Distinguished Lecturers to Speak At AIAA Science and Technology Forum Written 13 December 2017

CONTACT: John Blacksten

December 13, 2017 – Reston, Va. –The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce that the following lectures will be presented during the 2018 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech Forum), to be held at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Kissimmee, Florida.

The AIAA Durand Lecture for Public Service will be presented by Dr. C. D. Mote Jr., president, National Academy of Engineering. His lecture, “NAE’s Grand Challenges for Engineering and the Scholars Program,” will be presented on Monday, 8 January 2018, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The Durand Lectureship for Public Service, named in honor of William F. Durand, is presented for notable achievements by a scientific or technical leader whose contributions have led directly to the understanding and application of the science and technology of aeronautics and astronautics for the betterment of mankind.

The AIAA von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics will be given by Samuel C. C. Ting, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize in physics. Ting’s lecture, “The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on the International Space Station: Unlocking the Secrets of the Cosmos,” will be presented on Monday, 8 January 2018, at 5:30 p.m. ET

The von Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics honors an individual who has performed notably and distinguished themselves technically in the field of astronautics, and is named in honor of Theodore von Kármán, a world-famous authority on aerospace sciences.

The AIAA Dryden Lecture in Research will be presented by Dr. Graham V. Candler, McKnight Presidential Professor, Russell J. Penrose Professor, and Associate Department Head, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota. His lecture, titled “Advances in the Simulation of High-Speed Combustion Flows,” will be given on Tuesday, 9 January 2018, at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The Dryden Lectureship in Research, named in honor of Dr. Hugh L. Dryden, former director of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, and a renowned proponent of the value of research programs to aerospace, emphasizes the important role of basic research in the advancement of engineering and science in aerospace, and salutes the work that research scientists and engineers perform.

For more information about the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Patricia A. Carr, Manager, Honors and Awards Programs, at patriciac@aiaa.org.

Editor’s Note: The von Kármán Lecture has been rescheduled, as it was originally set to occur during the 2017 AIAA SPACE Forum, which was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

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