6–10 January 2020
Hyatt Regency Orlando,
Orlando, Florida


SciTech Recognition 2018

Join us at the AIAA SciTech Forum as we celebrate our community's discoveries and achievements from the small but brilliantly simple innovations that affect everyday lives to the major discoveries and missions that fuel our collective human drive to explore and accomplish amazing things.

2019 Durand Lecture for Public Service and Luncheon

Monday, 7 January 2019, 1230–1400 hrs

The Durand Lecture, named in honor of William F. Durand, is presented to showcase notable achievements by a scientific or technical leader whose contributions have led directly to the understanding and application of the science and technology of aeronautics and astronautics for the betterment of mankind. Lunch will be provided to the first 180 guests on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture will be presented after lunch and is open to all attendees at that time.

Douglas L. Loverro, President, Loverro Consulting LLC, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense  
Title: Guarding the "High Frontier" and preserving its capability for commercial use - what is necessary to assure a secure future for our nation and a thriving space industry?

2019 Associate Fellow Reception, Recognition Ceremony and Dinner

Monday, 7 January 2019, Reception: 1830–1930 hrs, Dinner: 1930–2230 hrs

Each year, the Institute recognizes exemplary professionals for their accomplishments in engineering or scientific work, outstanding merit and contributions to the art, science, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Please support your colleagues and join us for the induction of the 2019 Associate Fellows. The reception is open to all who would like to congratulate the newest members of the Class of 2019. Tickets to this celebrated event are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased for $100 via the AIAA SciTech registration page, or onsite (based on availability).

Business attire/semi-formal attire is requested.

Excellence in Aerospace Recognition Luncheon: Celebrating Achievements in Aerospace Sciences and Information Systems

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 1230–1400 hrs

We honor our up-and-coming students, our technical innovators, and our seasoned practitioners. We meet to elevate their work and encourage our community. Please join us as we recognize winners of the following competitions and awards:

Academic/Educator Awards

  • Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics
    Ken Mitchell, University of Memphis

  • Abe M. Zarem Educator Award in Astronautics
    Jeffrey Marchetta, University of Memphis

  • Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics
    Geoffrey Andrews, Purdue University

  • Abe M. Zarem Educator Award in Aeronautic
    Gregory Blaisdell, Purdue University

  • 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Award
    Susan A. Frost, NASA Ames Research Center

    For shaping AIAA 's Diversity and Inclusion initiative and moving it forward throughout the AIAA community and beyond; and for the passion, dedication and leadership role that make her the ultimate role model for everyone who follows her footsteps. 

Student Paper Competition Winners

  • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

    "An Experimental Investigation of Tractor and Pusher Hexacopter Performance” (AIAA 2018-2983)
    Prashin Sharma and Ella Atkins, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Meshing, Visualization and Computational Environments          

Best Papers

  • 35th ASME Wind Energy Symposium Best Paper (2017)
    “Development of FAST.Farm: A New Multi-Physics Engineering Tool for Wind-Farm Design and Analysis” (AIAA 2017-0454)
    Jason M. Jonkman, Jennifer Annoni, Greg Hayman, Bonnie Jonkman, and Avi Purkayastha of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

  • 36th ASME Wind Energy Symposium Best Paper (2018)
    “Interaction of small scale Homogeneous Isotropic Turbulence with an Actuator Disk” (AIAA 2018-0753)
    Aditya S. Ghate, Niranjan Ghaisas, Sanjiva K. Lele, and Aaron Towne of Stanford University 

  • Astrodynamics
    "Applied Reachability Analysis for Spacecraft Rendezvous and Docking with a Tumbling Object" (AIAA 2018-2220)
    Costantinos Zagaris and Marcello Romano of the Naval Postgraduate School

  • Guidance, Navigation and Control

    "Efficient Prioritization in Explicit Adaptive NMPC through Reachable-Space Search" (AIAA 2018-1847)
    Vishnu Desaraju and Nathan Michael of the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion

    “Supersonic Isolator Shock-Train Dynamics: Simple Physics-Based Model for Closed Loop Control of Shock Train Location” (AIAA 2018-1618)
    Leon Vanstone, Joe Lingren and Noel Clemens of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Meshing, Visualization and Computational Environments Best Paper
    “Generation of Anisotropic Adaptive Meshes for the First AIAA Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop” (AIAA 2018-0658)
    Todd Michal, Joshua Krakos and Dmitry Kamenetskiy of The Boeing Company

