AIAA Foundation Presents Graduate Awards Written 12 September 2014

CONTACT: AIAA Communications

September 12, 2014 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the AIAA Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the AIAA Foundation’s four Graduate Awards for the 2014–2015 academic year.

Each year the AIAA Foundation presents Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Awards. These $5,000 awards, given in memory of the Wright brothers’ contributions to the evolution of flight, are presented to students pursuing master’s degrees or doctoral thesis work. The 2014–2015 winners are:

  • Fanny Besem, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  • Guiseppe Cataldo, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts (Mass.)

The AIAA Foundation also presented its John Leland Atwood Graduate Award to Sydney Do, MIT, Cambridge, Mass. The Leland Award, sponsored by endowments from Rockwell and Boeing North America, Inc., and named in memory of John Leland “Lee” Atwood, former chief executive officer of Rockwell, North American, is presented to a student actively engaged in research in the areas covered by the technical committees of AIAA.

The Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Technical Committee’s GNC Graduate Award was presented to James Paulos, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The GNC Award is presented to a student engaged in work relating to the committee’s subject area.

“The AIAA Foundation congratulates the recipients of our Graduate Awards,” said AIAA Foundation Chairman Mike Griffin. “We are happy to be able to provide some assistance to these worthy individuals as they continue their graduate studies. We are confident that these winners will help our community continue its unparalleled record of technical achievement for some time to come, actively shaping the future of aerospace.”

For more information on the AIAA Graduate Award program, please contact Stephen Brock at 703.264.7536 or


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