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Greater Huntsville Section

 Annual Section Awards

AWARDS




The AIAA Greater Huntsville Section’s Hermann Oberth Award
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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 held in May.

The AIAA Greater Huntsville Annual Section Awards are summarized below, with links to the 2016-2017 award recipients.

1) The Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year Award is 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. Click to learn about 2016-2017 recipient Dr. Anwar Ahmed.

2) 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. Click to learn about 2016-2017 recipient Dr. John E. Cochran, Jr..

3) 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.  Click to learn about 2016-2017 recipient Mr. Chris Crumbly.

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. Click to learn about 2016-2017 recipient Mr. Brandon Stiltner.

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 Council and served as Supernumerary for many years. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient.  Click to learn about 2016-2017 recipient Mr. Alan Lowrey.

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 Council and served the Section for many years.  An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient. Click to learn about 2016-2017 recipient Mrs. Tamara Lee Statham.

7) The Undergraduate Student of the Year Award is presented to an undergraduate student Section member in recognition of notable technical accomplishments, active engineering research, outstanding service to the AIAA student section, or active STEM outreach in the local community. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient. Click to learn about 2016-2017 recipient Miss Jessica Lillian Dedeaux.

8) The Graduate Student of the Year Award is presented to a graduate student Section member in recognition of notable technical accomplishments, active engineering research, outstanding service to the AIAA student section, or active STEM outreach in the local community. An engraved plaque is presented to the recipient. Click to learn about 2016-2017 recipient Mr. Orie Cecil.




KONRAD DANNENBERG EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

HONOREE FOR 2016-2017: Dr. Anwar Ahmed

Photo by Arloe Mayne

Mrs. Jackie Dannenberg, Dr. Joseph Majdalani, and Chairman Brandon Stiltner
with the Educator of the Year Plaque.
(Unfortunately, Educator of the Year Recipient Dr. Anwar Ahmed
was unable to attend the dinner.)


Dr. Anwar Ahmed received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in 1981 and 1985, respectively. His research interests are focused on experimental aerodynamics and fluid mechanics and his professional experience includes anemometry, laser diagnostics (LDV, PIV), flow visualization and wind tunnel design and testing. Since joining Auburn University, Dr. Ahmed has developed and taught courses on measurement techniques, viscous flows, supersonic aerodynamics, and transonic aerodynamics. He currently directs wind tunnel and water tunnel operations and his research investigations explore boundary layers, vortex-dominated flows, bluff body wakes, jets, and flow control concepts applied to cavity acoustics at high speed. His recent work has involved the characterization of compressibility and viscous effects on aero-optical propagation, stochastic resonance of wakes and control of instabilities in wall-bounded and free flows. Dr. Ahmed has been published in numerous archival journals and has given presentations at leading national and international conferences. He has been an active member of the Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee (APATC), the Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee (AFMTC), and the Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee (FDTC). In addition to advising graduate students, Dr. Ahmed is an avid supporter of undergraduate student projects, especially those that require wind tunnel testing and instrumentation, such as the University Student Launch (USL), Design/Build/Fly (DBF), the solar racing car, etc. Dr. Ahmed is the Faculty Advisor for Auburn’s Student Branch of the Aerospace Honor Society and one of the key coordinators for Open House, E-day, and Science Camps for area high schools. In addition to providing wind tunnel testing support to UAH and Tuskegee students since 1998, Dr. Ahmed has helped to establish the Rockets & Robotics for the 4H-Youth Program under the Alabama Extension Service in 2000. Historically, Dr. Ahmed is one of the first to propose and conceptualize the Design/Build/Fly competition within the Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee in 1995 in conjunction with Dr. Michael Selig.

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HERMANN OBERTH AWARD

HONOREE FOR 2016-2017: Dr. John E. Cochran, Jr.


Photo by Arloe Mayne

Dr. Joseph Majdalani, left, and Chairman Brandon Stiltner, right,
with Oberth Award Recipient Dr. John Cochran.


