James A. Van Allen Space Environments Award Open for Nominations 1 July 2019 1 October 2019

The James A. Van Allen Space Environments Award is presented to recognize outstanding contributions to space and planetary environment knowledge and interactions as applied to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. The award honors Prof. James A. Van Allen, an outstanding internationally recognized scientist, who is credited with the early discovery of the Earth’s “Van Allen Radiation Belts.” This award is presented biennially (in even-numbered years) at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Award Recipients


  • Dr Stamatios M Krimigis
    The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering studies of the radiation environment around all solar system planets and of interplanetary charged particles from Mercury to the local interstellar medium.


  • Dr Mary K Hudson
    Dartmouth College
    AIAA Citation: For significant contribution to our understanding of the space environment of the Van Allen radiation belts and leadership in development of space weather models.


  • Dr Daniel N. Baker
    University of Colorado Boulder
    AIAA Citation: For excellence and leadership in space research, particularly in the study of the magnetosphere and its consequences for radiation effects on earth orbiting satellites.


  • Dr Alan C Tribble
    Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding leadership, research, and scholarship in the emerging field of space environments and effects and their influence on spacecraft design and engineering in the tradition of James Van Allen.


  • Dr Shi Tsan Wu
    The University of Alabama in Huntsville
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering work in recognizing the impact of solar events on the earth's space environment and for the initial work on numerical magnetohydrodynamic modeling of the solar-terrestrial relationships.