Public Service Award Open for Nominations 1 July 2021 1 October 2021

The Public Service Award honors a person who has demonstrated sustained and visible support for aviation and space goals. Nominees may or may not be members of AIAA and should be widely known outside of the aerospace community, should present a positive public image, should support and advocate for the aerospace industry through consistent and visible support of aeronautics and/or astronautics research and development, should demonstrate unhesitant willingness to be identified with aerospace programs/supporters, and should have no personal vested interest in advocacy. Because of the unique nature of this annual award, it is generally presented at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.  Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Award Recipients

2020

  • Steve T Knight
    Awarded
    Award: 2020 AIAA Public Service Award
    AIAA Citation: For Sustained National Leadership and Unmatched Support as a Champion of the Aerospace Industry and its workforce

2019

  • Ms Pamela A Melroy
    Melroy & Hollett Technology Partners, LLC
    Awarded
    Award: For excellence in public service to the aerospace community in the United States and world through military and civilian service, spaceflight, engineering, and research excellence.
    AIAA Citation: For excellence in public service to the aerospace community in the United States and world through military and civilian service, spaceflight, engineering, and research excellence.

2018

  • Dr George C Nield
    Commercial Space Technologies, LLC
    Awarded
    Award: “For his dedicated service to our nation’s space programs, and his ongoing efforts to encourage, facilitate, and promote commercial space transportation.”
    AIAA Citation: “For his dedicated service to our nation’s space programs, and his ongoing efforts to encourage, facilitate, and promote commercial space transportation.”

2017

  • Maj Gen Charles Bolden
    NASA Headquarters
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding service and leadership to our nation’s space program, advancing its economic competitiveness and ensuring the nation’s security.

2016

  • Kay Ivey
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For public service as a distinguished leader and stalwart supporter of the aerospace industry and profession in Alabama and throughout the nation.
  • Mr Mark J Ramsey
    NewSat
    Awarded

2015

  • Ralph M Hall
    United States House of Representatives
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding service and leadership to the U.S. space program, advancing its economic competitiveness and ensuring the nation’s security

2014

  • Dr Kathie L Olsen
    ScienceWorks
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: “For a lifetime of personal and professional commitment to the advancement of science in aerospace and biological fields, and for inspiring the next generation of scientists around the globe.”

2013

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For exceptional contributions promoting the public consciousness of aerospace’s societal benefits and dynamic advocacy for aerospace education and research, space exploration, and U. S. aerospace preeminence.

2011

  • Dr Richard R John
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For excellence in national leadership and lifelong contributions to the nation's aviation and aerospace enterprise.

2010

  • Mr Miles O'Brien
    Miles O'Brien Productions, LLC
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the most respected coverage of aviation and space as aerospace’s most visible ambassador and champion - engaging and inspiring an entire generation of space enthusiasts.

2009

  • Dr Duncan Copp
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For stimulating public interest in science and technology, specifically in space exploration, through a dedicated career focusing upon the achievements and wonderment of man’s space exploration

2008

  • Ms. Amanda Wright Lane
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the aeronautics industry on national and international levels, and for dedicated efforts to preserve aviation history through education and outreach.

2007

  • CongM David L. Hobson
    United States Congress
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions and service to the aerospace industry and community.

2005

  • ADM Harold W Gehman
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For your lifetime commitment to public service and for your work as Chairman of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

2004

  • HON Robert S Walker
    The Wexler & Walker Public Policy
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of longstanding leadership and support of space, science, technology and energy issues during a distinguished career as a Congressman and Presidential Advisor

2003

  • Dr Eilene M Galloway
    Intl Inst of Space Law
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For her instrumental role in formiulating space legistation and guiding its implementation for over four decades.

2002

  • Wayne Curtis "Curt" Welden
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In honor of your leadership and dedication to advancing our nation’s superior armed services capabilities

2001

  • James F Sensenbrenner
    United States House of Representatives
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding leadership in the interest of science and its applications and for years of service, devotion and loyalty to objectives of the aerospace industry.

1999

  • John Holliman
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of distinguished service for the civil space program and for providing inspiration to the public on the benefits of space exploration

1998

  • Barbara A Mikulski
    United States House of Representatives
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of distinguished service for the civil space program and for providing inspiration to the public on the benefits of space exploration

1997

  • Dr Michael DeBakey
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of the application of space-based research and technologies to trailblazing work in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and untiring efforts to educate the public and their elected representatives about the medical benefits derived from America’s space program

1996

  • Norman Y Mineta
    Department of Transportation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of 20 years of effective supportive involvement in shaping aerospace technology programs as Chairman of the Public Works and Transportation Committee and Member of the House Science and Technology Committee

1995

  • George E Brown
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For three decades of consistent and enthusiastic leadership providing support for and promoting advances in the civil space program of the United States.

1994

  • Gerald L Baliles
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For exceptional performance in seeking air transportation policy solutions while educating a broad audience on the role of the aviation industry in maintaining the nation’s economic vitality

1993

  • Hugh Downs
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of the enduring contributions to the United States space and aeronautics programs through his personal participation and effective use of the news media

1992

  • Edwin Jacob "Jake" Garn
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of long term service to the United States of America as a dynamic advocate of the United States space program.

1991

  • Douglas S Morrow
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For extraordinary enthusiasm and energy in support of the civil space program, particularly his highly imaginative public service advertising campaign Space Technology--This is What''s In It For You, which describes the benefits of space technology to the nation

1990

  • Walter Cronkite
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of over 30 years of informative and eloquent reporting on the nation's space program - from Projects Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab through the first flights of the Space Shuttle.

1989

  • Dr June V Scobee Rodgers
    Challenger Center
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions and dedication to the education of America's youth, teachers and the public on space, science and technology and their benefits to the nation and its future.

1988

  • Barry M Goldwater
    United States Senate
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of over 30 years of distinguished public service as an articulate spokesman for American aviation and space in the US Congress and throughout the world

1987

  • T Wendell Butler
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For inspired leadership in the founding and growth of the Young Astronaut program, which now encompasses over 7000 chapters and 300,000 members. The AIAA also recognizes Dr. Butler and his staff''s fine efforts to minimize our school children''s trauma following the Challenger accident.

1986

  • Gene Roddenberry
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his continued enthusiastic support of the nation's space goals and for popularizing futuristic aerospace concepts through his "Star Trek" series.