John E. Cochran, Jr. is currently Professor Emeritus of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University. He retired in June 2013 as Professor and Head of the department, the position he held since 1993. Dr. Cochran received his bachelor’s (1966, with highest honors) and masters (1967) degrees from Auburn University and the Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (1970), all in aerospace engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer. He earned a J.D. degree from Jones Law School (1976) and is a licensed attorney (Alabama, 1977). Dr. Cochran has taught numerous courses, including basic and advanced astrodynamics, aircraft stability and control, dynamics of flight, aircraft structures, optimal control, spacecraft attitude dynamics and control, and engineering law and ethics. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 technical papers and reports. Many of his journal publications deal with spacecraft attitude dynamics and control. Working with graduate students, Dr. Cochran has also developed simulations of aerospace systems including towed maneuverable atmospheric flight vehicles, missile launchers, and tethered satellites. As a consultant to engineering firms and corporations, Dr. Cochran has provided technical advice in the areas of dynamics and guidance and control of airplanes, missiles, fixed-wing and helicopters and spacecraft. He has consulted with law firms on product liability cases and the Department of Justice on intellectual property issues. In addition, he has presented seminars to engineers on legal topics such as contracts, products liability, professional liability, and environmental law.

Dr. Cochran is a member of the Auburn United Methodist Church and is member the Auburn Rotary Club and Moore’s Mill Club. He is married to the former Carol Holdbrooks. They are the parents of Chris (1977-2015) and Jonathan and grandparents of five.

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HOLGER TOFTOY AWARD

HONOREE FOR 2016-2017: Mr. Chris Crumbly


Photo by Arloe Mayne

Toftoy Award recipient Mr. Chris Crumbly
receiving plaque from Dr. Joseph Majdalani, left, and Chairman Brandon Stiltner, right.


Chris Crumbly is the Vice-President for Business Development, Civil and Commercial Space at Teledyne Brown Engineering. After a 25-year career at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Mr. Crumbly retired and entered the business community. While at NASA, Mr Crumbly managed the Space Launch System (SLS) Program’s Spacecraft/Payload Integration and Evolution Office, located at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He was responsible for managing the development of spacecraft and payload interfaces for SLS and technical innovations that will increase the performance and decrease the cost of America’s next-generation heavy-lift rocket for human and scientific exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. In addition to serving in management positions at Marshall, he also served as Special Assistant to NASA’s Deputy Administrator and Senior Space Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. A native of Rome, Ga., Mr. Crumbly holds both bachelor and masters degrees in aerospace engineering from Auburn University and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. He speaks on the space program frequently with audiences ranging from TEDx to school groups and professional societies. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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MARTIN SCHILLING AWARD

HONOREE FOR 2016-2017: Mr. Brandon Stiltner


Photo by Arloe Mayne

Chairman Brandon Stiltner receiving the Schilling Award plaque
from Honors and Awards Director Dr. Joseph Majdalani.


Brandon Stiltner is an Aerospace Engineer with 10 years of experience from various areas within the industry sector. He is currently employed with the Qualis Corporation working as a contractor at NASA MSFC. He is a Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer and is currently designing a reaction jet control system for a CubeSat.  He is also part of the Separation Dynamics team, analyzing various separation events for SLS including staging, tower clearance, and jettison events. Brandon holds B.S. (2007) and M.S. (2011)degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional Engineer.

Brandon is actively involved in the AIAA at both the local and national levels. He is a Senior Member of the Institute and an Associate Member of the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technical Committee. Since 2015, Brandon has been in a leadership position in the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section. Most recently, during the 2016-2017 Section year, Brandon was the Chair of the Section. Over the past two years, Brandon has focused on engaging the Section’s members through events and monthly luncheons, and has been involved in numerous Section sponsored events. Events include manning the Section’s booth at NASA Day on the Square, manning the booth at the Section’s co-sponsored NASA SpaceApps Challenge, and led the Section's efforts in advertising and co-sponsoring the Space Mission Engineering course.

