AIAA celebrates our industry’s discoveries and achievements from the small but brilliantly simple innovations that affect everyday life to the major discoveries and missions that fuel our collective human drive to explore and accomplish amazing things.

Check back for a list of recognition events in April 2020.


  • Pickering Awards Lecture

    Monday, 19 August, 1630 – 1730


    JW Grand Ballroom 5


    One of NASA's most remarkable interplanetary missions, the Dawn spacecraft used ion propulsion to orbit and explore the two largest uncharted worlds in the inner solar system, dwarf planet Ceres in 2015-2018 and protoplanet Vesta in 2011-2012. The Pickering Lecture will describe this extraordinary space propulsion technology and how Dawn and other missions take advantage of it to accomplish amazing interplanetary adventures. Download the flyer.

    • John Brophy John Brophy
      Expert in Space Electric Propulsion, JPL Fellow
    • Marc Rayman Marc Rayman
      Dawn Mission Director, JPL Chief Engineer for Operations and Science, JPL Fellow
  • von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics

    Tuesday, 20 August, 1630 – 1730

    Lecture: "Vision for a Self-Sustaining CisLunar Economy"
    • Tory Bruno Tory Bruno
      President and Chief Executive Officer, United Launch Alliance
  • Excellence in Aerospace Awards Luncheon (Proof of Purchase Required)

    Wednesday, 21 August, 1230 – 1400


    JW Grand Ballroom 5



    • 2019 Engineer of the Year
      Timothy Dominick, Sr. Principle Mechanical Engineer, Northrop Grumman
    • AIAA Sustained Service Award
      Timothy Dominick, Sr. Principle Mechanical Engineer, Northrop Grumman
      Marty K. Bradley, Boeing Commercial Airplanes


    • 2019 AIAA Space Automation and Robotics Award
      Lt. Col. Fred Kennedy, U.S. Airforce
    • 2019 AIAA Space Systems Award
      Jess M. SponableXS-1 Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency
    • 2019 AIAA  von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management
      Christopher M. Crumbly, Executive Director, von Braun Center for Science and Innovation
    • 2019 AIAA Aerospace Power Systems Award
      Judith A. Jeevarajan, Senior Scientist, NASA Johnson Space Center
    • 2019 AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Award
      Karen A. Thole, Professor and Department Head, Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
    • 2019 AIAA Energy Systems Award
      Arun Majumdar, Director, Precourt Institute for Energy and Jay Precourt Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Photon Science, Stanford University
    • 2019 AIAA Wyld Propulsion Award
      Stanley K. Borowski, Senior Aerospace Research Engineer (Retired), NASA Glenn Research Center

    Best Papers are voted to be the latest, most significant research by AIAA technical peers. 

    More Information on Awards and Best Papers


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