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    AIAA to Celebrate Achievements in Aerospace Sciences at its June Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exhibition

    May 13, 2016 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will celebrate technical achievements in aerospace sciences during a 12:30 p.m. luncheon on June 14, as part of the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AVIATION 2016), June 13–17, at the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.

    The honorees are:


    • Pieter Buning, an aerospace technologist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, will receive the 2016 AIAA Aerodynamics Award. The award recognizes Buning’s “exceptional leadership, innovation and expertise in the field of overset grip computational fluid dynamic methods and applications that are used internationally for wide-spread advancements in the aerodynamic design and development of air and space vehicles.”

    • Alan C. Eckbreth, management/engineering consultant, Glastonbury, Connecticut, will receive the 2016 AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award. The award recognizes Eckbreth’s “seminal contributions to the emerging field of laser diagnostics for combustion, especially for his work in coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy.”

    • Moshe Matalon, Caterpillar Distinguished Professor, mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, will receive the 2016 AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award. The award recognizes Matalon’s “contributions to the development of combustion theory, for revolutionizing understanding of chemically reacting flows, and for work on the hydrodynamic theory of premixed flames.”

    • Zonglin Jiang, professor, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, will receive the 2016 AIAA Ground Testing Award. The award recognizes Jiang’s “skillful leadership in conceiving, developing and successfully commissioning the world’s largest shock tunnel capable of true hypersonic flight simulation.”

    • William L. Smith, professor emeritus and senior scientist, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, and distinguished professor, atmospheric and planetary sciences, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, will receive the 2016 AIAA Losey Atmospheric Sciences Award. The award recognizes Smith’s “visionary and pioneering ultraspectral resolution sounding techniques used for current and future polar satellite advanced infrared sounding systems for improved weather forecasting.”

    • Eric J. Jumper, Roth-Gibson Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, will receive the 2016 AIAA Plasmadynamics & Lasers Award. The award recognizes Jumper’s “major contributions in the fields of aero-optics, chemical lasers, and laser supported detonation, and for the mentoring of young engineers and scientists.”

    • George Cunnington, CEO, Cunnington and Associates, Palo Alto, California, will receive the 2016 AIAA Thermophysics Award. The award recognizes Cunnington’s “lifelong contributions to the development of thermal protection systems, multi-layer cryogenic insulation systems, and radiative heat transfer analysis techniques.


    In addition, certificates of merit for best papers will be presented.

    For more information about these awards, or about the AIAA Honors and Awards Program, please contact Carol Stewart at or at 703.264.7538. For more information on AIAA AVIATION 2016, please contact Duane Hyland at or at 703.264.7558.


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