AIAA Congratulates Aviation Week Network’s 20 Twenties Winners for 2020 Written 6 March 2020


CONTACT: Michele McDonald

Top Technology Students Also Awarded AIAA Membership

March 6, 2020 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates the 2020 winners of Aviation Week Network’s “Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders: The 20 Twenties.”

The students will be honored 12 March at the Aviation Week Network’s 63rd Annual Laureate Awards in Washington, D.C. Winners also receive a membership to AIAA.

“Their passion and dedication to community service mark these winners as 20 future leaders of aerospace,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “We can expect them to bring fresh ideas to the challenges facing us both here on Earth and beyond our solar system. We look forward to following their accomplishments and how they shape the future of aeronautics and astronautics.”

The awards recognize students earning STEM degrees who are nominated by their universities on the basis of their academic performance, civic contribution and research or design project. In addition, the program brings together technology hiring managers, students and faculty around the world to recognize what’s needed for business and academic success.

“We believe cultivating the next generation is vitally important. These students are all doing innovative work to solve challenges within our industry and we’re thrilled to recognize them as winners of the prestigious 20 Twenties program,” said Greg Hamilton, President, Aviation Week Network. “We look forward to celebrating them as well as their academic talents, high-value research and civic service this winter.”
This year’s recognition program had qualified nominees from 49 different universities representing seven countries. The 2020 20 Twenties winners are (in alphabetical order):

  • Emily Beckman, Purdue University
  • Valerie Bernstein, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Kate Byrd, Harvard University
  • Katherine Carroll, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Sean Devey, University of Alabama
  • Paula do Vale Pereira, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • S. Reza Fattahi M., Sharif University of Technology
  • Kanika Gakhar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Shannon Gatta, University of Washington
  • Jane Gillette, University of Alabama
  • Alexis Hepburn, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Chloe Johnson, University of Texas at Austin
  • Michelle Lin, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Julia Mihaylov, Johns Hopkins University
  • Victoria Pellerito, Lawrence Technological University
  • Ethan Plaehn, Purdue University
  • Simon Shuham, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Gautham Viswaroopan, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Laura Yenchesky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • David Zuehlke, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Media Contacts:
AIAA: Michele McDonald, 703.264.7542,
Aviation Week, Elizabeth Sisk, 860.495.5498,

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 100 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 AIAA on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn.

Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace, and defense industries, serving 1.7 million professionals around the world. Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week Network to help them understand the market, make decisions, predict trends, and connect with people and business opportunities. Customers include the world's leading aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, airlines, airports, business aviation operators, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this worldwide marketplace. Aviation Week Network’s portfolio delivers award-winning journalism, data, intelligence and analytical resources, world-class tradeshows and conferences, and results-driven marketing services and advertising. principle is helping our customers succeed. Aviation Week Network is part of Informa Markets, a division of Informa PLC.


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