AIAA Announces Its Class of 2018 Fellows and Honorary Fellows Written 31 January 2018

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Three Honorary Fellows and 22 Fellows Selected

February 1, 2018 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected its Class of 2018 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The induction ceremony for the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on May 2 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

“AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows have dedicated themselves and their careers to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics,” said AIAA President Jim Maser. “Their hard work, innovative spirit and leadership have made possible scores of noteworthy aerospace achievements—large and small—during the past decades. AIAA congratulates the members of the 2018 Class of Fellows and Honorary Fellows on their selection.”

Honorary Fellow is the highest distinction conferred by AIAA and recognizes preeminent individuals who have had long and highly contributory careers in aerospace and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics. The 2018 Honorary Fellows are:

  • H. Norman Abramson, Southwest Research Institute (retired)
  • Charles Elachi, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • Antony Jameson, Stanford University

AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon individuals in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics. The 2018 Fellows are:

  • Nancy F. Andersen, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Supriya Banerjee, FAMES
  • Olivier A. Bauchau, University of Maryland
  • Marty K. Bradley, The Boeing Company
  • Edward L. Burnett, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Carissa B. Christensen, Bryce Space and Technology, LLC
  • Jonathan E. Cooper, University of Bristol
  • James E. Graf, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Michael A. Hamel, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Vlad J. Hruby, Busek Co. Inc.
  • Parimal H. Kopardekar, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Eugene Lavretsky, The Boeing Company
  • Sankaran Mahadevan, Vanderbilt University
  • Mark D. Maughmer, Pennsylvania State University
  • Robert E. Meyerson, Blue Origin LLC
  • Dava Newman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Robert W. Pitz, Vanderbilt University
  • Stephen A. Rizzi, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Hannes G. Ross, IBR Aeronautical Consulting; EADS Military Aircraft (ret.)
  • Robie I. Samanta Roy, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Steven P. Schneider, Purdue University
  • Steven D. Young, NASA Langley Research Center

In 1933, Orville Wright became AIAA’s first Honorary Fellow. Today, AIAA Honorary Fellows and AIAA Fellows are the most respected names in the aerospace industry. For more information on AIAA’s Honors Program, or the AIAA Honorary Fellows or Fellows Program, please contact Patricia A. Carr at 703.264.7523 or

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