ARC = NASA Ames Research Center
DFRC = NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
GRC = NASA Glenn Research Center
HQ = NASA Headquarters
LaRC = NASA Langley Research Center
+ American Helicopter Society (AHS) Howard Hughes Award.
Awarded to the SMART Rotor team, including NASA researchers in the
Subsonic Rotary Wing project of the Fundamental Aeronautics Program, for
successful wind tunnel testing of the Boeing SMART Rotor ("Smart
Materials Actuated Rotor Technology"). The tests demonstrated the
feasibility, robustness, authority and aeromechanical benefits of
one-blade, smart material actuation that could eventually help reduce
rotor noise and vibration. The Howard Hughes Award is presented in
recognition of an outstanding improvement in fundamental helicopter
+ American Helicopter Society "Vertiflite" Magazine.
The spring issue of the AHS magazine featured a profile of Susan Gorton,
principal investigator for the Subsonic Rotary Wing Project in the
Fundamental Aeronautics Program.
+ American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Named scholarship after Dr. Amy Pritchett (HQ), director of NASA's
Aviation Safety Program. The AIAA created the Dr. Amy R. Pritchett
Digital Avionics Scholarship to recognize her efforts in support of the
Digital Avionics Technical Committee and the IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics
Systems Conference, specifically to involve undergraduate students
within the committee and at the conference. The scholarship is one of
four $2,000 undergraduate scholarships endowed each year by AIAA’s
Digital Avionics Technical Committee.
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+ American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow.
Dr. Mujeeb R. Malik (LaRC), for his pioneering contributions to the
understanding and prediction of laminar-turbulent transition in subsonic
to hypersonic flow regime and developing physics based methods for
laminar flow control design.
Wayne R. Johnson (ARC), for his notable and valuable contributions to
the sciences and technology of aeronautics.
+ American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Best Paper by a Young Professional Award.
Awarded to Vance Dippold and Lancert Foster (GRC) and Michael Wiese
(LaRC) for their article "Computational Analyses of Offset-Stream
Nozzles for Noise Reduction" published in the Journal of Propulsion and
Power (Jan.-Feb. 2009, Vol. 25, No. 1).
+ American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2009 Aerospace Software Engineering Award.
Awarded to the Future Air Traffic Management Concepts Evaluation Tool
(FACET) software development team, including from ARC: Dr. Banavar
Sridhar, Dr. Karl D. Bilimoria, Dr. Shon R. Grabbe, Mr. Daniel G.
Mulfinger and Dr. Kapil Sheth. The award is presented for outstanding
technical and/or management contributions to aeronautical or
astronautical software engineering. According to the AIAA, the FACET
team won the award for a "significant breakthrough in simulation
capability for visualization and analysis of air traffic management
concepts and procedures."
From the AIAA news release: "The FACET tool enables the rapid generation
of air traffic trajectory models, allowing air traffic controllers to
plot the most efficient use of space for passing air traffic. It has
both real-time and research use capability, and can generate up to
15,000 aircraft trajectories on a single computer. FACET is currently in
use at over a hundred air traffic control centers across the United
States. Additionally, universities and major U.S. airlines use FACET for
research and modeling purposes. The tool is a key building block in the
development of next-generation air traffic control systems."
+ FAA Excellence in Aviation Research Award.
Awarded to the Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) research team (ARC) for
developing a tool that air traffic controllers use to schedule and
sequence aircraft to meet, but not exceed, terminal area capacity. After
a decade of research and development, TMA is operational at all 20 U.S.
Air Route Traffic Control Centers. Through its first seven years of
deployment at six Centers, TMA reduced delays by 72,000 hours and saved
airspace users $180 million.