2020 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala (Cancelled) 17 July 2020 Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

The 2020 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala has been cancelled due to safety concerns from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 honorees will be recognized in-person in 2021. If you have purchased a table, sponsorship, or individual ticket for the 17 July 2020 event, those purchases will be fully refunded. The 19 May 2021 event will be a unique evening of recognition for both the Class of 2020 and 2021 AIAA Fellows, Honorary Fellows, and award winners. AIAA looks forward to honoring our members’ ingenuity and achievements.

For updates on the 2021 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, to be held on 19 May 2021, please reference that event's webpage.


We recognize and honor the Class of 2020 AIAA Fellows, Honorary Fellows, and award winners in the following categories:

  • 2020: AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award – Robert D. Cabana, NASA Kennedy Space Center
  • 2020: AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award – Alan C. Brown, Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired)
  • 2020: Guggenheim Medal – Sheila E. Widnall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2020: AIAA Distinguished Service Award – L. Jane Hansen, HRP Systems
  • 2020: AIAA International Cooperation Award – Jaiwon Shin, NASA Headquarters (retired), and Joachim
    Szodruch, Hamburg Aviation; IFAR, for the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR)  
  • 2020: AIAA Public Service Award – Steve T. Knight, Former U.S. Congressman
  • 2020: AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award – Patrick Neumann, Neumann Space
  • 2020: AIAA Engineer of the Year – Andrew Klesh, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • 2020: AIAA Educator Achievement Award – Elizabeth L. Bero, Horizon Elementary School, Madison, Alabama; Beth Leavitt, Wade Hampton High School, Greenville, South Carolina; Scott McComb, Raisbeck Aviation High School, Seattle, Washington
Reserve Your Table

Already interested in purchasing a table of 10 seats for the 2021 event?
Contact our team today:  Chris SemonPaul doCarmo or Vickie Singer

Reserve Your Individual Tickets

Registration to order Individual Tickets will open in January 2021. For any questions please contact AIAA Customer Service: 800.639.2422 (U.S. Based) or 703.264.7500 (International) or via email.


Welcome Reception: 1800 hrs* 
Dinner and Awards: 1915 hrs* 
Congratulatory Reception: 2130 hrs*
Attire: Black Tie or Mess Dress

*Times may be subject to slight change


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