Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Program Management Open for Nominations 1 July 2020 1 October 2020

The Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Program Management was approved by the AIAA Board of Directors in 1997 and was named in honor of General Henry “Hap” Arnold, a life-long devotee to the concept of air power and Chief of the Army Air Corps in 1938. The award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in the management of a significant aeronautical or aeronautical related program or project. this annual award is presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline 1 October

Award Recipients

2019

  • Dr Charles J Cross
    US Air Force
    Awarded
    Award: 2019 Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Program Management
    AIAA Citation: For exemplary management and technical leadership of the Versatile Affordable Advance Turbine Engines (VAATE) Program to advance turbine engine technology through focused research and development.

2018

  • Jeffrey A Babione
    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
    Awarded
    Award: 2018 Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Program Management
    AIAA Citation: For exemplary leadership and program management contributions to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics F-16, F-22, and F-35 programs.

2017

  • Col (AF) Robert Arbach
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding vision, development, leadership and execution of technology programs for the advancement of U.S. military aerospace systems.

2016

  • Mr. Paul R Adams
    Pratt & Whitney
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For exceptional program management and leadership in the engineering, development, and production of game-changing technological products, including Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan ™ engine.

2014

  • Dr Steven H Walker
    DARPA
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding and distinguished leadership and management of the Air Force science and technology and acquisition at the Pentagon.

2012

  • Mr Ralph Heath
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For leadership and program management in the transition of the USAF F-22 Raptor from development to production.

2011

  • Vincent Capezzuto
    Federal Aviation Association
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For innovative leadership that delivered the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) System, an enabling technology for the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

2010

  • Dr Michael B Leahy
    Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the development of unmanned combat air vehicles and leadership in Air Force technology development and investment planning processes.

2009

  • Dr Larry A Burns
    Universal Technology Corporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For leadership and management of the national Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) Program to advance turbine engine technology through focused research and development.

2008

  • Dr Michael S Francis
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the advancement of aeronautics and unmanned aerospace systems.

2007

  • Mr. Lowell C Keel
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For leadership and management contributions to the NASA Hyper-X Program while acting as the Program Manager for the X-43A prime contractor.

2005

  • Mr Michael D Trotsky
    Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For extraordinary leadership of and engineering contributions to hit-to-kill missile systems while leading the PAC-3 missile development team.

2004

  • Mr. Patrick C Waddick
    Cirrus Design
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: Mr. Waddick developed an engineering team, led a new general aviation project through successful FAA Type Certification, and now supports two aircraft per day production in a start-up company

2003

  • Mr David J Bernstorf
    BCX Consulting, LLC
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: Exceptional leadership and technical management of the development, design, and certification of the all-new, entry-level business jet, the Premier 1

2002

  • Dr Paul D Nielsen
    Software Engineering Institute
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the restructuring of the Milstar satellite program, for an exemplary as Director of Plans for NORAD, and for visionary leadership of the Air Force Research Laboratory in these demanding times

2001

  • Preston A Henne
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For Outstanding Contributions in the Management of the Gulfstream V Aircraft Program which brought to market, as planned, the world’s first ultra-long range business jet

1998

  • Mr. Michael M Sears
    The Boeing Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of bold and innovative management initiatives which have yielded success stories in strategic aeronautical programs, including the F-22, C-17, and JDAM

1997

  • Mrs. Darleen A Druyun
    The Boeing Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisitions)/1997