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AIAA announces its class of 2019 fellows and honorary fellows

Aerospace professionals awarded top accolades

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

February 4, 2019 - Reston, Va. -The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected its Class of 2019 AIAA Fellows and Honorary Fellows. The induction ceremony for the new Fellows and Honorary Fellows will take place on 15 May 2019 at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala is an annual black-tie event that recognizes the most influential and inspiring individuals in aerospace, whose outstanding contributions merit the highest accolades.

"The 50th anniversary of the lunar landing is a fitting backdrop for this year's class of Honorary Fellows and Fellows," said John Langford, AIAA president. "While we always celebrate what--and who--came before us, as aerospace professionals we are always looking ahead to the next challenge. Because of the dedication, leadership and vision of these new inductees, the aerospace industry is moving forward by leaps and bounds. AIAA offers our sincere admiration for their hard work and congratulates the members of the 2019 Class on their achievements."

Honorary Fellow is the highest distinction conferred by AIAA and recognizes preeminent individuals who have had long and highly contributory careers in aerospace and who embody the highest possible standards in aeronautics and astronautics.

The 2019 Honorary Fellows are:

G. Scott Hubbard, Stanford University

Dennis A. Muilenburg, The Boeing Company

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, U.S. Air Force (retired)

AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon individuals in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics.

The 2019 Fellows are:

Michael Amitay, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ella M. Atkins, University of Michigan

Bradley D. Belcher, Rolls-Royce Corporation

Isaiah M. Blankson, NASA Glenn Research Center

Robert A. Canfield, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Meelan M. Choudhari, NASA Langley Research Center

Noel T. Clemens, The University of Texas at Austin

Fayette S. Collier, NASA Langley Research Center

Henry B. Garrett, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Gregory L. Hyslop, The Boeing Company

D. Keoki Jackson, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Moriba K. Jah, The University of Texas at Austin

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Larry D. James, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Rakesh K. Kapania, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

James A. Keenan, U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC)

James A. Kenyon, Pratt & Whitney

David H. Klyde, Systems Technology, Inc.

Marc W. Kniskern, Sandia National Laboratories

Mark S. Miller, Dynetics, Inc.

Wing Ng, Techsburg, Inc.

Mark A. Pasquale, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Mostafa Rassaian, The Boeing Company (retired)

D. Brett Ridgely, Raytheon Company

Hanspeter Schaub, University of Colorado Boulder

Jaiwon Shin, NASA Headquarters

James E. Vasatka, The Boeing Company (retired)

Karen E. Willcox, The University of Texas at Austin

Thomas R. Yechout, U.S. Air Force Academy

Xinguo Zhang, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) / Chinese Aeronautical Establishment (CAE)

In 1933, Orville Wright became AIAA's first Honorary Fellow. Today, AIAA Honorary Fellows and AIAA Fellows are the most respected names in the aerospace industry. For more information on AIAA's Honors Program, or the AIAA Honorary Fellows or Fellows Program, please contact Patricia A. Carr at 703.264.7523 or triciac@aiaa.org.

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