AIAA To Present Awards At Its Propulsion and Energy Forum Written 16 June 2017

CONTACT: John Blacksten

June 16, 2017 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present the following awards at a recognition luncheon on July 12, as part of the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition (AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum), July 10–12, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Georgia.

The honorees are:

  • Thomas W. Kerslake, power system engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, will receive the 2017 AIAA Aerospace Power Systems Award. The award honors Kerslake’s “exceptional service to the aerospace space power community; invaluable technical contributions to the design, analysis, test, and on-orbit operation of photovoltaic solar arrays; and dedicated technical leadership of electrical power subsystem development resulting in multiple successful spacecraft mission deployments.”
  • Campbell D. Carter, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will receive the 2017 AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Award. The award honors Carter’s “distinguished record of technical contributions to laser and optical diagnostics for combustion, turbulent-, supersonic-, and plasma-assisted combustion and sustained service to the community.”
  • Suresh K. Aggarwal, professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, will receive the 2017 AIAA Energy Systems Award. The award honors Aggarwal’s “outstanding contributions to energy and combustion systems through pioneering work on advanced spray and flame model development for improved engine performance and pollution reduction.”
  • Michael Keidar, professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., will receive the 2017 AIAA Engineer of the Year Award. The award honors Keidar’s “significant contributions to fundamentals and applications of electric propulsion, particularly micro-propulsion for small satellites.”
  • Ken N. C. Bray, professor emeritus, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, will receive the 2017 AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award. The award honors Bray’s “pioneering contributions to fundamental understanding of mixing, combustion and gas dynamics for high speed propulsion and his teaching, research and enriched international collaboration.”
  • Marc D. Polanka, professor, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will receive an AIAA Sustained Service Award. The award honors Polanka’s “service to the Dayton–Cincinnati Section as past chair of the section, past chair of the Dayton–Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, and continued service as honors and awards chair and Air Force Institute of Technology student section faculty advisor.”
  • John R. Brophy, engineering fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, will receive the 2017 AIAA Wyld Propulsion Award. The award honors Brophy’s “leadership and technical contributions resulting in the implementation of electric propulsion on deep-space NASA missions and enabling the Asteroid Retrieval Mission.

In addition, AIAA will present certificates of merit for best papers.

For more information about the AIAA Honors and Award program, please contact Patricia Carr at or 703.264.7523.

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