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    Ayodeji T. Bode-Oke Wins AIAA 2015 Zarem Award For Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics
    Winner is from the University of Virginia

    August 20, 2015 – Reston, Va. –Ayodeji T. Bode-Oke from the University of Virginia (UVA), Charlottesville, Virginia, has won the 2015 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics.

    The award honors Bode-Oke for his paper: “Optimized Body Deformation in Dragonfly Maneuvers.” He has been invited to present his paper at the 30th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, September 25–30, 2016, in Daejeon, South Korea.

    The Zarem award also recognizes the faculty advisor of the award winner, reflecting Dr. Zarem’s belief that the guidance of faculty members is fundamental to the success of student research. Haibo Dong, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UVA, will receive a certificate of recognition for his work with Bode-Oke.

    “AIAA congratulates Ayodeji T. Bode-Oke on his selection as the winner of this year’s Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics,” said Sandy Magnus, president of the AIAA Foundation and AIAA executive director. “Graduate students are the future of the research community and will continue to advance the state of the art. The Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement highlights and fosters the work of these outstanding emerging scientists and engineers. Additionally, behind every strong student is a strong teacher, and as such, I congratulate Dr. Haibo Dong for his mentoring of Bode-Oke. Each year, the Abe Zarem Award reminds us that every member of our community is invested in working together to shape the future of aerospace.”

    AIAA also will recognize Bode-Oke and Dong during an awards luncheon at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, January 4–8, 2016, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California.

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

    For more information on the Abe Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics, please contact Rachel Dowdy at or 703.264.7577.



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