Press Release

AIAA Awards To Be Presented at June Conference in Miami

By SpaceRef Editor
June 7, 2007
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June 6, 2007 – Reston, Virginia –The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announces the following awards to be presented at the 37th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit, 25th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 38th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference in conjunction with the 16th International Conference on MHD Energy Conversion, 18th AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference, and 39th AIAA Thermophysics Conference, June 25-28, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Michael Bragg, Associate Dean for Research and Administrative Affairs and Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Illinois, will receive the AIAA 2007 Aerodynamics Award.  The award is presented for meritorious achievement in the field of applied aerodynamics, recognizing notable contributions in the development, application, and evaluation of aerodynamic concepts and methods.  Dr. Bragg is being recognized for pioneering research on the aerodynamic effects of ice accretion on aircraft and the aerodynamic phenomena responsible.

Dr. Ronald Adrian, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, will receive the AIAA 2007 Fluid Dynamics Award. The award is presented for meritorious achievement in the field of applied aerodynamics, recognizing notable contributions in the development, application, and evaluation of aerodynamic concepts and methods. Dr. Adrian is being recognized for landmark contributions in the development of laser Doppler velocimetry, particle image velocimetry and stochastic estimation techniques, and for sustained leadership in fluid dynamics.

Dr. George W. Sutton of  Sparta, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia, will receive the AIAA 2007 Plasmadynamics and Lasers Award. The award is presented for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the physical properties and dynamical behavior of matter in the plasma state and lasers as related to need in aeronautics and astronautics.  Dr. Sutton is being recognized for pioneering work in aero-optics and in the development of high power gas lasers, both pulsed and continuous wave, and in laser effects.

Dr. Graham Candler, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota has been selected to receive the AIAA 2007 Thermophysics Award. The award is presented for an outstanding singular or sustained technical or scientific contribution by an individual in thermophysics, specifically as related to the study and application of the properties and mechanisms involved in thermal energy transfer and the study of environmental effects on such properties and mechanisms.  Dr. Candler is being recognized for outstanding contributions toward development, validation, and application of state-of-the-art numerical techniques for high temperature gas dynamics flows in thermochemical nonequilibrium.

All honorees will receive an engraved medal, a certificate of citation, and a rosette pin during the Tuesday, June 26, awards luncheon.

Additional awards to be presented at the June 26 luncheon include two AIAA Sustained Service Awards to Dr. Hassan A. Hassan, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and to Dr. Shu T. Lai, Senior Physicist at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts.  Each will receive a certificate of citation and lapel pin recognizing their sustained significant service and contributions to AIAA.

For more information about the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at carols@aiaa.org or at 703/264-7623.

AIAA advances the state of aerospace science, engineering, and technological leadership. Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., the Institute serves over 35,000 members in 65 regional sections and 79 countries. AIAA membership is drawn from all levels of industry, academia, private research organizations, and government. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org.

SpaceRef staff editor.