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Michael Holden to Receive AIAA Honor
AIAA to present awards at 47th Joint Propulsion Conference
Awards recognize technical and literary achievement and sustained service

July 12, 2011 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will honor achievement in technical and literary fields, as well as sustained service, at a noon awards luncheon on August 3 as part of the 47th AIAA/ASME/ASE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, to be held July 31–August 3 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif.

James Mace, technical fellow, The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Mo., will receive the 2011 AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion Award. The award is presented for meritorious accomplishments in the arts, sciences, and technology of air breathing propulsion systems. Mace is being recognized for unique and sustained contributions to the advancement of technology of integrated aircraft propulsion systems and their interdisciplinary design, analysis, and test.

Kenneth K. Kuo, distinguished professor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn., will receive the 2011 AIAA Wyld Propulsion Award. The award is presented for outstanding achievement in the development or application of rocket propulsion systems. Kuo is being recognized for numerous seminal contributions to advancements in hybrid rocket and solid rocket propulsion systems.

Michael S. Holden, vice president, hypersonics, CUBRC, Buffalo, N.Y., will receive the 2011 AIAA Ground Testing Award. Holden is being recognized for unique contributions in the development and construction of hypervelocity ground test facilities and their application to experimental research over a wide range of problems in hypersonic flow.

Richard A. Yetter, professor of mechanical engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn., will receive the 2011 AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award. The award is presented for outstanding technical contributions to aeronautical or astronautical combustion engineering. Yetter is being honored for his extensive and fundamental contributions to the advancement of combustion science and technology for aerospace propulsion and energies.

Allen J. McDonald, vice president and technical director for advanced technology, ATK Thiokol Propulsion (retired), Ogden, Utah, and James R. Hansen, professor of history and director of the Honors College, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., will receive the 2011 AIAA Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award. The award is presented for the best original contribution to the field of aeronautical or astronautical historical non-fiction literature published in the last five years dealing with the science, technology, and/or impact of aeronautics and astronautics on society. McDonald and Hansen will receive the award for their book "Truth, Lies and O-Rings."

Brian Pomeroy, of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., will receive the AIAA Foundation Martin Summerfield Graduate Award in Propellants and Combustion. The AIAA Foundation presents this award in memory of Dr. Martin Summerfield, an early American rocket pioneer and co-founder of Aerojet, to a student actively pursuing research on propellants and combustion.

Sean Torrez, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., will receive the AIAA Foundation Gordon C. Oates Air Breathing Propulsion Graduate Award. The AIAA Air Breathing Technical Activity Committee presents this award, named in honor of the late Gordon C. Oates, a professor in the Department of Aeronautics at the University of Washington, to a student conducting research in the field of air breathing propulsion.

Jeffrey Haas, chief, testing division, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, will receive an AIAA Sustained Service Award for his dedicated service to the Institute.
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