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AIAA Announces Its Class of 2019 Fellows and Honorary Fellows

Press Release From: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Posted: Monday, February 4, 2019

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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