J. Leland Atwood Award Open for Nominations 1 July 2019 15 January 2020

The J. Leland Atwood Award, established in 1985, is jointly sponsored by AIAA and the ASEE Aerospace Division. It is bestowed annually upon an aerospace engineering educator in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession. Atwood entered aviation when it was little more than experimentation in a daring sport. Nevertheless, he believed that this new field would be a cornerstone of our national security and serve as a principal medium of world commerce. As an outstanding engineer and a leader of a great corporation, Atwood played a major role in the development of aviation and aerospace technologies for more than 50 years. Administration of the award resides at ASEE. This annual award, endowed by Rockwell Collins, consists of a honorarium and a certificate presented by ASEE at their summer conference. In addition AIAA presents a certificate of citation and a distinctive engraved medal generally at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum (SCITECH). Nominations should be submitted to ASEE at www.asee.org and are due by COB 15 January.

Award Recipients

2018

  • Prof Joseph Majdalani PE
    Auburn University
    Awarded
    Award: For significant contributions to the aerospace engineering profession through sustained technical achievements in the field of propulsion and memorable student development experiences.
    AIAA Citation: 2018 - For significant contributions to the aerospace engineering profession through sustained technical achievements in the field of propulsion and memorable student development experiences.

2017

  • Dr Hanspeter Schaub
    Awarded
    Award: .
    AIAA Citation: .2017 J. Leland Atwood Winner

2016

  • Dr John L Crassidis
    University at Buffalo, State University of New York
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For your commitment to excellence in aerospace engineering education.

2015

  • Prof Narayanan M Komerath
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For sustained efforts to enhance depth and breadth of learning in aerospace engineering education through mentoring, experimental research, publications, service and advanced concept development.

2014

  • Dr John Valasek
    Texas A&M University
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the aerospace profession and deep commitment to the education and professional development of aerospace engineering students.

2013

  • Dr Mark D Maughmer
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For weaving a unique tapestry of real-world engineering and engineering education.

2011

  • Dr E Glenn Lightsey
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Awarded
    Award: Educator Award
    AIAA Citation: For exemplary leadership in the development of a successful nationally recognized hands-on student-led university satellite program, and for contributions to the advancement of the astronautics curriculum incorporating modern laboratory experiences built on a solid orbital mechanics foundation.

2010

  • Prof Ramesh K Agarwal
    Washington University in St Louis
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding leadership in establishing innovative aerospace engineering education programs and industry/university consortiums, and lasting contributions to aerospace literature.

2008

  • Prof Awatef A Hamed
    University of Cincinnati
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to the academic profession producing excellent engineers nust just from the University of Cincinnati but everywhere.

2007

  • Dr Helen L Reed PE
    Texas A&M University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For important contributions to space systems engineering and space systems design education.

2006

  • Prof William L Garrard
    University of Minnesota
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For advancing the discipline of aerospace engineering through effective and creative research and consulting, and for distinguished leadership in the development of enhanced programs of instruction and research.

2005

  • Allen Plotkin
    San Diego State University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For significant contributions to aerodynamics education (particularlyat the graduate level) through co-authorship of the textbook "Low Speed Aerodynamics" (Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2001) and related teaching and research accomplishments.

2004

  • Dr Joseph A Schetz
    Virginia Tech
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For enormous contribution to aerospace engineering education, as an author and a teacher, mentor, and guide to two generations of undergraduate and graduate students.

2003

  • Prof John E LaGraff
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: “For extraordinary service and innovative leadership in aerospace education and research on national and international levels, including student learning, development of international programs, and leadership of accreditation reform.”

2002

  • Prof Peter J Torvik
    Awarded

2000

  • Prof Stephen M Batill
    University of Notre Dame
    Awarded

1999

  • Dr Robert H Bishop
    University of South Florida
    Awarded
    Award: -

1997

  • Dr Leland A Carlson
    Awarded

1996

  • Dr Roy R Craig Jr.
    University of Texas at Austin
    Awarded

1995

  • Dr Robert D Culp
    Retired f/University of Colorado
    Awarded

1993

  • Dr Richard D Desautel
    San Jose State University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the lasting influence of his recent contributions to aerospace engineering education

1992

  • Dr Jack L Kerrebrock
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For enduring improvements to aerospace education through classroom teaching, student advising and mentoring, curriculum innovation and reform, authorship of a textbook, sponsorship of human powered flight vehicle projects, adminstrative leadership, and research contributions with a generation of doctoral students who have themselves become outstanding aerospace educators

1991

  • Dr Robert C Nelson
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For untiring contributions to engineering education, his excellence in the classroom, his high standards and enthusiasm for guiding students

1990

  • Dr Walter E Haisler
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For untiring contributions to engineering education through his widely acclaimed textbook, his accomplishments in research and his administrative leadership

1989

  • Dr John D Anderson
    Retired f/University of Maryland
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: To recognize a recent outstanding educational achievement, and to encourage innovative improvements in aerospace education

1988

  • Dr John L Junkins
    Texas A&M University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to research and the literature of modern optimal control theory, especially in spacecraft altitude control and the control of large space structures, which have been widely recognized by his colleagues and peers. His innovative style and infectious enthusiasm inspired a significant number of his students to become first class educators

1987

  • Dr Jan Roskam
    DARcorporation
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions in aerospace education particularly in the areas of design and flight dynamics,and for his contributions to the understanding of interior noise transmission, the development of three surface aircraft and the use of natural laminar flow

1986

  • Dr Conrad F Newberry
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For ceaseless efforts to promote professionalism within design education, and for establishing, coordinating and maintaining aircraft design education dialogue among design educators and industry designers

1985

  • Gordon C Oates
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the lasting influence of his recent contributions to aerospace engineering education.

1984

  • Dr Wallace T Fowler
    University of Texas-Austin
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For developing a unique simulator-based undergraduate flight dynamics laboratory and innovative training programs in continuing education

1983

  • Dr Robert L Young
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For significant contributions to aerospace engineering education through the revision and implementation of definitive accreditation guidelines, representation of the aerospace education community on accreditation matters, and through leadership of the AIAA Academic Affairs committee.

1982

  • Dr L. Skip Fletcher
    Texas A&M University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For dedication and excellence as a teacher, researcher, author, and administrator who has provided inspirational leadership to students and professional colleagues in aerospace engineering.

1981

  • Prof Ira D Jacobson
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For the indelible influence of his recent contributions in aerospace engineering education.

1980

  • Dr Thomas J Mueller
    University of Notre Dame
    Awarded

1979

  • Prof Donnell W Dutton
    Awarded

1978

  • Dr Robert F Brodsky
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For continuous leadership and service to the aerospace educational community.

1977

  • Prof Stanley H Lowy
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For innovative improvement in the teaching of aerospace engineering design and for consistently inspiring team sof student designers.

1976

  • Dr Barnes W McCormick
    Pennsylvania State University
    Awarded

1975

  • Dr Jack E Fairchild
    Awarded

1974

  • COL Ben M Pollard
    Awarded