Structures, Structural Dynamics, & Materials Award Open for Nominations 1 February 2021 1 July 2021

Established in 1967, the Structures, Structural Dynamics, & Materials Award is presented to an individual who has been responsible for an outstanding sustained technical or scientific contribution in aerospace structures, structural dynamics, or materials. It is not presented in the years that the Walter J. and Angeline H. Crichlow Trust Prize, AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes Award or Ashley Award for Aeroelasticity are presented. This biennial award (even numbered years) is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (SciTech). Nomination Deadline: 1 July

Award Recipients

2020

  • Dr Stephen P Engelstad
    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
    Awarded
    Award: For outstanding contributions as an industry leader in R&D and DOD applications of new aeronautics computational mechanics and composites structure/certification technologies.

2018

  • Prof Dewey H Hodges
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Awarded
    Award: For outstanding contributions to structures, structural dynamics, and aeroelasticity, including research advancements, publications, development of educational materials, and mentoring of future aerospace professionals
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to structures, structural dynamics, and aeroelasticity, including research advancements, publications, development of educational materials, and mentoring of future aerospace professionals

2016

  • Dr Anthony M Waas
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering contributions to the development of the innovative, experimentally validated, computational methods for progressive damage analysis of polymer and hot ceramic composite materials and structures.

2014

  • Dr Daniel J Inman
    University of Michigan
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions and innovative integration of smart materials into both air and space vehicles ranging from flexible satellites to morphing aircraft structures.

2010

  • Charbel Farhat
    Stanford University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering research in fluid-structure interaction and its application to critical aeroelastic and engineering problems.

2008

  • Dr Henry T Yang
    University of California Santa Barbara
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For sustained contributions to outstanding research, education and service in aerospace structures, structural dynamics and materials, and for pioneering work in shell finite elements, transonic flutter, structural dynamics and computational materials processing.

2006

  • Prof John Dugundji
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For seminal research contributions in aeroelasticity, aeroservoelasticity, nonlinear vibrations and composite structures of fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, turbomachinery as well as his distinguished service as inspirational aerospace educator.

2005

  • Prof Terry A Weisshaar
    Purdue University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For fundamental contributions to research and education in aeroelastic design, aeroelastic tailoring, and the application of smart advanced composites.

2004

  • Dr Kumar G Bhatia
    Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering contributions to automated aeroelastic design of large commercial aircraft,and for technical leadership in developing advanced aeroelastic/aeroservoelastic design procedures based on high fidelity modeling in an industrial setting

2002

  • Dr Inderjit Chopra
    University of Maryland
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For original contributions to rotary-wing aeromechanics, modeling of composite bearingless helicopter main rotors, and development of the smart rotor concept

2001

  • Dr Edward F Crawley
    Massachusettes Institute of Technology
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For seminal contributions to aeroelasticity, aeroservoelasticity and controlled space structures, and for pioneering contributions to smart structures that serve as the foundation for this new field

2000

  • Dr George S Springer
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering contributions in manufacturing, design, and service life of fiber reinforced composites; successful promotion of composites for industrial use; and exemplary leadership in aerospace education

1998

  • Dr Christos C Chamis
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For developing innovative computational simulation methods applicable to structural design of aerospace propulsion systems having assured life-cycle costs, quantifiable reliability and risk

1997

  • Dr Chin-Teh Sun
    Purdue University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of pioneering work in the area of impact and inelastic behavior of composite structures, including practical methodologies widely adopted by aerospace engineers.

1996

  • Prof Peretz P Friedmann
    University of Michigan
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding original contributions to aeroelasticity and structural dynamics, particularly as applied to the analysis and design optimization of helicopters

1994

  • Mr Robert S Ryan
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For leadership in understanding the control system-structural interactions of major launch vehicles and the development of structural margins and dynamic design data

1993

  • Mr. Thomas D Arthurs
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For leadership of the structural analysis, aeroelastic design and materials development for the unique B-2 airframe which represents a significant advance in applied aeronautical structural, structural dynamics, and materials technology

1992

  • Mr. Elbert L Rutan
    Scaled Composites LLC
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For innovative and outstanding contributions to the advancement of aerospace technologies, including the design, development and testing of light-weight, high performance composite structures materials

1991

  • Dr H. Norm Abramson
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding research contributions to structural dynamics and aeroelasticity, visionary leadership of major research programs and extraordinary service to the profession

1990

  • Dr Richard H Gallagher
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering contributions to the development of finite element methods with early emphasis on its use in aerospace structural design, and for his works in solid and fluid mechanics, structural dynamics and optimization

1989

  • Mr. Mike J Dubberly
    6250 Terrapin Dr
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions toward the structural development of current naval aircraft and his technical insight and leadership toward aircraft structures technology development

1988

  • Prof Satya N Atluri
    Texas Tech University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering and sustained contributions to fracture mechanics, materials evaluation, finite element and boundary element methods for linear and nonlinear analysis of aerospace structures, and his work on control of large space structures.

