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    Christopher T. Lyne Wins 2016 AIAA Foundation Abe M. Zarem Award For
    Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics

    Winner is From Vanderbilt University

    August 18, 2016 – Reston, Va. – Christopher T. Lyne from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, has won the 2016 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics.

    The award honors Lyne for his paper “Design and Test of a 10N Hydrogen-Peroxide Monopropellant Thruster.” He has been invited to present his paper at the 67th International Astronautical Congress, September 26–30, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    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. Amrutur V. Anilkumar, professor of practice of aerospace engineering and professor of practice of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, will receive a certificate of recognition for his work with Lyne.

    “AIAA congratulates Christopher T. Lyne on his selection as the winner of this year’s Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics,” said Sandra Magnus, AIAA executive director. “Graduate students form the backbone of our community’s future, and we should always take time to reward their excellent work. Students excel when supported by excellent teachers and mentors so I also would like to congratulate Amrutur V. Anilkumar for guiding and encouraging Lyne’s efforts. The Zarem award is an annual reminder that all of us influence, guide and teach each other as we keep shaping the future of aerospace.”

    AIAA will also honor Lyne and Anilkumar during an awards luncheon at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2017, January 9–13, at the Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, Texas.

    “To me, this award isn’t just for writing a nice paper, but is for all the enthusiasm and hard work I’ve put into my studies up to this point,” said Lyne. “I’ve been very lucky to have the support of excellent mentors and educators along the way, who encouraged me to pursue challenging opportunities both academically and professionally. This award gives me a great head start on my career, it opens doors by introducing me to industry professionals and gives me recognition and visibility in the aerospace community. Although winning this award is a big step for me, it is one of the first steps I plan to take on a long and rewarding career in aerospace.”

    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 scholarship in their field and who are pursuing Master’s degrees.

    For more information on the Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics, please contact Felicia Livingston at or 703.264.7502.

    About the AIAA Foundation

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