Aerodynamics Award Open for Nominations 1 July 2019 1 October 2019

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

Award Recipients

2019

  • Mr Robert D Gregg III
    The Boeing Company
    Awarded
    Award: 2019 Aerodynamics Award
    AIAA Citation: “In recognition of innovations in Aircraft Design through inspirational leadership and technical contributions in the field of Aerodynamic design and advanced concepts.”

2017

  • Dr John A Benek
    Air Force Research Lab AFRL/RQ
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For distinguished contributions to the development of the Chimera scheme making simulations over complex aerodynamic configurations feasible and for advancements in integrated CFD/experimental studies.

2016

  • Dr Pieter G Buning
    NASA-Langley Research Center
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of exceptional leadership, innovation and expertise in the field of overset grid CFD methods and applications that are used internationally for wide-spread advancements in the aerodynamic design and development of air and space vehicles.

2015

  • Prof Russell M Cummings
    US Air Force Academy
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For a career devoted to predicting and understanding the vortical flowfields about aircraft at high angles of attack and during maneuvers

2014

  • Dr Michael S Selig
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Awarded

2013

  • Dr Neal T Frink
    NASA-Langley Research Center
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For meritorious achievement in the field of applied aerodynamics through notable contributions in the development, application, and evaluation of aerodynamic concepts and methods

2012

  • Dr John C Vassberg
    The Boeing Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of air vehicle aerodynamic design and optimization; and for exceptional leadership and technical expertise in advancing CFD drag reduction and prediction capabilities.

2011

  • Preston A Henne
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of outstanding leadership and contribution in the aerodynamic field of low boom supersonics research.

2010

  • Dr Thomas C Corke
    University of Notre Dame
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his strong commitment to academic and research achievement, consistent record of superior technical accomplishment, and numerous experimental and computational contributions to aerodynamics.

2009

  • Dr Jubaraj Sahu
    US Army Research Laboratory
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of outstanding contributions in development and application of unsteady aerodynamics of micro-adaptive flow control and demonstration of control authority of spinning munitions.

2008

  • Prof Ramesh K Agarwal
    Washington University in St Louis
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering development of computational fluid dynamics methods and codes for the aerodynamic analysis and design of all categories of aerospace vehicles.

2007

  • Dr Michael B Bragg
    University of Washington
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering research on the aerodynamic effects of ice accretion on aircraft and the aerodynamic phenomena responsible.

2006

  • Mr William B Blake
    Air Force Reseach Laboratory
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For exceptional contributions to applied aerodynamic predictions through experimentation and empirical and engineering modeling.

2005

  • Dr Robert M Hall
    NASA-Langley Research Center
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions toward understanding the flow physics and configuration aerodynamics of high performance aircraft.

2004

  • Jean M Delery
    ONERA
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding experimental contributions to the understanding of the flow physics of base flows, multi-flux nozzles, shock wave/boundary layer interaction and vortex breakdown

2003

  • Dr Thomas J Mueller
    University of Notre Dame
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: “For outstanding experimental contributions to the understanding of the flow physics of Low Reynolds number airfoils and wings.”

2002

  • Mr Richard L Campbell
    NASA-Langley Research Center
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding technical contributions toward advancement of rapid, high-fidelity aerodynamic design capability for complex aerospace configurations

2001

  • Mr. Gerald L Winchenbach
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding achievement and significant contributions in experimental applied aerodynamic research within a free-flight ballistics range

2000

  • C Edward Lan
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For three decades of continuous contribution to the field of applied aerodynamics leading to the development of VORSTAB code, high-awind tunnel correction and unsteady aerodynamics

1999

  • Mr. Frank T Lynch
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding achievement in applied aerodynamics connected with the design of the DC-8, DC-9 and DC-10 airplanes and for technology leadership in the fields of propulsion/airframe integration, laminar flow control, viscous scaling and transonic wing and high-lift aerodynamics

1998

  • M. L Spearman
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering research and exceptional contributions in the field of supersonic aerodynamics which has impacted the design of essentially every supersonic aircraft and missile developed in the US since the1950''s

1997

  • Werner K Dahm
    NASA MSFC
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For meritorious performance and exceptional contributions in the aerodynamic design and analysis of strategic rockets and manned/unmanned launch vehicles

1996

  • Mr. Jan R Tulinius
    Rockwell International Corp
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For successful flight demonstration of a significant amount of supersonic laminar flow on a highly swept wing aircraft

1995

  • Mr. Lawrence E Putnam
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For leadership in the advancement of applied computational fluid dynamic methods and the development and application of high Reynolds-number wind tunnel testing

1994

  • Heinz A Gerhardt
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For meritorious performance in all areas of aerodynamics as applied to high performance tactical aircraft

1993

  • Dr Tuncer Cebeci
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For sustained contributions to the understanding and numerical computation of viscous flows, especially the important problem of the transition in three-dimensional flows, and successfully applying basic research techniques to real aircraft problems.

1992

  • Mr. Joe F Thompson
    General Dynamics
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For meritorious achievement in the field of applied aerodynamics recognizing notable contributions in numerical grid generation which have revolutionized computational aerodynamics for realistic configurations and complex flows

1991

  • Dr Norman D Malmuth
    Teledyne Scientific Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For meritorious achievement in the field of applied aerodynamics and recognition for notable contributions in the development and application of combined asymptotics and numerics in the solution of transonic and hypersonic problems

1990

  • Mr. Hans W Grellmann
    Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of exceptional contributions in leading the B-2 aerodynamics team in their development of a highly efficient aircraft with outstanding handling properties despite the severe constraints imposed by low observability requirements

1989

  • Edward N Tinoco
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For meritorious achievement in the field of applied aerodynamics recognizing notable contributions in the development, application and evaluation of aerodynamics concepts and methods, and for the pursuit of pioneering applications of Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics to commercial and military air vehicles analysis and design

1987

  • Dr Robert H Liebeck
    The Boeing Company
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the development of the highly successful and widely used "Liebeck Airfoils" which have demonstrated lift-to-drag ratios as high as 235

1986

  • Dr Bruce J Holmes
    SmartSky Networks, LLC
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For research excellence demonstrating the practicality of using natural laminar boundary layer flow to reduce the drag on modern, smooth aircraft surfaces

1985

  • Dr Forrester T Johnson
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For development of advanced aerodynamic panel methods used throughout the industry for commercial and military aircraft

1984

  • Dr Lars E Ericsson
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding aerodynamic advancements in the field of unsteady, separated and vortex flows, through experimental and analytical development and their application to the development of launch vehicles, space shuttle, re-entry vehicles, aircraft and missile configurations

1983

  • Dr John E Lamar
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For developing aerodynamic analysis and design methods for wings having strong leading-edge-vortex flow and for developing and experimentally verifying favorable shaping of wings and strakes to exploit vortex flow for performance improvement