Elmer A. Sperry Award

The Elmer Sperry Award recognizes distinguished engineering contributions that, through application proved in actual service, have advanced the art of transportation whether by land, sea or air. This award was established in 1955 by Dr. Sperry's son and daughter and is administered by the Elmer Sperry Board of Award (co-sponsored by AIAA, IEEE, ASME, SNAME, SAE, and ASCE). It honors Elmer A. Sperry who was renowned for his navigational tyroscope and who coined the word, "Automotive." The nomination form and guidelines can be found at http://sperryaward.org/Default.htm

Award Recipients

2006

  • Dr Antony Jameson
    Stanford University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of seminal work and continuing contributions to aviation through the development of innovative and efficient computational aerodynamic design codees and their application to the designs of aircraft.

1996

  • Dr Richard H MacNeal
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: in recognition of the development and mechanization of NASA Structural Analysis (NASTRAN) for widespread utilization as a working tool for finite element computation

1994

  • Russell G Alther
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: for the conception, design, and development of a slackfree connector for articulated railroad freight cars

1993

  • Jurgen Gerstenmeier
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their conception, design and development of the Antilock Braking System for application in motor vehicles
  • Wolf-Dieter Jonner
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their conception, design and development of the Antilock Braking System for application in motor vehicles
  • Heinz Lieber
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their conception, design and development of the Antilock Braking System for application in motor vehicles

1992

  • Daniel Ludwig
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design, development and construction of the modern supertanker

1991

  • Malcolm P McLean
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: The developer of containerization for cargo transportation

1990

  • Richard B Hanrahan
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For conception design, development and delivery of the FAA enroute air traffic control system
  • John F Keeley
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For conception design, development and delivery of the FAA enroute air traffic control system
  • James Mollenaurer
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For conception design, development and delivery of the FAA enroute air traffic control system

1989

  • Harold E Froehlich
    CI International
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the invention, development and deployment of the deep-diving submarine, Alvin

1988

  • J A Piers
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his pioneering work and technical achievements that led to the establishment of the OMEGA Navigation System the world’s first ground-based global navigation system

1987

  • Harry R Wetenkamp
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: for his contributions toward the development and application of curved plate railroad wheel designs

1986

  • Mr. George W Jeffs
    Rockwell Int'l Corp
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant personal and technical contributions to the concept and achievement of a reusable Space Transportation System
  • Dr William R Lucas
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant personal and technical contributions to the concept and achievement of a reusable Space Transportation System
  • Dr George E Mueller
    Kistler Aerospace Corporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant personal and technical contributions to the concept and achievement of a reusable Space Transportation System
  • George F Page
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant personal and technical contributions to the concept and achievement of a reusable Space Transportation System

1985

  • George H Plude
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the inclusion of numerous innovative design concepts and unusual method of construction of the first 1,000-foot self-unloading Great Lakes vessel, the M/V Stewart J. Cort
  • Richard K Quinn
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the inclusion of numerous innovative design concepts and unusual method of construction of the first 1,000-foot self-unloading Great Lakes vessel, the M/V Stewart J. Cort
  • Carlton R Tripp
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the inclusion of numerous innovative design concepts and unusual method of construction of the first 1,000-foot self-unloading Great Lakes vessel, the M/V Stewart J. Cort

1984

  • Lawrence V Killpatrick
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the conception of the principles and development of ring laser gyroscopic system incorporated in a new series of commercial jet liners and other vehicles
  • Warren M Macek
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the conception of the principles and development of ring laser gyroscopic system incorporated in a new series of commercial jet liners and other vehicles
  • Theodore J Podgorski
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the conception of the principles and development of ring laser gyroscopic system incorporated in a new series of commercial jet liners and other vehicles

1983

  • Stanley G Hooker
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: Commemorating their outstanding international contributions to the successful introduction and subsequent safe service of commercial spersonic aircraft exemplified by the Concorde
  • Sir Archibald E Russell
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: Commemorating their outstanding international contributions to the successful introduction and subsequent safe service of commercial spersonic aircraft exemplified by the Concorde
  • M Andre Turcatzi
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: Commemorating their outstanding international contributions to the successful introduction and subsequent safe service of commercial spersonic aircraft exemplified by the Concorde
  • Henri Ziegler
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: Commemorating their outstanding international contributions to the successful introduction and subsequent safe service of commercial spersonic aircraft exemplified by the Concorde

