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    AIAA to Present Awards at its Propulsion and Energy Forum
    Awards Honor Achievements in Propulsion and Power Technology Development and Engineering Excellence

    July 14, 2015 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present six awards at a 12:30 p.m. luncheon on July 29, held as part of the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition 2015 (AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2015), July 27–29, at the Hilton Orlando, Florida.

    The honorees are:

    • Theodore G. Stern, director, solar power solutions, Alliance Spacesystems, LLC, El Cajon, California, will receive the AIAA 2015 Aerospace Power Systems Award. The award recognizes Stern “for over 30 years of developing advanced photovoltaic power systems for spacecraft; for providing exceptional leadership and innovation in the aerospace power community; and for significant contributions to AIAA and AIAA professional education.”

    • Jan C. Schilling, chief engineer, advanced products, GE Aviation, Cincinnati, Ohio, will receive the AIAA 2015 Air Breathing Propulsion Award. The award recognizes Schilling’s “innovations in gas turbine engine design and safety, especially in composite fan blading, low NOx combustion and high pressure ration compressor airfoils.”

    • Tom I-Ping Shih, professor, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, will receive the AIAA 2015 Energy Systems Award. The award recognizes Shih’s “outstanding contributions to computational tool development and improvement for use in design, analysis and examination of complex engineering problems involving aerodynamics, propulsion, and energy.”

    • William J. Emrich, senior engineer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, will receive the AIAA 2015 Engineer of the Year Award. The award recognizes Emrich “for conceiving, designing, and bringing to operational status the megawatt-class Nuclear Thermal Rocket Element Environment Simulator.”

    • Mitchell Smooke, Strathcona Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science & Applied Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, will receive the AIAA 2015 Propellants and Combustion Award. The award recognizes Smooke’s “fundamental and substantive contributions to combustion and propellant science and the advancement of numerical combustion.”

    • R. Carl Stechman, consultant, chief scientist at the Marquardt Company, and chief engineer and technical principal at Aerojet (retired), will receive the AIAA 2015 Wyld Propulsion Award. The award recognizes Stechman “for over 50 years of development and integration of storable rocket engines into Space Systems from Apollo, to the Space Shuttle, to Orion.”

    Authors of Best Papers will receive certificates of merit at the luncheon.

    For more information about the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7538.



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