AIAA to Recognize Technical Excellence in Aerospace at the 2020 AIAA AVIATION Forum Written 13 May 2020

CONTACT: Michele McDonald

May 13, 2020 – Reston, Va. –The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the winners of technical excellence awards to be presented during the 2020 AIAA AVIATION Forum, which will be held online 15–19 June. 

The following aerospace professionals will be recognized for their outstanding contributions in their field having been chosen by their peers from related AIAA technical committees.

Nadine Aubry, Tufts University, is being presented with the 2020 AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award for outstanding contributions to the reduced order modeling of turbulent flows and to microfluidics.

Robert P. Dougherty, OptiNav, Inc., is being presented with the 2020 AIAA Aeroacoustics Award for seminal contributions to experimental aeroacoustics through development and use of phased array technology and for development and use of optimal nacelle design analytical tools.

George C. Greene, Federal Aviation Administration (retired), is being presented with the 2020 AIAA Losey Atmospheric Sciences Award for his outstanding contributions and leadership applied to fundamental understanding of aircraft wake turbulence.

Udo Juerss, MicroDrones GmbH, is being presented with the 2020 AIAA Aircraft Design Award for being the “father of the modern quadcopter” and for working for more than 20 years designing, testing, and improving the premier aircraft of the aircraft design industry.

Raymond M. Kolonay, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), is being presented with the 2020 AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award for visionary leadership in the MDO community and development of nonlinear unsteady aeroelastic optimization methods and collaborative/distributed architectures enabling large-scale multidisciplinary aircraft design.

Louis J. Lanzerotti, New Jersey Institute of Technology, is being presented with the 2020 AIAA James A. Van Allen Space Environments Award for significant contributions to our understanding of the space environment of the Van Allen radiation belts and leadership in establishing societal awareness of space weather.

Mark D. Maughmer, Pennsylvania State University, is being honored with the 2020 AIAA Aerodynamics Award for foundational developments in airfoil and wing design, advancement of novel airfoil configurations, and contributions to rotorcraft aeromechanics. 

Mark R. Melanson, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (retired), is being presented with the 2020 AIAA Ground Testing Award for contributions to development/ground testing of the F-35, for decades of wind tunnel testing, and for sustained contributions to AIAA in multiple leadership roles.

Tom I-P. Shih, Purdue University, is being presented with the 2020 AIAA Thermophysics Award for significant contributions in the development and application of computational design tools for the thermal management of gas turbines to improve efficiency and service life.

Mikhail N. Shneider, Princeton University, is being presented with the 2020 Plasmadynamics and Lasers Award for seminal contributions to the theory and modeling of electric discharges and theoretical foundations of diagnostics based on coherent microwave and laser scattering.

In addition to these technical awards, AIAA will be recognizing winners for the Best Professional Papers, Best Student Papers, and Student Paper Competitions.

The awards will be announced during the week of the virtual event.

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