Press Release

Arizona State University Professor to Receive Award

By SpaceRef Editor
July 24, 2006
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July 24, 2006 — Reston, VA — The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is proud to announce that Professor Bong Wie of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, has been selected to receive the AIAA 2006 Mechanics and Control of Flight Award.

The Mechanics and Control of Flight Award is presented for an outstanding recent technical or scientific contribution by an individual in the mechanics, guidance, or control of flight in space or the atmosphere. The award consists of a certificate, engraved medal and a rosette pin, which will be presented to Wie on August 22, 2006, held in conjunction with the AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control Conference at the Keystone Resort & Conference Center, Keystone, Colorado.

Wie is being recognized for innovative research on advanced control of complex spacecraft such as solar sails, large flexible structures, and agile imaging satellites equipped with CMGs.

Wie is currently professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University, a position he has held since 1992. Previous to this he held positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Ford Aerospace Corporation, and Stanford University. Wie received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University in 1975 and a M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, in 1978 and 1981, respectively.

Wie is an AIAA Associate Fellow and is the author of the textbook, Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control, published in 1998.

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