AVIATION Awards
Recognizing Top Achievements an AIAA Tradition

AIAA is committed to ensuring that aerospace professionals are recognized and celebrated for their achievements, innovations, and discoveries that make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. From the major missions that reimagine how our nation utilizes air and space to the inventive new applications that enhance everyday living, aerospace professionals leverage their knowledge for the benefit of society. AIAA continues to celebrate that pioneering spirit showcasing the very best in the aerospace industry.

Awards Ceremony

Join a special awards ceremony on Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 1300–1430 hrs ET. You’ll have the opportunity to chat live with these prestigious award recipients. To reserve a seat, please register.

Aircraft Technology, Integration and Operations Technical Group

Best Professional Paper

2020 AIAA Electric Aircraft Technology Best Paper Award
“A Study of Large Scale Power Extraction and Insertion on Turbofan Performance and Stability”
(AIAA-2020-3547)
Jeffryes W. Chapman, NASA Glenn Research Center

Propulsion & Energy Technical Group

Technical Awards
  • 2021 AIAA Aerospace Power Systems Award

    Robert J. Walters
    Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate

    Willem-A-Anemaat For significant technical contributions and leadership in the area of space photovoltaic technology development and solar cell radiation damage research.

  • 2021 AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Award

    J. Philip Drummond
    NASA Langley Research Center

    J-Philip-DrummondFor his pioneering contributions to high-speed air-breathing propulsion, his leadership in aerospace engineering, and for his continuous contributions to AIAA.

  • 2021 AIAA Energy Systems Award

    Kai Hong Luo
    University College London

    Willem-A-Anemaat For groundbreaking contributions to multiscale multiphysics modeling and simulation that have transformed energy system analysis, prediction, design, and optimization through research, innovation, education, and leadership.

  • 2021 AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award

    Yiguang Ju
    Princeton University

    Willem-A-Anemaat For outstanding contributions in studies of near-limit combustion, plasma assisted combustion, micro combustion, and cool flames.

  • 2021 AIAA Wyld Propulsion Award

    Stephen D. Heister
    Purdue University

    Willem-A-Anemaat For continuous leadership in advancing rocket propulsion engineering through state-of-the-art computational and experimental research and decades of mentorship of students.

Best Professional Papers

2020 AIAA Electric Propulsion Best Paper
“A Predictive Hall Thruster Model Enabled by Data-Driven Closure”
(AIAA-2020-3622)
Benjamin A. Jorns, Thomas A. Marks, and Ethan Dale, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2020 AIAA Energetic Components and Systems Best Paper
“New Formulation for Studying of Detonation Of Gaseous Energetic Mixtures II: CH4/O2 & CH4/Air”
(AIAA-2020-3653)
Lien C. Yang

2020 AIAA High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion Best Paper Award
“Adaptive Pressure Profile Method to Locate the Isolator Shock Train Leading Edge Given Limited Pressure Information ”
(AIAA-2020-3715)
Robin L. Hunt, NASA Langley Research Center; and Gregory J. Hunt, College of William and Mary

2020 AIAA Hybrid Rockets Best Paper
“Combustion Efficiency in Single Port Hybrid Rocket Engines”
(AIAA-2020-3746)
Greg Zilliac, NASA Ames Research Center; George T. Story, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Ashley C. Karp and Elizabeth T. Jens, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and George Wittinghill, Whittinghill Aerospace

2020 AIAA Liquid Propulsion Best Paper
“Lightweight Thrust Chamber Assemblies using Multi-Alloy Additive Manufacturing and Composite Overwrap”
(AIAA-2020-3787)
Paul R. Gradl, Chris Protz, John Fikes, and Allison Clark, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; David Ellis, Laura Evans, Sandi Miller, NASA Glenn Research Center; and Tyler Hudson, NASA Langley Research Center

2020 AIAA Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Best Paper
“Mars Opposition Missions Using Nuclear Thermal Propulsion”
(AIAA-2020-3850)
Christopher B. Reynolds, Claude R. Joyner II, Timothy Kokan, Daniel J.H. Levack, and Brian J. Muzek, Aerojet Rocketdyne

2020 AIAA Power and Energy Forum Best Paper
“Power Generation from Interplanetary and Interstellar Plasma and Magnetic Fields”
(AIAA-2020-3537)
Matt Wentzel-Long, University of Missouri St. Louis/NASA Glenn Research Center; and Geoffrey A. Landis, NASA Glenn Research Center

2020 AIAA Propellants and Combustion Best Paper
“High-performance data analytics of hybrid rocket fuel combustion data using different machine learning approaches”
(AIAA-2020-1161)
Charlotte Debus, Alexander Rüttgers, Martin Siggel, Anna Petrarolo, and Mario Kobald, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

2021 AIAA Gas Turbine Engines Best Paper
“Unsteady Body Force Methodology for Fan Operability Assessment under Clean and Distorted Inflow Conditions”
(AIAA-2021-0388)
Amaury Awes and Renaud Daon, Safran Group; Guillaume Dufour and Xavier Carbonneau, Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space; and Julien Marty and Raphaël Barrier, ONERA

2021 AIAA Inlets Nozzles and Propulsion System Integration Best Paper
“Propulsor Models for Computational Analysis of Aircraft Aerodynamic Performance with Boundary Layer Ingestion”
(AIAA-2021-0991)
David K. Hall and Michael K. Lieu, Aurora Flight Sciences

Best Student Papers

2020 AIAA Hybrid Rockets Best Student Paper
“Enhancement of Fuel Regression Rate for Hybrid Rockets by Introducing Novel Coaxial Tube Injector”
(AIAA-2020-3733)
Mehmet Kahraman and Ibrahim Ozkol, Istanbul Technical University; and Arif Karabeyoglu, Koc University

2020 AIAA Power and Energy Forum Best Student Paper
“Development of a Deep Space Nuclear Electric Propulsion (NEP) System - a NuAER Plasma NEP Reactor”
(AIAA-2020-3540)
Joseph Kalyan Raj I., Technion—Israel Institute of Technology; and Geoff Parks, University of Cambridge

2020 AIAA Power and Energy Forum Best Student Paper
“Elements of an Inductive Electrical Power Conversion System for Fusion-Class Plasmas”
(AIAA-2020-3539)
Nathan M. Schilling and Jason T. Cassibry, University of Alabama in Huntsville; and Robert B. Adams, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Sponsors & Supporters

Aerojet
Lockheed Martin
Boeing