7–11 January 2019
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego,
San Diego, California


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 200 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, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy (retired)
Title: TBD
Topic: 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:

Student Paper Competition Winners

  • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control
  • Intelligent Systems 

Best Papers

  • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control
  • High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Meshing, Visualization and Computational Environments
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Theoretical Fluid Dynamics

Technical Excellence Awards

  • Aerospace Software
  • de Florez Award for Flight Simulation
  • Intelligent Systems Award
  • Mechanics and Control of Flight Award

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
Topic: TBD.

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:

Academic/Educator Awards

  • Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Astronautics
  • Abe M. Zarem Educator Award in Astronautics
  • Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics
  • Abe M. Zarem Educator Award in Aeronautics

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

  • History
  • ASME/Boeing Best Paper in Structures
  • Collier Research Hypersizer/AIAA Structures

Literary Awards

  • Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award
  • History Manuscript Award
  • Pendray Aerospace Literature Award
  • Summerfield Book Award

Technical Excellence Awards

  • Aerospace Design Engineering Award
  • Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award
  • Crichlow Prize

Dates to Remember

  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 17 Dec 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 17 Dec 2018

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