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Excellence in Aerospace

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Recognizing Excellence in Aerospace within the ASCEND and AIAA Community

ASCEND is committed to ensuring that aerospace professionals are recognized and celebrated for their achievements, innovations, and discoveries that advance science and technology in space. From the major missions that reimagine how we utilize air and space to the new applications that enhance everyday living on Earth and beyond, join us in celebrating the aerospace professionals that leverage their knowledge for the benefit of all.

Celebrate During 2023 ASCEND
AIAA Lectures and Awards
Majdalani Joe 2023

2023 von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics

Monday, 23 October, 1130–1230 hrs PT

Joseph Majdalani, Francis Chair of Excellence and Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Auburn University

Lecture: Celebrating a Century of Kármán’s Momentum-Integral and Space-Reductive Approaches: Applications in Rocketry and Beyond

This lecture is named in honor of Theodore von Kármán, a world-famous authority on aerospace sciences. The award of this lecture honors an individual who has performed notably and distinguished themselves technically in the field of astronautics.

George T Whitesides 2023

2023 AIAA David W Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce Award

Monday, 23 October, 1245–1345 hrs PT

George T. Whitesides, Partner, Convective Capital; Former CEO, Virgin Galactic; and Former Chief of Staff, NASA

Lecture: Connecting Space to Earth

The David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce Award provides an annual lecture to recognize a prominent industry leader or senior management team (up to three individuals) who have created or grown a space-related business and generated substantial economic benefits and market value. The award is sponsored and endowed by Orbital ATK Inc., to commemorate the long and distinguished career of commercial space pioneer, David W. Thompson

John M Grunsfeld 2023

2023 AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management

Tuesday, 24 October, 0800 hrs PT

Accepting the award: John M. Grunsfeld, Endless Frontier Associates LLC

Citation: “For exceptional leadership of America’s space science program resulting in amazing achievements exploring the Earth, our solar system, and unravelling the mysteries of the cosmos.”

The AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management is presented to recognize outstanding contributions in the management of a significant space or space-related program or project.

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