Dr. John C. Ruth Digital Avionics Award Open for Nominations 1 October 2019 1 February 2020

The Digital Avionics Award was renamed in 2007 to honor Dr. John C. Ruth who founded the Digital Avionics Technical Committee and also served as Chair of the 4th Digital Avionics Conference in 1981. The award is presented to recognize outstanding achievement in technical management and/or implementation of digital avionics in space or aeronautical systems, including system analysis, design, development or application, and is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) at the Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC). The next award will be made in 2019. Nomination Deadline: 1 February

Award Recipients

2017

  • John Moore
    Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Awarded
    Award: For pioneering work to develop enabling technologies for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and the standards to adopt them into the National Air Space.
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering work to develop enabling technologies for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and the standards to adopt them into the National Air Space.

2015

  • Mr. Rafael D Apaza
    NASA Glenn Research Center
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the conception, formulations and development of the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System (AeroMACS), the world’s first standardized wireless communication system for airport critical operations use.

2013

  • Dr Albert D Helfrick
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant contributions to the avionics field through outstanding educational endeavors, publications, research and development as well as services.

2011

  • Prof Frank Van Graas
    Ohio University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding lifetime achievement in the area of GPS navigation.

2009

  • Mr. Christopher Moody
    MITRE Corporation
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the invention, prototyping, initial implementation, standardization, and gaining user acceptance of the Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) and the UAT Beacon Radio (UBR)
  • Doyle T Peed
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the invention, prototyping, initial implementation, standardization, and gaining user acceptance of the Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) and the UAT Beacon Radio (UBR)
  • Robert C Strain
    The MITRE Corporation
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the invention, prototyping, initial implementation, standardization, and gaining user acceptance of the Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) and the UAT Beacon Radio (UBR)
  • Warren J Wilson
    The MITRE Corporation
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For the invention, prototyping, initial implementation, standardization, and gaining user acceptance of the Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) and the UAT Beacon Radio.

2007

  • Dr Andrew D Zeitlin
    The MITRE Corporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For your seminal role in the definition and deployment of the extremely critical algorithms that are the cornerstone of the internationally deployed Aircraft Collision Avoidance System (ACAS).

2005

  • Dr David E Corman
    The Boeing Company Phantom Works
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For excellence in technical knowledge and accomplishments, leadership, professional involvement, and innovation in digital avionics system development and technologies.

2003

  • Mr. Reginald D Varga
    Boeing
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding achievements in technical management and the implementation of digital avionics in space or aeronautical systems.

2001

  • James E Dieudonne
    Awarded

1999

  • Dr John C Ruth
    The Boeing Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For leadership and technical contributions to the development of widely used avionics standards and advanced architectures, and innovations in implementing new development processes to align with DOD’s performance based acquisition policy.

1997

  • Tom Smith
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of the outstanding leadership and contributions in the management and technical aspects of digital systems and software for airborne weapon systems.

1995

  • Mr. Henry J Dhuyvetter
    McDonnell Douglas Corporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of engineering contributions and leadership in the advancement and integration of avionics system technologies in launch systems, establishing new standards of operational efficiency.

1994

  • Mr. Cary R Spitzer
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of digital avionics throughout a career as a NASA engineer, an industry visionary and educator, and technical advocate

1992

  • Dr John M Borky
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of outstanding achievement in formation and leadership of the Joint Integrated Avionics Working Group which has been instrumental in establishing digital avionics standards for next generation aircraft

1986

  • Dr Kenneth J Cox
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of his commendable technical and management initiatives to advance the application of Digital Avionics into the manned space program.

1984

  • Robert E. McDonald
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For leading the combined Project Engineering and Staff Task Force that directed the specification, design, development, test and certification of the 757/767 digital avionics subsystems
  • Mr. Richard A Peal
    Boeing Co
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For leading the combined Project Engineering and Staff Task Force that directed the specification, design, development, test and certification of the 757/767 digital avionics subsystems
  • Richard E Spardin
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For leading the combined Project Engineering and Staff Task Force that directed the specification, design, development, test and certification of the 757/767 digital avionics subsystems
  • Mr. Peter L Sutcliffe
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For leading the combined Project Engineering and Staff Task Force that directed the specification, design, development, test and certification of the 757/767 digital avionics subsystems