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2021 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala

August 18, 2021 @ 18:30 - 19:30

On 18 August 2021, AIAA will host an extraordinary evening to inspire and advance the future of aerospace. From the important missions that reinvent our national uses of air and space, to the innovative new applications that enhance everyday living, AIAA recognizes individuals and institutions that are making the world safer, more connected, and more prosperous.

Registration details will be announced in early 2021 to join colleagues and invited officials from the DoD, NASA, the FAA and other government agencies as we recognize the Class of 2020 and 2021 AIAA Fellows, Honorary Fellows, and award winners in the following categories:

  • 2021 recipients to be announced in February 2021
  • 2020 AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award – Robert D. Cabana, NASA Kennedy Space Center
  • 2020 AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award – Alan C. Brown, Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired)
  • 2020 Guggenheim Medal – Sheila E. Widnall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2020 AIAA Distinguished Service Award – L. Jane Hansen, HRP Systems
  • 2020 AIAA International Cooperation Award – Jaiwon Shin, NASA Headquarters (retired), and Joachim
    Szodruch, Hamburg Aviation; IFAR, for the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR)
  • 2020 AIAA Public Service Award – Steve T. Knight, Former U.S. Congressman
  • 2020 AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award – Patrick Neumann, Neumann Space
  • 2020 AIAA Engineer of the Year – Andrew Klesh, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • 2020 AIAA Educator Achievement Award – Elizabeth L. Bero, Horizon Elementary School, Madison, Alabama; Beth Leavitt, Wade Hampton High School, Greenville, South Carolina; Scott McComb, Raisbeck Aviation High School, Seattle, Washington

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800-639-AIAA (2422)


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
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