Call for Awards Nominations

Nominate Your Peers and Colleagues for Technical and Management Awards!

Do you know someone who has made notable contributions to aerospace arts, sciences, or technology? Nominate them now!

Nomination Packages are now being accepted for the following awards and must be received at AIAA Headquarters no later than the nomination deadline. The nomination package consist of the nomination form and the required endorsement letters.  No extensions will be granted.

Awards are presented annually, unless otherwise indicated.

Any AIAA member in good standing may submit a nomination.  Before preparing a nomination, nominators are reminded to read the award guidelines and verify that the nominee is eligible.


Please submit this forms directly to awards@aiaa.org. Upon verifying information and recording the nomination, the nominator will receive a confirmation email.

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia A. Carr, Manager, Honors and Awards at PatriciaC@aiaa.org.

The Recognition Awards

AIAA / AAAE / ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award

The Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award was established in 1983 and is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC). It is presented annually during the AAAE/ACC Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium to the nominee(s) judged to have contributed most significantly in recent years to the enhancement of relationships between airports and/or heliports and their surrounding environments via exemplary innovation that might be replicated elsewhere. Nomination Deadline: 1 November.

Aeroacoustics Award

The Aeroacoustics Award was established in 1973 and is presented for an outstanding technical or scientific achievement resulting from an individual's contribution to the field of aircraft community noise reduction. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition or at the AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Aerodynamics Award

The Aerodynamics Award, approved by the Board of Directors in 1983, is presented for meritorious achievement in the field of applied aerodynamics, recognizing notable contributions in the development, application, and evaluation of aerodynamic concepts and methods. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination deadline: October 1

Aerospace Communications Award

The Aerospace Communications Award is presented for an outstanding contribution in the field of aerospace communications. Candidates are individuals or small teams (up to 4 members) whose achievements have had a positive impact on technology and society. This award is presented annually at the AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Aircraft Design Award

The Aircraft Design Award was established in 1968 and is presented to an individual or team for an original concept or career contributions leading to a significant advancement in aircraft design or design technology. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Chanute Flight Test Award

This award honors Octave Chanute, pioneer aeronautical investigator. Originally the Octave Chanute Award from 1939 to 1976, the award was presented for an outstanding contribution made by a pilot or test personnel to the advancement of the art, science, and technology of aeronautics. The award was renamed in 1978 to the Chanute Flight Award, but discontinued in 2005. It has been reactivated as the Chanute Flight Test Award presented biennially (odd numbered years) to recognize significant lifetime achievements in the advancement of the art, science, and technology of flight test engineering. The award is scheduled to be presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce

The David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce Award provides an annual lecture to recognize a prominent industry leader or senior management team (up to three individuals) who have created or grown a space-related business and generated substantial economic benefits and market value. The award is sponsored and endowed by Orbital ATK Inc., to commemorate the long and distinguished career of commercial space pioneer, David W. Thompson. This award is presented at AIAA ASCENDNomination Deadline: 1 October

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1968 to give unique recognition to an individual member of AIAA who has provided distinguished service to the Institute over a period of years. "Period of years" is interpreted as a minimum of five years of identifiable participation, not necessarily consecutive. The recipient must be a member in good standing who has shown particular dedication to the interests of the Institute by making significant and continuing contributions. Technical contributions or contributions to the profession as a whole or to the aeronautical/astronautical/hydronautical disciplines are not a consideration for this award. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Engineer of the Year Award

The AIAA Engineer of the Year (EOY) Award is presented to a member of AIAA who has made a recent, individual, technical contribution in the application of scientific and mathematical principles leading to a significant technical accomplishment. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Fluid Dynamics Award

From inception to 1991, this award was presented as the Fluid Dynamics and Plasmadynamics Award. In 1992 it became the Fluid Dynamics Award and is presented for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion as related to need in aeronautics and astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Goddard Astronautics Award

The Goddard Astronautics Award is the highest honor AIAA bestows for notable achievements in the field of astronautics. It was endowed by Mrs. Goddard to commemorate her husband, Robert H. Goddard-rocket visionary, pioneer, bold experimentalist, and superb engineer, whose early liquid rocket engine launches set the stage for the development of astronautics. The award received its current form in 1975, when the Institute changed the name and widened the selection criteria of its former Goddard Award (which had been bestowed for contributions in the engineering science of propulsion and energy conversion). This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Ground testing

Established in 1975, the Ground Testing Award is presented for outstanding achievement in the development or effective utilization of technology, procedures, facilities, or modeling techniques for flight simulation, space simulation, propulsion testing, aerodynamic testing, or other ground testing associated with aeronautics and astronautics. This annual award is presented annually at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Hap Arnold Award for Excedllence in Aeronautical Program Management