1982

  • Jorg Brenneisen
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their contributions to the development and application of solid state adjustable frequency induction motor transmission to diesel and electric motor locomotives in heavy freight and passenger service
  • Ehrhard Futterlieb
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their contributions to the development and application of solid state adjustable frequency induction motor transmission to diesel and electric motor locomotives in heavy freight and passenger service
  • Joachim Korber
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their contributions to the development and application of solid state adjustable frequency induction motor transmission to diesel and electric motor locomotives in heavy freight and passenger service
  • Edmund Muller
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their contributions to the development and application of solid state adjustable frequency induction motor transmission to diesel and electric motor locomotives in heavy freight and passenger service
  • G Reiner Nill
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their contributions to the development and application of solid state adjustable frequency induction motor transmission to diesel and electric motor locomotives in heavy freight and passenger service

1981

  • Edward J Wasp
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his contributions toward the development and application of long distance pipeline slurry transport of coal and other finely divided solid materials

1980

  • Malcolm T Stamper
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their leadership in the development, successful introduction and acceptance of wide-body jet aircraft for commercial service
  • Mr. Joseph F Sutter
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: for their leadership in the development, successful introduction and acceptance of wide¬body jet aircraft for commercial service.

1979

  • Leslie J Clark
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his contributions to the conceptualization and initial development of the sea transport of liquefied natural gas

1978

  • Roberts Puiseup
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the development of the radial tire

1977

  • Clifford L Eastberg
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the development, subsequent improvement, manufacture and appliction of tapered roller bearings for railroad and industrial uses
  • Hanley Unbach
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the development, subsequent improvement, manufacture and appliction of tapered roller bearings for railroad and industrial uses

1975

  • Jerome L Goldman
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For revolutionizing marine cargo transport through the design and development of barge carrying cargo vessels
  • Frank A Nemec
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For revolutionizing marine cargo transport through the design and development of barge carrying cargo vessels

1972

  • Leonard S Hobbs
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design and development of the JT-3 turbo jet engine
  • Perry W Pratt
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design and development of the JT-3 turbo jet engine

1971

  • Mr. George W Baughman
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For development of Centralized Traffic Control on railways
  • Sedwig N Wight
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For development of Centralized Traffic Control on railways

1970

  • Charles S Draper
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the successful application of intertial guidance systems to commercial air navigation

1969

  • Douglas C MacMillan
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design and construction of the N.S. Savannah, the first nuclear ship with reactor, to be operated for commercial purposes
  • M. Nielsen
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design and construction of the N.S. Savannah, the first nuclear ship with reactor, to be operated for commercial purposes
  • Edward L Teale Jr.
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design and construction of the N.S. Savannah, the first nuclear ship with reactor, to be operated for commercial purposes

1968

  • Christopher S Cockerell
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design, construction and application of a family of commercially useful Hovercraft
  • Richard Stanton-Jones
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design, construction and application of a family of commercially useful Hovercraft

1967

  • Stan DeHaven
    NASA-Langley Research Center
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their contribution to automotive occupant safety
  • Edward R Dye
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their contribution to automotive occupant safety
  • Marfred Schultz
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their contribution to automotive occupant safety
  • Herbert Stemmler
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their contribution to automotive occupant safety
  • Mr. Robert A Wolfe
    GenCorp
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For their contribution to automotive occupant safety

1966

  • Matsuataro Fujii
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design, development and construction of the New Tokaido Line with its many important advances in railroad transportation
  • Shigenari Oishi
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design, development and construction of the New Tokaido Line with its many important advances in railroad transportation
  • Hideo Shima
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the design, development and construction of the New Tokaido Line with its many important advances in railroad transportation

1965

  • Richard L Loesch Jr.
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the concept, design, development, production and practical application of the family of jet transports exemplified by the 707, 720 and 727
  • Maynard L Pennell
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the concept, design, development, production and practical application of the family of jet transports exemplified by the 707, 720 and 727
  • Richard L Rouzie
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the concept, design, development, production and practical application of the family of jet transports exemplified by the 707, 720 and 727

1964

  • Michael E Gluhareef
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the invention and development of the high-lift helicopter leading to the Skycrane
  • Igor I Sikorsky
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the invention and development of the high-lift helicopter leading to the Skycrane

1962

  • Lloyd J Hibbard
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For applying the ignitron rectifier to railroad motive power

1961

  • Robert G Letourneau
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For high speed, large capacity, earth moving equipment and giant size tires

1960

  • Frederick D Braddo
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the three-axis gyroscopic navigational reference

1959

  • Sir Geoffrey De Havilland
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the first jet-powered passenger aircraft and engines
  • Frank B Halford
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the first jet-powered passenger aircraft and engines

1958

  • Heinz Nordhoff
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For development of the Volkswagen automobile
  • Ferdidand Porsche
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For development of the Volkswagen automobile

1957

  • Richard M Dilworth
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For developing the diesel-electric locomotive
  • Harold L Hamilton
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For developing the diesel-electric locomotive
  • Eugene W Ketting
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For developing the diesel-electric locomotive

1956

  • Donald Douglas Jr.
    Awarded