize significant contributions to the world of flight,” said AIAA President Jim Albaugh. “They remind us that our industry is more than mechanical systems, but rather that each innovation is driven by people united for the purpose of ever improving the engineering and science of aerospace – be it in the air or in the heavens. AIAA congratulates each of the honorees and thanks them for their dedication to shaping the future and for transforming our world through their unique contributions.”

    For more information on the Aerospace Spotlight Award recipients, please contact Carol Stewart at 703.264.7623 or

    To purchase tables and/or individual seats at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala please visit, or contact Tobey Jackson at 703.264.7570 or



    About AIAA
    AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 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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