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

International Cooperation Award

Approved by the Board of Directors in 1988, the International Cooperation Award is presented to recognize an individual/s who have made significant contributions to the initiation, organization, implementation and /or management of activities with significant United States involvement that includes extensive international cooperative activities in space, aeronautics, or both. A successful candidate for this award must have demonstrated a personal and long-term commitment to the encouragement of international cooperation among individuals and/or organizations within the world-wide aerospace community. This commitment to cooperation should be demonstrated by more than a professional assignment. It should involve unique and innovative leadership of such cooperation, and/or voluntary contributions to internally cooperative effects or even personal writings or speeches advocating this cause. Supporting letters from appropriate individuals from countries other than that of the nominee are strongly encouraged. Nominations are encouraged from both the aeronautics and astronautics communities. This annual award is generally presented during the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award

Recognizing the importance to aeronautics of scientific endeavors in the field of medicine, the Jeffries Aerospace Medicine and Life Sciences Research Award was established in 1940 to honor the memory of the American physician, John Jeffries, whose scientific investigations were published in a “Narrative of Two Aerial Voyages” in 1786. This annual award is generally at the International Conference on Environmental Systems. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Lawrence Sperry Award

The Lawrence Sperry Award is presented for a notable contribution made by a young person, age 35 or under, to the advancement of aeronautics or astronautics. This award honors Lawrence B. Sperry, pioneer aviator and inventor, who died in 1923 in a forced landing while attempting a flight across the English Channel. Note: The recipient must be age 35 or under on December 31 of the year preceding presentation. Because of unique nature of this award, it is presented during the annual AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Losey Atmospheric Sciences Award

In 1940, the Robert M. Losey Award was established in memory of Captain Robert M. Losey, a meteorological officer who was killed while serving as an observer for the U.S. Army, the first officer in the service of the United States to die in World War II. In 1975 the name was changed to the Losey Atmospheric Sciences Award. It is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the atmospheric sciences as applied to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Missile Systems Award

This award is presented for excellence in developing or implementing missile systems technology. It can be presented for a significant accomplishment in developing or implementing technology that is required for missile systems or for inspired leadership of missile systems programs. The candidate must have demonstrated expertise in fundamental technical disciplines that has led to substantial improvement in missile systems or innovative leadership that has established an environment in which creativity in missile system technology implementation can flourish and which led to the successful completion of a major program milestone by a government agency or an industry team. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) and is generally presented at the AIAA Defense Forum. Nomination deadline: 1 October

Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement Award

Approved by the Board of Directors in 1993, the Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement Award is presented for outstanding contributions and achievements in the advancement of free flight balloon systems or related technologies. It is presented in memory of Otto C. Winzen, a pioneer of modern day ballooning. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) at either the AIAA Balloons Conference (co-located with the PIA Symposium when in the U.S.) or at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition when the PIA Symposium is outside of the U.S. The next award will be made in 2019. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Plasmadynamics & Lasers Award

Established as a separate award in 1991, the Plasmadynamics & Lasers Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the physical properties and dynamical behavior of matter in the plasma state and lasers as related to need in aeronautics and astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Public Service Award

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

Reed Aeronautics Award

The Reed Aeronautics Award is the highest honor an individual can receive for a notable achievement in aeronautics that represents a significant engineering advancement milestone. The award is named after Dr. Sylvanus A. Reed, the aeronautical engineer, designer, and founding member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences in 1932. Reed was the first to develop a propeller system composed of metal rather than wood. His aluminum alloy propeller gave Jimmy Doolittle's plane the speed it needed to win the 1925 Schneider Cup race and brought the inventor much credit and many rewards. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Theodor W. Knacke Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Award

The Theodor W. Knacke Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Award is presented to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of aeronautical or aerospace systems through research, development and application of the art and science of aerodynamic decelerator technology. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Conference (co-located with the PIA Symposium). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Thermophysics Award

The Thermophysics Award was established in 1975, and is presented for an outstanding singular or sustained technical or scientific contribution by an individual in thermophysics, specifically as related to the study and application of the properties and mechanisms involved in thermal energy transfer and the study of environmental effects on such properties and mechanisms. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics Award

In 1975, the Institute changed the name of the von Kármán Lecture to the von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics. Honoring Theodore von Kármán, world famous authority on aerospace sciences, the von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics Award recognizes an individual who has performed notably and distinguished themself technically in the field of astronautics. This annual lecture is generally presented at AIAA ASCEND. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Wright Brothers Lecture in Aeronautics Award

The Wright Brothers Lectureship in Aeronautics commemorates the accomplishment of the Wright Brothers in creating the first practical airplane and also recognizes the success of their approach to problem solving - beginning with study of the literature, and including innovative thinking, constructive debate, systematic testing, and teamwork. In particular, the Wright Brothers Lectureship is awarded for the recent accomplishment of a significant "First in Aeronautical Engineering". The lecture will highlight the details of the accomplishment and the approaches to meeting both the technical and programmatic challenges involved. The lecturer will be invited to write an article for publication in the AIAA Journal of Aircraft. The Lecture is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October.