19–22 August 2019
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana


AIAA celebrates our industry’s discoveries and achievements from the small but brilliantly simple innovations that affect everyday life to the major discoveries and missions that fuel our collective human drive to explore and accomplish amazing things.  

At this year's AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, we recognize some of the brightest minds in our industry. Their achievements have inspired us to dream and to explore new frontiers.  

Propulsion and Energy Forum 2018 Awards

2018 Sustained Service Award

Dr. Robert (Bob) A. Stuever
Senior Engineering Specialist
Textron Aviation
Andale, KS

For sustained service to the Institute at both the national and section levels with a variety of roles and responsibilities.

2018 Aerospace Power Systems Award

Mr. Peter Carian
Aerospace Fellow 
The Aerospace Corporation
El Segundo, CA

"In recognition of technical excellence in space power systems architecture, electronic component design, and anomaly resolution.”

2018 Air Breathing Propulsion Award

Dr. Gabriel Roy
President, CPnE Consultants
Fairfax, VA

 “For contribution to Air Breathing Systems by envisioning and managing over 500 R&D projects leading to innovations, increased range and speed, and reduced emission and noise.” 

2018 Energy Systems Award          

Dr. Brian Edward Launder
University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

For leading modelling, measurement, and computational research in turbulent flows for 50 years with diverse energy-related applications including, especially, gas-turbine blade cooling.

2018 Liquid Propulsion Young Professional Award

Mr. Drew Damon
Propulsion Engineering Manager
Redondo Beach, CA

For early achievements in liquid propulsion and demonstrated potential for a successful career in the field.

2018 Liquid Propulsion Student Award

Darren Tinker
Vanderbilt University
Bowling Green, KY

For outstanding work as an undergraduate or graduate student in liquid propulsion.

2018 Propellants and Combustion Award

Dr. Hai Wang
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

For pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of homogenous and heterogeneous combustion kinetics.

2018 Wyld Propulsion Award

Mr. T. Kent Pugmire
Retired, Technical Representative
Spincraft/Standex International Corporation

For pioneering contributions to the design and development in-space propulsion systems including the creation of electro-thermal ammonia/hydrazine propulsion systems used in hundreds of spacecraft 

Best Papers

2017 Aerospace Power Systems Best Paper

"Next-Generation RTGs for NASA” (AIAA 2017-4612) David Woerner of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

2017 Aerospace Power Systems Best Student Paper

“Analysis of unsteady gas temperature measurements in the appendix gap of a Stirling engine" (AIAA 2017-4795), Jan Sauer and Hans-Detlev Kuehl, TU Dortmund University, Lehrstuhl für Thermodynamik, Munich, Germany

2017 Electric Propulsion Best Paper

“A Critical Review of Thrust Models for Applied-Field Magnetoplasmadynamic Thrusters” (AIAA 2017-4723) William Coogan and Edgar Choueiri of Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

2018 Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration Best Paper

“Performance Calculations for a Boundary-Layer-Ingesting Fan Stage from Sparse Measurements” (AIAA 2018-1889) Stephanie Hirt, John Wolter, David Arend, and Tristan Hearn of NASA Glenn Research Center, Larry Hardin of United Technologies Corporation and John Gazzaniga of Zin Technologies

2017 Liquid Propulsion Best Paper

"Coil-On-Plug Ignition for Oxygen/Methane Liquid Rocket Engines in Thermal-Vacuum Environments" (AIAA 2017-4666) John C. Melcher, Matthew J. Atwell, Robert L. Morehead, and Eric A. Hurlbert, NASA Johnson Space Center; Luz I. Bugarin and Mariana Chaidez, University of Texas at El Paso 

2017 Solid Rockets Best Paper

“Biglobal Stability of the Swirling Majdalani-Fist Mean Flowfield in Solid Rocket Motors” (AIAA 2017-4949) Trevor Elliot, Dillion Sluss, and Wesley Gibson of University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

2017 Solid Rockets Best Student Paper

"The Taylor-Culick Profile for Spinning Rocket Motors" (AIAA 2017-4779), Mr. Orie Cecil and Professor Joe Majdalani of Auburn University, Auburn, AL


Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 15 Jul 2019
  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 28 Jul 2019
  • Cancellation Deadline: 05 Aug 2019

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