1987

  • Dr James W Mar
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For extraordinary contributions in research on structures, structural dynamics and structural materials; outstanding leadership in research and development in the Air Force, NASA and the aerospace industry; and notable accomplishment in engineering education

1986

  • Mr. Bryan R Noton
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For vital contributions to accelerating transfer of emerging technologies to cost-effective design and manufacture and for developing airframe cost-analysis methodologies responsible for significant savings throughout the defense industry

1985

  • Chintsun Hwang
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of broad and in-depth research work in many phases of aircraft and space structural dynamics and for his outstanding analytical and experimental work on aircraft active flutter suppression using adaptive algorithms

1984

  • Eric Reissner
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of fifty years of fundamental contributions to the aerospace community as a teacher and researcher in applied mathematics and mechanics of aircraft structures, and for the establishment of the Reissner variational principle

1983

  • Dr Leonard Meirovitch
    VPISU
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the literature of structural dynamics in both book and archival journal form--his influence on present and future generations of structural dynamicists has been pervasive and profound.

1982

  • John H Wykes
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant contributions to the investigation, design and development of active control technology to suppress or alleviate the deletreous effects of aeroelastic or dynamic response of large flexible aircraft

1981

  • Richard R Heldenfels
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to understanding of the behavior of structures and materials in the environment of high-speed flight, the development of facilities for elevated temperature testing, and for leading research and development of advanced composites for commercial aircraft application

1980

  • Prof Earl H Dowell
    Duke University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For increasing outstanding scientific contributions in aeroelasticity and structural dynamics which provide constant insights into the behavior of complex structural systems - a “universal man” in this field and an extraordinarily skillful teacher

1979

  • Prof Lucien A Schmit
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of pioneering contributions to the field of optimum structural design, and for making numerous and highly original contributions which have advanced the field of structural synthesis for an abstract concept to a practical tool

1978

  • Mr. Warren A Stauffer
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For effective resolution of issues affecting requirements for structural fatigue evaluation of aircraft at the 1977 FAA Regulatory Review Conference

1977

  • Walter J Mykytow
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to safety of flight by dedicated technical leadership in prediction and prevention of aeroelastic problems in military aircraft.

1976

  • Mr. Charles F Tiffany
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For original, definitive, and continuous research leading to the application of fracture mechanics in the design of military aircraft

1975

  • Prof Theodore H Pian
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For fundamental contributions to the general field of structural dynamics and to the innovative development of the assumed-stress hybrid model for the finite-element method of structural analysis

1974

  • William D Cowie
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For creation and implementation of design and verification requirements to ensure structural integrity of high performance turbine aircraft engines, and for development of highly successful solutions to structural problems on in-service engines

1973

  • George P Peterson
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering effort to the discovery, development, and deployment of advanced composites in aerospace structures.
  • Robert T Schwartz
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering effort to the discovery, development, and deployment of advanced composites in aerospace structures.

1972

  • M Jonathan Turner
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For original, definitive and continuous research and development leading to successful design application of displacement methods of structural analysis and to improve techniques for aeroelastic analysis, testing and optimization

1971

  • Prof Nicholas J Hoff
    Stanford University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant pioneering contributions to the basic understanding of the behavior of aircraft and aerospace structure

1970

  • Joseph D Van Dyke Jr.
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For original, definitive and continuous research and development leading to design practices which ensure structural integrity and reduced interior noise for high intensity random and sinusoidal noise environments

1969

  • Dr Holt Ashley
    Stanford University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For original, definitive, and continuous research and testing leading to better and more widespread understanding of the principles and techniques of aeroelasticity in aerospace vehicle design

1968

  • Dr John C Houbolt
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For original, definitive, and continuous research leading to the use of random processes in aircraft gust loads design