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EARL PEARCE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD

HONOREE FOR 2016-2017: Mr. Alan Lowrey


Photo by Arloe Mayne

Dr. Joseph Majdalani, Mrs. Rebecca Smolin (Granddaughter of Mr. Earl Pearce),
Professional of the Year Recipient Mr. Alan Lowrey, and Chairman Brandon Stiltner


Mr. G. Alan Lowrey is a Senior Systems and Integration Engineer with the Jacobs Technology/ESSSA Group at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), and supports the Spacecraft/Payload Integration and Evolution Office for the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Program.  He is currently focused on requirements and design development on the Integrated Spacecraft and Payload Element (ISPE) for the upcoming SLS Block 1B Launch Vehicle.  He has over 30 years of experience supporting NASA and Department of Defense programs, with emphasis on launch vehicle system integration, mission planning, and operations.  Mr. Lowrey is an AIAA Associate Fellow, a past Chair of the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section, and a past member of the AIAA Board of Directors representing Region-II(US Southeast).  He serves on numerous AIAA committees, including for the Southeastern Regional Student Conference, participates in mentoring programs, and locally coordinates AIAA volunteers for the North Alabama Regional and Alabama State Science and Engineering Fairs.  He holds BAE and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University, and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University Of Tennessee.

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ED PRUETT YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD

HONOREE FOR 2016-2017: Mrs. Tamara Lee Statham


Photo by Arloe Mayne

Dr. Joseph Majdalani, Mr. Ed Pruett, Young Professional Award Recipient
Mrs. Tamara Lee Statham, and Chairman Brandon Stiltner.


Tamara Statham is currently working as a Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer with Jacobs ESSSA. She supports trajectory analysis for Space Launch System at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).  Prior to her position with Jacobs, Tamara worked as an aerospace engineer at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. In this position, she supported the development and operation of small tactical satellites and radar testing as part of the Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar program. She was awarded the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for her technical efforts during the SMDC Nanosatellite Program.

She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a focus in astrodynamics and satellite navigation.  She is an active member of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She served as the Secretary and is currently the Young Professional Director for the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section, leading events which provide mentorship and networking opportunities to young professionals. Her hobbies include running, ultimate frisbee, and 3D printing.

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

HONOREE FOR 2016-2017: Miss Jessica Lillian Dedeaux


Photo by Arloe Mayne

Dr. Joseph Majdalani, Undergraduate of the Year
Miss Jessica Lillian Dedeaux, and Chairman Brandon Stiltner.


Miss Jessica Lillian Dedeaux is a Presidential Scholar at Tuskegee University majoring in Aerospace Science Engineering Major graduating May 2018, and she is originally from Wiggins, MS.  Dedeaux is very active on the Tuskegee University Campus, for she served on the Executive Student Government Association as the Executive Secretary for the 2016-2017 Academic School Year, and she will be serving as the 2017-2018 Miss Tuskegee University. In regards to the Aerospace Field, she designed, tested, and modeled her own wing as a Senior at Stone High School; furthermore, the wing granted her the admission and scholarship to Tuskegee University. The research on the wing still continues as she strives to modify it in order to implement into Fighter Jet Wing Production. She has interned with GE Aviation where she saved over $400,000 through lean manufacturing and The Boeing Company in Arizona where she initiated and led international contracts for the Apache Helicopter. She also served as the 2016-2017 Secretary of Sigma Gamma Tau, Vice-President of AIAA, Lead Engineer for the Rocketry Team, and the Project Manager and Lead Engineer for the AIAA Design, Build, Fly Team. Under her leadership, both teams have been recognized as the first HBCU Teams in the final rounds of their respective competitions. Dedeaux is also a Tubist in the Marching Crimson Piper Band and a Sister of Tau Beta Sigma.  In regards to community involvement, Dedeaux served as the 2016-2017 Community Service Administrator for the University Community Service Committee. This summer, Dedeaux, be interning with The Boeing Company in Huntsville on the Load Dynamics team.

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GRADUATE STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

HONOREE FOR 2016-2017: Mr. Orie Cecil


Photo by Arloe Mayne

Dr. Joseph Majdalani, Graduate Student of the Year
Mr. Orie Cecil, and Chairman Brandon Stiltner.


Orie Cecil is a doctoral student at Auburn University in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, where he has also received his B.E. and M.S. degrees.   His research with Dr. Majdalani is focused on rocket internal ballistics and swirl-driven flowfields affecting solid, liquid, and hybrid rockets.  His main research activities have been centered on the development of mathematical models and numerical simulations to explain the evolution of swirl and high speed motions in rocket engines. His Ph.D. is focused on the modeling of acoustic instability energy and nonlinear interactions in liquid rocket engines.

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