AIAA Announces Its Class of 2020 Fellows and Honorary Fellows Written 3 February 2020


CONTACT: Michele McDonald

Three Honorary Fellows and 29 Fellows Selected

2019 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows

February 3, 2020 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected its Class of 2020 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The induction ceremony for the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place on 19 May 2020. They will also be recognized on 20 May 2020 at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

“The 2020 Class of AIAA Honorary Fellows and Fellows have earned the respect and gratitude of the aerospace community for their dedication, creativity and contribution to better understanding our world in terms of its limits and how we can push past those boundaries,” said John Langford, AIAA president. They are the best minds in the industry. I congratulate them on this career accomplishment.”

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 2020 Honorary Fellows are:

  • Robert D. Briskman; Telecommunications Engineering Consultants
  • Wesley G. Bush; Northrop Grumman Corporation (retired)
  • Jason L. Speyer; University of California, Los Angeles

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 2020 Fellows are:

  • Holger Babinsky; University of Cambridge
  • John S. Baras; University of Maryland
  • Rodney D. W. Bowersox; Texas A&M University
  • Russell R. Boyce; University of New South Wales
  • Salvatore “Tory” Bruno; United Launch Alliance
  • Mark Campbell; Cornell University
  • Campbell D. Carter; U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Walter Engelund; NASA Headquarters
  • Hermann F. Fasel; University of Arizona
  • Hector Fenech; Eutelsat SA
  • Farhan Gandhi; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Michael Gazarik; Ball Aerospace
  • Stanley Gustafson; Lockheed Martin Space
  • Steven J. Isakowitz, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Christopher T. Jones; Northrop Grumman Corporation (retired)
  • David Klaus; University of Colorado Boulder
  • Christophe Laux; Ecole CentraleSupélec, CNRS / University Paris Saclay
  • Joaquim R.R.A. Martins; University of Michigan
  • Beverley J. McKeon; California Institute of Technology
  • Daniel Mooney; Boeing Global Services
  • Scott A. Morton; U.S. Department of Defense
  • Nelson Pedreiro; Lockheed Martin Space
  • Christopher Pestak; Universities Space Research Association
  • Amy Pritchett; Pennsylvania State University
  • Dhanireddy R. Reddy; NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Donald O. Rockwell; Lehigh University
  • Suzanne Weaver Smith; University of Kentucky
  • Edgar G. Waggoner; NASA Headquarters
  • Michael M. Watkins; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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

About AIAA
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 85 countries, and 95 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 
12700 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 200, Reston, VA 20191-5807  
Phone: 703.264.7558 Fax: 703.264.7551