Abe Zarem Graduate Award For Distinguished Achievement-Astronautics Open for Nominations 1 October 2021 31 January 2022

The Zarem Graduate Student Awards have been established by AIAA and Dr. Abe Zarem as a means for students pursuing advanced degrees (master’s level candidates) in aeronautics and astronautics to showcase their talent and work. It is hoped that these awards will not only identify talented students, but also motivate/encourage more students to seek advanced degrees in these areas and thus start to fill a void that has worried educators for many years. PhD students are not eligible for this award.

Any masters student who would like to be considered for the award should submit their paper online via the AIAA Awards submission form. The Abe M. Zarem Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement Selection Committee has updated criteria for selecting masters student awardees. Student applications for the Abe Zarem Award are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Submission of a research paper in AIAA Format, not to exceed 11 pages, covering a research topic in either aeronautics or astronautics
  • A letter from the student’s faculty advisor or research supervisor supporting their entry into the Abe M. Zarem Award Program
  • A research plan, not to exceed 3 pages, double-spaced and in Times New Roman 10-point font describing how the student plans to continue their research, and how receiving this award will help them achieve these goals. The 3-page requirement is inclusive of references, facts, tables, and figures.

Student Winners receive the following benefits:

  • Astronautics winners will receive a funded trip to present their research at the upcoming International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
  • Aeronautics winners will receive a funded trip to present their research at the upcoming International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) every other year.
  • Both winners will receive a funded trip to accept their awards at the upcoming AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition
  • A medal engraved with the winner’s name
  • A $500 award for the winner’s faculty advisor
  • A feature in AIAA publications
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Meet Ken M. Mitchell, 2018 Award Recipient–Astronautics

Ken-Mitchell-200“I was born and raised in Memphis by two hearing impaired parents, learning English sign language as my first language, which I attribute to most of my intellectual growth. I knew I wanted to be a mechanical engineer right out of high school stemming from a childhood of tinkering with small engines and a variety of other mechanical equipment.”

Ken M. Mitchell

Award Recipients

2020

  • Mr Aaron Afriat
    NA
    Awarded
    Award: Atmospheric Breathing Solid-Fuel Ramjet for Martian Descent Missions
  • Mr Sandeep Baskar
    Dynetics, A Leidos Company
    Awarded
    Award: Atmospheric Breathing Solid-Fuel Ramjet for Martian Descent Missions

2019

  • Johnie Sublett
    Awarded
    Award: Design and Testing of a Fault-tolerant Space Suit

2018

  • Ken M Mitchell
    Awarded
    Award: Thermal Conductivity and Specific Heat Measurements of an RTV-655/Polyimide Aerogel Compound at 77K and 298K
    AIAA Citation: Thermal Conductivity and Specific Heat Measurements of an RTV-655/Polyimide Aerogel Compound at 77K and 298K

2017

  • Langston L Williams
    Awarded
    Award: Abe Zarem Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement - Astronautics
    AIAA Citation: Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement-Astronautics

2012

  • Mr Charles Haddad
    Awarded

2011

  • Mr Kyle A Godin
    Awarded

2010

  • Mr Michael A Jonell
    Awarded

2009

  • Adam L Cowling
    NASA Langley Research Center
    Awarded

2008

  • Laurren Kanner
    University of Colorado Boulder
    Awarded

2007

  • Phillip M Cunio
    Massachusettes Institute of Technology
    Awarded

2006

  • Frederick A Leve
    University of Florida
    Awarded

2005

  • Shawn C Taylor
    NASA Glenn Research Center
    Awarded

2004

  • Christopher W Brunner
    Orbital ATK
    Awarded

2003

  • Mr. Brian P Anderson
    Awarded

2002

  • Mrs Krystal M ParkerMeyer
    Lockheed Martin
    Awarded

2001

  • Mr Rodrigo R Da Costa
    Astrium, an EADS Company
    Awarded

2000

  • Ms. Kristin D Culler
    Awarded

1999

  • Dr Jeff G Marchetta
    University of Memphis
    Awarded

1998

  • Dr Robert T Bocchieri
    Applied Research Associates, Inc.
    Awarded

1997

  • Mr. Paolo Cataldi
    Raytheon Company
    Awarded

1996

  • Mr. Paul D Merritt
    Awarded

1995

  • Mr Eric M Flint
    Mevicon Inc
    Awarded

1994

  • Dr Matthew R Jardin
    Blue Origin LLC
    Awarded

1992

  • Mr. Ronald A Rosner
    Awarded