Yvonne C. Brill Lecture in Aerospace Engineering Open for Nominations 1 July 2019 16 March 2020

The Yvonne C. Brill Lecture in Aerospace Engineering was established in 2013 in memory of Yvonne Brill, pioneering rocket scientist, AIAA Honorary Fellow and NAE member. She was a trailblazer at a time when women were not encouraged to enter the science and technology fields. The Lecture emphasizes research or engineering issues for space travel and exploration, aerospace education of students and the public, and other aerospace issues such as ensuring a diverse and robust engineering community. This biennial award will be held at the National Academy of Engineering building in Washington, D.C. in October, in the even years. The next Yvonne Brill Lecture will be held in October 2020. Nomination deadline: 16 March

Nomination Form  Nomination Instructions

Award Recipients


  • Dr Helen L Reed PE
    Texas A&M University
    Award: “Student Design-Build-Fly Micro- and Nano-Satellites”
    AIAA Citation: “Student Design-Build-Fly Micro- and Nano-Satellites”


  • Dr Wanda M Austin
    AIAA Citation: Engineering Leadership: The Need for Technical Excellence and Diversity.


  • Dr Adam D Steltzner
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    AIAA Citation: “System Engineering the Mars Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) System.”