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Recognizing Top Achievements in the ASCEND and AIAA Community

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Recognizing Top Achievements in the ASCEND and AIAA Community

AIAA, the organization that powers ASCEND, 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. Join us in celebrating that pioneering spirit showcasing the very best in the aerospace industry.

Please join us to recognize the winners of the 2021 AIAA Service and Technical Awards and the Best Papers authors during the Macro sessions on 15-17 November.

Celebrate during 2021 ASCEND

2021 David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce
In conjunction with the Founders Panel
Monday, 15 November, 1700–1830 hrs PT

2021 von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics
Tuesday, 16 November, 1200–1300 hrs PT

24th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference Reception & Awards*
*Open to all 2021 ASCEND Las Vegas attendees
Tuesday, 16 November, 1700–1830 hrs PT

2021 William H. Pickering Lecture
Tuesday, 16 November, 1830–1930 hrs PT

Please join us to recognize the winners of the 2021 AIAA Service and Technical Awards and the Best Papers authors during the Macro sessions on 15-17 November.

AIAA Lectures

HS21 Walter Scott

2021 David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce

Walter Scott
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Maxar

Lecture: “Birth of the Remote Sensing Industry”

ASCEND HS21 Hans Koenigsmann

2021 von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics

David Van Wie
Head, Air and Missile Defense
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Lecture: “Multi-Domain Convergence of Space and Near-Space.”

HS ASCEND Michel D Ingham

2021 AIAA Sustained Service Award

Michel D. Ingham
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

For tireless commitment to AIAA technical activities, particularly the Information Systems Group, including service as Deputy Director, Intelligent Systems Technical Committee Chair, Conference Technical Chair, and Digital Engineering Integration Committee Member.

HS ASCEND Frank K Lu

2021 AIAA Sustained Service Award

Frank K. Lu
University of Texas at Arlington

For sustained and diverse leadership in student branch, local section, technical committee, editorial and publications activities.

AIAA Technical Awards

Walker Steve ASCEND

2021 AIAA Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Award

Steven H. Walker­­­
Lockheed Martin Corporation

For outstanding leadership in the furthering of Hypersonic Technology by initiating and managing novel flight demonstrators providing the maturity necessary to transition to operational systems.

2021 AIAA Space Systems Award

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Team

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Team

Accepting the award: Håvard F. Grip, Ingenuity Chief Pilot and lead for the Mars Helicopter Flight Control & Aerodynamics, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

For the design and flight test validation of the first helicopter designed for flight at Mars.

HS21 Fuk K Li 2021ASCEND

2021 AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management

Fuk K. Li
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

For sustained excellence in management of NASA’s New Millennium and Mars Exploration Programs, achieving major breakthroughs in space technology and Mars exploration objectives.

AIAA Best Papers

2020 AIAA Space Architecture Best Student Paper
“Building with Celestial Bodies”
Author: Tim Elrick, Wentworth Institute of Technology

2020 AIAA Space Architecture Best Professional Paper
“Future Space Architecture: Cross-Functional Multidisciplinary Design and Engineering” (AIAA-2020-4067)
Authors: Daniel Inocente, Colin Koop, and Georgi Petrov, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Piero Messina and Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon, European Space Agency; Advenit Makaya, David Binns, David Brandao, and Robin Biesbroek, European Space Agency, European Space Research & Technology Centre

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