AIAA Sydney Section Chair, Dr Michael West, presenting Dr Kimberley Clayfield with the AIAA’s Lawerence Sperry Award during a recent AIAA event in Canberra
AIAA member and immediate past chair of the Sydney Section, Dr Kimberley Clayfield, was recently awarded the AIAA’s Lawerence Sperry Award. This award is presented for a notable contribution made by a young person, age 35 or under, to the advancement of aeronautics or astronautics and honours Lawrence B. Sperry, pioneer aviator and inventor, who died in 1923 in a forced landing while attempting a flight across the English Channel.
Dr Clayfield is currently the Executive Manager of Space Sciences and Technology at CSIRO. She received this award in recognition of her significant and sustained contributions to the development of the Australian aerospace sector through national public policy development, scientific leadership, and education activities.
The Lawrence Sperry Award is an international honour bestowed by the AIAA and includes a certificate and medallion. Dr Clayfield is the first Australian to receive this award. Previous recipients include Gene Kranz (former NASA Flight Director, including of the Apollo 13 mission), David Thompson (founder and CEO of Orbital Sciences Corporation), Sheila Widnall (the first female Secretary of the US Air Force) and Robert Braun (former NASA Chief Technologist). Congratulations to Dr Clayfield on this prestigious award!