  • Modeling and Simulation
    • “Differential Adaptive Stress Testing of Airborne Collision Avoidance Systems” (AIAA 2018-1923)
      Ritchie Lee and Ole Mengshoel of Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, Moffet Field, California
      Anshu Saksena, Ryan Gardner, Daniel Genin and Jeffrey Brush of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland
      Mykel Kochenderfer of Stanford University, Stanford, California.
    • “A Modeling, Simulation and Control Framework for Small Unmanned Multicopter Platforms in Urban Environments"” (AIAA 2018-1915)
      Corey Ippolito and Kalmanje Krishnakumar of NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
      Sebastian Hening and Shankar Sankararaman of Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc., Moffett Field, California
  • Sensor Systems and Information Fusion
    “Information Exchange Considerations for Effective Fusion among Heterogeneous Network Participants” (AIAA 2018-0710)  
    Thomas Frey, Jr., and Kent Engebretson of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas  
    Nelson Rasmussen, of Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Technical Excellence Awards

  • Aerospace Software Engineering

    Scott A. Morton, Project Manager, CREATE Aviation Vehicles Project
    Department of Defense High Performing Computing Modernization Program Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments Program, Vicksburg, Mississippi
    “For over 30 years of significant research and innovations in the software engineering of multi-disciplinary, physics-based simulation tools for the design analysis and virtual test of aeronautical systems.”

  • deFlorez Award for Flight Simulation
    Ronald A. Hess, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Davis
    “For contributions in the field of simulation fidelity for the improvement of air vehicle simulation and trainers, aircraft man machine interface, and flight control.”

  • Mechanics and Control of Flight Award
    E. Glenn Lightsey, Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
    "For far-reaching advances toward low-cost space mission concepts through groundbreaking technological developments in sensor and actuator systems for small satellites."

Dryden Lecture in Research 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 17301830 hrs

The Dryden Lecture in Research was named in honor of Dr. Hugh L. Dryden in 1967, succeeding the Research Award established in 1960. The Lecture emphasizes the great importance of basic and applied research to the advancement in aeronautics and astronautics and is a salute to research scientists and engineers.

Joseph A. Schetz, Holder of the Fred D. Durham Chair, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Title: Truss-Braced Wing Designs for High-Speed Transport Aircraft  

Excellence in Aerospace Recognition Luncheon: Celebrating Achievements in Aerospace Design/Structures and Aerospace Literature

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 12001400 hrs

Please join us as we recognize the winners of the following competitions and awards:

Student Competitions

  • American Society of Composites (ASC) Student Competition in Composites
  • CFD Best Student Paper
  • Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures
  • Jefferson Goblet
  • Lockheed Martin Student Paper in Structures
  • Southwest Research Institute Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches

Best Papers

  • ASME/Boeing Best Paper in Structures

    “Nonlinear Computational Aeroelasticity Using Structural Modal Coordinates” (AIAA 2018-1447)
    Renator Medieros and Carlos Cesnik of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Etienne Coetzee of Airbus Operations in Filton, Bristol, United Kingdom

  • AIAA/Colliers-HyperSizer Research Best Structures Paper

    “Steering of Carbon Fiber/Thermoplastic Pre-preg Tapes Using Laser Assisted Tape Placement” (AIAA 2018-0478)
    Gearoid Clancy, Daniel Peeters, Vincenzo Oliveri, Ronan O’Higgins, David Jones and Paul Weaver of the School of Engineering and Bernal Institute, University of Limerick, Ireland

  • History

    “Unlikely Partners: German-Soviet Aeronautical Cooperation, 1919-1933” (AIAA 2018-1612)
    Richard Hallion, Florida Polytechnic University (retired), Shalimar, Florida

  • Spacecraft Structures

    "Flight Qualification Testing of a Meter-class CubeSat Deployable Boom” (AIAA 2017-0621)
    JoAnna Fulton of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado
    Sungeun Jeon of LoadPath LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Thomas Murphey of Roccor LLC in Longmont, Colorado

Literary Awards

  • Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award
    Valerie Neal, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
    Spaceflight in the Shuttle Era and Beyond: Redefining Humanity’s Purpose in Space

  • History Manuscript Award
    Tony Chong, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Flying Wings & Radical Things: Northrop's Secret Aerospace Projects & Concepts 1939–1994

  • Pendray Aerospace Literature Award
    Naira Hovakimyan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    L1 Adaptive Control Theory: Guaranteed Robustness with Fast Adaptation

  • Summerfield Book Award
    Jack D. Mattingly and Keith M. Boyer, US Air Force (retired)

    For “Elements of Propulsion – Gas Turbines and Rockets” and its contributions, from quickly predicting the behavior of “real” engines to the numerous and helpful examples.

Technical Excellence Awards

  • John Leland Atwood Award
    Joseph C. Majdalani, Auburn University

    For significant contributions to the aerospace engineering profession through sustained technical achievements in the field of propulsion and memorable student development experiences.

  • Walter J. and Angeline H. Crichlow Trust Prize
    Larry B. Ilcewicz, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    “For exemplary technical leadership in establishing a safety and regulatory framework enabling large scale structural application of composites in commercial and general aviation aircraft, rotorcraft and engines.”

Dates to Remember

  • Abstract Deadline: 11 Jun 2019
  • Manuscript Deadline: 02 Dec 2019
  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 16 Dec 2019
  • Cancellation Deadline: 16 Dec 2019

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