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2018 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center , Washington, DC, US,

AIAA ignites and celebrates ingenuity and collaboration and ensures aerospace professionals are recognized for their contributions to making the world safer, more connected, more prosperous—from the major missions that reinvent our national uses of air and space, to the inventive new applications that enhance everyday living.


Please join your colleagues when we recognize and celebrate new AIAA Fellows, Honorary Fellows, and winners of the following awards: 

  • AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award - Gwynne E. Shotwell, SpaceX
  • AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award - Mark Drela, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • AIAA Distinguished Service Award - Mary L. Snitch, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • AIAA Public Service Award - George C. Nield, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Daniel Guggenheim Medal Award – Paul M. Bevilaqua, Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired)
  • Lawrence Sperry Award - Michael West, Australian Department of Defence
  • AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence – Honda Aircraft Company


Reception: 1830 hrs
Dinner and Awards: 1930 hrs
Attire: Black Tie or Mess Dress


This black-tie occasion provides you with the unique opportunity to invite officials and constituents from the DoD, NASA, the FAA, and other government agencies for an evening of socializing and celebration. 

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