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    December 7, 2011 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that the following lectures will be presented during the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, taking place January 9–12, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn.

    • The AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Research will be presented on Monday, January 9, at 5:30 p.m., by William C. Schneider, visiting professor, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, senior engineer, NASA Johnson Space Flight Center, Houston, Texas (retired), and consultant, Bigelow Aerospace. The title of the lecture will be “Space Hardware Design – 50 Years of Unique Lessons Learned.” The Dryden Lectureship in Research emphasizes the great importance of basic research to the advancement in aeronautics and astronautics, and salutes research scientists and engineers.

    • The AIAA/SAE William Littlewood Memorial Lecture will be presented on Tuesday, January 10, at 5:30 p.m., by John-Paul Clarke, associate professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial Design and Systems Engineering, and director, Air Transportation Laboratory, George Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga. The title of the lecture will be: “Next/Gen? Now Gen? What Should We Be Doing Now to Achieve a Pragmatic Yet Revolutionary Next Generation Air Transportation System.” The William Littlewood Memorial Lecture honors an individual who has made contributions to the field of civil air transportation that are of current interest and major importance.

    • The AIAA von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics will be presented on Wednesday, January 11, at 5:30 p.m., by William H. Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. The title of the lecture will be: “Global Outpost in Space: A Platform for Discovery … The International Space Station.” The von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics honors an individual who has performed notably and distinguished themselves technically in the field of astronautics.

    For more information on any of these distinguished lectures, or on the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7623.



    AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit


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