Awards




The AIAA Greater Huntsville Section’s Hermann Oberth Award
(Click to see video about the casting of the award.)

Professor Hermann Oberth

Professor Hermann Oberth is one of the three founders of modern rocketry and space travel, together with Konstantin Tsiolokovsky and Dr. Robert Goddard.  Oberth’s book “The Rocket Into Planetary Space” describing issues of rocketry and human spaceflight was published in 1923.  Oberth worked with Wernher von Braun at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency during 1955-1958, and was a member of our section.


Each year the Greater Huntsville Section solicits nominations for its Section awards. The Awards Committee recommends recipients to the Section Council for its approval, and the awards are then presented at the annual Installation and Awards Dinner, which we hope to organize this fall. Due to the pandemic last year, the 2020 Awards Dinner was cancelled and the 2020 award recipients will also be recognized at this year's Awards Dinner.


We Proudly Announce the Recipients of the 2020 and 2021 AIAA GHS Annual Awards:

1) The Hermann Oberth Award is presented to a Section member in recognition of outstanding individual scientific achievement in the field of astronautics or for the promotion and advancement of the aeronautical sciences. A bust of Professor Hermann Oberth and a framed certificate are presented to the recipient.
2020 Recipient - Phil Ligrani
2021 Recipient - Paul Gradl


2) The Holger Toftoy Award is presented to a Section member in recognition of outstanding technical management in the fields of aeronautics and astronautics. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient.
2020 Recipient - Mark Miller
2021 Recipient - Andy Johnston


3) The Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year Award is presented to a Section member in recognition of outstanding service to education and promotion of math and science within the community. The award is named in recognition of Konrad Dannenberg, a German-American rocket pioneer who was an avid proponent of education, an active member of the AIAA and an inspiration to the aerospace community.
2020 Recipient - Tom Hannigan
2021 Recipient - Sherrie Frady


4) The Martin Schilling Award is presented to a Section member in recognition of outstanding service to the Section, such as major contributions to its growth, technical programs, or administrative functions. The award is named for the Section's founding president, Dr. Martin Schilling.
2020 Recipient - Greg Simpson
2021 Recipient - Nishanth Goli


5) The Earl Pearce Professional of the Year Award is presented to a Section member in recognition of extraordinary dedication, creativity, and leadership while engaged in professional work or activity within the aerospace community. The award is named in recognition of Earl Pearce who was on the Section's Board of Directors and served as Supernumerary for many years. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient.
2020 Recipient - Sami Habchi
2021 Recipient - John A. Blevins


6) The Ed Pruett Young Professional of the Year Award is presented to a Section member of 35 years of age or younger who has demonstrated extraordinary technical skill and dedication in the practice of the Aerospace Engineering profession. The award is named in recognition of Ed Pruett who was on the Section Board of Directors and served the Section for many years. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient.
2020 Recipient - Dr. Matthew Hitt
2021 Recipient - Tyler Lamb


7) The Student of the Year Award (undergraduate) is presented to a Section undergraduate student member in recognition of notable technical accomplishments, active engineering research, outstanding service to AIAA student section, or active STEM outreach in the local community. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient.
2020 Recipient - Anna Grace Miller
2021 Recipient - Darcey D'Amato


8) The Student of the Year Award (graduate) is presented to a Section graduate student member in recognition of notable technical accomplishments, active engineering research, outstanding service to AIAA student section, or active STEM outreach in the local community.
2020 Recipient - Tim Marquardt
2021 Recipient - Saroj Kumar


Congratulations to the Section's 2020 and 2021 Award Recipients

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